Jewish Allentown

Are you a Billy Joel fan? Even if you aren’t, you’ll be happy to know that “we’re livin’ here in Allentown*,” and this warm, vibrant Jewish community is anything but about to close down!

Warm Jewish Environment Close to Commutable Hubs

The third largest city in Pennsylvania, Allentown is located in the heart of the beautiful Lehigh Valley, a common vacation destination. Centrally located, we’re within commuting distance to Philadelphia (1 hour), New York City (90 minutes) and Teaneck (75 minutes). The city houses many great places to work, from top-rated hospitals to the local Jewish Day School to manufacturing giants. It’s also home to a plethora of institutions of higher education, like Muhlenberg College (now with a kosher cafeteria!) and Lehigh University.

A Scenic, Affordable Neighborhood

In any weather, the walk to shul is undoubtedly beautiful – people here in Allentown pride themselves on their well-kept yards and gardens. Housing is affordable here too, making it easier to support a family: around $250,000 for a home of your own or approximately $1,000-$1,500 for a rental. You’ll also feel comfortable knowing you’re in a wonderful family-friendly environment.

There’s So Much to Do Year-round

If you’re here in the fall, you might find many community members at the waterfall-studded hikes in the Pocono Mountain range, only a 45-minute ride away. If it’s the winter, we could be warming up indoors at Allentown’s many cultural attractions, such as the Allentown Art Museum or the Allentown Symphony Hall, or entertaining the kids at the Crayola Museum or the Da Vinci Science Center. In the spring, you might find us walking around one of Allentown’s many parks, many of which are within walking distance of the shul. If your visit is in the summer, it’s all about Dorney Park, an amusement park that’s home to one of the world’s top-rated steel coasters and a full waterpark.

Come and See for Yourself

Come explore Allentown – we would love to have you! If you are interested in joining the community, contact the Sons of Israel office at 610.433.6089 for home hospitality information.

* “Allentown,” 1982 song by Billy Joel, is really about the decline of Bethlehem’s steel industry, but Allentown was chosen as the song’s title because it was easier to rhyme. Nonetheless, after the song became a hit record, Billy Joel was awarded a key to the city by Allentown’s mayor. Listen to the song here:

Click on the links below to find more information (thanks to Hillel Wiener) on things to do and places to stay in the area!

This Shabbat
Parshat Vayikra
Mincha: 7:05 p.m.
Candle Lighting: 7:07 p.m.

Shacharis: 9:00 a.m.
Mincha: 6:45 p.m.
Shabbat concludes: 8:09 p.m.
Upcoming Events
All youth are invited to join us for chametz burning with our local fire truck on Monday, April 10th at 9:00 AM in the shul parking lot.

All Sons of Israel Teens are invited to Six Flags Chol Hamoed Pesach, Thursday, April 13, leaving from the shul at 9:00 a.m. and returning at 6:00 p.m. A live concert by Benny Friedman, with Mordechai Shapiro, will be at 3:00 p.m. at the park. The cost is $48, which includes transportation, and you must R.S.V.P. with payment by April 5. Kosher for Pesach food will be available for purchase inside the park.  NO outside food is permitted. For more information, contact Alyssa Komarow at

Rabbi Wilensky is teaching a new class at the Jewish Day School on Tuesday mornings for parents on “How to Use the Parsha as a Tool to Open Lines of Communication With Your Child”. This class begins at 8:10 a.m. (after drop off at the JDS) and ends at 8:40 a.m. Coffee and light refreshments are served.

Join our weekly Tuesday class with Rabbi Wilensky held in the shul's board room at 8:30 p.m. on "Chovot Halevavot: Nurturing the Inner Feelings of a Jew". This class is open for both men and women and no prior knowledge of Jewish texts is necessary. The class is studying the classic work of Rabbi Bachya Ibn Pekudah of 11th century Spain which focuses on cultivating the thoughts and emotions of self-reflection, trust, belief, humility, devotion, and love. If you are interested in more details, please contact Rabbi Wilensky.