Nestled among the iconic Pocono Mountains, a 2-hour drive from NYC and Philadelphia, is the Jewish community of the Greater Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Area. Boasting multiple Orthodox shuls and vibrant Jewish Community Centers with an eruv and mikvah access in each city, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre are only 20 minutes away from each other north and south on Interstate 81. Our community includes several Jewish schools, accessibility to kosher food stores and restaurants, a vast and growing medical/hospital industry, and numerous colleges and universities.
Compared to larger metropolitan areas, the cost of living in Northeastern Pennsylvania is unbeatable! Large homes (starting at $250K) on tree-lined streets with sizable yards, many bedrooms, driveways, and plenty of off-street parking are available to own with low property taxes, shuls within walking distance, as well as parks for young families and breathtaking nature areas to explore minutes from your new front door! There are various shopping areas between both communities, ski resorts, lakes, golf courses, Jewish camps, a Yankees farm team, Penguins ice hockey team, and venues to enjoy cultural events. You’ll be busy all year!
If that’s not enough, there are buses running all day from both Wilkes-Barre and Scranton to NYC, Philadelphia, and other points of interest if you are looking for a change of pace and not up to driving.
With so much to offer and enjoy spiritually, socially, and physically in the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Region, you’ll feel right at home! Welcome!
1-year of free membership at Ohav Zedek in Wilkes Barre and Beth Shalom Congregation in Scranton
6 months of free membership at the JCC
• Affordable Apartment Rentals
• Affordable Homes/Co-ops
• Job Opportunities
• Kosher Food Availability
• Kosher Dining
• Low Taxes
• Retirement/Senior Living
• Special Needs/Disability Resources
• Yeshiva Elementary Day School
• Yeshiva High School