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Wilkes-Barre, PA

About This Community

Nestled among the iconic Pocono Mountains, a 2-hour drive from NYC and Philadelphia, is the Jewish community of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Area. Boasting multiple Orthodox shuls and a vibrant Jewish Community Center with an eruv and mikvah access, Wilkes-Barre is also only 20 minutes away from the neighboring city of Scranton just north 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 nearby and also 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 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 to Wilkes-Barre! Baruchim HaBaim!


  • 1-year of free membership at Ohav Zedek in Wilkes-Barre

  • 6 months of free membership at the JCC

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Our Community Amenities

Yeshiva Elementary Day School
Chabad Day School
Yeshiva High School
Boys Mesifta Girls Only Bais Yaakov Chabad High School
Educational Resources
School Programs
Extra Curricular Programs
Sports Leagues
Religious Life
Kosher Dining
Dairy Restaurants Meat Restaurants
Kosher Food Availability
Kosher Store Kosher food widely available in local supermarket Kosher food is shipped in by order regularly Chalav Yisroel
Shabbos Mikvah within walking distance Mikvah within close driving distance
Daily Minyanim (Shacharis/Mincha/Maariv) Available Shabbos/Yom Tov Only
Other Resources
Kollel Unaffiliated
Jobs Assistance Network Mass Transit Available Low Property Tax Rate
Retiree Amenities
Senior Housing (55+ / Assisted Living) Retiree Programs
Fair Participation
2022 Fair 2022
2024 Fair 2024
Congregation Ohav Zedek PA, Wilkes Barre, 242 S Franklin St

Our Community Contacts

Sara Friedman 570-239-0626
Rabbi David Kaplan 570-591-0300