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Temple Israel

Temple Israel of the Poconos, 711 Wallace St. in Stroudsburg offers the following regular classes:

Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to noon: adult education classes; weekly Torah portion, from beginning to end, with commentary and discussion. Wednesday focuses more on the test, Thursday focuses more on discussion.

Every Sunday, noon-1:30 p.m: Brunch and learn speed learning. Seven minutes per topic. Weekly topics: Kabbalistic secrets of Hebrew words, Jewish ethics, Jewish literacy, Biblical literacy, Jewish concepts, Jewish laws and customs, Hebrew prayers translated and Yiddish with Bernie.

Monthly: Havdalah open night ice cream party after the Shabbat: say goodbye to the Shabbat Queen with the traditional ceremony featuring the multiwick Havdalah candle, wine and spices, followed by your own sundaes and an open-stage hour to join Rabbi Melman and friends make Jewish music.

Upcoming Spring Events (Call Lucinda at the office 570-421-8781 if interested in any of these activities).

Purim Celebration, Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. Costumes, Megillah reading, hamantaschen, music and refreshments. RSVP to 570-421-8781 or in April Zumba Gold with Cheryl Feder on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. Members $8; non-members $10. Wear comfortable clothing and smooth bottom sneakers, no mat necessary.

End of March (date to be announced): Master Gardener presentation: Small home and raised gardens. Get some tips and ideas about your home garden from certified Master Gardener Carolyn Jones.

March or April: Field trip to Kitchen Chemistry on Main Street. Call Lucinda at the office 570-421-8781 if interested.

Starting in April: Yoga and guided meditation with Mel Rosenthal on Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m. $5 for members; $7 for non members.

President’s List

Jade Searchwell of East Stroudsburg was named to the president’s list at LIM College for the fall semester.

Charity Run/Walk

The West End Park and Open Space Commission is pleased to announce the annual 5K9 Trail Leisure Run/Walk at the West End Regional Park, 578 Evergreen Hollow Road in Chestnuthill Township on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. (registration begins at 9 a.m.).

The run/walk is open to all ages and abilities and the “Dave Fleetwood Memorial Trail” will be available for those wishing a leisurely walk on a firm and stable surface accessible to all wheeled devices. Dogs are welcome as long as they remain on a leash (6 feet maximum).

All proceeds will fund the West End Regional leash-free dog park to be located off Merwine-Hilltop Drive. Registration is $20, and children under registrants will receive a bandana. Door prizes, raffles, vendors and refreshments will be available. Register at Forms are also available at the Chestnuthill Park, Ross and Chestnuthill Township Buildings and area businesses. Complete the form, make entry payment to Friends of WEPOSC and mail to Box 276, Saylorsburg, PA 18353. For additional information, contact Bernie Kozen at 570-992-9733 or

Scholarship Opportunity

The Monroe County Conservation District and members of the Stanley Becker family are accepting applications for the 12th annual Stanley Becker Memorial Scholarship. This $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior in Monroe County who is planning on attending college and majoring in an environmental field. To apply, students may print an application or apply online at Deadline for applications is Friday, March 29. For more information, call 570-629-3061 or visit

Master Gardener Training

Penn State Cooperative Extension in Monroe County is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Penn State Extension Master Gardener program. This program consists of a volunteer training course designed to provide experienced home gardeners with information and skills necessary to share their experience and knowledge with others. Weekly classes will be held from October 2019 through March 2020.

In exchange for 40 hours of instruction, candidates must agree to volunteer 50 hours to Penn State Cooperative Extension. Volunteer activities currently carried out by Master Gardeners in Monroe County include maintaining the PSU demonstration gardens at Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville and offering guided tours there, teaching classes and assisting gardeners at the Middle Smithfield Township Community Gardens, and being present at community events to answer questions on plant ID and current relevant topics of invasive insects, native plants and pollinators.

There is a program fee of $200 to cover the cost of training materials and expenses. Applications are being accepted through Saturday, June 15. For more information, visit the extension office at 724 Phillips St., Suite 201 in Stroudsburg, or call 570-421-6430 or email

Olympiad Competitors

Penn State Wilkes-Barre recently hosted the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Science Olympiad. Students from more than 40 schools in northeastern and central Pennsylvania competed in individual and team events. The Science Olympiad is devoted to increasing student interest in science recognizing outstanding achievement, and improving the quality of science education.

In the middle school division North Pocono Middle School won sixth place. In the high school division, North Pocono High School won first place and will advance to state competition at Juniata College in April.