Welcome to the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne

The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne represents the Jewish community interests in NE Indiana and NW Ohio. We provie educational and cultural programs, seek to fight racism, and provide funds to help Jews and other people in peril through our philanthropic fund drive efforts. We are your neighbors and co-workers. 

Brosler Youth Leadership Application

Bill and Clara Brosler Youth Leadership Award



This award was established in honor and in memory of Bill and Clara Brosler.  They shared many good times and fond memories with the youth of Fort Wayne.  Through their generosity and concern for the future, the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne has a secure future and the ability to maintain and develop new programs.

   The Brosler Youth Leadership Award was established to honor the achievements of Fort Wayne Jewish youth demonstrating leadership in their activities at their respective congregation and recognizes their successful balancing of Jewish leadership, academics, and activities in the community. The award is a grant to be used by the selected youth for Jewish Youth group conference fees, camp tuition, Israel trip expenses, Jewish training or Jewish educational opportunities, including books.

   The Youth Committee has changed the selection procedure for this award to a self-nomination process. The final selection will be by members of the Youth Committee.

   Each year’s recipients will receive a plaque and certificate. A plaque bearing their names is displayed in the Federation office.

Award Criteria:

1.      Nominees must be a resident of the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne service area and attend a secular high school program.

2.      The nominees must be Jewish youth enrolled and participating in their congregation’s upper level religious school program.

3.      Nominees must demonstrate outstanding leadership skills in their respective youth group.

4.      The nominees must demonstrate outstanding leadership in their secular school program through participation in school sponsored activities, academic or athletic teams, or clubs.

5.      Nominees for this award must be in grades 9-11.

6.      The candidate's parents must be members of the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, as defined by a gift to the most recent Campaign.

7.      The recipients of this award will be required to make a presentation to the Federation Board detailing their use of the award.

The self-nominations are due by May 18, 2015

   This is a great award to honor the accomplishments of our community youth that have demonstrated leadership and met the criteria of the award.  Winners will be notified by mail and the award will be presented at the Federation’s Annual Meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Jaki Schreier at the Federation office at jakischreier@fwjf.org.

Campaign 2014-2015

At the inspiring Campaign Opener on November 3, 2014, we asked those in attendance to make your 2014-2015 pledge to the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, and if at all possible, to increase your gift over your last year’s pledge.  For those not at the Opener, cards were sent out with a letter and a return envelope asking that you fill out your pledge cards, be generous, and return them.  We are asking one more time, please return your cards…your community needs your commitment today for tomorrow, not tomorrow for today!  If you have already made your gift, then thank you.  If not, then allow the words of Hertzl himself to serve as a reminder – “Words and Actions are not so far apart as one might think”.  This is the time to consider how you can make a difference in the lives of Jews both locally and around the world.

Campaign Cabinet:
Carol and Larry Adelman
Arlene and Jere Leib
Micki and Sherwin Kepes
Jaki and Eric Schreier

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April 1, 2015

For the nearly 170 years that Jews have lived in Northeast Indiana, we have fought for the free exercise of religion for all Hoosiers.  We believe that religion flourishes when individuals are allowed to observe their faith traditions in the way most meaningful to them and are not controlled by a governing body.  Therefore, we are opposed to the passage of Senate Bill 101, also known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).  We are disappointed that this divisive and unnecessary legislation was signed into law.

We feel that this statute will ultimately threaten religious freedom more than protect it, particularly for minority communities such as ours.  As Jews, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that existing protections afforded us by the United States and Indiana Constitutions are applied equally.  These sacred documents already provide us the ability to live and practice our faith freely.  RFRA will only serve to further entangle religion and government, and create ambiguity and confusion where it did not previously exist.

We have serious concerns RFRA could empower service providers to use religious beliefs as a reason to discriminate against members of the public, especially the LGBT community. This law puts civil rights to religion, and civil rights to equal protection, on a collision course with each other.  Decades’ worth of existing precedent will be reevaluated in light of this new conflict between the service providers’ right to the free exercise of religion and the state’s constitutional and statutory prohibitions against discrimination.  As members of a religious minority who have faced discrimination because of our religious practices, we deeply regret the inherent injustice this law potentially creates.

We will continue to monitor the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as it is implemented to mitigate its ill effects, and to ensure that all Hoosiers continue to receive all the equal protection provided to them by our Constitutions, regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation.

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8 Ways Your gift to the 2014-2015 
Annual Campaign Will Help Jews Across Fort Wayne, in Israel
and Around the World

Fort Wayne, Indiana Congregations
  Congregation Achduth Vesholom
5200 Old Mill Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46807

Web site: www.templecav.org

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  Congregation B'nai Jacob
7227 Bittersweet Moors Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46814

Web site:  www.bnaijacobfw.com

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Senator Donnelly's bipartisan letter to Secretary Kerry expressing deep concern for the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) seeking membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC).



Annual Meeting
June 14, 2015

7:00 pm

Campus at 5200
5200 Old Mill Road
Dr. Alvin Rosenfeld
Professor of English and Jewish Studies at Indiana University


Camp Joe Levine 2015 at Fox Island

Dates: 2015  July 6 - 10, July 13 - 17, July 20 - 24  

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5200 Old Mill Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46807
Phone:  260-456-0400
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Thoughtful Thursdays 

Thoughtful Thursdays is completing its fifth year on Wednesday, May 6 with a volunteer appreciation luncheon. The team will assemble the final bags of the school year that morning for the 86 students who attend Temple Head Start. We'll also provide a large package of toilet paper for each family later in May. Thank you to Congregation Achduth Vesholom, Congregation B’nai Jacob and the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne for their continuous support! We welcome additional volunteers when we start up again in mid-September. Contact Chair Jamie Berger to offer your help.


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