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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. 

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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“Confronting the Shoah” 2015

   The Fort Wayne Jewish Federation invites you to attend a five-session program, "Confronting the Shoah."  The course will provide participants with a solid background regarding the Nazi Holocaust.  Taught by IPFW Professor and USHMM Museum Teacher Fellow and Regional Museum Educator, Dr. David Lindquist, the sessions will be held at Rifkin Campus at 5200 (Congregation Achduth Vesholom), 5200 Old Mill Road.  The two hour classes will begin at 7:00 P.M. and will be held on the following Tuesdays:

Jan. 6, Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb.10 as the makeup day.  The session topics will be as follows:

1.  An Introduction to the Study of the Holocaust.

            2.  The Setting for the Holocaust.

            3.  Evolution of the Holocaust.

            4.  Bystanders, Collaborators, Rescuers, and Resisters during the Holocaust.

            5.  The Conclusion and Aftermath of the Holocaust.

            6.  A Changed World: The Continuing Impact of the Holocaust.

   Dr. Lindquist is the former chair of the history department of Snider High School.  He has worked earnestly as a partner for Holocaust education with our Federation for over twenty years.  He is a frequent presenter at national Holocaust conferences and has been part of our local team of Holocaust educators.

   The program is open to any adult and junior or senior in high school in the greater Fort Wayne area.  There is no cost for the series to Federation members.  Teachers and former Anne Frank volunteers and docents will not be charged the $5.00 non-member fee to cover the costs of materials.  The program is supported by The Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation, gifts from our members to the Annual Campaign and support from the United Way of Allen County.

   Registration in advance by telephone will be appreciated.  A commitment to attend all five sessions is not necessary, but suggested.  Please call the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation at 260-456-0400 or register by email to

Praying For And Acting On Behalf of Israel

Rabbi Mitchell Kornspan

Congregation B'nai Jacob

By the time you receive this newsletter, you will have a more current knowledge of the war that Israel has been fighting to defend each and every individual in Eretz Yisrael.  

What does not change is the need to keep Israel in our prayers and to act on her behalf.  I will include a prayer toward the end of this message. I want to emphasize that now is the time to act. 

What can we do? I have already sent out a list of suggested actions, proposed by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Indianapolis.  In this message I want to stress how we can help the lives of the families who have had to withstand a constant barrage of missile attacks, who have lost homes, who have lost spouses, siblings, and children because of Hamas' cruel terrorism.  

Remember that on July 7th, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge to defend itself.  There have been over 2,000 rockets fired into Israel  since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge.  Every single one of them has the aim of  killing innocent civilians and destroying schools, homes and properties. In an interview, the Palestinian envoy to the UN human rights council, Ibrahim Khreisheh, commented that Hamas rocket-fire amounts to war crimes, “whether it hits or misses, because it is directed at civilian targets”. He also spoke about how Palestinians were being warned ahead of time by the Israelis when there would be an attack, but there is no such warning to Israelis from Hamas. 

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed directly our sentiments: "No country on earth would remain passive in the face of hundreds of rockets fired on its cities, and Israel is no exception."  He also said: "We are using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles."

  The "Stop the Sirens" campaign is being implemented in collaboration with the Jewish Federation, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Israel Trauma Coalition, The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the Union for Reform Judaism and other groups.                    

Here is the link for you to donate online:

If you wish, you may make a donation to the Discretionary Fund, earmarking it for Stop the Sirens, and we will forward it to the national fund for you. 

There is another fund you may want to support. Idf soldiers do not have enough bullet proof vests. Each vest costs approximately $1,534.00, and they are needed immediately. To donate now you can go to the following website:

All funds collected will be used to purchase and deliver the 
protective equipment as quickly as possible. 
In the mean time, daily, let us pray for Israel!

The following reflects our prayers for our brothers and sisters in Israel. It was composed and translated by Rabbi Simcha Roth and Rabbi Michael Graetz. 

May He who blessed our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah bless the residents of the State of Israel who live under the daily threat of missiles of death and destruction. May the Holy One strengthen their spirit and give them resolve to withstand this crisis until it passes. May it be the will of the Most High to grant wisdom and insight to those leaders of the State charged with conducting the people’s war, so that their actions are infused with courage, wisdom and intelligence which achieve a just goal. Lord of Hosts, the G-d of the ranks of Israel, protect the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces in the air, on the sea and land, those in battle, those on the home front, and all the rescue and security forces. Save them from every trouble and evil design, and cause the works of their hands to be for blessing and for success. May they go out in peace and return victorious and whole to their homes and loved ones. O Heavenly One, bring peace to the Holy Land and eternal joy to its inhabitants, for Jacob again shall have calm and quiet with none to trouble him. And may the verse be applied to us: "But every man shall sit under his grapevine or fig tree with no one to disturb him. For it was the Lord of Hosts who spoke." May this be Your will, and let us say: Amen.♦

We can’t silence them. But we can try and soften their impact on the lives of the children and families living under their blare.

On July 7, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge to intensify defensive efforts against Hamas. To date, hundreds of powerful rockets have been fired on Israeli cities from Gaza. Three-quarters of Israelis lie within their range, but no one is immune to their effects.

No country on Earth would remain passive in the face of hundreds of rockets fired on its cities,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “and Israel is no exception.” The IDF has mobilized its troops along the Gaza border and called up tens of thousands of reserve soldiers, and the entire country remains on edge.

We are thrilled that our “Stop the Sirens” campaign is being implemented in collaboration with local Jewish Federations, the Union for Reform Judaism and The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and our overseas partners – The Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, theIsrael Trauma Coalition and other groups.

We in North America stand shoulder to shoulder with all Israelis. JFNA CEO Jerry Silverman is coordinating our efforts in Jerusalem and providing daily updates.

Federations hosted a conference call on July 14 with Ambassador Ron Dermer.

During every time of hostility or need, in virtually every town in Israel, every day, you will find a piece of Federation at work. Helping those who need it the most. Making sure no one falls through the cracks.

With JFNA funding, our partners were able to act immediately. But with the sirens still blaring, they need our ongoing support. Donate today.

Donors are encouraged to read our Charitable Solicitation Disclosure Statement.
The Jewish Federations of North America is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization.

Updated July 16, 2014 12:15 pm EDT

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

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

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Confronting the
Shoah starts
January 6

The two hour classes will begin at 7:00 P.M. and will be held on the following Tuesdays:

Jan. 6, Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb.10 as the makeup day. 

There are many opportunities to help!

The Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build

began on Friday, Sept. 5, 2104!!!

 There are NUMEROUS openings for volunteers.  PLEASE find a link to the build at To work on site go to


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Thoughtful Thursdays

Help Head Start Families

The bag assembly team for the Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays program will meet December 17 at 10 a.m. to prepare food and educational items for each of the 86 families who attend Head Start at the Temple. All are welcome to help. 


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