Who We Are: Our Mission
The mission of The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne is to build a strong and unified Jewish community in order to ensure the well-being and continuity of the Jewish people in Fort Wayne, in Israel, and throughout the world.
We do this through fundraising, community-wide programming, Jewish education, social services, developing leaders, fostering cooperation among Jewish organizations, and by building strong relationships with Israel and the community at large.
Serving multiple generations, the Federation is the central coordinating agency for the Fort Wayne and NE Indiana Jewish community.
When people give to Federation, they know critical help will reach men, women, and children who would otherwise be invisible and forgotten. Our assistance begins locally then expands across the world. This framework supports a social service network unparalleled in the world, embracing the ideals of justice, responsibility and community rooted in the 3,500 year-old tradition of caring going back to the giving of the Torah.
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The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne works to strengthen and enhance the lives of individuals in our community and around the world. We use the funds raised through our Annual Campaign to deliver valuable and necessary services to those in need. We support agencies such as the Jewish Community Relations Council that work to safeguard the rights of Jews here, in Israel, and all around the globe. We use Campaign funds to provide Camp Joe Levine, a Jewish Day Camp, we help fund partner organizations whose missions are aligned with ours, such as Hillel, The Joint Distribution Committee, Jewish Agency for Israel, Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Studies programs at Indiana University and Purdue University, and many other agencies. The more dollars we raise, the better is our ability to meet our own community needs, change lives, and support programs and organizations that serve us all.
With our small Jewish community, our limited dollars require us and our partner agencies to be very creative and resourceful. Please be generous in your gift to the Jewish Federation and help us to continue to build a strong, inspired, and vibrant Jewish community. We are stronger together. Thank you for joining in this partnership.□
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FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JEWISH FEDERATION OF FORT WAYNE
The Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne denounces the increasingly intolerant and inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric that is currently pulsing through American society. There is no place in America, a nation founded on religious freedom, for discrimination on the basis of religion – or any other immutable characteristic, for that matter. This time it is Muslims who have been singled out, but in past years it has been gays, and before that Catholics, Jews, Japanese, Irish, and other groups that are a part of the fabric of our unique and diverse American society. Our nation, founded by those fleeing religious persecution, is rooted in principles of religious freedom. Religious pluralism is at the very core of our national identity and why religion has flourished in our society.
The Board of Directors finds repugnant any proposal that singles out certain human beings for disparate treatment solely on the basis of their religion. We, therefore, condemn, without qualification, any religious bigotry, which includes calls for a national Muslim registry, selective immigration policies that intentionally allow/prohibit entry to the United States by people solely on the basis of their religion, or outright bans on Muslims traveling to the United States.
We applaud those Muslim leaders who have spoken out to reject this hateful ideology of radical Islamist terrorism and have unequivocally rejected hateful interpretations of Islam that are wholly incompatible with the values of religious tolerance, mutual respect, and human dignity.
The absence of religious tests for entry or for office and the freedom of every individual to practice his or her religion are sources of national strength, not weakness.
Dr. Ron Friedman, President of the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne
Jaki Schreier, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne
Ronnie Greenberg, Jewish Federation Community Relations Committee Chair
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