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. 

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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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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  Upcoming Events

The Story of the Jews

Channel 39-1

Episodes 1-3  Sunday, April 12th 1:00 PM

Episodes 4 & 5  Sunday, April 19th 1:00 PM

American Masters

Escape from a Nazi Death Camp

Tuesday, April 14th – 9:00 PM

Jascha Heifetz:  God’s Fiddler

Friday, April 17th – 9:00 PM



Yom Hashoah Service
April 20 – 7:00 PM
5200 Old Mill Road

Dr. Peter Braunfeld, Speaker

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics,
University of Illinois, and a Holocaust
survivor from Vienna.

Peter Braunfeld was born in Vienna, Austria on December 12, 1930. He lived a charmed life until Hitler annexed Austria in 1938.  They moved to Prague and then to England. Then WWII broke out.  In late summer of 1940, he and his family set sail to cross the U-boat infested Atlantic Ocean to settle in Chicago.  Peter started his American schooling in the fourth grade.

A reception will follow the service.

Free and open to the public.

Two Who Dared film

The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and Congregation Achduth Vesholom's Adult Education Committee are partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne to show the film Two Who Dared at the Allen County Public Library downtown on Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 2:00-5:00 with movie/talk back/ and reception.

This film tells the story of Waitstill Sharp, a Unitarian minister, and his wife, Martha, who rescued Jewish children from the Holocaust.


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).


MUSEUM OF ART – April 23 – 7:30 PM

Tobi Kahn, Artist

Lecture and Reception

Tobi Kahn is a painter and sculptor whose work has been shown in over 40 solo exhibitions and over 60 museum and groups shows.  Works by Kahn are in major museum, corporate, and private collections.


People of the Book

Author Jenna Blum
April 27 at 
7:30 PM 
Campus at 5200
5200 Old Mill Road



Camp Joe Levine 2015 at Fox Island

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

Sign up for one week, two weeks or all three weeks.

Click for Camp Joe Levine page for more info.

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Jewish Federation
of Fort Wayne
5200 Old Mill Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46807
Phone:  260-456-0400
Fax:  260-456-0500

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of North America


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Thoughtful Thursdays

Help Head Start Families

The bag assembly team for the Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays program meets at 10 a.m. on May 6 to prepare food and educational items for each of the 86 families who attend Head Start at the Temple.  All are welcome to help.

Our committee did some brainstorming to decide on the most practical and useful item to send home with our families this summer when school is out and they don’t receive a Thoughtful Thursdays bag. We decided on toilet paper and would like to send home a 45-roll package of toilet paper with each of the families. The cost per family is $18. Donations towards that also would be greatly appreciated. (Checks should be payable to “CAV-The Temple” and earmarked for Thoughtful Thursdays.)■ 


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