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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

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

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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  Upcoming Events

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. 



January 11, 2015

Campus at 5200

 The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne is sponsoring a Chaverim on Sunday, January 11 at 12:30 p.m. at the Campus at 5200.  This will include a Kosher lunch.  The title is “Paint Your Dreidel”.   The event and lunch is free and open all religious school students.  Please RSVP by January 8th.

456-0400 or email

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

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Thoughtful Thursdays

Help Head Start Families

The bag assembly team for the Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays program. will meet January 7 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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