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in greater Fort Wayne, in Israel, and throughout the world.


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Congratulations to Leonard Goldstein for winning the 
The Hoosier Jewish Legends – A Hall of Fame 2016 Award. 

In nominating Len for the award, Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, and Congregation B'nai Jacob jointly submitted the following thoughts:

Leonard Goldstein is an extraordinary role model of philanthropic leadership. He is a tireless public servant, dedicated to higher education, to Jewish culture, and to developing the next generation of leaders. Len has been a strong voice in support of Israel, in favor of human rights, and promoting public education. Giving and volunteering is tradition to Len Goldstein. He is a generous donor, as well as giving equally of his time and talents. Leonard Goldstein is a mensch in every sense of the word and a true model of the person we should all aspire to be!

 he and his wife also established the Leonard M. and Ruth K.-year scholarship that was initiated in the fall of 2010 to be awarded to an incoming freshman 

Giving and volunteering is a tradition to Len Goldstein. He is a longtime board member of the Indiana ACLU, and was honored with its Founders Award in 2004, ‘given to a person who has seized an opportunity to make exceptional gains in the enhancement of civil liberties.’ As a civil rights advocate and community elder, Len has been honored by numerous civil and human rights organizations including the Fort Wayne Urban League as an Urban League Lion. He also is a well­-known activist in the Jewish community. 

He has served on both the Temple (Congregation Achduth Vesholom) and Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne boards and been a very generous donor to both, as well as giving equally generously of his time and talents. He has been a strong voice in support of Israel, in favor of human rights, and promoting public education with frequent, articulate letters and op-­ed pieces in both Fort Wayne newspapers, averaging about 4 or 5 a month since 1948. Although not everything he writes gets printed, The Journal Gazette has given twice Len the monthly Golden Pen Award for most effective letter under his name and a third time when he wrote under a nom de plume for a fellow congregant. 

Len served on the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board and was, in fact, board president in the late 1970s. It was a tumultuous time, including a lawsuit filed against Fort Wayne Community Schools over segregation; and under Len’s leadership, the district established magnet schools that helped resolve the dispute and desegregate the schools. 

Over the years Len has contributed his time, talent and resources to many, many Jewish organizations, as well as other organizations in the community, including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Arts United, Allen County Public Library, Rotary, FAME (Foundation for Art and Music in Education), and Fort Wayne Center for Learning, to name a few. Leonard Goldstein is passionate about tikkun olam, “repairing the world” and once said that someday “I hope to make a difference.” We know that he has already made a difference and are proud to nominate Leonard Goldstein​for The Hoosier Jewish Legends – A Hall of Fame 2016. 

Rikki, too, has made innumerable contributions to the Jewish and larger community.

For many years, she taught cooking to our Religious School students and served on the Temple Board of Directors. She recalls that when she was vice president years ago, the nominating committee told her that “there had never been a woman president because women didn’t have secretaries to do that work so I wouldn’t be asked to move up.” Rikki received her bachelor’s degree at age 50 from IPFW.  

She was a founding mother of the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau in 1976, where she worked as Director of Peer Counseling for 20 years. She moved to theNeighborhood Health Clinics in 1996 as Coordinator of the Social Services Department. She just retired on Friday, August 12. She and Len also were jointly appointed Sagamores of the Wabash by then-Governor Evan Bayh.

The Goldsteins have four children (Michael, Steven, Jan and Lisa), eight grandchildren, and two great-grandsons.



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Fort Wayne, IN 46814

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  Upcoming Events


Western Galilee and
Central Region News

June 6-11, 2017 - Israel
Building stronger bridges for our educators

1.      November 1, 2016 - @ Jan Finkel’s house Topic: None—just a get together, learn about the club, meet & greet, etc.

2.      December 1, 2016 - @ Temple – Destiny Rescue coming to speak about child exploitation and slavery in other countries - with a Jewelry show


Save the Date


Brad Meltzer

7:30 pm
Rifkin Campus
5200 Old Mill Road



►November 7 Campaign Opener

►December 5-16 Pope’s Visit to the Holy Land Exhibit at Madge Rothschild Resource Center

►January 27, 28 Indiana Jewish Historical Society Bicentennial

►Confronting the Shoah classes: Starting in January 2017

►March 6 People of the Book Brad Meltzer



  The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne (JFFW) cordially invites you to attend its six-session program Confronting the Shoah, taught by scholar Dr. David Lindquist.
   The program will be held at the Rifkin Campus (Temple Achduth Vesholom), 5200 Old Mill Road (one mile south of Foster Park) in Fort Wayne.

Wednesday, Jan 11

Tuesday, January 17

Tuesday, January 24

Tuesday, January 31

Tuesday, February 7

Tuesday, February 14

   Each two-hour session will begin at 7:00 P.M. in the chapel.

   To register, please contact the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne at 456-0400 or email office@fwjf.org.



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We are now located in

what has been renamed as
Rifkin Campus at 5200
Created from stone and bronze by Sculptor Cary Shafer, the sign on Old Mill Road highlights the 
Rifkin Campus at 5200 Partners: 
  • Congregation Achduth Vesholom
  • Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne
  • Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery Association
  • Madge Rothschild Resource Center (under construction)
  • Brightpoint Head Start




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Thoughtful Thursdays 

Apple Project Returns To Provide Fresh Fruit
Many of our Thoughtful Thursdays families rarely have the opportunity to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. We're seeking contributions toward our Annual Apple Project to provide each with a bag of apples this fall.  A tree will be on display at the Temple that will be decorated with paper apples featuring the name of each person who donates $10 or more for the Apple Project by Friday, October 14. (Checks maybe made out to "CAV - The Temple" earmarked for the Thoughtful Thursdays Apple Project.)

Be Part Of Our Team As We Begin 7th Year

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays volunteers are beginning a 7th year helping the 72 children who attend Brightpoint Head Start at the Temple. Under the leadership of Jamie Berger, our team will assemble bags on the dates listed below. All are welcome to assist.

Dates for assembling bags: 
  • Wednesday, November 2
  • Wednesday, December 7
  • Wednesday, January 18
  • Wednesday, February 1
  • Wednesday, March 1
  • Wednesday, April 12
  • Wednesday, May 3 (Final Bag)


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