Ongoing Programs

We're here to serve you and your family. Our Federation activities include: 

  • Summer camp for ages 4-13
  • Scholarships for Jewish Studies (college)
  • Scholarships to Israel for High School Students (teens)
  • Adult Education
  • Leadership Development
  • Social Services for Seniors, for teens, for young families, for singles (information and referral services)
  • Gerson Family Jewish Free Loan Fund (no interest loan program for those in need)
  • Emergency and transient assistance
  • Senior Services (activities, home visits, cultural programs)
  • Cultural activities (open to the entire community)
  • Educational Missions to Israel, New York, Washington, D.C.
  • Thoughtful Thursdays program provides twice-monthly bags with nutritious foods, personal hygiene items, cleaning products and educational activities to the Bright Point program that is held at the Temple. During the school year, the bags are sent home with the students on a Thursday to be returned the following Monday to be refilled. We are in partnership with Congregation Achduth Vesholom and Congregation B'nai Jacob.

    Federation committees include: Community Relations, Allocations, Social Service, Cultural/Adult Education, Youth and a Caring committee. 

Contact either Congregation Achduth Vesholom (260-744-4245) or Congregation B'nai Jacob (260-672-8459) for a complete list of committees and activities.


Indiana Jewish Historical Bi-Centennial


January 27 and 28, 2017

Friday at 7:30 PM
  Joint Special Service at B’nai Jacob



Commemoration at the 

Madge Rothschild Resource Center 

7:30 PM




  Upcoming Events

Camp Joe Levine 2017 at Fox Island

Dates:  July 3-7, 10-14, and 17-21

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

JFFW Campaign Opener: Linda Scherzer

LINDA SCHERZER is a former Mideast correspondent for CNN and Israel Television with extensive experience covering the Arab-Israeli conflict. 
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2014 Annual Meeting 

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JFFW Campaign Opener: Jeannie Smith

Jeannie Smith
The daughter of Polish rescuer Irene Gut OpDyke, shares her late mother’s story as a Holocaust rescuer during the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne's Campaign Opener on November 4, 2013. (Video)
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Israel and Palestine: Supporting Two States for Two Peoples

Presented by Noam Gilboord, director of Community Strategy for the Israel Action Network, this program highlights the importance of supporting a peaceful, long-term solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict through a negotiated two-state solution. October 29, 2013 (Video)
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“The Israeli-Palestinian peace process: Is a peace agreement a realistic possibility?”

Dr. Ralph Nurnberger spent over eight years as a legislative liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), where he specialized in foreign aid to Israel, arms sales, and peace process-related issues.  He is the author of a study on the history of the West Bank prepared for the UJA Young Leadership Cabinet and was awarded the Myrtle Wreath Award by the New York chapter of Hadassah.   Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, the Salon Foundation, and the Schneider Foundation.
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The Fourth Stage of the Arab-Israel Conflict

Dr. Alan Dowty
After decades of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, there is no resolution in sight, much to the dismay of many in this country and around the world.

As part of the conversation on this subject, the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne will be offering the second in its series, Pathways to Peace.    Dr. Alan Dowty, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, will speak at The History Center, 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne, on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at 7 p.m.  His topic will be: “The Fourth Stage of the Arab-Israel Conflict”.  This program is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

We invite you to attend this very important lecture to hear Professor Dowty as he provides a historical review of the Israel/Palestine conflict.  It is the hope of the Federation that through the Pathways to Peace series, we will generate more light than heat and will encourage civil and well-informed discussion in our community on a complex, and emotionally charged issue.
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“What’s Missing? You have no way of knowing what’s really happening in the Middle East”

Mark Lavie
You can read the papers, scour the Internet, and watch all the TV channels.  But…there is no way for you to know what isn’t being reported.

For more than 40 years, Fort Wayne native Mark Lavie reported from Israel, the Palestinian areas, Egypt and surrounding countries for NPR, NBC, CBC and The Associated Press. Though he was based mostly in Israel, he spent two crucial years in Cairo covering Arab Spring. After leaving the profession this year, embittered and frustrated, he published a book, Broken Spring, to explain what the West doesn’t understand, what the media don’t report, and why.

He’ll tell all in his lecture, illustrated by his photographs taken on assignment. You’ll never see the Mideast in the same way again.
This event is sponsored by the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation
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Yom Hashoa - Guest Speaker Dr. Peter Braunfeld

Yom Hashoa Service - Guest Speaker Dr. Peter Braunfeld

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.
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Annual Meeting - Guest Speaker Dr. Alvin Rosenfeld

Dr. Alvin Rosenfeld
Professor of English and Jewish Studies at Indiana University

What Is the New Antisemitism? And What Can We Do about It?
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  Upcoming Events



Western Galilee and
Central Region News

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


January 2, 2017 - Meeting location (TBD) - Mah Jongg lessons/tournament

February 1, 2017 - B'nai Jacob - Yavin Bamnolkar will come to discuss Ancient Jewish communities in India.



Save the Date


Brad Meltzer

7:30 pm
Rifkin Campus
5200 Old Mill Road



►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.

The program is open to adults and high school juniors and seniors in the Fort Wayne/Northeastern Indiana area. There is no cost for teachers or Federation members. Other participants are asked to pay $5 to cover the cost of materials. Major funding for the program is provided by the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation and by gifts to the Federation’s Annual Campaign. 

To register, please contact the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne at 456-0400 or email




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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
  • Brightpoint Head Start




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Phone:  260-456-0400
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Thoughtful Thursdays 

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, December 7
  • Wednesday, January 18
  • Wednesday, February 1
  • Wednesday, March 1
  • Wednesday, April 12
  • Wednesday, May 3 (Final Bag)


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