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 Monday, November 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Temple.

A brave and inspiring figure, Irene received international recognition for her life-saving actions during the Holocaust when working for a high ranking German official. Irene's life story was recently told on Broadway in the nationally acclaimed play "Irena's Vow," starring Tovah Feldshuh. Irene's book, In my Hands: Memories of Holocaust Rescuer" gives the detailed account of her life during World War II and is used in classrooms around the country.

Jeannie is part of a new group of Holocaust speakers called 2nd Generation, who share their parents' first-hand stories. She said she tells her mother's story to encourage all that one person can make a difference.
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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
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