Ways to Give

Campaign 2015-2016

At the inspiring Campaign Opener, we asked those in attendance to make your 2015-2016 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.


Please support the work of the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and Make a Difference in your community.  You can make a pledge by calling us at 260-456-0400 with your credit card details.

Copy and paste to print this card below and send in your pledge today, or call our office at 260-456-0400.


FUNDS 

Endowment

Community Relations Committee: To provide for local programming and events through the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne. 

Goldenberg Camp Joe Fund:  Every year we get a number of requests for assistance with the registration for our  three-week Camp Joe Levine Day Camp.

Baum/Goldenberg Scholarship

Janet Finkel Campership Fund:

A few years ago Audrey Gerson established the Janet Finkel Campership Fund in honor of Janet Finkel. This fund makes it possible to help youngsters go to a Jewish Camp or to a Music Camp.

Holocaust Education Fund

Emergency cash assistance fund

Thoughtful Thursdays Fund

Audrey and Joe Gerson Free Loan Fund

Prejudice Reduction Elimination Fund

JNF - Plant a tree in Israel

Jewish Experience Fund




Donate a Car to the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne

Charitable Auto Resources, Inc.
accepts car donations for the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and over 500 other charities and non-profit organizations throughout the United States. To donate your car, truck, RV, boat, motorcycle, or other vehicle to Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, please click on this link to go directly to Charitable Auto Resources, Inc. site to fill out the form.  A CARSTM representative will contact you shortly to guide you through the next step in the car donation process.If you prefer to contact us by phone, please call 866-985-GIVE or 866-985-4483 and one of our representatives will help you with your donation.


 “The More Tzedakah, The More Peace.”
                                                 ~Mishna


According to Jewish tradition, the highest form of tzedakah or charity is giving to a central campaign or community fund or kupah.

Throughout Jewish history, in small towns and large cities, within both Israel and the Diaspora, it was the custom of Jewish communities to create an address for centralized giving. This guaranteed the privacy and dignity of the poor as well as the successful maintenance of communal “agencies.” Today, the kupah (literally translated as community fund) is the annual campaign of the Jewish federation.

The gift to the communal kupah, or centralized campaign, is a noble expression of devotion to the entire Jewish people. It demonstrates a love of community which is without limitation – a proud statement of commitment to our individual communities and to every individual Jew.

There are those who maintain that the most “Jewish” way to give is to bypass the centralized campaign and give directly to those in need. In fact, the Talmud insists that the contribution to the centralized fund is the highest form of tzedakah, for it is the best way of ensuring the anonymity of both donor and recipient. Moreover, the general community fund is best prepared to meet the challenges of emergency issues which require a united front, such as responding to anti-Semitism or organizing rescue missions for Jews in danger.

Tzedakah derives from the Hebrew tzedek, denoting justice or righteousness. Tzedakah is based on the sense that justice requires sharing.

Jewish Values


While a designated gift may satisfy the desires of a particular donor and the recipient agency or cause, it is the gift to the centralized campaign which works towards satisfying the needs of all—transcending specific institutions or projects. The centralized campaign is concerned with the entire community – its continued viability and vibrancy – and the dignity of all of its members, including our brothers and sisters who may live thousands of miles away, but are no less precious to us than those who live next door.

Participation in the centralized campaign is a statement about Jewish values. As Jews, we count on the ability of individuals to uplift the entire collective, and we treasure our historic desire to be full participants in a community’s welfare. A donation to the federation annual campaign is an investment by the donor in his or her community; it is a statement by the donor that he or she belongs to the Jewish people.

The Annual Campaign embodies the values and traditions of the North American Jewish community more than anything else we do. It says that we care about people, not about their politics or religious practices. It says that we will ­as a community ­address critical, often life-threatening issues.

Everything from domestic abuse to public health problems to hunger and disaster relief and more.

The impact of the continuing and unparalleled philanthropic success of the annual campaign is priceless. Millions of lives saved, cared for, reached out to and rebuilt; centuries-old Jewish traditions and values preserved for future generations.

Based on the thoughts and writings of Arna Poupko Fischer, Judaic Consultant


Levels of Tzedakah


Certain kinds of Tzedakah are considered more meritorious than others.  The Talmud describes these different levels of Tzedakah, and Maimonides organized them into a list.  The levels of charity, from the least meritorious to the most meritorious, are:
  • Giving begrudgingly
  • Giving less that you should, but giving it cheerfully
  • Giving after being asked
  • Giving before being asked
  • Giving when you do not know the recipient's identity, but the recipient knows your identity
  • Giving when you know the recipient's identity, but the recipient doesn't know your identity
  • Giving when neither party knows the other's identity
  • Enabling the recipient to become self-reliant



Want to remember a loved one? A Simcha? A speedy recovery?




Just call or send your donation in to the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, stating who is being honored, their address, and a short dedication. We will send them an elegant card, notifying that a donation has been made in their name (without stating the amount). We will also send you a card for your files.

You can designate your gift to any of the following…

  • Community Relations Committee: To provide for local programming and events through the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne.
  • Goldenberg Camp Joe Fund:  Every year we get a number of requests for assistance with the registration of our three-week Camp Joe Levine Day Camp.
  • Baum/Goldenberg Scholarship
  • Goldenberg Camp Joe Fund
  • Janet Finkel Campership Fund: A few years ago Audrey Gerson established the Janet Finkel Campership Fund in honor of Janet Finkel. This fund makes it possible to help youngsters go to a Jewish Camp or to a Music Camp.
  • Holocaust Education Fund
  • Emergency cash assistance Fund
  • Thoughtful Thursdays Fund
  • Audrey and Joe Gerson Free Loan Fund
  • Prejudice Reduction Elimination Fund
  • JNF - Plant a tree in Israel
  • Jewish Experience Fund


BUY FOR CHARITY


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  Upcoming Events


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Western Galilee and
Central Region News


ATTENTION TEACHERS
June 6-11, 2017 - Israel
Building stronger bridges for our educators
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ALL MEETINGS START AT 6:00 PM

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.

 


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Save the Date

PEOPLE OF THE BOOK

Brad Meltzer

MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017
7:30 pm
Rifkin Campus
5200 Old Mill Road


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SAVE THE DATES

►January 27, 28 Indiana Jewish Historical Society Bicentennial

►Confronting the Shoah classes: Starting in January 2017

►March 6 People of the Book Brad Meltzer

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CONFRONTING THE SHOAH


  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 office@fwjf.org.

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7-YEAR JEWISH
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(Major Jewish Holidays
& Religious Observances
2015-2023)
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RECIPES
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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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CAMP JOE PHOTOS 2016

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Fort Wayne, IN 46807
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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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