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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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