Welcome to the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne

Who We Are: Our Mission

To support the well-being and continuity of the Jewish people
in greater Fort Wayne, in Israel, and throughout the world.

On behalf of the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Israel who are under intense Hamas terrorist rocket attacks from Gaza. We call upon elected officials and governments in the United States and countries throughout the world to join us in condemning these rocket attacks and supporting the State of Israel in its right to defend itself and protect the lives of its citizens.

Ben Eisbart, President
Jaki Schreier, Executive Director

 Indy JCRC Update: August 8, 2018
Antisemitic Hate Crime at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla
Update #2 - Community Solidarity Gathering

On Monday evening, July 30, nearly 1,200 people gathered inside Congregation Shaarey Tefillah to show support and hear messages of solidarity from 20 speakers representing the Jewish, Muslim, Black, Hindu, LGBTQ+, Sikh, and several Christian communities.

In this Update #2 JCRC is sharing the video of the Community Solidarity Gathering, including "time-stamping" the speakers, and when possible, linking to their written remarks.  THANK YOU again to our amazing community partners and friends for your swift and heartfelt support during this time!

Forthcoming Updates will:

  • address the Hate Crimes legislation, advocacy, and what you can do; 
  • describe the breadth of JCRC programming that is designed to help combat antisemitism.  

The Indy JCRC has added a dedicated page to our website that includes all the information and links contained in these Updates, along with press releases, news articles, information about Hate Crimes, and ways you can get involved. 

The mission of the JCRC is to safeguard Jews here, in Israel, and around the world. We do this by protecting and promoting an American society that is just, democratic, and pluralistic.  Through our "Stand Up! Speak Out!" programming, we help people (especially Jewish teens) learn how to recognize and combat antisemitism and hate in all its forms, and we help teachers learn how to teach accurately about Jews and Jewish history.  

The JCRC has been advocating on behalf of the Indiana Jewish community and building relationships with all Hoosiers for over 75 years.  If you're interested in contributing to the JCRC's Combatting Antisemitism Fund, please click here.

(If we've missed any statements, posts, media, please share with us and we'll add to our website: awelcher@indyjcrc.org)

Rabbi Benjamin Sendrow, Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, 00:00

Mayor James Brainard, Mayor, Carmel Indiana, 10:34
Rabbi Shelley Goldman, Indiana Board of Rabbis (Chair), Congregation Beth-El Zedeck (Assistant Rabbi), Indianapolis, 14:59
Emily Schwartz, B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO), Indianapolis Chapter President, 17:41
Ashhar Madni, Carmel Interfaith Alliance (Board of Directors), Al Salam Foundation (Board of Trustees), 19:49
Tony Mason, Indianapolis Urban League, CEO, 22:59
Charlie Wiles, Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC), Executive Director, 25:52
Pastor Lori Bievenour, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Senior Pastor, Carmel, 27:40
Aliya Amin, Muslim Alliance of Indiana, Executive Director, 30:57
Angie Martinez, IndyPride, President, 32:57
The Rev. Bruce Gray, Holy Family Episcopal Church, Rector, Fishers; CIC Board Member, 35:05
Dr. Anita Joshi, Hindu Temple of Central Indiana; CIC Board Member, 38:34
Chris Paulsen, Indiana Youth Group, Executive Director, 40:18
KP Singh, Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis; CIC Board Member, 48:50
Ruth Ellen Homer, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; CIC Board Member, 48:50
Annette Gross, Indianapolis PFLAG, Vice President, 50:38
Maria Pimantel-Ganon, Advocate and Member of both the Hispanic/Latino and Catholic Communities; CIC Board Member, 52:08
Greg Maurer, Anti-Defamation League, Board Member, 56:49
Lindsey Mintz, Indy JCRC, Executive Director; CIC Board Member, 59:09
Corey Freedman, Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, Board President, 1:05:05


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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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