Congregation B'nai Jacob
Founded in 1914, B'nai Jacob, known as the 'friendly family Synagogue', became a Conservative Traditional congregation in 1938. In 1997, it became Conservative-Egalitarian.

The new, debt-free Synagogue has formal gardens that are ideal for outdoor weddings, receptions, and spring and summer holidays. A beautiful Ark created by renowned artist, Lee Bleifeld, graces the sanctuary. There are magnificent stained glass windows depicting the 7 Days of Creation, created by artist, Anika Droegmyer, in memory of her parents.

Services each Friday are at 8:00 p.m. during spring and summer, and at 7:30 p.m. during fall and winter, followed by an Oneg Shabbat. Saturday morning services are at 9:30 a.m. followed by a kiddush luncheon. All holidays are celebrated. Chevra Kadisha, a cemetery, Minyanim for Yahrzeits, and all life cycle needs are available.

Children are educated in Conservative Judaism with classes during the week. On Sunday mornings the younger children attend Religious School at the Temple. Each child is required to have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah and remain in the Synagogue Religious School through Confirmation.

Adult education classes in many subjects are conducted weekly. All classes are taught by the Rabbi or qualified teachers. The Men's Club and Sisterhood often join forces to bring a large variety of social events to B'nai Jacob including family dinners, musicals, comedians, speakers, scholars-in-residence, Klezmer bands, movies, and even bingo games!

The Synagogue is spiritual, social, family oriented, and is active in all aspects of community relations.

Visit the extensive library, the well-stocked gift shop, or the breath-taking sanctuary where the wrap-around windows bring the outside in for a unique spiritual experience.

The Rabbi is always available for counseling. Office hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

B'nai Jacob Congegation
7227 Bittersweet Moors Drive,
Fort Wayne, IN 46814
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Rifkin Campus
5200 Old Mill Road



►January 27, 28 Indiana Jewish Historical Society Bicentennial

►Confronting the Shoah classes: Starting in January 2017

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  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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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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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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