Who We Are: Our Mission
The mission of The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne is to build a strong and unified Jewish community in order to ensure the well-being and continuity of the Jewish people in Fort Wayne, in Israel, and throughout the world.
We do this through fundraising, community-wide programming, Jewish education, social services, developing leaders, fostering cooperation among Jewish organizations, and by building strong relationships with Israel and the community at large.
Serving multiple generations, the Federation is the central coordinating agency for the Fort Wayne and NE Indiana Jewish community.
When people give to Federation, they know critical help will reach men, women, and children who would otherwise be invisible and forgotten. Our assistance begins locally then expands across the world. This framework supports a social service network unparalleled in the world, embracing the ideals of justice, responsibility and community rooted in the 3,500 year-old tradition of caring going back to the giving of the Torah.
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Senate Bill (HB 1378)
Dear Fort Wayne Jewish Federation member,
The Jewish Federation Board of Directors wishes to make you aware of Senate Bill (HB 1378) currently before the Indiana state legislature (see template letter below).
If you wish to support the bill and contact your State Senator to also ask for his support, please feel free to do so. Be aware that contact should be made as soon as possible since the bill will be under consideration soon.
A list of legislators can be found at
and a template for a contact letter follows:
I am contacting you to ask for your support for HB 1378 requiring “the public retirement system to divest from businesses that engage in action or inaction to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel.” On Monday January 25, 2016 HB 1378 passed the House unanimously on a 93-0 vote and, with your support, will hopefully receive a successful vote in the Indiana State Senate. This bill is very important in combating the spread of anti-Israel, anti-Jewish and anti-democratic speech and action in Indiana, the United States and around the world. The vote in the Indiana House has received significant media attention for the leading role Indiana has taken in support of the United States’ closest ally in the Middle East. I hope that you will support this important legislation demonstrating Hoosier commitment to Israel, and to liberty at home and abroad.
FOCUS ON ANNUAL CAMPAIGN
The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne works to strengthen and enhance the lives of individuals in our community and around the world. We use the funds raised through our Annual Campaign to deliver valuable and necessary services to those in need. We support agencies such as the Jewish Community Relations Council that work to safeguard the rights of Jews here, in Israel, and all around the globe. We use Campaign funds to provide Camp Joe Levine, a Jewish Day Camp, we help fund partner organizations whose missions are aligned with ours, such as Hillel, The Joint Distribution Committee, Jewish Agency for Israel, Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Studies programs at Indiana University and Purdue University, and many other agencies. The more dollars we raise, the better is our ability to meet our own community needs, change lives, and support programs and organizations that serve us all.
With our small Jewish community, our limited dollars require us and our partner agencies to be very creative and resourceful. Please be generous in your gift to the Jewish Federation and help us to continue to build a strong, inspired, and vibrant Jewish community. We are stronger together. Thank you for joining in this partnership.□
Copy and paste to print the card below and send in your pledge today,
or call our office at 260-456-0400.
FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JEWISH FEDERATION OF FORT WAYNE
The Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne denounces the increasingly intolerant and inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric that is currently pulsing through American society. There is no place in America, a nation founded on religious freedom, for discrimination on the basis of religion – or any other immutable characteristic, for that matter. This time it is Muslims who have been singled out, but in past years it has been gays, and before that Catholics, Jews, Japanese, Irish, and other groups that are a part of the fabric of our unique and diverse American society. Our nation, founded by those fleeing religious persecution, is rooted in principles of religious freedom. Religious pluralism is at the very core of our national identity and why religion has flourished in our society.
The Board of Directors finds repugnant any proposal that singles out certain human beings for disparate treatment solely on the basis of their religion. We, therefore, condemn, without qualification, any religious bigotry, which includes calls for a national Muslim registry, selective immigration policies that intentionally allow/prohibit entry to the United States by people solely on the basis of their religion, or outright bans on Muslims traveling to the United States.
We applaud those Muslim leaders who have spoken out to reject this hateful ideology of radical Islamist terrorism and have unequivocally rejected hateful interpretations of Islam that are wholly incompatible with the values of religious tolerance, mutual respect, and human dignity.
The absence of religious tests for entry or for office and the freedom of every individual to practice his or her religion are sources of national strength, not weakness.
Dr. Ron Friedman, President of the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne
Jaki Schreier, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne
Ronnie Greenberg, Jewish Federation Community Relations Committee Chair
Alvin H. Rosenfeld
Professor of English and Jewish Studies
Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies Director, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism Indiana University School for
Global and International Studies
Deciphering the New Antisemitism addresses the increasing prevalence of antisemitism on a global scale. Antisemitism takes on various forms in all parts of the world, and the essays in this wide-ranging volume deal with many of them: European antisemitism, antisemitism and Islamophobia, antisemitism and anti-Zionism, and efforts to demonize and delegitimize Israel. Contributors are an international group of scholars who clarify the cultural, intellectual, political, and religious conditions that give rise to antisemitic words and deeds. These landmark essays are noteworthy for their timeliness and ability to grapple effectively with the serious issues at hand.
At the inspiring Campaign Opener on November 2, 2015, 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. Cards will be 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.
Jaki Schreier, Executive Director
Ron Friedman, President
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