The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne represents the Jewish community interests in NE Indiana and NW Ohio. We provie educational and cultural programs, seek to fight racism, and provide funds to help Jews and other people in peril through our philanthropic fund drive efforts. We are your neighbors and co-workers.
At the inspiring Campaign Opener on November 3, 2014, we asked those in attendance to make your 2014-2015 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.
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THE FORT WAYNE JEWISH COMMUNITY STATEMENT ON THE
‘INDIANA RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT’
April 1, 2015
For the nearly 170 years that Jews have lived in Northeast Indiana, we have fought for the free exercise of religion for all Hoosiers. We believe that religion flourishes when individuals are allowed to observe their faith traditions in the way most meaningful to them and are not controlled by a governing body. Therefore, we are opposed to the passage of Senate Bill 101, also known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). We are disappointed that this divisive and unnecessary legislation was signed into law.
We feel that this statute will ultimately threaten religious freedom more than protect it, particularly for minority communities such as ours. As Jews, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that existing protections afforded us by the United States and Indiana Constitutions are applied equally. These sacred documents already provide us the ability to live and practice our faith freely. RFRA will only serve to further entangle religion and government, and create ambiguity and confusion where it did not previously exist.
We have serious concerns RFRA could empower service providers to use religious beliefs as a reason to discriminate against members of the public, especially the LGBT community. This law puts civil rights to religion, and civil rights to equal protection, on a collision course with each other. Decades’ worth of existing precedent will be reevaluated in light of this new conflict between the service providers’ right to the free exercise of religion and the state’s constitutional and statutory prohibitions against discrimination. As members of a religious minority who have faced discrimination because of our religious practices, we deeply regret the inherent injustice this law potentially creates.
We will continue to monitor the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as it is implemented to mitigate its ill effects, and to ensure that all Hoosiers continue to receive all the equal protection provided to them by our Constitutions, regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation.
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