Congregation Bnai Jacob

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Shabbat Across America - March 3, 2017

On Friday evening, March 3, Congregation B'nai Jacob will join hundreds of synagogues across America in an historic national Jewish event to celebrate what unifies all Jews - Shabbat! Everyone is invited to participate - singles, couples, families.

The celebration, which will take place at the synagogue at 7227 Bittersweet Moors Drive in Fort Wayne, begins at 5:45pm and will include special Shabbat services and a delicious family-style meal prepared by the sisterhood and served by the students. Meat loaf and gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, ginger carrots, matzah ball soup, 3-bean salad, broccoli salad and dessert are on the menu. A vegetarian option will also be available upon request.

The cost for the evening is $15.00 per person, with seating limited to 50. Confirmed reservations with checks payable to Congregation B'nai Jacob must be received by the synagogue office on or before Thursday, February 23.  

Ethics Class Continues - Sunday, February 26

Our class is studying Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s  book:  A Code of Jewish Ethics.  The next session meets Sunday, February 26, at 10:30am.  We will continue to discuss the values and ethics found in the Torah.  Each class is preceded by Tallit and Tefillin at 9:15am and a light brunch, sponsored by an anonymous donor.

The Wannsee Conference and the Holocaust 

Please plan to attend an upcoming lecture at the University of Saint Francis, on Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00pm at their downtown campus, (Business Center 3rd Floor, 826 Ewing Street) to hear Indiana University Professor, Mark Roseman, speak on “The Wannsee Conference and the Holocaust 75 Years On”. Professor Roseman holds the Pat M. Glazer Chair in the Jewish Studies program at Indiana University and is also a professor in the Department of History. He is an historian of modern Europe, with particular interests in the Holocaust and modern Germany.

We are very appreciative that University of Saint Francis professor,   Dr. Barry Jackisch, has given the Jewish community the opportunity to participate in this lecture. - Ron Friedman


Shalach Manot Fundraiser and Purim Celebration

One of the most joyous mitzvot associated with the festival of Purim is Shalach Manot, the sending of treats to friends and family.  The annual Shalach Manot sale is the main fundraiser for our religious school, providing funds for need-based scholarships. 

In honor of the mitzvah, please join in sending gifts to your family and friends.  Each family will receive one package filled with an assortment of kosher goodies and treats, including homemade hamantaschen. Included will be a card listing the names of those sending good wishes.  *Each child in the congregation will also receive a Shalach Manot gift bag.*

Please join us for a Purim celebration and Megillah reading at the synagogue on Saturday, March 11 at 7:15pm.  Baskets will be delivered to those in attendance at the end of the event. Alternately, you can pick up bags for personal delivery the morning of Thursday, March 9 between 9am and 12pm at the synagogue office.

Again this year, we are offering additional ways to support our fundraiser and enhance your holiday:

  • MITZVAH MANOT - Send Shalach Manot to a congregation family or member who would not otherwise receive one! $10 per basket.
  • THE WHOLE MEGILLAH - For an additional donation of $100, you can send Shalach Manot to all recipients.  Your generous support of our religious school is greatly appreciated!  

Orders for Shalach Manot are due March 1.  For more information, please call the synagogue office at 260-672-8459.

Rosh Chodesh Women's Club - March 1, 2017

An enormous thank you to all who came out and participated in our February 1st Rosh Chodesh Women's Club meeting! We were extremely fortunate and thankful to have been joined by Achduth Vesholom member, Yavin Bamnolkar, as he lectured on the subject of "The History of Jews in India". We not only had an informative presentation but an enjoyable Q&A session after. Another large thank you goes out to our hostesses, Nina Mocle and Janet Finkel!

On Wednesday, March 1st at 6:00pm, our Rosh Chodesh Women's Club will meet at Wine and Canvas, 6410 W. Jefferson Boulevard, for a fun evening of painting a Judaica piece and doing what we all do so well together, schmoozing and having fun! This meeting is for all level of painters from connect the dots enthusiasts to members with a bit more experience with a brush. The cost of this event will be $35 and check/payment can be sent in to the Federation office, 5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46807. RSVP only to this event by Monday, February 27th.  260-456-0400. Reserve your space now! Looking forward to seeing you all there!    - Leah Hadashi

People of the Book with Brad Meltzer

"What's Your Legacy?  A Night of History and Writing with Brad Meltzger" - Monday, March 6, 2017 at 7:30pm, Rifkin Campus at 5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne, IN.  Dessert reception and book signing immediately follow the event.  Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne with support from the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation and the Louis and Anne B. Schneider Foundation.

Gift Shop

Our Judaica gift shop is Fort Wayne's one and only. Come and browse the beautiful selection of mezuzot; tallitot; Shabbat candles and candlesticks; yahrzeit candles; Challah covers and cutting boards; washing cups; seder plates; matzah covers; toys; games; greeting cards; and gifts for all occasions. 

Proceeds from gift shop sales assist with our Kiddushim.  Thank you so much for your support. Cash and checks accepted.  Open during office hours - Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am-1:00pm. Tel: 260-672-8459

Kosher Around Town

Aldi's on Lima Road carries packaged crescent rolls, biscuits and pie crusts that are heckshered (marked Kosher). Very exciting news since no other store has the same items available for the Kosher consumer.

The new Fresh Thyme Farmer's Market on Coldwater at Coliseum has a nice selection of heckshered cakes, prepared foods and cheeses for the Kosher consumer as well.

Earth Fare on Dupont Road has Kosher turkey and meats available.  Call Zach Hull at Earth Fare for more information.  260-416-3550

Also, the Kroger Marketplace at Coventry is still bringing in fresh Kosher meat and deli on a regular basis.  Kroger also carries small containers of Pareve coffee whitener (Rich's) in the frozen food section.

Gordon's Food Service on Washington Center Road carries Pareve whip topping (Rich's) in the frozen food section.  GFS also carries red and green food containers from Cambro with blue available by order.  These containers can be used, according to color, for kosher purposes of separating meat, milk, and Pareve products. 

Please support all of these stores in their efforts to help the Jewish community of Fort Wayne.


Fri, 24 February 2017 28 Shevat 5777