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Congregation Bnai Jacob

Chanukah 5775 Special Edition Bulletin

A Chanukah Special Edition bulletin is available under the Newsletters tab.  In addition to covering what's happening at the synagogue, the bulletin contains good information for celebrating at home. 


Ethics Class Begins Sunday, December 7

An ethics class led by Rabbi Kornspan begins on Sunday morning, December 7, using  A Code of Jewish Ethics Volume 1 - You Shall Be Holy by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.  Davening at 9:00am; class at 10:20am.  A light brunch will be served.  A copy of the study guide is available via email.  RSVP to the office if you plan to attend and would like the study guide.

K.I.S.S. Shabbat and Chanukah

Need a kiss?  Why not join our Religious School students and their families as they kick off Shabbat and Chanukah with a special edition of "Kids in Shabbat Services" on Friday, December 19 at 6:00pm?  What a great way to warm up together prior to celebrating Shabbat and Chanukah with Shabbat dinner after services.  Let's gather with the kids for a K.I.S.S.!   Reservations for Shabbat Chanukah Dinner are due to the office by December 12.

Shop for Chanukah and Other Occasions

Stop in and see all the great Chanukah items in stock at the Gift Shop.  Great selection of menorahs and candles; dreidels; chocolate gelt; toys; games; decorations; greeting cards; gift bags; table covers and paper plates; serving dishes; even a Chanukah comforter!  More goodies on the way, too.  We also have beautiful prayer shawls; mezuzot; shabbat candles; challah covers; yahrzeit candles; and gift items for all occasions.  All reasonably priced. Open during office hours Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Trees for Israel

If you would like to support the Religious School's project of planting trees in Israel, please make your check payable to Rabbi's Discretionary Fund and note Trees for Israel.  Send to Rabbi's attention at the address at the top right of this page.

Comedian Mike Leiderman


“Take These Jokes, Please!”

A history of Jewish humor with emphasis on the Borscht Belt, the breeding ground of the great Jewish stand-up comics.  

Oh yes – lots of classic jokes well told!

Sunday, January 18, 2015, 2:00pm 

at Congregation B'nai Jacob

Open and free to the community thanks to the generosity of the Harry W. Salon Foundation.

Award-winning Chicago journalist, producer, sportscaster and storyteller, MIKE LEIDERMAN, has spent his career in television.  He’s also the most prolific contributor to the ultra-popular website, “OldJewsTellingJokes-dot-com.” As a speaker, he has informed and entertained audiences on topics that include:

  • “Take These Jokes, Please!” the rise, demise and rebirth of “Borscht Belt” humor;
  •  “From Molly Goldberg to Sarah Silverman: Jewish Characters on TV” how prime time television has portrayed Jews and Jewish themes;
  • “Jewish Sports Legends – Not a Thin Book” chronicling exceptional and unusual Jewish athletes in American sports history.

Leiderman was Executive Producer for nightly newscasts at two Chicago TV stations.  He was also series producer of Chicago Stories, Chicago-based documentaries on PBS that won five Midwest Emmy Awards in two seasons.

Mike has produced and written episodes of documentary series for A&E and History Channel, including Biography, Gangland and American Justice. He was Midwest reporter/producer for Entertainment Tonight, developed and hosted talk and magazine shows and anchored TV sportscasts at NBC in Chicago and New York.

Mike has also spent a career in front of the cameras as an Emmy-Award winning Chicago sportscaster and play-by-play announcer for Big Ten Network, Comcast SportsNet and NBC Chicago.

He has been true to his Jewish roots throughout his public career. He hosted a weekly Jewish affairs program on NBC in Chicago for a decade. In addition, he produced and hosted telethons, videos and events for the Chicago Federation and other charitable and non-profit organizations.

Mike speaks throughout the country on topics of Jewish interest.  He is yeshiva-educated with a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis and a master's degree from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications.


November - December Newsletter

The November - December newsletter and calendar are available in the Newsletters section of the website.

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.

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


Sun, 21 December 2014 29 Kislev 5775