Congregation Bnai Jacob

March Bulletin and Calendar are Here

The March bulletin and calendars are now available under the Newsletters tab to the left.


Passover Workshop / Brunch - March 26, 2017

An Adult Education Workshop, when the deeper meaning of Passover will be discussed, will take place at the home of Paula and Mike Adams on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 11:00am.  Tallit and Tefillin services begin at 10:00am.  An Israeli-style brunch will be served.  Seating limited to 20.  Please RSVP to Paula or Mike by Thursday, March 23.

Kosher for Passover Around Town

Kroger Marketplace at Coventry has Kosher for Passover dry goods, deli items and meats available.  Please take care in selecting only those items that are clearly marked Kosher for Passover or with a large P (not pareve).  Any questions, please call Rabbi Kornspan.

Fresh Market also has Kosher for Passover items.  For example Golden Cheese Blintzes, $3.07 for a package of 6 and a 5 lb. box of Manischewitz Matzah for $10.99.


Passover Information and Services 

Sunday, April 9 at 8:43pm – Bedikat Chametz*  After the house has been thoroughly cleaned, a ceremonial search is performed for whatever "chametz" may remain. All chametz should have already been put away in cabinets, the garage or in some place where it can be marked and not be used, even by accident.

*Selling of Chametz form available by calling the synagogue office at 260-672-8459.  Return to office or Rabbi by Thursday, April 6.

Monday, April 10, 7:00am – Siyum for the Firstborn  The "Siyum" Service for the firstborn is held in gratitude to G-d for sparing the firstborn among the children of Israel when the last plague was brought against the Egyptians. A siyum is a public completion of the study of a tractate of the Talmud.  Afterward, we will share breakfast.

Monday, April 10 – Eve of Pesach One may eat a chametz meal until 11:29am. No matzah is to be eaten until the Seder that night.  First Seder - Candle lighting: 7:56pm.

Tuesday, April 11, 10:00am – Pesach Services  Second Seder - Candle lighting: 8:59pm.

Wednesday, April 12, 10:00am - Pesach Services                  

Saturday, April 15, 9:15 am – Shabbat  Pesach Services

Monday, April 17, 10:00am – Seventh Day Pesach Services  Yizkor at approximately 10:45am.

Tuesday, April 18, 10:00am – Eighth Day Pesach Services

Shepherd's House in Need of Men's Dress Attire

"The mission of Shepherd's House is to rebuild the lives of those who society views as hopeless into sober and productive assets to the community."

Earlier this year, the synagogue was contacted by a Jewish veteran who was living at the Shepherd's House, a transitional living centre in Fort Wayne for U.S. veterans.  Rabbi Kornspan and members and friends of B'nai Jacob reached out to help this veteran in need and made it possible for the veteran to have a Tallit, a Siddur, a Tanach, and to worship with B'nai Jacob.  On the first occasion the veteran arrived in the only clothing he had. On the second occasion he came dressed in a handsome jacket, shirt, tie, and slacks made available to him because a woman donated her deceased veteran husband's dress clothing to Shepherd's House.

For the months of March and April, the synagogue will be a collection point for men's dress clothing and shoes (gently used, clean, and in good repair) to be donated to the Shepherd's House for use by U.S. veterans living there. If possible, it would be helpful if the clothing could be on hangers and the shoes in plastic bags or shoe boxes.  Why not take this opportunity to do some spring cleaning and support those who have been there for us and are working toward wholeness?

Questions?  Please call the synagogue office at 260-672-8459 or call Sheryl Merritt.

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.


Thu, 30 March 2017 3 Nisan 5777