Congregation Bnai Jacob
Light it up at our Chanukah Party on Tuesday, December 3! Hot dogs, cole slaw, salad, chips, and of course potato latkes and dessert will be served at 5:30pm. The evening will include a silent auction and an adult and kid friendly white elephant exchange. Plus, Bingo will be played for a quarter per card and a craft will be made by the children. Bring your menorah for a congregational candle lighting! A donation of $1.00 per person in support of our Religious School will be collected at the door. (The party follows Religious School, which begins at 4:00pm.) RESERVATIONS DUE BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 2. Call or email the office to make your reservation or for more details.
Gift Shop Sale
GIFT SHOP SALE!!! - Now through Monday, December 16, 50% off all Hanukkah items and 25% off everything else. SUCH A DEAL!!! Gift Shop is open on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9:00a-1:00p; Week of Thanksgiving: Monday thru Wednesday 9:00a-1:00p.
Rabbi Hirsch - Thanksgiving Weekend
Thanksgiving weekend at B'nai Jacob will be enriched by the presence and participation of Scholar Rabbi Joseph Hirsch, who will give the Dvar Torah during Shabbat services and speak on the history of Judaism's Conservative Movement at 12:45pm, following Kiddush.
Rabbi Hirsch will travel to Fort Wayne from his home in Palm Coast, Florida, where he retired from Temple Beth Shalom in 2005, after 36 years in the rabbinate. Throughout his career, Rabbi Hirsch served at various congregations in Massachusetts; Ohio; Okinawa, Japan (Air Force Chaplain); California; New York; and Pennsylvania.
He studied Talmud at Yeshiva Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan; graduated magna cum laude from Yeshiva College with a B.A. in History; and received an M.H.L. and rabbinic ordination from Jewish Theological Seminary. In 1974 he earned a Doctorate of Hebrew Literature in Modern Jewish History from Yeshiva University.
Rabbi Hirsch is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly; the Greater Jacksonville Board of Rabbis and the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.
He taught Judaism at Gannon University (Catholic) in Erie, PA; was a founding member of Erie Jewish History Center at Mercyhurst College (Catholic), also in Erie, PA; and remains a sought after speaker on American Jewish History.