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January / February Bulletin Here

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Ethics Class Continues

An ethics class, lead by Rabbi Kornspan using  A Code of Jewish Ethics Volume 1 - You Shall Be Holy by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, continues.  The next class will be on Sunday, January 11 at 10:30am, with Tallit and Tefillin services at 9:30am.  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.  The class began on December 7.

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.


Trees for Israel

This year's Religious School Tzedakah Project is centering around the mitzvah of planting trees in Israel, through the Jewish National Fund.   In conjunction with Tu B'Shevat  (the Jewish holiday known as the "New Year for Trees" which falls on the 15th of Shevat or February 4, 2015), why not show your support of the children's efforts by sending a donation to the synagogue?

Planting a tree in Israel is the perfect way to show you care. You can plant trees for many different reasons and help green the land of Israel.  Plant trees for all of these occasions: birth, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, graduation, wedding, birthday, get-well wish, or in memory of someone special.  For each order, Congregation B'nai Jacob will receive a beautiful certificate for display in our hallways and classrooms.  Over the last 100 years, JNF has planted more than 250 million trees in the land of Israel!

How many trees can B'nai Jacob plant in Israel during 5775?  You can help our children beautify the Land with your donations. 

Purchase one tree for $18, three for $36 (one free!)*, five for $72 (one free!)*, or consider a Garden ($500) or Grove ($5,000).  *(on one order / certificate)

Checks are to be payable to Rabbi's Discretionary Fund and earmarked "Trees for Israel".  Send to synagogue office.

Thank you for whatever you can give toward this important Tzedakah Project.

Shop for All Occasions

Stop in and see what's in stock at the Gift Shop.  Great selection of beautiful prayer shawls; kippot; mezuzot; Shabbat candles; challah covers; yahrzeit candles; serving dishes; framed art; B'nai Jacob cookbooks; and gift items for all occasions.  All reasonably priced. Open during winter office hours Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00am-Noon; Wednesdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm

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.


Sat, 28 February 2015 9 Adar 5775