Notice of Annual Meeting of Members - May 21

The annual meeting of members of Congregation B’nai Jacob, Inc. will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 10:00am at the Congregation building located at: 7227 Bittersweet Moors Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46814

The following will be discussed:

1. Election of Directors

2. Ratifying the acts and actions taken by the Board of Directors since the last annual meeting

3. Ratifying the acts and actions of the Officers of this corporation

4. Receiving committee reports

5. Hearing the President’s report

6. Adoption of the budget

7. Transactions of other business that may come before the meeting

PLEASE ATTEND THIS IMPORTANT MEETING

Sincerely,

Pamela Friedman, Recording Secretary

Siyum Hatorah - Confirmation Ceremony

At 9:15am Shabbat Services on May 20, 2017, Congregation B’nai Jacob will mark the confirmation of Alex Martinez.  Mazel Tov to Alex and his family!  A special Kiddush, sponsored by the Martinez/Adams family, will be enjoyed after services. 

BDS Movement & Delegitimazation of Israel

Dr. Michael Gizzi will be speaking on "Making Sense of the BDS Movement and the Campaign to Delegitimize Isreal" on Monday, May 15 at 7:00pm at the History Center, 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne.  Michael Gizzi is a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church USA.  He is an active member of Presbyterians for Middle East Peace, a group within the denomination dedicated to seeking a two sate solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and which works with the Israel Action Network and JCPA (Jewish Council for Public Affairs) in combating efforts to advance the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions)  Movement in the church.

Dr. Gizzi authored a resolution opposing a pro-BDS study guide called Zionism Unsettled, authored by another group within the church.  He is a political scientist, and is a professor of criminal justice at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.  He is co-editor with Dr. Cary Nelson, of a forthcoming book on BDS and the Churches.  Gizzi serves as Advisor to Illinois State University Hillel, and works closely with a co-existence program called Friends Forever USA.  Dr. Gizzi conducted research on co-existence efforts, and has studied the complex dynamics of the conflict in Israel and the West Bank.

The event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation with support from the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne.

Rosh Chodesh Women's Club - May 1

Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne Rosh Chodesh Women's Club is excited to invite our community spiritual leaders Rabbi Kornspan and Rabbi Sarko to our May 1st meeting to discuss the differences between the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox movements within Judaism. The program will be held at 6:00pm at the Madge Rothschild Resource Center at Congregation Achduth Vesholom, 5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne. We thank them in advance for their willingness to come and engage with us!

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.

Grand Opening of Resource Center - April 30, 2017

Author David Laskin will be the keynote speaker at the Grand Opening of the Madge Rothschild Resource Center on Sunday, April 30th at the Rifkin Campus at 5200. He’ll discuss "One Family, Three Journeys: How one family embodied the sweep of 20th century Jewish history."

The celebration begins at 2:00pm with an open house in the Resource Center, a reception, and tours of Congregation Achduth Vesholom at 2:15pm, 2:45pm, and 3:15pm. The author will speak at 4:00pm, followed by a book signing and reception. The resource center is the cornerstone of the Rifkin Campus at 5200 project and includes the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library and the Jacob L. Goldman Museum focusing on 200 years of Jewish history in Northeast Indiana. Thank you to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation for its support of David Laskin’s visit.

Yom Hashoah Commemoration - April 24, 2017

The Fort Wayne Jewish Federation-sponsored Yom Hashoah Commemoration will take place on Monday, April 24 at 7:00pm at the Temple. Stephen Feinberg, an educator and scholar from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will be the guest speaker. A reception will follow. Thank you to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation for its support of this annual event.

5777-2017 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

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.

Adult Education Passover Workshop - March 26

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.

Ethics Class Meets on March 19

Our class is studying Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s  book:  A Code of Jewish Ethics.   The class will meet on Sunday, March 19th at 10:30am at the synagogue.  Each class is preceded by Tallit and Tefillin at 9:30am and a light brunch, sponsored by an anonymous donor.  

Shalach Manot Fundraiser & 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.

People of the Book with Brad Meltzer

"What's Your Legacy?  A Night of History and Writing with Brad Meltzer" - 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. http://bradmeltzer.com/

Shabbat Across America - SOLD OUT!!

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. SOLD OUT!!!!Confirmed reservations with checks payable to Congregation B'nai Jacob were due to the synagogue office on or before Thursday, February 23. 

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

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

Tu B'Shevat Seder - February 11, 2017

The congregation and religious school students will enjoy a Tu B'Shevat Seder following Shabbat Services on February 11.  The Seder is sponsored by Franck Hagendorf in loving memory of his father, Henri Hagendorf.

Federation Hosts Photo Exhibit, December 5-16

On Monday, December 5 at 7:00pm, the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne will host the opening of a photo exhibit entitled "Building Bridges of Faith: Papal Visits to the Holy Land 1964-2014".  

Rabbi Yehiel Poupko will be the guest speaker and will present "The Advancement of the Roman Catholic Church’s Relations with the Jewish People Under the Stewardship of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis”.

Special Guests: Bishop Kevin Rhoades, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend' Sister Elise Kriss, President and CEO University of Saint Francis; Itay Milner, Deputy Consul General of Israel to the Midwest.

The exhibit is free and open to the community December 5-16 at the Madge Rothschild Resource Center on the Rifkin Campus at 5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46807.  

Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne; Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend; Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation; and the Consul General of Israel to the Midwest.

Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service - 11/22/16

Fort Wayne’s annual community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will take place on Tuesday, November 22 at 7:00pm at the Temple, 5200 Old Mill Road 46807. The Rev. Dr. Terry Anderson, Executive Director of Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network, will be the speaker. The service will include representatives of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu congregations.  Donations will be collected at the service to assist Just Neighbors. A reception will follow the service.

Fort Wayne Jewish Federation Campaign Opener

On Monday, November 7 at 7:00pm, Yotam Goren, an Israeli diplomat pursuing graduate studies at Harvard Kennedy School, will present "ISRAEL FOREIGN POLICY – AN OVERVIEW OF CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES" at the Campaign Opener of the Jewish Federation.  Additional information is posted in the hallway.  The evening is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and the Harry W. Salon Foundation.

Lulav and Etrog Orders - September 23 Deadline

Rabbi Kornspan is accepting orders for Lulav and Etrog now through Friday, September 23, 2016.

                        Standard Set              $36.00

                        Quality Set                 $40.00

                        Prime Set                    $47.00

                        Deluxe Set                  $56.00

                        Superior Set               $66.00

Checks are to be made payable to Rabbi's Discretionary Fund and noted for Lulav and Etrog.

High Holiday Workshop & Dinner - September 22

On Thursday, September 22 there will be a high holiday workshop and dinner at the home of Mike and Paula Adams.  6:00pm Mincha service; 6:15pm dinner and workshop.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the synagogue office (260-672-8459) by Thursday, September 15.  

September is Hunger Action Month

Congregation B'nai Jacob is taking part in Associated Churches Hunger Action Month Food Drive to benefit the needy in the Fort Wayne community.  During the month of September all are encouraged to donate canned and boxed food.   A marked barrel is located in the synagogue hallway where items will be collected.

High Holidays Schedule

SELICHOT - Saturday, September 24, 8:00pm, Maariv, Havdalah and Selichot Services

KEVER AVOT CEMETERY VISITATION - On Sunday, September 25, Congregations Achduth Vesholom and B'nai Jacob will hold the Kever Avot Cemetery Visitation, led by Rabbi Lenny Sarko and Rabbi Mitchell Kornspan.  1:00pm at Lindenwood Cemetery; 2:30pm at The Jewish Cemetery

ROSH HASHANA - Sunday, October 2 at 7:30pm, Erev Rosh Hashana Services

Monday and Tuesday, October 3 and 4 at 8:30am, 1st and 2nd Day Rosh Hashana Services 

Tashlich, led by Rabbi Mitchell Kornspan, will be on Monday, October 3 following services.   Congregants are encouraged to come to this or to the later afternoon Tashlich, which will be led by Rabbi Lenny Sarko.

YOM KIPPUR - Tuesday, October 11, 6:45pm Mincha; 7:00pm Kol Nidre

Wednesday, October 12, 8:30am Shacharit with Yizkor at approximately 11:00am; 5:15pm Mincha; 6:30pm Neilah; 7:30pm Maariv; 7:46pm Havdalah; Break the Fast is sponsored by Marc Nusholtz and Mary Wilger.  Reservations for Break the Fast are required and are due to the office by Noon on Wednesday, October 5.  

First Day of Hebrew School

Hebrew School begins on Wednesday, August 31 at 4:00pm.  Parents are requested to attend a brief meeting at 5:45pm on the first day.

Havurat No'ar and Shabbat School resume on Saturday, September 3 at 9:30am.  

Unveiling

Please plan to join the family as they unveil the headstone for Jeanette Lewis on Sunday, August 28 at 1:00pm at the Jewish Cemetery on Old Decatur Road.   

Tisha B'Av Services - August 13 & 14

Tisha B'Av Services will take place at Congregation B'nai Jacob on Saturday, August 13 at 9:00pm and on Sunday, August 14 at 7:00pm.

Friday Service to Honor Janet Finkel - August 12

During a special Friday Evening Shabbat Service at B'nai Jacob on August 12 at 7:30pm, Janet Finkel will receive the Federation's Goldie Dubow Award for exceptional volunteerism in the Fort Wayne Jewish community.  Janet was recuperating from surgery and was unable to be present at the Federation's annual meeting on June 6 when the award was announced.  Please plan to join Janet and her family and friends on this memorable occasion.

Ice Cream Social & Pool Party Fundraiser - July 31

ICE CREAM SOCIAL

and

POOL PARTY FUNDRAISER

to benefit Congregation B'nai Jacob

Sunday, July 31, 2016

2:00pm-5:00pm

at the home of

Josh and Donna Tourkow

Donations will be accepted at the door or may be made by check, payable to Congregation B'nai Jacob and noted "fundraiser", and mailed to:

Congregation B'nai Jacob

7227 Bittersweet Moors Drive

Fort Wayne, IN  46814

Guests will also have the opportunity to bid, via silent auction, on two paintings by Artist Deana G. Harvey, owner and primary artist in residence at Tree of Life Gallery, 331 North Main Street, Roanoke, IN.  Deana's paintings are on display at the synagogue.   

RSVP by July 27

Call or email the synagogue office

Tel:  260-672-8459; Email: office@bnaijacobfw.com

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Israeli Music and Chasidic Stories - July 6

On Wednesday, July 6 at 7:00pm, Rabbi Yishai Kornspan will visit with us and share Israeli Music and Chasidic Stories!

Shavuot Learning and Services:  June 11-13

Shavuot begins Saturday evening June 11.  At 12:45pm that Shabbat, Torah Class will be dedicated to Shavuot learning.  On Sunday, June 12 Shavuot services will begin at 9:15am with Yizkor at 10:30am.  On Monday, June 13 Shavuot services will begin at 10:00am.  Kiddush will follow services on both days of Shavuot.

Lag B'Omer Bonfire and Picnic

On Thursday, May 26 at 6:00pm we will celebrate Lag B'Omer in the traditional way with a bonfire and picnic. Feel free to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and join us as we roast marshmallows by the fire. There will also be games and entertainment for children of all ages. Come one, come all and let's enjoy Lag B'Omer together with food, fire, and lots of fun. Reservations are a must and are needed by Monday, May 23.  Reply by email or call the synagogue office today!

Yom Haatzmaut with Rabbi Shalom Hammer

In celebration of

Yom Haatzmaut - Israel Independence Day

please join us on

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 @ 7:00pm

for

An Evening to Unite with TZAHAL / IDF

Congregation B'nai Jacob is pleased to announce that RABBI SHALOM HAMMER, motivational lecturer for the Israeli Defense Forces and contributing writer for the Jerusalem Post, will celebrate Yom Haatzmaut (Israel Independence Day) in Fort Wayne and speak at the synagogue on "WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING FOR?" 

Rabbi Hammer, served under the Rabbinate Division of the Israeli Defense Forces, and now delivers crucial lectures to various divisions in the IDF promoting ideology and unification. This presentation is based on many of the inspiring ideas which Rabbi Hammer imparts to motivate combat troops. The lecture is anecdotal and includes analysis from the Torah on how assessing the needs of the collective and promoting communal values secure the future of the land of Israel.

Following the presentation, there will be an outstanding slide power point presentation. For more information about Rabbi Hammer, visit http://www.rabbihammer.com

The evening is free and open to the community, thanks to the generosity of the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation.

Congregation B'nai Jacob is located at 7227 Bittersweet Moors Drive, Fort Wayne. Tel:  260-672-8459  http://www.bnaijacobfw.com

Annual Meeting and Confirmation Ceremony 5-15

The annual meeting of members of Congregation B’nai Jacob, Inc. will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 1:00pm at the Congregation building located at:  7227 Bittersweet Moors Drive, Fort Wayne, IN  46814. 

At 3:00pm the same day, our Siyum Confirmation Ceremony will take place.  Mazel Tov to Eden Fuchs, Ian Martinez, Rebecka Roberts, Michal Spanjer, their parents and families!  Our class will lead a creative service with music and thoughtful presentations, which reflect the students' religious and spiritual experiences and aspirations. Please plan to join us!  Following the Siyum, refreshments will be served.

5776 Passover Preparation and Services

Thursday, April 21 at 8:40pm - 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. The "chametz" found in the ceremony is burned on the following morning. This is called Biur Chametz. Biur Chametz completes the removal of all leavened products from our possession.

*Selling of Chametz form included with April newsletter.  Return to office or Rabbi by Noon on Monday, April 18.

 

Friday, April 22, 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.

 

Friday, April 22 - Eve of Pesach 

One may eat a chametz meal until 11:20am. No matzah is to be eaten until the Seder that night.   First Seder - Candle lighting: 8:09pm.

 

Saturday, April 23, 9:15am - Shabbat Pesach Services

Second Seder  - Candle lighting: 9:09pm.

 

Sunday, April 24, 10:00am Second Day Pesach  Services  

 

Friday, April 29, 10:00am - Seventh Day Pesach Services 

 

Saturday, April 30, 9:15am - Eighth Day Shabbat Pesach Services

Yizkor at approximately 10:45am.

From Diversity to Uniformity - April 10

At 3:30pm on Sunday, April 10th, Attorney George Deek, Arab-Christian Veteran of the Israeli Diplomat Corps and Fulbright Scholar at Georgetown University, will present "From Diversity to Uniformity:  The Growing Intolerance in the Region, and Why Israel is Important".   The event takes place at The History Center, 302 East Berry Street in Fort Wayne, is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne.

Unveiling - April 10

Please join the family as they dedicate the monument for Ronald Miller on Sunday, April 10th at 2:00pm at the Jewish Cemetery, 5800 Old Decatur Road, Fort Wayne.  

Adult Education Passover Workshop - April 3

An adult education workshop will take place next Sunday, April 3rd at 11:00am at the home of Mort Schaffer and Ruth Minkoff, when the deeper meaning of Passover will be discussed.  Tallit and tefillin davening begin at 10:00am.  Brunch will be served.  Please RSVP to Mort, Ruth, or the synagogue office by noon on Wednesday, March 30.

Hagigat Siddur - March 26, 2016

At Shabbat Services on March 26, our Kita Aleph class, taught by Rebbetzin Penny, will celebrate Hagigat Siddur, when Geoffrey Long and Zoey Zemmol will be presented their own Siddurim.  These students have successfully learned how to read Hebrew and having begun to learn their prayers will be awarded their very own prayer books!

Megillah Readings and Purim Celebration 5776

The reading of the Megillah of Esther and religious school Purim celebration takes place on Wednesday, March 23 at 6:30pm at the shul.  The Megillah of Esther will be read again at the shul on Thursday, March 24 at 9:00am.  All are welcome at both readings, and costumes and noisemakers are encouraged!

Shalach Manot Fundraiser

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 the B’nai Jacob 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.  Orders are due to the office by Monday, March 14.  For more information, please see the March bulletin under the Newsletters tab to the left or call the synagogue office at 260-672-8459.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Purim Adult Education Workshop - March 13

An adult education workshop will take place at the home of Marc Nusholtz and Mary Wilger on Sunday, March 13 at 11:00am when the deeper meaning of Purim will be discussed.  Tallit and tefillin davening begin at 10:00am.  Brunch will be served.  Please RSVP to Marc, Mary or the synagogue office by Wednesday, March 9.

Bat Mitzvah - Gwendolyn Schneider - March 5

Please share our joy and celebrate a special day in our lives when our daughter, Gwen, is called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

at 9:15am

Kiddush luncheon following services.

Mark and Missy Schneider

Bat Mitzvah - Miranda Long - February 19-20

MAZEL TOV

to

Miranda Long

and her family!!!

Miranda will be leading evening services on

Friday, February 19, 2016 at 7:00pm.

An Oneg will follow.

 

On Shabbat morning

February 20, 2016 at 9:15am

Miranda will be called to the Torah for her Bat Mitzvah.

Kiddush luncheon following.

Tu B'Shevat Seder - January 23

Our Tu B'Shevat Seder will take place following Shabbat services on January 23, 2016, and is sponsored by Franck Hagendorf in memory of his father, Henri.

Ethics Class Continues - Jan. 10 and Feb. 7

The Ethics Class, based on "A Code of Jewish Ethics" by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin and led by Rabbi Kornspan, continues in 2016 on Sunday, January 10 and Sunday, February 7 at 10:30am.  Tallit and Tefillin at 9:30am.  For more information, please call the synagogue office at 260-672-8459.

Hanukkah Celebration - December 9

Please join us for an evening of music and fun as we celebrate Hanukkah together on Wednesday, December 9!  Our traditional hot dog dinner, including potato latkes, will be served at 5:30pm. Each adult and child is welcome to bring a gently used, wrapped gift for a white elephant exchange.  Bring your menorah for a congregational candle lighting!

Please RSVP to the congregation office by December 1, 2015.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service 11/24/15

The annual community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will take place on Tuesday, November 24 at 7:00pm at the Temple, 5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46807. Sister M. Elise Kriss, President of the University of St. Francis, will deliver the message. The service will include representatives of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Hindu congregations.

Please support this important community event and the strong bonds we share with people of faith in the Fort Wayne community. Donations collected at the service will support St. Mary’s Parish Soup Kitchen. A reception will follow the service.

Rabbi Blech to Speak in Fort Wayne - 10/25

Rabbi Benjamin Blech, a 10th-generation Rabbi and internationally recognized educator, religious leader, author, and lecturer, will present "The Sistine Chapel:  Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican" on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 6:00pm at the University of St. Francis, 2701 Spring Street, North Campus Facility Auditorium (across from the Bass Mansion)

Free and open to the community, thanks to the generosity of the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne; Congregation B'nai Jacob; Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation; and Louis and Anne B. Schneider Foundation.

For more information about Rabbi Blech, see http://www.benjaminblech.com

Shabbat B'Yachad - October 16

Shabbat B'yachad will be celebrated here at Congregation B'nai Jacob, with members of the Temple, on Friday, October 16 at 7:00pm.  An oneg will follow.  

Together for the Holidays at B'nai Jacob

SELICHOT

Saturday, September 5, 8:30pm - Maariv and Changing Torah Covers;

9:30pm Selichot Services

ROSH HASHANA

Sunday, September 13, 7:30pm - Erev Rosh Hashana Services

Monday, September 14, 8:30am - 1st Day Services 

(Tashlich following services)

Tuesday, September 15, 8:30am - 2nd Day Services

YOM KIPPUR

Tuesday, September 22, 7:15pm - Mincha; 7:30pm - Kol Nidre

Wednesday, September 23, 8:30am - Shacharit with Yizkor at approximately 11:00am

Wednesday, September 23, 5:30pm - Mincha; 7:00pm - Neilah;

8:00pm - Maariv; 8:19pm - Havdalah

Break the Fast - Reservations due to office by September 16.

SUKKOT

Monday, September 28, 10:00am - Services and Kiddush in Sukkah

Tuesday, September 29, 10:00am - Services and Kiddush in Sukkah

SHEMINI ATZERET / SIMCHAT TORAH

Monday, October 5, 9:15am - Shemini Atzeret Services with Yizkor at approximately 11:00am

Monday, October 5, 6:00pm - Simchat Torah Celebration with Seudah at 6:00pm;

Simchat Torah Hakafot at 7:00pm

Tuesday, October 6, 10:00am - Services

Journalist Caroline Glick - August 20

Award winning journalist, author, and spokesperson for Israel's security, Caroline Glick will speak on "Israel and the Palestinians" on Thursday, August 20 at 6:30pm at Walb Union Classic Ballroom, Room 126, IPFW Campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard, Fort Wayne. Complimentary adjacent parking in Garage 2. Doors open at 6:00pm with limited seating for 450 and standing room for an additional 150. The evening is open and free to the community thanks to the generosity of the Harry W. Salon Foundation.  Tickets are not required.

In its Israeli Independence Day supplement in 2003, Maariv named Caroline Glick the most prominent woman in Israel. In December 2005, she was awarded the Ben Hecht award for Middle East reporting from the Zionist Organization of America. In January 2006, she was awarded the Abramowitz Prize for Media Criticism by Israel Media Watch. In May 2009 she received Bar Ilan University’s Guardian of Zion Award.

She published her first solo book, Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad, in 2008.  Her new book is, The Israeli Solution: A One State Plan for Peace in the Middle East.  

Caroline B. Glick grew up in Chicago and  made aliyah to Israel in 1991, two weeks after receiving her BA in Political Science from Columbia University in New York.  Caroline joined the Israel Defense Forces that summer and served as an officer for five and a half  years. From 1994-1996, as an IDF captain, she served as Coordinator of Negotiations with the PLO in the office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, acting as a core member of Israel’s negotiating team with the Palestinians.

In 1997 and 1998, she served as assistant foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

From 1998-2000, she returned to the US for graduate school, receiving a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

After she finished graduate school, Caroline returned to Israel and began writing at Makor Rishon  newspaper, serving as chief diplomatic commentator.

In March 2002, she also accepted the position of Deputy Managing Editor of The Jerusalem Post. At the Post she writes two weekly columns, which are regularly syndicated. She is currently Senior Contributing Editor.

During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Caroline covered the US-led war in Iraq as an embedded journalist with the US Army’s 3rd Infantry Division. Reporting for the Post, Maariv, Israel TV’s Channel 2, and the Chicago Sun Times, she was one of the only female journalists on the front lines with the US forces and the first Israeli journalist to report from liberated Baghdad.

Her writings, which have also been published in major US periodicals, journals, newspapers and online publications, focus on the strategic, cultural, and political issues challenging Israel and the United States.

From 2004-2012, Caroline served as the senior fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC.

In 2012, she joined the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles as the Director of the Center’s Israel Security Project. She remains the Center for Security Policy’s adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs. In both capacities, she travels regularly to Washington to brief senior officials and members of Congress on issues of joint Israeli-American concern.  She lives in Mevasseret Zion, Israel with her family.

Jennifer Teege, Author - August 17

On Monday, August 17 at 7:00pm at the Allen County Public Library Auditorium - Downtown, author Jennifer Teege will speak about her singular and shocking memoir, "My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past."  The book is now being published for the first time in English after appearing in Germany (where it spent more than six months on bestseller lists), Poland, France, Japan, Brazil, and Israel.  Ms. Teege's appearance is sponsored by:  The IPFW Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies; The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center; and Congregation Achduth Vesholom.

Tisha B'Av Services

Maariv and Tisha B'Av Services will take place on Saturday, July 25 at 9:30pm.  Tisha B'Av Services Tallit and Tefillin will be held on Sunday, July 26 at 7:00pm.

Evening of Comedy - July 19

Jewish blogger, comedic writer, and public speaker Eric Golub will occupy a booth at this year's Three Rivers Festival for the purpose of selling his books.  Eric will be at Congregation B'nai Jacob for a free evening of entertainment for the Jewish Community on Sunday, July 19 at 6:00pm.  Refreshments and dessert will be served.

Guest Speaker from Israel - July 8

Rabbi Yishai Kornspan will meet with us at the shul and share an audio-visual presentation of "The Jerusalem Temple and the Kohen's Service" on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:00pm.

What's New With Chef Marla Cohen?

You can ask her yourself when Chef Marla Cohen returns to Fort Wayne on Thursday, July 2 from 4:30pm-6:30pm at The Monogram Shoppe, 6410 West Jefferson Blvd (Covington Plaza).  She'll "meet and greet" and share samples of her Super Shit-arein spices. The name translates from Yiddish as “to throw a little of this and a little of that,” a method of cooking that she learned from her grandmother and uses today. Cohen, who now lives in California, was the chef at the now-defunct Summit Club and former owner of Marla’s Bakery on Getz Road.   

*Chef Marla Cohen presented an afternoon of tasty entertainment at Congregation B'nai Jacob one year ago on June 29, 2014.  

First Solo Exhibition by Jewish Artist

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, in partnership with the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation, is proud to announce its first solo exhibition by a Jewish artist in the museum's history:  "Work and Worship:  Recent Paintings and Sculptures" by Tobi Kahn, from March 21-June 7, 2015.  A child of Holocaust survivors, Tobi Kahn has created spiritual expressions in both painting and sculpture that have been commissioned for Jewish centers and synagogues around the country.  You can learn more about this exhibit at http://www.fwmoa.org/Exhibition/tobi-kahn.

Shavuot Services May 24 and 25

Services begin at 9:15am on Sunday, May 24 with Yizkor at approximately 10:30am.  On Monday, May 25, services begin at 10:00am.  Kiddush following both services.  For more information about this major Jewish holiday, please refer to our May Bulletin under the Newsletters tab to the left.

Lag B'Omer Bonfire and Picnic

Join the Religious School students and their families as they celebrate Lag B'Omer with a bonfire and picnic on Thursday, May 7 at 6:00pm.  Reservations required by Friday, May 1.  Call the office @ 672-8459.

Minyanim Help Needed

ATTENTION FORT WAYNE JEWISH COMMUNITY

We are honored to have artist, Tobi Kahn in Fort Wayne from April 23-26th.  Mr. Kahn recently lost his father and has asked us to arrange minyanim allowing him to honor his father’s memory.  This is a mitzvah for us to be able to provide this service for him.  PLEASE let us know if you can participate in ANY or ALL of the following services.  Email Jan Sarratore directly (Sarratorej@comcast.net) to let her know which services you can participate in.  She will keep a list of those expected.  This is an egalitarian minyan (women CAN participate).

Thursday, April 23rd  - led by Rabbi Kornspan at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art - 6:45 p.m. in a private room.

Friday, April 24th – led by Rabbi Kornspan at B'nai Jacob synagogue – 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 25th – led by Rabbi Cattapan at the Temple – 10:00 a.m.  (If the weather is nice, Jaki & Eric Schreier will be walking from the Downtown Hilton to the Temple with Mr. Kahn in time for the 10:00 a.m. service.  If the weather is not nice, the service will be held at the Hilton Downtown – you will be notified.)

Sunday, April 26th – led by Rabbi Kornspan at B'nai Jacob synagogue – 9:00 a.m. (Mr. Kahn will then be driven to the airport to catch an 11:30 a.m. flight.)

Passover Services and Information

Thursday, April 2nd, at 8:40pm - 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. The "chametz" found in the ceremony is burned on the following morning. This is called Biur Chametz. Biur Chametz completes the removal of all leavened products from our possession. 

*Selling of Chametz form included with March newsletter.

Friday, April 3, 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.  Afterwards, we will share breakfast.

Friday, April 3 - Eve of Pesach - One may eat a chametz meal until 11:35am.  No matzah is to be eaten until the Seder that night.   First Seder - Candle lighting: 7:49pm. 

Saturday, April 4 - Shabbat Pesach  Services at 9:15am.  Second Seder  - Candle lighting: 8:50pm.

Sunday, April 5 - Second Day Pesach   Services 10:00am.

Friday, April 10 - Seventh Day Pesach   Services 10:00am.

Saturday, April 11 - Eighth Day Shabbat Pesach  Services begin at 9:15am and Yizkor at approximately 10:30am.

Kosher for Passover

Kroger Marketplace at Coventry on 24 West has Kosher for Passover meats and poultry, as well as other Kosher for Passover items.  Please support our effort to maintain Kosher foods locally.  For more information, call Kroger at 260-432-2305.

Trees for Israel Update

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project.  We are pleased to announce that 76 trees have been purchased!

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.

Interfaith Build Complete

Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity's first Interfaith Build home is now complete! Please plan to attend the dedication on Thursday, March 19 at 4:00pm at Fuller's Landing when the new homeowner Asia Clayton will receive her keys.  Our congregations and the Jewish community were part of the effort. Thank you to Mike Adams for being our B'nai Jacob liaison during the project.  http://fortwaynehabitat.org/home-dedications

Comedian Mike Leiderman at B'nai Jacob

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.

 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. 

Begin Shabbat and Chanukah with K.I.S.S.

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.

Religious School Begins September 3

We are looking forward to an exciting year, with a special project centered around Tzedakah. Our youths will be involved in our Shabbat services and holiday celebrations, and will have their own junior congregation for the High Holidays.

First Day of Classes

Hebrew School          Wednesday, September 3, 2014    4:00pm-6:00pm

Havurat No’ar            Wednesday,  September 3, 2014   4:30pm-6:00pm

Gan                           Wednesday,  September 3, 2014   4:30pm-6:00pm

Shabbat School         September 6, 2014                      9:30am-11:45am

Junior Congregation

Rosh Hashanah        Thursday, September 24, 2014           10:30am

Yom Kippur                Saturday, October 4, 2014                  10:30am

Unveiling - Rosie Adams

Please join the Adams family as the headstone for Rosie Adams is unveiled on Sunday, September 7 at 2:00pm at the Jewish Cemetery, 5800 Old Decatur Road, Fort Wayne

Tisha B'Av Services - August 4 and 5

The Holy Temples (First and Second) were destroyed on this day. Exile and countless tragedies occurred for the Jewish people, the worst of them being the Shoah. In commemoration of these events, services will be held Monday evening, August 4, at 9:00pm. The Book of Aicha, Lamentations, will be chanted.  On Tuesday evening, August 5 at 7:00pm, services with Tallit and Tefillin will be held.

Bar Mitzvah - July 12, 2014

Mazel Tov to Alexander James Martinez and his family on Alex's Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, July 12 at 9:15am, when Alex will lead services and chant his Torah portion and Haftarah!   Kiddush following services sponsored by his mother, Cassie, and his grandparents, Mike and Paula Adams.

Chef Marla Cohen at B'nai Jacob - June 29

Chef Marla Cohen Returns!

Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Open to the community and sponsored by

the Harry W. Salon Foundation.

“Creative, whimsical, knowledgeable, a passion for perfection” are all phrases that have been used to describe Chef Marla Cohen. A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Marla has 28+ years experience in the food industry and is the creator of a unique line of super spice mixes. Her knack for public speaking, zany sense of humor, vast culinary knowledge and well developed palette have made Marla a “must” at many culinary venues.

Fort Wayne residents fondly remember Marla as the proprietor of a local artesian bakery and catering business, culinary instructor at Indiana Tech, and Executive Chef at the former Summit Club.

On Sunday, June 29 at 1:30pm, Chef Marla Cohen returns to Fort Wayne and Congregation B'nai Jacob for an afternoon of entertainment and education, with her 'spicy' shtick! 

Please call or email the synagogue office to make your reservation*.    260-672-8459.  Email:  bnaijacob@frontier.com

*As of June 26, we still have some seating availability so feel free to come if you haven't made a reservation.

Yahrzeit Minyan and Brunch - June 15

All are invited to a Yahrzeit Minyan and Brunch at the home of Nina and Virgil Mocle, as Nina remembers the yahrzeit of her father, Leon Hasid, on Sunday, June 15 from 9:15am to Noon.  To RSVP and for directions, please call Nina at 603-493-3344 by Friday, June 13.

FWJF Annual Meeting - June 8

The Federation is 93 Years Young!  All are invited to celebrate at the annual meeting on Sunday, June 8 at 7:00pm at the Temple.  "Then AND Now Looking back & looking forward."  Keynote Speakers: Stan Levine, Ben Eisbart.  A light buffet will be served.

Shavuot Services

Shavuot Services will be held on Wednesday, June 4 at 9:15am, with Yizkor at approximately 10:30am, and on Thursday, June 5 at 10:00am.  Hope to see you at shul!

Notice of Annual Meeting of Members

The annual meeting of members of Congregation B’nai Jacob will be held Sunday, June 1, 2014, at 10:30am at the Congregation building located at:

7227 Bittersweet Moors Drive

Fort Wayne, IN  46814

The following will be discussed:

  1. Election of Directors
  2. Ratifying the acts and actions taken by the Board of Directors since the last annual meeting
  3. Ratifying the acts and actions of the Officers of this corporation
  4. Receiving committee reports
  5. Hearing the President’s report
  6. Adoption of the budget
  7. Transactions of other business that may come before the meeting

PLEASE ATTEND THIS IMPORTANT MEETING

Pamela Friedman

Recording Secretary

Doug Cotler Concert and Lag B'omer Picnic

Doug Cotler is a Grammy Award-winning composer and an accomplished singer, songwriter, and musician. No one fuses traditional Jewish melodies with the power and rhythm of modern popular music like he does.  He performs more than 100 concerts each year.  Doug has recorded six original Jewish music albums, with his 1984 Grammy being awarded for writing "Manhunt", a powerful song featured in the smash album and movie, Flashdance.   Doug will perform at B'nai Jacob synagogue on Sunday, May 18 at 11:00am as part of the Congregation's Lag B'omer celebration. 

A picnic will follow the concert. 

The concert is sponsored by the Harry W. Salon  Foundation and is free and open to the public. The picnic is also open to the community, with a free will donation of  $5 per person. Reservations may be made by calling the office at 672-8459, by Wednesday, May 14.

Scholar in Residence Charlie Harary

Scholar in Residence, Charlie Harary, Esq. will speak at B'nai Jacob on Wednesday, May 28 at Noon and at 7:00pm.  "The Keys to Happiness" will be the topic of his mid-day presentation, and "Tapping Into Your Inner Greatness" will be the topic of his evening presentation.

Both lectures are sponsored by the Harry W. Salon Foundation and are open to the community.  A light Kosher lunch (free will donation of $5.00 per person) will be served at Noon prior to Mr. Harary's presentation.  To make a reservation for lunch, please call the synagogue office at 672-8459 by Wednesday, May 21. 

For more information, please see http://charlieharary.com/

Bar Mitzvah - Zackary Zemmol

Bar Mitzvah

Zackary Zemmol

Friday, May 2 - Saturday, May 3

Mazel Tov to Zackary Zemmol and his family!  Zackary will lead our Shabbat services on Friday evening, May 2 at 7:30pm and on Saturday, May 3 at 9:15am.

On Shabbat morning, Zackary will be called to the Torah and chant his portion.

Passover Services and Information

Monday, April 14th - Siyum for the firstborn at 7:00am.  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.  Afterwards, we will share breakfast.

Tuesday, April 15th - Passover Services begin at 10:00am.

Wednesday, April 16th - Passover Services begin at 10:00am.

Sunday, April 20th - Lunch and a Movie "The Prince of Egypt" at the synagogue at Noon.  Reservations are due to the office by April 10.

Monday, April 21st - Passover Services begin at 9:15am and Yizkor at approximately 10:30am.

Tuesday, April 22nd - Passover Services begin at 10:00am.

Guest Speaker at Services - March 22

B'nai Jacob welcomes Jaki Schreier, Executive Director of the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation, as the guest speaker at Shabbat Services on March 22.  Services begin at 9:15am followed by Kiddush.  Torah Class is at 12:45pm.

K.I.S.S. - March 14

Kids in Shabbat Services with Hagigat HaSiddur takes place at 7:00pm on Friday, March 14. 

Order Shalach Manot by March 5

The annual Shalach Manot sale and fundraiser for need-based scholarships to our Religious School is underway.  Two new options are offered to enhance the joyous mitzvah of sending treats to family and friends at Purim.  Orders are due to the office by Wednesday, March 5. Shalach Manot Fundraiser Order Form 2014

Official Purim Decree 5774

AND IT HAS COME TO PASS IN THE CONGREGATION B’NAI JACOB that a decree has been issued that the holiday of Purim shall be observed with joy and gladness, the evening after Shabbat, Saturday, March 15 and on Sunday, March 16.

LET THERE BE the reading of the Megillah, the singing of songs, the attirement in costumes, and the booing of Haman, the villain!

AND IT HAS BEEN FURTHER DECREED that all humankind endeavor to rid itself of the influence of Haman and evil, so that all may ever know joy and happiness unto the fullness of days.

Reservations are due on Thursday, March 6 for the 7:00pm Shabbat Seudah planned prior to Havdalah and the Megillah Reading/Purim Celebration on March 15, and for the Seudah Brunch following the 11:00am Megillah Reading on Sunday, March 16.  Call or email the office.

Chanukah Party

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

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. 

Kosher Wine

May 2012 - Kerry Blanchette, Wine Steward at Scott's Chestnut Plaza (corner of Scott & Illinois), provided the following information on Kosher wines that may be special ordered by the case (12 bottles), not by the bottle (750mL). 
 
Bartenura Moscato $15.99/bottle, less 15% case discount = $13.59/bottle
  Malvasia  
Baron Herzog Cabernet $14.99/bottle, less 15% case discount = $12.74/bottle
  White Zinfandel $9.99/bottle, less 15% case discount = $8.49/bottle
 
All prices subject to change.
 
Kerry places orders on Thursdays.  The Moscato and Cabernet are likely to come in the next day, but he cannot promise this.  The Malvasia and White Zinfandel may take about a week to arrive.
 
For more information or to place an order, call+1 260.625.6031, press "0" and ask for Kerry Blanchette.  He does not work on Wednesdays and Sundays.

100th Anniversary DVD

The DVD celebrating Congregation B'nai Jacob's 100th Anniversary is now available for sale.  The DVD includes Franck Hagendorf's complete concert, the one-hour historical video, and plenty of crowd shots.  There is a bonus feature of the complete version of artist Lee Bleifeld explaining the meaning behind the creation of our beautiful ark.

The DVD is 2 hours and 15 minutes in length and is priced at only $25 (plus $5 if you want it mailed).

If you would like a copy, please send a check for $25 or $30 made out to Congregation B'nai Jacob and mail it Dan Appel.  If you would like to pick up the DVD and Dan and Annie's home, please call them.

Arthur Kurzweil, Scholar in Residence

In conclusion of

Congregation B'nai Jacob's 100th Anniversary celebration!

Scholar in Residence

Arthur Kurzweil

sponsored by

PNC Schneider Charitable Trust

November 1-3, 2013

Arthur Kurzweil is often described as America’s foremost Jewish genealogist.  As part of B'nai Jacob's year-long celebration of its 100th anniversary, Mr. Kurzweil will present a series of lectures. All lectures take place at the synagogue at 7227 Bittersweet Moors Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.

Friday, November 1st @ 6:00pm - Services followed by Shabbat Dinner at 6:30pm.  Reservations are due to the office at Noon on Monday, October 28th.

Friday, November 1st @ 7:30pm - "Who Says We Can't Study Kabbalah?"

Saturday, November 2nd@ 12:45pm - "I Can't Read Hebrew, I Never Went to a Yeshiva, But I Want to Study Talmud: An Introduction to Talmud Study in English"

Saturday, November 2nd @ 7:30pm - "Searching for God in a Magic Shop"

Sunday, November 3rd @ 10:00am - Doroteinu Program - "From Generation to Generation:  How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Family History".  

      All lectures are open to the community and are sponsored by              PNC Schneider Charitable Trust.

Scholar in Residence Rabbi Mark Shapiro

B'nai Jacob will welcome Rabbi Mark S. Shapiro to Fort Wayne on Saturday, October 5th at 12:45pm for an afternoon of community learning, when Rabbi Shapiro will speak on "Responsa:  Does the Shoa Trump Jewish Law?  A Case Study".

A native Chicagoan, Rabbi Shapiro studied at the University of Chicago and received his rabbinic ordination at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati.  Before retiring in 2000, he served Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim in Deerfield, Illinois for 38 years.  Since then, he and his wife, Hanna, have served High Holyday congregations in Kona and Kauai, Hawaii, Juneau, Alaska, as well as many cruise ship congregations.  Rabbi Shapiro created the "Searchers" model of Jewish learning and prayer through sharing, which is in use in a number of synagogues.  His favorite present activity is volunteering in the synagogue's pre-school.  The lecture and afternoon is open to the community and sponsored by the Harry W. Salon Foundation.

High Holidays Schedule 2013 / 5773-5774

Selichot - Saturday, August 31                                                          Program and Changing Torah Covers 10:00pm; Selichot 11:00pm

Erev Rosh Hashanah - Wednesday, September 4                             Services 7:30pm

Rosh Hashanah - Thursday, September 5                                    Services 8:30am; Junior Congregation 10:30am                                 Tashlich following services                                                            Mincha/Maariv 7:45pm

Rosh Hashanah - Friday, September 6                                        Services 8:30am

Kever Avot with the Temple - Sunday, September 8           Lindenwood Cemetery 2:30pm; Jewish Cemetery 3:30pm

Yom Kippur - Friday, September 13                                                    Mincha 7:15pm; Kol Nidre 7:30pm

Yom Kippur - Saturday, September 14                                       Services 8:30am; Junior Congregation 10:30am;                              Yizkor approximately 11:00am;                                                            Mincha 6:30pm; Neilah 7:30pm; Maariv 8:15pm;                               Break the Fast (RSVP to office by Friday, August 30th)

Sukkot - Thursday, September 19 and Friday, September 20   Services at 10:00am both days

Shemini Atzeret - Thursday, September 26                               Services 9:15am; Yizkor 10:30am

Simchat Torah Celebration - Thursday, September 26              Seudah 6:00pm; Simchat Torah Hakafot 7:00pm

Simchat Torah - Friday, September 27                                        Services 10:00am

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Mark Maxwell Concert Tickets

Tickets for the Thursday, June 6 Mark Maxwell concert benefitting the Fort Wayne Habitat Interfaith Build are available for purchase at the synagogue office.  The Interfaith Build project and concert are highlighted in the March and April Bulletins.  $20.00 for General Admission - doors open at 6:45pm.  $100.00 for VIP Reception at 5:30pm.  Checks should be made payable to Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity.  For more information, see http://www.fortwaynehabitat.org/interfaith-build-fundraising-concert or call the office at 672-8459.

 

Shabbat B'Yachad

Congregation B'nai Jacob will host a joint Friday evening service with Congregation Achduth Vesholom.  Services will be held at our synagogue at 7:30pm on May 31st.  Please plan to come!

 
 

Bar Mitzvah

Mazel Tov to Mark and Donna Cole on Mark's Bar Mitzvah!  Mark will lead services and chant Torah and his Haftarah on Shabbat, Saturday, May 25 at 9:15am.   A Kiddush will take place after services sponsored by Mark and Donna.

 
 

Historic Ahavas Sholom - Ligonier, IN

On Friday, May 24 at the temple Ahavas Sholom in Ligonier, please join us for Kiddush and Hamotzi as well as a few Kabbalat Shabbat songs. The evening will begin at 5:00pm and be done by 6:00pm at the temple, which is located at 503 South Main Street in Ligonier.  All are welcome to join as Jewish prayers have not been said inside the building for over 50 years!  See http://ligoniertemple.blogspot.com/

 
 

Erev Shavuot - Mishneh Torah

Mishneh Torah takes place at 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 14 and is open to all.  It will be a special session on Shavuot.  At 8:30pm we will light candles, recite the Evening Service, and have Kiddush, Hamotzi and an Oneg. 

 
 

Z'man Matan Torateinu!!

The Celebration of Shavuot and the Confirmation of Elianna Friedman - Wednesday, May 15, 2013.  Dinner at 6:00pm; Services at 7:30pm.  Please RSVP to office by May 10 out of courtesy for those who are preparing the Yom Tov meal.

Shavuot at B'nai Jacob...

Wednesday, May 15

9:15am - Services

10:30am - Yizkor

6:00pm - Yom Tov Dinner

7:30pm - Services and Confirmation of Elianna Friedman

Thursday, May 16

10:00am - Services

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July 14: Guest Speakers

Iris and Yuval Fuchs will be guest speakers during Shabbat morning services on July 14th.  The Fuchs will be sharing experiences and photos from their recent trip to Israel.

July 1: Mazel Tov

 

Elana Merritt, daughter of Bruce and Sheryl Merritt, and granddaughter of Janet Finkel, is graduating from Homestead High School and will be attending Indiana University in Bloomington. 

Joey Goltz, son of Jeff and Bobbie Goltz, and grandson of Kathy and Sam Stoller, graduated from Purdue University.

Shellen Goltz, daughter of Ron and Vicki Goltz, granddaughter of Kathy and Sam Stoller, graduated with a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Carolyn and David Current welcome their first grandchild, Jase Aden Current.  Son of Jacob and Tracy, he was born 9 May 2012, weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 20 1/2 inches long.

July 1: Services

Throughout the remainder of July, there will be no Shabbat evening services.  Shabbat evening services will resume at 7:30pm in August.  Shabbat morning services continue throughout the summer months and begin at 9:15am followed by a kiddush luncheon and Torah Class at 1:00pm.

May 20 : Proof-of-concept website

 

This NOT THE OFFICIAL website of Congregation B'nai Jacob.  It is proof-of-concept site where we're testing new ideas, technologies, and layouts which might make it onto our official website at some later date.  For details on the technologies we're experimenting with, registered users can check out the Webservant's Blog under "Home".

 

May 20 : Deadline for June/July newsletter

 

The deadline for the combined June/July newsletter is May 16th.  Please have your items submitted to Tami by then.

 

May 20 : Can you spare a (kosher) wine?

 

The shul could use some kosher wine.  If you're able to donate some, it would be appreciated.  For more information, contact Tami via email or telephone at +1 260.672.8459.

 

May 20 : Directory Update Underway

 

Thank you to all who have responded to phone calls and emails about contact information for the directory update.  If your last name falls between A and S and you have not provided your contact information, please call the office or check for an earlier email and respond.   Those with last names between T and Z will receive emails or phone calls in the coming week.

 

May 20 : Items needed for used book sale

 

Please remember to bring in books, cd's, dvd's, and magazines to donate for the used book sale (May 20). There is a bin by the front door. We need lots of magazines for our free magazine table - one way we're trying to draw in customers. Thanks!

 

Vehi Sheamda

Dear B'nai Jacob family,

I want to thank Norm Greenberg for sending this amazing, inspiring video. 

It is well worth your watching it.

Chag Kasher  V'sameach,
 
Rabbi
 

National Remembrance Week

The following clip ran on Indiana's News Center last night:

 

Lag Ba'Omer Community Bonfire and Picnic

 

B'nai Jacob and Temple Achduth Vesholom Thursday, May 10th at 6:00pm at B'nai Jacob
There is no charge for the event but a reservation is required by May 3rd. Email or call the office at +1 260.672.8459, or sign up on the reservation sheet on the hallway table at the shul.

 

April 24 - Gil Hoffman at IPFW

April 24 - Gil Hoffman at IPFW

 

Gil Hoffman, a senior correspondent with the Jerusalem Post will be giving a lecture at IPFW this evening, Monday 23 April.  The event is takes place at Neff Hall, Room 101 between 7:30PM and 9:00PM and is open the public.  See the attached flier for additional details.

UC2_Hoffman_Flier.pdf

 

April 19 - May Bulletin Deadline Approaching

 

Shalom B'nai Jacob Family & Friends,
 
If you have an item for publication in the May bulletin, please submit it to me by Thursday, April 19th.
 
In addition to happenings around the shul and in the community, we welcome happy family news ... so keep us in mind!

6 April 2012 - Preparing for Passover

 

Bedikat Chametz
Thursday evening, April 5th

After the house has been throughly cleaned, a ceremonial serach 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.  The "chametz" found in the ceremony is burned on the following morning.  This is called Biur Chametz.

Biur Chametz completes teh removal of all leavened products from our possession.  One may eat a chametz meal until 11:30am on the eve of Pesach, Friday, April 6th.  No matzah is to be eaten until the Seder that night.

 

5 April 2012 - Kosher Meat at Kroger

 

Kosher Meat at Kroger

The Kroger store located at 8801 US Highway 24, Fort Wayne, IN  46804 is now carrying kosher meat products from AgriStar Meat & Poultry.  This includes the Aaron's Best brand.  Specific products currently in stock include beef chuck roasts, chuck steaks, ground beef, ground chuck, beef cubes for stew, first cut briskets, deli trim briskets, chicken breasts, 8-piece cut chickens, broiler chickens, chicken thighs, chicken drumsticks, turkey drumsticks, and frozen turkeys in the 14/16 pound range.  This is in addition to deli processed salami, beef salami, all beef hot dogs, frankfurters, turkey frankfurters, sliced smoked turkey breast, sliced smoked pastrami, sliced corn beef brisket (which your author found to be quite tasty), and of course beef patties.

Many have labored to bring this pilot project to fruition.  Your patronage is vital if this is to be an ongoing offering in their store.

15 April 2012 - Kosher for Passover Meat Still Available

 

We have received information from Kroger regarding their currently supplies.  Please note of what's available and the "sell by" dates.  Your continued patronage helps make this a worthwile endeavor for Kroger. 

Wishing You a Chag Sameach,

Rabbi.

As of 5 April 2012

Chicken Thighs 24 packages Sell By 12 / 13 Apr
Chicken Drumsticks 32 packages "
Young Broiler Chickens 24 "
Cut-up 8 piece chicken 27 "
Chicken Breast Packages 24 "
Beef Chuck Steak 13 pounds Sell by 17 - 27 Apr
Bone-in Ribeyes 13 pounds "
Cubed Beef 15 pounds "
16 to 18 pound Frozen Turkeys 4 Unknown
14 to 16 pound Frozen Turkeys 4 Unknown
Breaded Chicken Tenders 12  Sell By 12 / 13 Apr
 

 

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