Learning Opportunities
Expand your Jewish knowledge and friendships by being part of our growing community of lifelong learners. Please check our calendar for more information on Adult Learning opportunities for 2017-2018. We also invite you to learn more about our collection in the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.

Talmud Class - A weekly Talmud Class on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. If the Bible is the cornerstone of Judaism, then Talmud is the central pillar. The Bible gives us Jewish concepts. The Talmud defines how to apply those concepts within any particular context. Join Rabbi Lenny when we discuss how the concepts in the Talmud apply today in Fort Wayne and are relevant in our personal lives. Check the calendar for dates and times. We also offer the class via TempleConnect for those who are not able to attend in person.
    Weekly Torah Learning - During our Friday evening services, Rabbi Lenny reads from the Torah and offers insights into the weekly portion and wisdom of Judaism. Check the calendar for dates and times.

    Introduction to Judaism - This class is for non-affiliated individuals and interfaith couples interested in exploring Judaism, as well as for those considering becoming Jewish. Contact Rabbi Lenny at rabbi@TempleCAV.org or 260-744-4245 for more information.

    Genealogy and the Holocaust - Temple member Irv Adler will share his search through Holocaust records to find information on his grandmother and family on Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Temple. Hear his story about family members, both lost and found.

    "Jerusalem" Screening & Discussion -
    The Jewish community is invited on Sunday, July 30 at 4 p.m. to Cinema Center for a screening of the film "Jerusalem," followed by a discussion led by Rabbi Lenny. Ticket information and more. 

    Seven Species of Israel -
    During the year, we'll explore the seven species grown in Israel - olives, grapes, pomegranates, barley, wheat, figs, and dates - right here in northeast Indiana. We'll kick off the series on Friday, August 11 through the weekly Torah portion that includes all seven species. Find out more. Save the date for August 26 with Havdalah in the Vineyards.

    "Green" House Tour - Sunday, September 10. Check back for details about our tour of Green Oak Farm, the new LEED-certified home built by Temple members Janet & Andy Katz.

    Temple Book Club - For our first event in May 2017, we read Saving Sophie by Ronald Balson and talked with the author through video-conferencing. Save the date for our upcoming book clubs on November 14, February 6, and May 8.

    Black History Month Program - Temple Member Wendy Soltz will offer a special program on Friday, February 23 on her research on Jewish connections to historically black colleges. Details to come.

    Hot Topics Shabbat - Explore current events periodically throughout the year following an abbreviated Shabbat service. Check the calendar for dates and times.

    Special Opportunity - Travel to Israel With Rabbi Lenny on March 11-19, 2018.
    Genealogy and the Holocaust

    Temple member Irv Adler will share the latest information on his search through Holocaust records to find out more information about his grandmother and family on Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Temple. Join us as he discusses his journey, which includes family members lost and found. Learn more.


    He previously presented his story in November 2015 when the Temple was one of the sponsors of a special program on
     "Genealogy and the Holocaust." A list of research guides and record indexes was distributed that could be helpful in looking for information on Jewish ancestors. 

    Speakers included Robert M. Ehrenreich, Director of University Programs, and Elizabeth AnthonyInternational Tracing Service and Partnerships Program Manager, both from the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; and Curt Witcher, Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center Manager and Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

    Mah Jongg In The Madge Rothschild Resource Center
    Some 30 people participated in our Mah Jongg Workshop to learn about the centuries-old Chinese game that has been a staple for years among Jewish-Americans. Participants watched the documentary film The Tiles That Bind, heard Gregg Swain, author of Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game, speak about the history of the connection between the Jewish community and the game, examined the artwork depicted on various mah jongg tiles, and learned the details of the card. 

    Now we're scheduling open play in the Temple’s new Madge Rothschild Resource Center. Please sign up. If you'd like to join our e-mail list to be notified about future mah jongg opportunities, please contact us at office@templecav.org.
    One Book, One Congregation
    Our One Book, One Congregation program brought together members for a book discussion on these titles:
    • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
    • Enfold Me by Steven Greenberg
    • The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan
    • 700 Sundays by Billy Crystal
    • The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
    • Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
    • My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok.
    Check out the titles in the Temple Library.
    10 Minutes of Torah
    Jewish Books
    Torah Portion