What is Thoughtful Thursdays?
The Jewish community is actively working to make a difference in the lives of 72 children who are enrolled in the Brightpoint Head Start program  through Thoughtful Thursdays, which provides monthly or twice-monthly bags with groceries and educational items. The bags are sent home with the students on a Thursday to be returned the following Monday to be refilled.

The Temple works In partnership with the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and Congregation B'nai Jacob. The program began in October 2010.

We've hosted gatherings of volunteers and Head Start parents in December to get better acquainted and even had a drawing to give away a turkey and trimmings for a holiday meal. Our annual Apple Project during the High Holy Days has assisted in raising funds to purchase fresh apples for the families, who may not always have access for money to purchase fresh produce. Occasionally during the year, we send home rotisserie chickens, fresh vegetables or fruit, or "themed" bags for the families. Other volunteers translate educational materials into Spanish to assist the Head Start families who may have limited English.

We appreciate monetary or food donations toward this program.

Year-round, we need donations of canned fruit in its own juice, canned chicken, canned tuna and paper products (paper towels, napkins, toilet paper). During the winter months, we collect boxes of tissues. If you prefer to let us do the shopping, monetary donations may be made to "CAV-The Temple," with Thoughtful Thursdays written on the memo line. Thank you.

We are a 2013 winner of the Irving J. Fain Social Action Award from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

Calling Thoughtful Thursdays an "outstanding initiative," the Fain Award Committee said they were inspired by the sense of community responsibility demonstrated by the program. They plan to highlight the award over the next two years to "serve as an inspiration to the greater Reform community and encourage others in our Movement to undertake similar initiatives." They noted "the work of tikkun olam is our common endeavor, and that work merits respect and appreciation."

Congratulations to the Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays Committee chaired by Jamie Berger! Thank you to members of Achduth Vesholom, B'nai Jacob and the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation for their efforts, along with the Girl Scouts, key clubs, local businesses and college students who assist. We also appreciate our financial supporters, including the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation, individuals and groups.

Bag Assembly Dates 2017-2018

We would love to have your help preparing bags for Thoughtful Thursdays, which are distributed to the 72 students at Brightpoint Head Start in our building. Ways to help:

  • Donate non-perishable food items or toiletries.
  • Assist with educational items (check with Thoughtful Thursdays Committee Chair Jamie Berger to find out what is needed)
  • Donate financially
  • Help us assemble bags 
All are welcome to join us in assembling Thoughtful Thursdays bags on the following dates in 2017-2018 at 10 a.m. at the Temple:
  • Wednesday, September 6
  • Wednesday, October 4
  • Wednesday, November 1
  • Wednesday, December 6
  • Wednesday, January 10
  • Wednesday, February 7
  • Wednesday, March 7
  • Wednesday, April 11
  • Wednesday, May 2(Final Bag)
Thoughtful Thursdays Apple Project
Many of our 72 Brightpoint Head Start children who attend class at the Temple rarely have the opportunity to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. During the High Holidays, we raise funds to provide each of our Head Start families with a bag of apples. 

To encourage participation in our effort, a tree is displayed at Congregation Achduth Vesholom and decorated with paper apples featuring the name of each person who donates $10 or more for the apple project. We look forward to continuing this much-appreciated program. (Make checks payable to "CAV-The Temple" and earmarked for the "Apple Project.")