Learning Opportunities 2018-2019

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 2018-2019. We also invite you to learn more about our collection in the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.


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.

Scholar-in-Residence - Dr. Gary Zola is Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor of the American Jewish Experience & Reform Jewish History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati. He'll join us for programs on Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1 at the Temple. Find out more.

Temple Book Club -  Join us for our 2018-2019 Temple Book Club when we discuss a book and talk to the author through our video-conference system. Plan to join us on these Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center:

Hot Topics Shabbat - Explore current events periodically throughout the year following an abbreviated Shabbat service. 

Genealogy and the Holocaust

Over the past few years, Temple member Irv Adler has presented several programs on Genealogy and the Holocaust in Fort Wayne and beyond to share his worldwide search through Holocaust records to find out more information about his grandmother and family. Watch his presentation on "Families Lost & Found: Tracing My Viennese Roots After the Holocaust" to IPFW's Campus Ministry on November 16, 2017.

As part of this personal historical journey, Irv traveled to Vienna to place a Stone of Remembrance in front of the home where his grandmother Clara Bader Nichtern lived before she was murdered in 1942 by the Nazis at the Maly Trostinets death camp outside of Minsk. He returned in 2018 to dedicate additional stones of remembrance. His research continues today. Find out more.

Irv participated in a program at the Allen County Public Library in November 2015 that included several experts. Attendees received a list of research guides and record indexes available locally at The Genealogy Center.

Learn more about family history resources in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center and through the new Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society.

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.
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