Adult Education

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 in 2022. We also invite you to learn more about our resources in the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library. 

Classes currently are offered on Zoom. Links are sent to members of our extended Temple family by email. Please contact the Temple office for access information at or (260) 744-4245.

Beit Midrash With Rabbi Meir and Guest Teachers

Beit Midrash translates to “House of Study,” and describes the institution of classical Jewish learning.  Join Rabbi Meir Bargeron or guest teachers to learn about a variety of topics. Classes generally are offered two Tuesdays per month at 7 p.m. on Zoom, along with ongoing weekly study groups. 

During the first part of 2022, we explored a variety of topics, including:

  • A New Year for the Trees: The Environment & Jewish Tradition
  • Beyond the Gender Binary in Judaism
  • Doing Under Others: Compassion in Jewish Life
  • Judaism and the Afterlife
  • Strings of Inspiration: More Stories of the Women’s Orchestra at Auschwitz-Birkenau from Bruce Colegrove
  • Esther HaMalkah: Exploring Purim’s Queen
  • Song of Songs: Love Poetry of the Jewish People
  • The Mysteries of Jewish Numerology
  • Jewish Hope and Resilience
  • Experiencing Revelation
  • Shavuot and Torah Study
  • Judaism and Reproductive Freedom
  • Exploring the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

Our ongoing classes included: 

  • Hebrew 1: Kita Aleph with John Planer
  • Hebrew Liturgy Study Group with John Planer
  • Five Books of Moses Study Group with Rabbi Mitchell Kornspan
  • Temple Book Club
  • Hot Topics Shabbat

Please join us for upcoming programs in 2022-2023!

Judaism and Reproductive Freedom
Tuesday, June 21
 7 p.m. via Zoom

The right to individual freedom to decide when, and whether, to conceive and give birth has risen as a critical issue in the national conversation. For decades, debate on access to contraception and abortion has been cloaked as a religious issue — but whose religion?
Please join Rabbi Meir as we study the Jewish position on abortion and contraception from classic and contemporary texts. RSVP to by Thursday, June 16 to receive materials.

Ongoing Classes:

Hebrew Liturgy Study Group

Study the Hebrew texts – both Orthodox and Reform – of the daily and Shabbat liturgies on Mondays at 7 p.m. led by John Planer on Zoom. Join us to examine the meanings and grammar of the texts we recite and note significant variants. The group is open to any and all.

Five Books Of Moses Study

Read and study the Torah, verse by verse, with classic commentaries by Rashi, Rashbam, Seforno and many others during a weekly study group led by Rabbi Mitchell Kornspan on Sundays at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Temple members, as well as members of the larger Fort Wayne Jewish community, are invited to participate. 

This approach to the study of Torah delves into the depths of Rabbinic teaching on the Torah Portion. Note that this group is not studying the texts on the same schedule as the weekly Torah portion. Participants should attend with a Tanakh, and learners with any level of Hebrew proficiency are welcome.

Temple Book Club 2022-2023

Tuesday, November 8 at 7 p.m. on Zoom

Tuesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on Zoom

Our enthusiastic readers will meet on Zoom for a book discussion and to talk to the author via videoconferencing.

Hot Topics Shabbat

The Temple’s Social Action Committee hosts occasional programs on Friday evenings highlighting important social justice topics.

We’ve welcomed speakers from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend to inform our members on resettlement efforts for the recently arrived Afghan refugees. Watch the program

We’ve learned about Police Reform and Social Justice with guest speaker Michelle Chambers, an at-large member of the Fort Wayne City Council who co-chaired the city’s Commission on Police Reform and Social Justice. Please check our calendar for upcoming programs.  

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. 

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

Strings of Inspiration

Temple member Bruce Colegrove will be back with more stories of some of the most remarkable events in the life of the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz-Birkenau on Wednesday, March 2. Find out more

Bruce describes the group as the most eclectic, the most unique, the most controversial, and, without any question, the most zealously documented gathering of female musical talent the world has ever known. By many regards, it was also the most inspiring.

An ardent researcher in Holocaust studies, Bruce is the developer of the website Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was a long-standing Hebrew teacher at Achduth Vesholom and a 20+-year faculty member at Canterbury High School.