B'Nai Jacob Celebrates Centennial

By Rachel Martin
By Emily Dwire

March 10, 2013 Updated Mar 10, 2013 at 7:05 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Congregation B'nai Jacob hosted a weekend of Yiddish culture celebrating 100 years of the synagogue.

Featured guests were Peggy Davis and Joe Kurland, a Jewish couple from the Massachusetts Center for Yiddish Language and Music.

Davis specializes in Hebrew calligraphy, and most of her work is based on traditional Jewish text.
Kurland, a Yiddish language teacher, fears that second and third generation Jewish families are losing their culture.
so the duo conducted a series of language, art, and musical workshops, where people could come to learn all about the Yiddish culture.

"I showed them examples of decorated letters from medieval manuscript and different styles of work, and they took off with it and they were making these wonderful creations of words that they traced out and decorated,” said Davis.

"Yiddish is a really interesting language because it has so much symbolic meaning in its words and expressions that relate to 4,000 years of Jewish history,” said Kurland.

Davis and Kurland are also part of a Yiddish band who performed at the festival.

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