Forever Learning Institute Partnership

Since our partnership with Forever Learning Institute (FLI) began in 2015, the Federation has had over 650 enrollments for classes at our campus off McKinley Highway. Utilizing volunteer instructors from the greater Michiana community, we have been able to offer a wide variety of classes set up in semesters that average 8 weeks. We traditionally hold four semesters at our location with a variety of classes. Scholarships and financial aid are available through Forever Learning Institute.

Past subjects taught at the Jewish Federation include:

  • Language: French, German, Hebrew, Russian, and Arabic
  • Fitness: Sit & Be Fit, Yoga, and Dance
  • History & Culture: Middle Eastern, Israel, Lessons of the Holocaust, Religions in America, History of South Bend & St. Joseph County
  • Literature: Russian American Literature, Graphic Novels
  • Arts: Needle Arts, Classic Films, Origami
  • Jewish Studies: Understanding Israel, Who Are the Jews, Ashkenazik Baking
  • Health & Science: Genetics, Nutrition, Brain Health Through Games, Science & Religion, Welcome to Ipad

And More!

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If you have an interest or experience in a topic that you would like to teach, please contact Shani Kramer. We are always looking for new subjects and ideas to enhance our programming. For more information on the Forever Learning Institute and a complete list of classes at all of their locations you can visit their site at

Other Class Offerings

In addition to our partnership with the FLI, we have several other opportunities for our adult community members to partake in.

Book Club

Once a month our book club joins together for a lunch provided by our members. Our book club reads a variety of books and enjoys a lively discussion. For more information on our next book or how to join you can contact Shani Kramer, or check out our latest newsletter

Lunch ‘n’ Learns

As part of the Community Lunch program coordinated by the Jewish Family Services, the Federation offers Lunch ‘n’ Learns throughout the year. You can learn more about this program by visiting the Jewish Family Services page. 

Yom I’yyun

Jewish Family Services also offers Yom I’yyun, or Day of Learning with Deep and Meaningful Connection. To learn more about this program, please visit the Jewish Family Services page. 

Fitness Classes

We've partnered directly with instructors to provide fitness opportunities. Our Zumba instructor, Yolanda Suggs, offers a variety of Classes throughout the year, as well as hosting Zumbathons / Parties with proceeds benefiting the JFS Food Pantry.

If Zumba is a little too intense for your taste, we also have Tai Chi available with instructor Barbara Goldfarb. Both are taught in sessions of multiple weeks, but can be joined at any time for a prorated cost. You can also sample a class for free before you decide.

Needle Arts

Our needle arts group meets twice a month to knit, crochet, and needle point. Whether you are working on a long-term project, or learning a new hobby, all are welcome to join us. We provide instruction, and if you are working on a charity project with us, we have supplies you are welcome to use.

For more information contact Shani Kramer

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The Jewish Federation
of St. Joseph Valley

3202 Shalom Way
South Bend, IN 46615          

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M - Th: 9:00am - 5:00pm
F: 9:00am - 5:00pm Daylight Savings     
    9:00am - 3:00pm Standard
Sun: Varies dependent on programming
Sat: Closed

We observe most federal and Jewish holidays. To find out which ones affect our hours