The Madge Rothschild Resource Center is the centerpiece of the Temple's Rifkin Campus at 5200 project. Designed by Architect Richard Wismer, the 3,150-square-foot space includes the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library
and the Jacob L. Goldman Memorial Museum.
The Resource Center focuses on the Jewish Experience in Northeast Indiana over the past two centuries, as well as Holocaust education, in an effort to strive for greater understanding among all faiths and people. The project includes an 1,100-square-foot inner courtyard with a proposed sculpture garden visible from the Resource Center.
Through the Madge Rothschild Resource Center and the Campus project, Achduth Vesholom looks forward to welcoming more members of the Fort Wayne community through its doors for educational, cultural, and other programs. The Rifkin Campus was developed to bring together Jewish organizations in one location for greater visibility and opportunities to combine resources and energies.
The Resource Center includes flexible space to accommodate meetings and classes of different sizes up to 40 or 50 people, as well as the library and museum areas, a children's story pit, screens for presentations, and a coffee bar.
A beautiful new olive tree wall graphic enhances the hallway leading to the Resource Center, where leaves are available for purchase to honor special people or occasions. The hallway is enhanced with displays and photographs. A donor wall recognizes those who contributed to the Rifkin Campus at 5200 Capital Campaign.
The Resource Center already is being used for ongoing mah jongg play and video-conferencing with noted authors for programs and book clubs.