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Share the joy of Shabbat and warmth of Jewish community with us every Friday evening. Explore your spirituality as we pray, learn, and connect.  

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What interests you? Religious School, Adult Education, Social Action, Leadership, Library, Giving, Volunteering, Outreach, Youth Groups, Camp.

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We offer something for everyone! Check our calendar for worship, classes, events, special programs, and more.

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Member Spotlight

Our Temple family includes members with a variety of interests and experiences. Meet a few of them.

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Join Us Online For The High Holy Days

L'shana Tovah! Please join us when we welcome the New Year 5781 online as a community, gathering together to hear the sound of the shofar and offering prayers for renewal, forgiveness, good health, and peace.

We’ll share Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur via livestream to maintain the safety of our Temple family while also embracing the opportunity to experience the holidays in new and significant ways. Both Reform and traditional worship options will available for a second year. Kol Nidre begins on Sunday evening, September 27. Find the schedule

Find the Reform services on YouTube. Traditional services are on Zoom.

Rabbi Meir Bargeron will lead Reform worship with Cantor Yvon F. Shore and Maestro Robert Nance. Cantor Shore, Director of Liturgical Arts and Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, also joined us last year for the High Holy Days.

Returning to lead our traditional services is Michael Small, who previously served as the guest spiritual leader for the holidays at Congregation B’nai Jacob. Ron Friedman, who regularly leads our Shabbat morning service, and Pamela Friedman, our Religious School Principal, also will be our service leaders.

Only the clergy, service leaders, and a very small number of support personnel will be in the building, and they will be taking all appropriate precautions. This will allow us to offer a worship experience from the bimah and our familiar sacred spaces, as well as follow distancing guidelines. We will not hold any in-person services either in our Sanctuary or Goldstine-B’nai Jacob Chapel.

Links to access livestreaming will be sent to members via email prior to the High Holy Days. Friends of the Temple who receive our weekly email update also will receive the links. We warmly welcome guests - please contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org for more information.

Learn more about holiday plans:

Share Shabbat - Update on Zoom Links
Shabbat is a special time to reflect, pray, sing, and see friends. Find strength in coming together - even though we're meeting virtually.

Help offer a Mi Shebeirach prayer for those in need of healing and support those in our community saying Kaddish for a loved one. Join us as we also welcome Rabbi Meir Bargeron as our new spiritual leader!

Please share Shabbat worship with us on Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. via videoconferencing. Zoom links are now sent directly to members of our extended Temple family rather than posted on our website. We warmly welcome guests to join us for services. For more information about accessing services, please contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org.

Look for details about specific services on our calendar. We invite you to visit us 
regularly on our congregational Facebook pageFind this week's Torah portion.

COVID-19 Updates from the Temple

Thank you for your continued support of the Temple during the past several months as we navigate these difficult times. We continue to be cautious in our plans to re-open the Rifkin Campus as we monitor recommendations from health and government officials, as well as consider feedback from our members.

The Temple's leadership has made the difficult decision to keep our building closed until further notice. At the same time, it's very important to us to stay conected as a congregational community. We hope you will join us online for worship services, classes, and other programming.

Please know we are planning a phased re-opening. Right now, the Rabbi and staff have resumed essential work in the building. We are not open for services, classes, meetings, or routine congregant or visitor business. All Temple meetings are being held virtually.

We will continue to keep our members updated regularly. Please also check for information on our website and our congregational Facebook page.

Temple office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact us at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org. 

Find latest updates from the Allen County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Temple Happenings
Find our latest newsletter. For more information about events, check the Temple calendar. Sign up for mah jongg when the building reopens. New: Make an online donation or payment.

Our building is closed for now during the pandemic. Please check our calendar for information about attending online services, classes, and activities.

Share the joy of Shabbat with us. Worship services will be held on Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Check the calendar for details and visit our our congregational Facebook page.

Join us for the Hight Holy Days 5781! Rosh Hashanah begins on Friday evening, September 18. Yom Kippur begins on Sunday evening, September 27. Find the holiday schedule

Celebrate Sukkot with us on Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3. The Temple's sukkah also will be available for members to stop by. If you do not have a lulav and etrog, please contact the office to arrange a time with Rabbi Meir to enact this mitzvah.

We'll read from the Torah and observe Yizkor for Shemini Atzeret on Saturday, October 10. 

Don't miss our joyous Simchat Torah and Consecration service on Sunday, October 11.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays bag assembly team is beginning its 11th year helping our Brightpoint Head Start students who attend class at the Temple. Support our Thoughtful Thursdays Apple Project for the High Holy Days.

Our virtual Break-the-Fast on Monday, September 28 begins at 8:15 p.m. on Zoom.

The Third Daughter is the title for Temple Book Club on Tuesday, October 13 on Zoom..

Join Rabbi Meir for weekly Torah Study, beginning Wednesday, October 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom. 

In the community: 

"Meet Your Mishpocha" on Sunday, October 18 at 1 p.m. on Zoom through the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society. Learn more about the Fort Wayne Jewish Families Project.

The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne is hosting a book discussion about The Paris Photo and Q & A with author Jane Gabin on Sunday, October 18 at 2 p.m. on Zoom.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays bag assembly team will meet on Wednesday, January 10 to put together bags of food items for the 66 students who attend Brightpoint Head Start at the Temple.
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Welcome to Congregation Achduth Vesholom

We welcome you to Congregation Achduth Vesholom, where we’ve been building Jewish community since 1848. As Indiana’s oldest Jewish congregation, we have a long tradition of bringing together those who want to share the joy of Judaism. 

Under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Meir Bargeron, we offer many opportunities for worship, learning, social actionculture, and friendship. A charter member of the Union for Reform Judaism, our congregation is warmly open to the traditional riches of the Jewish past, while continuously looking for ways to build a creative and meaningful future.

Our name means "unity and peace." We are truly a family at the Temple. We support one another in times of difficulty, share life’s blessings at times of joy, and work together to bring about tikkun olam, the betterment of the world around us.

Please visit our congregation and our beautiful Rifkin Campus at 5200 when we re-open. Find out how to become a member of our Temple family. Learn about our Religious School.

The Rifkin Campus at 5200
The Rifkin Campus at 5200 Old Mill Road is home to Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the Madge Rothschild Resource Center, the Jewish Federation of Fort WaynePurdue Fort Wayne's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery Association, the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society, and Brightpoint Head Start.

Our Madge Rothschild Resource Center includes the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library and the Goldman Memorial Museum (currently under development). Find out more.