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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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An Interfaith Thanksgiving Message for our Community

Delve Into Torah Study On Tuesdays

Join Rabbi Meir Bargeron for a new weekly Torah Study series on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom as we delve into important lessons from the Torah. 

Everyone who is post-B’nai Mitzvah and older is welcome.

This series grew out of robust discussions during our Shabbat morning services that demonstrated an enthusiasm and interest in nurturing and encouraging an in-depth study of Torah.

We will begin by studying the weekly Torah portion, and may experiment with different formats. All that is needed is access to a Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) -- find resources. No homework is planned, though pre-reading the weekly Torah portion will help participants get more out of the sessions.

Zoom links will be sent directly to congregants. Contact the Temple office for more information at office@templecav.org or (260) 744-4245.

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.

Corned Beef On Rye Fundraiser Canceled for 2020

Out of concern for our members and customers, we’ve canceled this year’s 19th annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser, in November. 

We plan to bring back the Temple’s largest fundraiser better than ever in fall 2021! We put the deli in delicious, with mouthwatering corned beef on rye, creamy coleslaw, crunchy dill pickle, fudgy brownie, and a drink. We also plan to have whole Hebrew National kosher salamis on the menu!

We are grateful to our loyal customers, dedicated sponsors, and committed volunteers. More than 1,600 meals were purchased last year during our sale, with 68 sponsors and some 100 volunteers. Find photos from our 18th annual sale.

In the meantime, please consider a donation to the Temple to help us offset a budget shortfall from the cancelation. Donate online to our general operations for an amount you would have spent to sponsor and buy meals (indicate “corned beef” in the “in honor of” line). Thank you for your continued support!

COVID-19 Update from the Temple

Thank you for your continued support of the Temple 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. A COVID Task Force of congregants from the legal, medical, human resources, educational, local community, and congregational fields is developing a reopening plan and protocols.

The Temple remains closed for services, Religious School, programming, and meetings through December 31. The staff will continue to work in the building and follow safety guidelines. We remain committed to upholding Judaism's highest priorities for maintaining life and health.

Keeping our Achduth Vesholom family connected through online worship, educational, and social offerings will continue, along with our ongoing outreach to members without internet access.

We recognize this is a challenging time for everyone. The Temple is a kehillah kedoshah, a holy community, that is here for you. Please reach out to us if you any questions or concerns. Office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact us at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org.

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

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 due to 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.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays bag assembly team for an 11th year is helping our Brightpoint Head Start students who attend class at the Temple. Support our Thoughtful Thursdays turkey project with a donation by Wednesday, November 25 to provide a turkey for our Brightpoint students and teachers.

Join Rabbi Meir for weekly Torah Study on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom. 

We're sorry that this year's Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 24 has been canceled.

In the community: 

The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and PBS39 are presenting a screening of the film "Winter Journey" on Sunday, November 8 at 2 p.m. Find out more

Learn more about the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society's Fort Wayne Jewish Families Project. Save the date for Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. for an online program with Maureen Taylor, the photo detective. 
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.
Help The Temple When You Buy!
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Bookmark this link so all eligible shopping will benefit Achduth Vesholom Congregation. Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price. Thanks!
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.