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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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Celebrate the High Holy Days With Us!

Please join us at Congregation Achduth Vesholom to welcome 5778! We've got a full schedule for the High Holy Days of worship services, learning for all ages, and opportunities for friendship and delicious food!

We'll transition to the holiday season during our Selichot Service & Reception on Saturday, September 16. 

Erev Rosh Hashanah begins on Wednesday evening, September 20, including our annual New Year's Reception. 

Rosh Hashanah morning worship on Thursday, September 21 is followed by Tashlich and a PJ Library program at Foster Park. Our Minyan Katan children's service and program is designed for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. 

Cemetery services will be held on Sunday, September 24 at Lindenwood Cemetery and Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery.

Kol Nidre is on Friday, September 29. Yom Kippur services and learning on Saturday, September 30 are followed by our Break-the-Fast hosted by the ROMEOs (RSVP by September 27).

Please note the traffic advisory on Yom Kippur morning and allow plenty of time when coming on the Temple on Saturday morning, September 30 due to the Fort4Fitness race. Find a map of the route.

Children always are welcome to attend services with their families. Child care also is available with a reservation for most holiday services.

Other opportunities include:

  • Our High Holidays Food Drive to benefit the food bank at Wellspring Interfaith Social Services and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.
  • Providing fresh fruit through the Thoughtful Thursdays Apple Project for our 72 Brightpoint Head Start students. Donors of $10 or more by Friday, October 6 will be recognized by name on the paper apple tree at the Temple.
  • If you'd like to have a loved ones name included during the Yizkor (Memorial) service on Yom Kippur, please let us know by Friday, September 22.
Traffic Alert For Old Mill Road On Yom Kippur Morning
Please allow extra time when coming to the Temple on Yom Kippur morning. Old Mill Road will be closed on Saturday, September 30 due to the Fort4Fitness races in the area. 

  • For access to Old Mill Road to get to the Temple, please show your traffic pass to the police officer at Old Mill Road and Rudisill Boulevard.
  • If you're not a Temple member and plan to worship with us, please contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 to request a pass or pick one up during Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur evening services.
We are sorry for the inconvenience!
Temple Happenings
Celebrate the joy of Shabbat with us at our service on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Please check the calendar for special services and times.

L'shana Tovah! Please join us for the High Holy Days? Begin 5778 with us at the Temple!

Register your child for Religious School for a great year of Jewish learning in the Temple's Religious School. Classes begin on Sunday, September 17.

Rabbi Lenny's weekly Talmud Class returns on Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. at the Temple when we discuss how the concepts in the Talmud apply today in Fort Wayne and are relevant in our personal lives. Can't attend in person? Join us online through TempleConnect.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays bag assembly will meet on Wednesday, October 4 helping the 66 students who attend Brightpoint Head Start at the Temple.

Check out the Rabbi Richard B. Safran library! Visit us in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center. 

Interested in becoming a member of Congregation Achduth Vesholom? Contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 for more information.

Join the ROMEOS (Retired Old Men Eating Out) for lunch twice a month.

Share a simcha during our Shabbat morning service on Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 a.m.

Save the date for our 16th annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser on Thursday, November 9! Find an order form. Sponsor our sale.

Our Temple Book Club returns on Tuesday, November 14 when we "LiveChat" with Author Steve Roberts about his book From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America.

Sign Up To Play Mah Jongg in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center!
We're scheduling drop-in games in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center during the afternoon and evening. Please sign up to join us!

If you'd like to receive periodic emails about  mah jongg play, please contact the Temple office at office@templecav.org or (260) 744-4245. Find out more about Mah Jongg resources in the Resource Center collection.
Welcome

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 Lenny Sarko, 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. Find out how to become a member of our Temple family.