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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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Calendar

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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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 Javier E. Cattapan, 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.

Nelson's Port-a-Pit Fundraiser
Dreaming of Nelson's Port-A-Pit Chicken? We can help on Saturday, April 30! We are pre-selling food tickets for a mouthwatering meal. Find an order form. This delicious fundraiser supports Temple programs. Order in advance and then pick up your meal at the Holiday Inn - IPFW and Coliseum - on Saturday, April 30 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. We'll be there rain or shine. Thank you to Melissa Kessel and Bonnie Pomerantz for chairing this fundraiser.
Remembering The Holocaust

The community-wide Yom Hashoah observance will be held on Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at the Temple. 

Robert Melson, author of False Papers: Deception and Survival in the Holocaust, will speak during the community's annual Yom Hashoah service and program at 7 p.m. at the Rifkin Campus at 5200. During the program sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, Melson will share his family’s experience surviving the Holocaust by taking on false identities that enabled them to disguise themselves as a Polish family of noble lineage for the duration of the war. A reception will follow the service. Find out more.

Dr. Atina Grossmann, the key note speaker at a six-day Symposium to educate tomorrow's teachers about the Holocaust, will discuss "Women and the Holocaust: Between Perpetrators and Victims" on Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the Temple in a program open to the public. The Symposium on May 15-20 at IPFW is co-sponsored by the Temple's Holocaust Education Committee and IPFW's  Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Temple Happenings

Our Sabbath service on Friday, April 29 will include a talk by Temple Member Stan Levine on "Why I went to Israel and What I Discovered Being There.” An Oneg Shabbat follows.

Temple members are invited to study the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Cattapan on Saturday, April 30 at his home. Find out more. 

Dine on delicious Nelson's Port-A-Pit Chicken and help the Temple at the same time by purchasing meal tickets for our congregational fundraiser on Saturday, April 30. Find out more. 

Be part of the Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays bag assembly team on Wednesday, April 20 at 10 a.m. at the Temple.

Share in the community's Yom Hashoah observance on Monday, May 2. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne.

The Temple is co-sponsor with IPFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies of Indiana's first Pre-Service Teachers' Symposium on the Holocaust and other genocides on May 15-20. Find out more about the program and how to apply.

We'll welcome the newest members of the Jewish community following completion of their conversion studies with Rabbi Cattapan at our Shabbat service on Friday, May 27. Find out more.

Join us for a Pasta Dinner and Desserts Fundraiser on Thursday, June 23 sponsored by the Retired Old Men Eating Out. Find out more.

Think Summer, Think Jewish Camp! Registration is open for Goldman Union Camp Institute. Find out more.

Camp Joe Levine, the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne's summer day camp, is currently registering campers for a fun summer at Fox Island.

Tickets are now on sale for the Temple's Wine Experience on July 14 at Two EE's Winery.

Catch the TinCaps with Temple members on Saturday, July 30. Find ticket information.

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