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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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Mah Jongg Workshop in February and March
Nearly 30 students are participating in our Mah Jongg Workshop in the new Madge Rothschild Resource Center. The sessions continue through early March.

We will be scheduling drop-in games in the resource center after our workshop concludes. Please contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org to be notified by email about play times.
Job Openings At The Temple
We're looking for three new staff members for our Temple team! Are you a dependable self-starter with great organizational and people skills? If so, we're looking for you to help keep the Temple running smoothly to better serve our members. Do you have a love of Jewish learning and children, along with budget and administrative experience? If so, we're eager to talk to you about our Religious School principal position.

The Temple is currently seeking applicants for these staff positions:
Please contact Sally Trotter for more information or an application at (260) 744-4245 or cavadmin@templecav.org.

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.

Resource Center Grand Opening Set For Sunday, April 30
The Madge Rothschild Resource Center will celebrate its grand opening on Sunday, April 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Rifkin Campus at 5200. The afternoon includes a keynote speech by Author David Laskin at 4 p.m. on his roots in "One Family, Three Journeys: How One Family Embodied the Sweep of 20th Century Jewish History." More information will be coming soon.

In the meantime, please check out our new Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.

We welcome IPFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies as our newest Campus Partner, joining Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, the Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery Association, and Brightpoint Head Start in our beautiful home at 5200 Old Mill Road.
Temple Happenings
Find our latest newsletter. For more information about events, check the Temple calendar.

The Temple's Board of Directors sent a letter to our Indiana representatives in Washington urging them to welcome refugees and oppose legislation seeking to halt or restrict resettlement of refugees. "For Jews, the global refugee crisis resonates deeply with our own history and experience," the statement said. Find the letter.

Join Rabbi Lenny for a weekly Talmud Class on Tuesdays 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. Class will not meet on Tuesday, February 28.

Shabbat services start most Fridays at 7:30 p.m. We also have a new online option 
called TempleConnect for some Friday evening services. Find out how to connect online. 

Check out our books in the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library, including more than 100 new titles donated through Betty's 100 Books

Curious about the centuries old Chinese game Mah Jongg that has been a staple for years among Jewish-Americans? We've got a four-part Mah Jongg Workshop in February and March. Find out more about Mah Jongg in the Madge Rothshild Resource Center collection. 

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

Middle school students are invited for roller skating with our Junior Youth Group on Sunday, February 26.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays team will meet next on Wednesday, March 1 at 10 a.m. to assemble bags for a 7th year helping Brightpoint Head Start families.

The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne's Rosh Chodesh Women's Group will meet at Wine & Canvas on Wednesday, March 1.

Be part of our Purim service and shpiel with a Seussical twist on Friday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. and FOrTY's Purim carnival with a new look and new time on Sunday, March 12 from 11 a.m. to noon.

Help the Temple through your AmazonSmile purchases. Find out how. 

People of the Book Lecture: Brad Meltzer
Author Brad Meltzer is the featured speaker for the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne's annual People of the Book lecture on Monday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rifkin Campus at 5200. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other thrillers will speak on "What's Your Legacy? A Night of History and Writing with Brad Meltzer."

He is one of the only authors to have books on the bestseller list for Non-Fiction, Advice, Children's Books, and Comic Books. He's host of television's Brad Meltzer's Lost History on H2 and Brad Meltzer's Decoded on the History Channel.

A dessert reception and book signing will follow his talk. A free will offering will benefit future programming for the Jewish Federation.
In The Community
Dr. Mark Roseman of Indiana University will discuss "The Wannsee Conference and the Holocaust 75 Years On" during a lecture on Tuesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. at the University of Saint Francis Business Center, 3rd Floor, 826 Ewing Street. What is The Wannsee Conference? 

The program is sponsored by the USF Department of English, History, and Political Science, the USF School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the USF Student Government Association.