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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 Shavuot and Confirmation on May 16

Share in a special Shavuot service with us on Sunday, May 16 at 7 p.m. when we also celebrate the Confirmation of two students in our Religious School.

Shavuot marks the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai, 50 days after Passover. The milestone of Confirmation provides our teens with the opportunity for individual and group affirmation of a commitment to the Jewish people.

To attend the service in person, please RSVP by Wednesday, May 12 to the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org. The service also will be livestreamed and the link will be included in the weekly email. Guests may contact the Temple office for virtual access information.

We've Reopened for In-Person Worship - Please RSVP

We're excited to continue the phased reopening of our building for in-person worship services in May with limitations on crowd size and strict mask and distancing guidelines in place. At the same time, we will continue to livestream services for those at home. Please review safety guidelines for in-person worship.

The Temple Board determined at its April meeting that worship services, including life-cycle events, would be able to accommodate up to 100 people. The previous limit was 50 attendees. Maximum attendance numbers will vary based on the room configuration and take into account distancing guidelines.

In order to protect the health of attendees and to facilitate contact tracing if needed, RSVP are required for services in advance. Please make a reservation to the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org by the Wednesday before a given Shabbat service. We will confirm your reservation in advance. Please understand that we are unable to accept walk-ins.

Ushers also are needed to ensure our safety protocols are followed. We're asking Temple members to please volunteer to assist with this important duty by contacting the Temple office.

Plans to reopen for in-person programs, classes, Religious School, and meetings are still being determined on a case-by-case basis.

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 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. Make an online donation or payment.

Worship services and some activities have resumed in person with a reservation. Livestreaming also is being offered.

Share the joy of Shabbat with us at services on Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:45 a.m. Reservations are required to attend in-person by contacting the Temple office by Wednesday of a given week at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org. Please review our safety protocols. Check the calendar for details about livestreaming. Check for updates on 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.

Lifelong learning opportunities online each week include: Torah Study with Rabbi Meir on Tuesdays, Five Books of Moses Study with Rabbi Kornspan, and Hebrew Liturgy Study Group with Dr. John Planer. Check the calendar for dates.

Please join us for Shavuot on Sunday, May 16 at 7 p.m. when we also celebrate the Confirmation of two of our high school students. RSVP to attend in-person or join us online. Find out more

Save the date for the Temple's 173rd Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 9 at 7 p.m.

Thomas H. Brush will share the fascinating story of his father on Monday, June 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom in “A Surgeon’s View of World War II in Patton’s Third Army: The Story of John H. Brush, M.D.” The program is sponsored by the Temple’s Holocaust Education Committee. Find out more

Plan to join us when we celebrate our new spiritual leader during Rabbi Meir Bargeron's Consecration Weekend on June 25-27.

In the community: 

The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society invites you to l
earn more about the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society's Fort Wayne Jewish Families Project

The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne is enrolling children for this summer at Camp Joe Levine. 

Save the date for the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne's Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 6 at 4 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.