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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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Join Us For Black History Month Shabbat on Friday, February 23

Wendy Soltz will lead a special Black History Month Shabbat on Friday, February 23 looking at Jewish involvement at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The program follows an abbreviated Shabbat service that begins at 7 p.m. 

The first part of the program will feature the documentary film "From Swastika to Jim Crow," which focuses on Jewish refugee scholars of World War II who taught at HBCUs. The second half of the program will address Wendy's doctoral research (PhD, OSU 2016), which paints a new picture of this fascinating phenomenon, dating the start of the Jewish involvement decades before World War II with American-born Jews. Find out more. 

Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers To Educate About The Holocaust
The Temple's Holocaust Education Committee and IPFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies are co-sponsoring a week-long symposium May 13-18, 2018 on the IPFW campus for pre-service teachers interested in learning more about teaching the Holocaust and genocide at the junior high and high school level. Housing, most meals, and other materials and resources are covered for participants. Thank you to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation for its support. Find registration information.
Grab A Grogger & Celebrate Purim With Us!
Wear a crown, cape or costume, grab a grogger, and join us for a visit to the streets of Shushan on Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. during our Purim celebration at the Temple. We’ll make merry when Rabbi Lenny reads from Migillat Esther, retelling the story of how Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai save the Jews of Persia. Our Shabbat Katan group for young children will join the fun when we boo Haman’s name and nosh on delicious hamentashen.

Please bring boxes of macaroni and cheese to shake – and then we’ll donate it to the food bank at Wellspring Interfaith Social Services. What is Purim?

FOrTY, our high school youth group, will host its annual Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 18.
Sign Up To Play Mah Jongg in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center!
We're scheduling drop-in games in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center on Sunday mornings, Thursday afternoons, and Monday evenings. 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.
Hot Topics Shabbat: Drug Court With Judge Fran Gull

Our next Hot Topics Shabbat on Friday, March 9 will focus on a criminal justice program that helps those addicted to opioids and other drugs. Following an abbreviated Shabbat service at 7 p.m., Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull will join us to talk about the Allen Superior Court’s Drug Court. The program is sponsored by the Temple’s Social Action Committee with support from the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation.

Temple Happenings
Find our latest newsletter. For more information about events, check the Temple calendar.

Celebrate the joy of Shabbat with us at our service on Friday evenings. Find the calendar for special services and times.

Get ready for our next Temple Book Club on Tuesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. when we video-conference with author Abigail Pogrebin about her book, My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew. Check out the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.

Interested in Jewish Genealogy? Temple members Irv Adler and Betsy Gephart are working to establish a local chapter of the 
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies to serve Northeast Indiana. Find out more about their efforts and family history resources in the Temple's Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.

The Jewish community's 
Thoughtful Thursdays team will meet on Wednesday, February 7 at 10 a.m. to assemble bags for the 66 Brightpoint Head Start students who attend class at the Temple.

Kindle new friendships and deepen existing ones at our 15th Home Shabbat on Friday, February 9. Services will not be held that evening so that Temple members may celebrate the warmth of Shabbat at seven host homes in the Fort Wayne area.

Rabbi Lenny's Talmud class resumes on Tuesday, February 20 at 7 p.m.

Black History Month Shabbat at the Temple: Wendy Soltz will offer a special program on Friday, February 23 on Jewish involvement at historically black colleges and universities, including the documentary "From Swastika to Jim Crow." The program follows an abbreviated Shabbat service at 7 p.m.

Don your costume and celebrate Purim with us on Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. when Rabbi Lenny reads from M'gillot Esther. Fun for the whole family! We'll nosh on hamentashen, too! Save the date for FOrTY's Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 18.

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

Hot Topics Shabbat on Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. will focus on Drug Court. Our special guest is Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull. 

Passover begins on Friday, March 30. We'll gather for our congregational Seder on Saturday, March 31. Find reservation information.

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.
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.
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.
Visit Our Madge Rothschild Resource Center!
We welcome visitors to the Madge Rothschild Resource Center, home of the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library and the Goldman Memorial Museum (currently under development). Our Rifkin Campus at 5200 Old Mill Road is home to Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the Madge Rothschild Resource Center, the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, IPFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery Association, and Brightpoint Head Start. Find out more.
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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 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.