Friday, August 01, 2014



We welcome you to our website and hope that you will visit our congregation. We are truly a family at the Temple. Young, old, single, married -- all have found a home with us. It is our hope that you will share the joy of Jewish living and learning with us, too. Our name means "unity and peace," two characteristics we feel you'll find at Achduth Vesholom.

Our roots date back to 1848, distinguishing us as the oldest Jewish congregation in Indiana and a charter member of the Reform Movement. Under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Javier E. Cattapan, we welcome all who seek knowledge about Judaism or a relationship with the Jewish faith and people.

As a member of the Union for Reform Judaism, we are linked to a worldwide community of progressive Jews who value the freedom of the individual to choose a personal way to God. As a congregation, we are warmly open to the traditional riches of the Jewish past, while continuously looking for ways to build a creative and meaningful Jewish future. Find out more about Reform Judaism.

The congregation views itself as a community of members who 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. We offer a wide range of worship services, educational opportunities, cultural programs, social events and community activities. See our calendar for all the latest events.

Take a virtual tour of the Temple, see a little bit about our history, join us for services or other events, make a donation to one of our funds, browse our children's book collection, or contact us. We also invite you to learn more about our vision for the future: Campus at 5200.


A Taste of Jewish Morocco


Rabbi Cattapan will explore the rich Jewish heritage and culture of Morocco on Saturday, August 2 at 7 p.m. with a dinner, a program, and Havdalah. He’ll share experiences from his recent week-long study trip to the northwest African nation with a group from the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Cost is $5 per person. Please RSVP to 744-4245 by Monday, July 28. Find the menu for the Moroccan meal prepared by Pembroke Bakery.

Triple Your Gift for the Campus at 5200!


Your gift today for the Rifkin Campus at 5200 will be tripled!

Every dollar given today through the end of the year in support of this project will be matched through generous challenge grants from the Rifkin Family Foundation and Madge Rothschild Foundation. Find a pledge form. Learn more about the Capital Campaign.

Thank you for your support of this important effort for the future of the Jewish community! We also welcome the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne to its new home at the Rifkin Campus at 5200!

Happening at the Temple

Please join us for services, programs and events. Here are some upcoming highlights. See our calendar for more complete listings and RSVP information. "Like" us on Facebook.

Our monthly Bulletin is now available on our website. This month's Member Spotlight shares the story of Irv Adler's search through Holocaust records to tell his grandmother's story.

Enjoy A Taste of Morocco with dinner, learning and Havdalah -- on Saturday, August 2 at 7 p.m. RSVP information.

Stop the Sirens! Stand with Israel! The Reform Movement has joined with the JFNA (Jewish Federations of North America) and Conservative Movement to raise and distribute funds to provide emergency aid to Israel. Donate funds to this critical joint effort.

Meet our new Board of Directors. Find out more.

Please support the Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays social action project. We're collecting donations of packages of paper napkins, boxes of tissue, and canned tuna for our Head Start families.

Want to become a member of Congregation Achduth Vesholom? Contact us at (260) 744-4245. Find out more about our Religious School. Find Registration Forms for Religious School.

Join us for Shabbat and Dinner Out Friday on August 8 at The Rib Room Restaurant. RSVP today.

Be part of the Jewish community's involvement in Interfaith Build from August 11-15 and August 18-22.

Check out the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library in its temporary space in the lobby (in the former Temple Gift Shop).

Interested in receiving updates of Campus at 5200 events? Email us at

The Ligonier Historical Society is hosting a celebration on Sunday, August 31 to mark the 125th anniversary of Congregation Ahavath Sholom and to dedicate an Indiana Historical Marker on the property.

Find out about other news in the community.

Purchase a new High Holy Days prayer book for our congregation in honor or memory of a loved one.

Help us with a large mailing on Thursday, August 28 in preparation for our 13th annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser. The big day is Thursday, October 30!

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