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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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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.

Hanukkah Happenings

Hanukkah begins on Sunday night, December 6. Celebrate the Festival of Lights with us on Friday, December 11 with dinner, followed by our Hanukkah Shabbat service. Reservations must be made to 744-4245 no later than Wednesday, December 2. Each family is asked to provide a baked item for the Oneg Shabbat to serve six people. Please bring your family’s hanukkiya and candles to light together before we eat and to mark Ner Shel Tzedakah on the sixth night. Please bring boxes of pasta for the December Food Drive.
Hanukkah and Shabbat Service
Our Hanukkah Shabbat service follows dinner at 7 p.m. The Oneg Shabbat will feature sufganiyot, the jelly doughnuts that are typically served in Israel on Hanukkah, as well as baked items contributed by those who attend the dinner.
Shabbat Katan Hanukkah Fun
Our little ones in first grade and younger and their families are invited on Friday, December 11  after the congregational dinner to celebrate Hanukkah with our Shabbat Katan group.
Eighth Night For Ethan Kadish
Please participate on Sunday, December 13 in the 3rd Annual Eighth Night for Ethan Kadish, who was injured at age 13 in June 2013 when struck by lightning at Jewish summer camp. He continues to recover from a brain injury. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to help Ethan through HelpHOPELive.org. Read more about Ethan and his recent communication breakthrough.
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Temple Happenings

Celebrate Jewish Book Month in November! Check out new titles donated by our Friends of the Library.

Hot Topics Shabbat is offered the third Friday of the month beginning November 20. Donna Elbrecht from Easter Seals Arc is our speaker on the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Find out more.

Sister M. Elise Kriss, President of the University of St. Francis, will give the message at Fort Wayne's annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 24 at the Temple.

Join Rabbi Cattapan for Adult Torah Study on November 28.

Be part of the Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays Bag Assembly team on Wednesday, December 2.

Share a Shabbat potluck dinner and Torah Study on Friday, December 4. Find out more.

Please join us for Shabbat morning worship and a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, December 5.

Hanukkah begins on Sunday evening, December 6. Join us for a latke dinner on Friday, December 11, followed by our Hanukkah and Shabbat service. Shabbat Katan for children in first grade and under also will meet.

Registration is open for "Journey Into The World Of Yiddish" with Dr. Lee Roberts. Open to Temple members and the community. Find out more.

Interested in becoming a member of Congregation Achduth Vesholom? Contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 for more information.
Rifkin Campus at 5200 & Madge Rothschild Resource Center
It's official! We broke ground on October 1 for the Madge Rothschild Resource Center (Opening Fall 2016) as part of our Rifkin Campus at 5200 project! Find out more. Find coverage in The News-Sentinel and The Journal Gazette. Meet our Campus Partners.