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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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Calendar

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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Exciting Changes at Achduth Vesholom!
We're very pleased to welcome members of Congregation B'nai Jacob to our Temple family as new congregants! We're looking forward to coming together as one community with two traditions and creating new ways to grow Jewishly.

Exciting things are happening at Achduth Vesholom!
  • This time of transition offers a wonderful opportunity to expand friendships and try new Jewish experiences. Whether you're a new or long-time member - or somewhere in between - please take every opportunity to attend upcoming events and introduce yourselves to those you don't know to get better acquainted.
  • Our Temple Board of Directors has started its term in office for 2019-2020.
  • Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig, our new spiritual leader for the coming year, will begin in August. Please join us on Friday, August 2 at our 6:15 p.m. service to welcome her. Bruce Colegrove and Ronnie & Norm Greenberg will lead the service that evening, followed by an Oneg Shabbat and chance to meet Rabbi Winnig. She will lead her first service at Achduth Vesholom on Friday, August 9 at 6:15 p.m.
  • Our worship options are expanding to include a new traditional Shabbat morning service! Join us on Saturday, August 10 at 9:15 a.m. at the Temple. All are welcome to attend this lay-led service. Until then, Saturday morning services will be held at 9:15 a.m. at Congregation B'nai Jacob, 7227 Bittersweet Moors Drive.
Please contact us with any questions at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org.
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. 

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. Learn about our Religious School.

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, PFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery Association, and Brightpoint Head Start. Find out more.
Violins of Hope Concert Tickets for Temple Members
On November 9-24, the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic will host Violins of Hope, a community-wide collaboration of music, visual art, theater, public conversation, interfaith dialogue, reading, and educational presentations designed to commemorate the DEFIANCE, RESILIENCE, AND LEGACY of those who were affected or silenced by Nazi Germany. Find out more.

The Temple has reserved a block of seats for the final concert by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic on Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, featuring 16 violins that survived the Holocaust and three composers banned by the Nazis. Members of Achduth Vesholom may purchase seats in the block by making a reservation with payment to the Temple office no later than Wednesday, July 17. Find out more.
Temple Happenings
Find our latest newsletter. For more information about events, check the Temple calendar. Sign up for mah jongg.

Share the joy of Shabbat with us! Our Sabbath evening service on Fridays begins at 6:15 p.m. at the Temple. Shabbat morning worship on Saturdays through August 3 begins at 9:15 a.m. at Congregation B'nai Jacob. The morning service will then move to Achduth Vesholom beginning August 10. Find the calendar for special services and times.

Join us on Friday, August 2 at 6:15 p.m. for Shabbat when we welcome Rabbi Paula Jayne Winning as our new spiritual leader for the coming year. Bruce Colegrove and Ronnie & Norm Greenberg will lead the service, followed by an Oneg Shabbat to get better acquainted with Rabbi Winnig. She'll lead her first service at the Temple on Friday, August 9 at 6:15 p.m.

Share Shabbat, followed by our Friday Night Supper Club, on Friday, August 16. Find out more and RSVP

Looking for some good books? The 
Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library is open whenever the Temple is open. Take a look at our new timeline of 200 years of Jewish history in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center. Our Temple Book Club for the year begins on Tuesday, September 24 when we discuss The Garden of Letters and e-visit with author Alyson Richman.

Catch the Fort Wayne TinCaps with us on July 20, followed by Three Rivers Festival fireworks. Order tickets by July 1. Find out more.

Wear your favorite team's jersey when we celebrate Shabbat, followed by Friday Night at the Movies on July 26 with a look at America's favorite pastime. Join us for our service at 6:15 p.m. and then watch
 the documentary "Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story."

Violins of Hope
is coming in November to Fort Wayne. The Temple has reserved a block of seats for the final concert by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic on Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, featuring 16 violins that survived the Holocaust and three composers banned by the Nazis. Temple members may purchase seats in the block with payment to the Temple office no later than Wednesday, July 17. Find ticket information.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays social action program will begin its 10th year in September providing twice-monthly bags of food and household items for the 72 students who attend Brightpoint Head Start at the Temple.

Religious School registration will open in August for children who turn 4 by September 1 through high school.

Mah Jongg lessons for beginners will be offered on August 11 and 18 at the Temple.


Save the date for the Temple's 18th annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser on Thursday, November 7! Volunteers are needed to help prepare a large mailing on Thursday, August 22.


In the community:

The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society is working on the Fort Wayne Jewish Families Project

Registration is open for the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne's Camp Joe Levine, a day camp at Fox Island.

Three Temple members - John Planer, Betty Stein, and the late Joe Levine - are among the Hoosier Jewish Legends to be honored by the Indiana Jewish Historical Society on Sunday, August 25 in Indianapolis. Find RSVP information to attend the awards luncheon.  
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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Sign Up To Play Mah Jongg in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center!
We're scheduling drop-in games in the Madge Rothschild Resource CenterPlease 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.