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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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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, whether through worship, learning, social action, culture, or friendship.

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.

Under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Javier E. Cattapan, we welcome all to our congregation and our beautiful Rifkin Campus at 5200.

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 creating and meaningful future.

Celebrate Hanukkah With Us!
Hanukkah begins on Tuesday evening, December 16 when we celebrate the Maccabees' triumph over the Greeks and the rededication of the Temple.

We'll celebrate with a Latke Tasting Party on Friday, December 19 at 6:15 p.m., followed by our Hanukkah Shabbat Service at 7 p.m. Please make a reservation no later than Wednesday, December 17. Please bring your hanukkiya and candles to light, along with a donation of pasta for our December Food Drive to benefit Wellspring Interfaith Social Service.

Find dreidels, menorahs, candles, chocolate gelt, and more at the Temple Gift Shop Hanukkah Sale.

We have many Hanukkah Books in the Temple Library for all ages, from picture books to cookbooks, from multi-faith stories to teen tales! Check us out!

Ner Shel Tzedakah: The Candle of Righteousness on the sixth night - Sunday, December 21.

Light a candle on the "Eighth Night for Ethan" Kadish on Tuesday, December 23.

Find the candle blessings. Light a virtual Hanukkiya. Learn how to make latkes. Family activities for Hanukkah.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Please join us on Tuesday, November 25 at 7 p.m. when the Temple hosts the annual community-wide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. The Rev. Dr. Bill McGill, senior pastor of the Imani Baptist Temple in Fort Wayne, will deliver the sermon: Thought You Were Through But God Brought You Through!" (Psalm 78:1-8). Representatives from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Hindu congregations will share in the service. The music will be led by Suellen Kipp with members from participating congregations. Donations collected at the service will support SCAN, Inc., which works to stop Child Abuse and Neglect. A reception will follow the service.
Temple Happenings
Support the Rifkin Campus at 5200 Capital Campaign!  Your gift through December will be tripled through the generosity of the Rifkin Family Foundation and the Madge Rothschild Foundation.

The Temple is hosting the community-wide 
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 25.

Safe Space Training is available for Temple members who want to become affirming allies of the LGBTQ community. The next session is Tuesday, December 2.

Our first "Torah Study: Special Edition" is planned for Friday, December 12 before our Shabbat Service.  

Our next Learning Havdalah on Saturday, December 13 will focus on "Remembering The History of the Jews in India." Find related books in the Temple Library.

Get ready for the first candle on Tuesday, December 16 by shopping the Temple Gift Shop's Hanukkah Sale. Or purchase an Entertainment Book online to benefit the Temple.

Don't miss our Latke Tasting Party and Hanukkah Service on Friday, December 19. Find RSVP and more information.

The tradition continues of "Chinese Shabbat" on Friday, December 26 when we gather for an early service and then have dinner at a Chinese restaurant. RSVP information.

Share a toast to 2015 with us on Friday, January 2 at Champagne Shabbat.

Coming in February: A six-session class on Yiddish Culture and Language.