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Violins of Hope Programs Include Shabbat Service

The music of European Reform synagogues in the years leading up to the Holocaust will be highlighted during the Violins of Hope Shabbat service on Friday, November 15 at 7 p.m. at the Temple.

The service will be led by Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig and Cantor Yvon F. Shore with the Temple’s Hazemir Choir under the direction of Dr. John Planer. A quartet of musicians including Temple members Betsy Gephart and David Rezits will be playing the Violins of Hope

Together we will observe a memorial to Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, which unleashed the public state-supported attacks against the Jews which culminated in the murder of six million souls during the Holocaust. Thank you to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation for its support. Many thanks to Maureen Grinsfelder and Micki Kepes for coordinating the Oneg Shabbat.

In addition, Rabbi Winnig will join Bishop Kevin Rhoades for a Jewish-Catholic Prayer Service on Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.

Violins of Hope is a community-wide collaboration of music, visual art, theater, public conversation, interfaith dialogue, reading, and educational presentations on November 9-24. Hosted by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Violins of Hope is designed to commemorate the DEFIANCE, RESILIENCE, AND LEGACY of those who were affected or silenced by Nazi Germany.

Thank You For Supporting Our Corned Beef Sale!










Thank you to our customers, sponsors, and volunteers who contributed to the success of a wonderful 18th annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser at the Temple! 

We sold 1,550 corned beef meals and 200 whole Hebrew National kosher salamis!

Sixty-eight individuals and businesses sponsored our sale, the Temple's largest annual fundraiser! And some 100 volunteers worked together to make sandwiches, scoop coleslaw, wrap giant dill pickles, and package brownies!

We have available aprons and caps with our corned beef logo for sale for $18 each. They make great holiday gifts!

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service: Stories of Immigration & Resettlement
Share an interfaith celebration of Thanksgiving highlighting our shared stories of immigration and resettlement throughout the ages on Tuesday, November 26 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Achduth Vesholom. The Temple is pleased for an eighth year to host Fort Wayne’s annual community interfaith service.
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. 

Under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig, 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.

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 most weeks at 7:30 p.m. at the Temple. Our lay-led Shabbat morning service begins on Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. Find the calendar for special services and times.

Bruce Colegrove will present "Strings of Inspiration" and the story of the Women's Orchestra at Auschwitz on Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m. at the Temple.

Violins of Hope is coming on November 9-24 to Fort Wayne, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. 

The music of European Reform synagogues in the years leading up to the Holocaust will be highlighted during the Violins of Hope Shabbat service on Friday, November 15 at 7 p.m. at the Temple.

Rabbi Winnig will join Bishop Kevin Rhoades for a Jewish-Catholic Prayer Service on Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church as part of Violins of Hope programming.

Join us for a community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service celebrating our shared stories of immigration and resettlement on Tuesday, November 26 at 7 p.m. at the Temple.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays social action program continues its 10th year on December 4 providing twice-monthly bags of food and household items for the 72 students who attend Brightpoint Head Start at the Temple.

Join Rabbi Winnig for a look at the Jewish texts related to proper speech and avoiding Lashon Hara, gossip and hurtful speech, on two Wednesdays, December 4 and 18. 
Find out more.

Embark on a journey with Rabbi Winnig to make your own painted silk tallitot, beginning Sunday, December 8.

Looking for some good books? Stop by the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library whenever the Temple is open. Be part of our Temple Book Club! Our next title is Windy City Blues
by Renee Rosen.

Interested in learning to play mah jongg? We'll be offering lessons for beginners in January. Contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 to receive more information when details are available.

In the community:

The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society will host Megan Lewis from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to discuss "Finding the Lost: The Basics of Holocaust-related Genealogical Research" on Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m. at The Genealogy Center at the ACPL. Learn about the Fort Wayne Jewish Families Project.
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.
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.
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.
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Bookmark this link so all eligible shopping will benefit Achduth Vesholom Congregation. Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price. Thanks!