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Worship

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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Participate

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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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.

Member News
Our Member Spotlight in the April Bulletin features Caring Committee Chair Matthew Katinsky and his efforts to reach out to the congregation.

We have new books in the Temple Library to go with many of our adult learning programs, as well as new titles donated by our members through our Friends of the Library program. We invite you to learn about some of them by reading reviews from our members. Check out the list of new books, too.

Sign up for the new Kroger Community Rewards Program to help the Temple. Check out other community events.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays program is looking for contributions of $18 or more to provide a large package of toilet paper for each of our 86 students who attend Temple Head Start. (Make checks payable to "CAV-The Temple.") 

Think Jewish camp! Offer your child a great summer of Jewish friendships, fun and learning at Goldman Union Camp Institute, our regional URJ camp, and Camp Joe Levine, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne. Find out about Camperships.
Temple Happenings
Find out about the new position of Religious School Principal.

Passover begins on Friday evening, April 3. Please join us for our congregational Second Seder on Saturday evening, April 4. Find out more. Please make a reservation.

The Rev. Misty-Dawn Shelley will be the guest speaker at our Shabbat service on Friday, April 10. Find out more. 

In preparation for the movie, Two Who Dared, Temple members are invited to a workshop on Sunday, April 12 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne to discuss what it means to have moral courage. Find out more and register. 

Join us for our Shabbat service on Friday, April 17 and then participate in the Northeast Indiana LGBT Coalition's annual Day of Silence at Headwaters Park. Find out more.
 
The Temple in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne will be showing the film Two Who Dared on Sunday, April 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library downtown, followed by a talk-back session, discussion and reception. Find out more. 

Be part of the community's Yom Hashoah commemoration on Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Rifkin Campus at 5200. Holocaust Survivor Peter Braunfeld is the guest speaker. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne.

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, is hosting its first solo exhibition by a Jewish artist in the museum's history: "Work and Worship:  Recent Paintings and Sculptures" by Tobi Kahn through Sunday, June 7.  A lecture and reception for the Jewish community will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the art museum. Find out more. 

Our next Learning Havdalah on Saturday, April 25 will focus on "Remember: We Are All Keepers of the Earth." Temple members Andy & Janet Katz will share information about building their green home. RSVP information.

Temple members are invited to register for CPR/AED training from the American Red Cross on Sunday, April 26. 

The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne's People of the Book Lecture on Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. features Author Jenna Blum.