Monday, September 15, 2014



We welcome you to our website and hope that you will visit our congregation. We are truly a family at the Temple. Young, old, single, married -- all have found a home with us. It is our hope that you will share the joy of Jewish living and learning with us, too. Our name means "unity and peace," two characteristics we feel you'll find at Achduth Vesholom.

Our roots date back to 1848, distinguishing us as the oldest Jewish congregation in Indiana and a charter member of the Reform Movement. Under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Javier E. Cattapan, we welcome all who seek knowledge about Judaism or a relationship with the Jewish faith and people.

As a member of the Union for Reform Judaism, we are linked to a worldwide community of progressive Jews who value the freedom of the individual to choose a personal way to God. As a congregation, we are warmly open to the traditional riches of the Jewish past, while continuously looking for ways to build a creative and meaningful Jewish future. Find out more about Reform Judaism.

The congregation views itself as a community of members who 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. We offer a wide range of worship services, educational opportunities, cultural programs, social events and community activities. See our calendar for all the latest events.

Take a virtual tour of the Temple, see a little bit about our history, join us for services or other events, make a donation to one of our funds, browse our children's book collection, or contact us. We also invite you to learn more about our vision for the future: Campus at 5200.


Interfaith Build Is Underway!

Habitat for Humanity's first Interfaith Build project began on September 5!

Volunteers from the Jewish community are joining with other congregations in Fort Wayne to build a home in Fuller's Landing. We have numerous time slots available for you to help -- and bring a friend! Volunteer now for an Interfaith Build date.

We also need volunteers to donate breakfast or lunch for 25-30 people on Build Days. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Laura Oberholtzer at (260) 422-4828 (office), (260) 413-3871 (cell), or
Many dates are available for food delivery, including September 9, 10, 15, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 27.

Find out more about the homeowners-to-be.

Religious School

Shannon, a Leader Dog for the Blind, visited with students on the first day of the Temple's Religious School with Temple Member Deborah Worpell, her trainer. Find out more about Shannon.

Register today for a great year of Jewish learning in our Religious School! We're now enrolling children age 3 through high school. Classes began on Sunday, September 7. Find out more about
Junior Youth Group for students in grades 6-8, FOrTY for high school students in grades 9-12, PJ Shabbat for children in first grade and younger with their families, and Bar and Bat Mitzvah classes.

Happening at the Temple

Please join us for services, programs and events. Here are some upcoming highlights. See our calendar for more complete listings and RSVP information. "Like" us on Facebook.

Register for Religious School today! Enroll your child age 3 through high school in a great year of Jewish learning. Classes begin on Sunday, September 7. Find out more about our school.

Volunteer to be part of the Jewish community's involvement in Interfaith Build. The start date is now Friday, September 5. Find out more.

Celebrate the High Holy Days with us! Rosh Hashanah begins on Wednesday evening, September 24. Yom Kippur begins on Friday evening, October 3. Find out more about: Erev Rosh Hashanah Reception, Minyan Katan and Morning Service, Rosh Hashanah Lunch (RSVP needed), Tashlich and Open House for Temple Members (RSVP needed), and High Holy Days Food Drive. Child Care is available (reservation needed).

Find out about Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur Services and Minyan Katan, Break-the-Fast (RSVP needed),
and Sukkah decorating.

Check out the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library in its temporary space in the lobby (in the former Temple Gift Shop) on Sunday mornings beginning September 7 or on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.. Find out how you can join Friends of the Library and sign up here.

Order forms will be available in mid-September for our 13th annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser. The big day is Thursday, October 30!

Interested in receiving updates about the Rifkin Campus at 5200 events? Email us at

The US. Holocaust Memorial Museum traveling exhibit on Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 Exhibit begins September 14 at Artlink. An opening reception sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne will be held on Monday, September 29. Find out more, including lectures and films.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Temple Library has a new copy of Branded By The Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington.
Find out about other news in the community.

Purchase a new High Holy Days prayer book for our congregation in honor or memory of a loved one.

The September Bulletin is now available on our website, along with past issues. This month's Member Spotlight shares the story of Tal's Ben-Yehoshua's summer in Israel and the sound of rockets.

Purchase an Entertainment Book to help our Religious School! A great way to find discounts on eating, shopping, entertainment and more. New this year: Order Online!

Members are invited to attend a Safe Space training meeting. Find out more.

 Please support the Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays social action project. We're collecting donations of packages of paper napkins, boxes of tissue, and canned tuna for our Head Start families.

Stop the Sirens! Stand with Israel! Donate funds to this critical effort.
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