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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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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. 

Under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Javier E. Cattapan, 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.

Celebrate The High Holy Days With Us!
L'shana Tovah! We're excited to begin 5776 with you and to use Mishkan Hanefesh, the first new holiday prayer book in 40 years from the Reform Movement. Throughout the High Holy Days, Rabbi Cattapan will share thoughts about the new machzor and how to find new meaning in old prayers.The new book includes updated translations, new readings and poetry, and easily accessible transliteration.

Please join us during the Days of Awe, beginning with our Erev Rosh Hashanah Service and New Year's Reception on Sunday evening, September 13. Find the High Holy Days Schedule. Find membership information.

The Temple's leadership, staff, and volunteers have been working hard to prepare for this sacred season. Please make a reservation or respond for the following:

·  Rosh Hashanah Lunch following morning worship (RSVP by September 10)

·  Tashlich and Open House for Temple members on Rosh Hashanah hosted by Rabbi Cattapan & Kris Gray at their home (RSVP by September 8)

·  Break-the-Fast following concluding services on Yom Kippur (RSVP by September 16)

·  Make a donation of $54 or more for the Floral Fund or General Operations by September 4 to be included in the special High Holy Days Announcements. Find out more.

·  To have a loved ones name included during the Memorial Service on Yom Kippur, please let us know no later than September 16.

Please support our High Holy Days Food Drive by picking up a grocery bag on Rosh Hashanah and returning it on Yom Kippur filled with non-perishable food and household items for local food banks.

Please help us purchase new machzors for our congregation with your donation to the Prayer Book Fund. For each $36 contribution, we'll include a bookplate recognizing the donor, along with the name of a loved one or event to be commemorated. Find an order form.


Temple Happenings
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Register today for a great year of Jewish learning for students age 3 through high school in our Religious School. Classes begin on Sunday, September 20 for students age 3 through 8th grade. The first day for high school students is Sunday, September 27.

 
Celebrate the New Year at the Temple! Find the High Holy Days Schedule.
 
Join us on Friday, September 11 for our Shabbat service when we change the Torah covers to white to prepare for the High Holy Days season.

We'll be using a new High Holy Days prayer book this fall. Help us purchase a set for our congregation. Find an order form. A great way to celebrate a simcha or remember a loved one!

Interested in becoming a member of Congregation Achduth Vesholom? Contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 for more information. 

The Jewish community's award-winning 
Thoughtful Thursdays program is seeking donations for its annual Apple Project to help provide fresh fruit for the 75 students who attend Brightpoint Head Start in our building. Join our Bag Assembly team as we begin a 6th year on Wednesday, September 16.

Shabbat Katan will begin the New Year for little ones in first grade and younger on Friday, September 11.

FOrTY, our high school youth group, will host its annual Car Wash Fundraiser on Sunday, September 20. FOrTY's Kick-Off Event is on Saturday, September 19.

Junior Youth Group for middle school students is participating in Bowling for Wellspring on Sunday, September 20. Find out more.

Registration is open for "Journey Into The World Of Yiddish" with Dr. Lee Roberts. Open to Temple members and the community. Begins Sunday, October 25. Find out more.

Our 14th Annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser returns on October 15, 2015. Find a sandwich order form. Find a sponsorship form.

"Genealogy and the Holocaust" is a special program on Sunday, November 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library Downtown. Find out more. The program is sponsored by the Temple's Holocaust Education Committee in partnership with the IPFW Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the ACPL Genealogy Department.
Rifkin Campus at 5200 & Madge Rothschild Resource Center
We'll be breaking ground soon on the new Madge Rothschild Resource Center (Opening Fall 2016) as part of our Rifkin Campus at 5200 project!  Find out more. Click on the image to see more views.