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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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Virtual Offerings and Resources

Adult Learning with Rabbi Winnig Shabbat Services and Activities

You're invited on Friday, April 3 at 6 p.m. to welcome Shabbat and light candles and say Kiddish together, led by Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig. We'll meet via Zoom for about a half-hour. Rabbi Winnig will offer a Shabbat greeting, share a Mishebeirach prayer, and read yahrzeit names and lead Kaddish. We'll post later on our congregational Facebook page. 

The next morning, we'll gather for a virtual Shabbat service and the Bar Mitzvah of Leo Powell on Saturday, April 4 at 11 a.m. RSVPs needed by April 2.

Passover (Find Online Seder Resources) 
Passover: Online Resources For Your Celebration
Passover begins on Wednesday, April 8 when we retell the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt and freedom from bondage. While we need to be socially distant from each other this year and have had to cancel the congregational second seder, we can still make the holiday meaningful and utilize technology to be together.
 
As a congregation, we will gather virtually to light candles together on Wednesday, April 8 from 6 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. via Zoom to share in welcoming the holiday and greet each other. Rabbi Winnig will be posting videos on the Temple’s Facebook page to offer guidance in preparing for a seder and its various parts. Find virtual resources.
COVID-19 Updates from the Temple
To be responsible to our congregational community, the Temple's Board of Directors made the difficult decision on March 13 to close our building through at least Saturday, April 18. Worship services, as well as educational and social programs, are cancelled or are meeting through virtual communication methods.

Throughout this unprecedented situation, we will send regular updates through email to our members. Please also check for updates on our congregational Facebook page about worship, educational, and other programs in the coming weeks. We'll also provide updated information on our website.

We are working in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne to reach out to members of our community to offer our support during this challenging time.

Our Temple staff will be working from home. Temple Virtual Office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact us at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org. Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig may be reached at rabbi@templecav.org or (260) 210-4581. In case of emergency, please contact Rabbi Winnig. She also is available for a private video chat or invite her to a virtual gathering with your family.

Find latest updates from the Allen County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Temple Happenings
Find our latest newsletter. For more information about events, check the Temple calendar. Sign up for mah jongg when the building reopens.

Our building is closed through at least Saturday, April 18. Please check back for updates.

Share the joy of Shabbat with us. Please watch for updates as we shift to virtual communication and worship in the coming weeks. 

Learn with Rabbi Winnig on Tuesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. online when we look at How to Hook Up to the Hotline to God. We'll examine the process of Jewish prayer and the similarities and differences in the theology and philosophies of Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Reconstructionist Judaism. All are welcome to join the class via Zoom.
 
Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Winnig on Wednesday, April 1 at noon via Zoom. 

Leo Powell's Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, April 4 will be celebrated privately. Find out more. We look forward to calling him to the Torah at the Temple in the future.

Passover begins on Wednesday, April 8 when we retell the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt and freedom from bondage. The Temple's second Seder on Thursday, April 9 has been cancelled. Find resources for a virtual Seder and for Passover.

Be part of the Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays bag assembly team when we assemble twice-monthly bags of food and household items for the Brightpoint Head Start students who attend class at the Temple. Check back for our next bag assembly date.

In the community:

The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne has cancelled activities for April.


"Jewish Cemeteries: Indiana and Beyond," a program of the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society
 and the Indiana Jewish Historical Society, has been cancelled on Sunday, May 3. Learn about NEIJGS' 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.
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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.

The Rifkin Campus at 5200
The Rifkin Campus at 5200 Old Mill Road is home to Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the Madge Rothschild Resource Center, the Jewish Federation of Fort WaynePFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery Association, the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society, and Brightpoint Head Start.

Our Madge Rothschild Resource Center includes the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library and the Goldman Memorial Museum (currently under development). Find out more.