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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.

Save the date for our 14th Annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser on October 15, 2015.
Temple Happenings
Find out about the new position of Religious School Principal.

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. 

Join Rabbi Cattapan for Torah Study Special Edition on Friday, April 24.

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. 

Join us for Shabbat morning worship on Saturday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. when Hannah Katinsky is called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah.

The Rev. Dr. John P. Gardner of Plymouth Congregational Church will be the guest speaker at our Shabbat service on Friday, May 8. Join us as he discusses "Creation Matters."

All Temple members are encouraged to attend a Special Congregational Meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. to learn about the Rifkin Campus at 5200 and vote on plans for the Madge Rothschild Resource Center.

Don't miss Stars and S'mores, our annual congregational retreat on May 15-16. We'll have a cookout, celebrate Shabbat, learn about water conservation and the environment, camp on the Temple grounds, and help with the Great American Cleanup. Find out more. 

Celebrate Shavuot and Confirmation of our 10th grade students on Friday, May 22.

Our L'dor Vador (Generation to Generation) Shabbat service returns on Friday, May 29. We'll also offer a blessing for students attending a Jewish summer camp and recognize our Religious School teachers and aides.

Jewish Community Statement on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.