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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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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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Join Us For The High Holy Days

L'shana Tovah! Please join us for our High Holy Day services and events led by Rabbi Lenny Sarko. All are welcome. Find the complete schedule for the holidays. We invite you to:

Babysitting is available for evening and morning services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Please make a reservation.

Sign up at Rosh Hashanah or contact the Temple office to join our newly forming group for Jews in their 20s or 30s for social, educational and volunteer activities. Join us at our table at the Break-the-Fast to get acquainted. 

Our High Holy Days Food Drive begins on Rosh Hashanah and concludes on Yom Kippur to benefit the food bank at Wellspring Interfaith Social Services. Pick up a shopping bag at services to fill with non-perishable food items and household products.

Questions or interested in becoming a member of Achduth Vesholom? Contact us at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org


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 Lenny Sarko, 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.

Temple Happenings
Find our latest newsletter. For more information about events, find the Temple calendar.

We invite you for the High Holy Days.

Shabbat services begin on Friday evenings at 7 p.m. through October led by Rabbi Lenny Sarko. Our Friday evening services will move to the later time of 7:30 p.m. beginning November 4. A new monthly family service begins on Friday, October 7 at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

Religious School for students age 3 through high school begin on Sunday, September 18. Register your child today for a great year of Jewish learning. Find enrollment forms.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays bag assembly team will continue helping Brightpoint Head Start families for a seventh year on Wednesday, October 5 at 10 a.m. Support the group's Apple Project Fundraiser, too.
We'll begin the High Holy Days season on Saturday evening, September 24 with a Selichot Reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by our service when we change the Torah covers to white with the help of our Religious School students. Find our High Holy Days Schedule. Erev Rosh Hashanah begins Sunday, October 2.

Join Rabbi Lenny for a new weekly Talmud Class beginning Tuesday, November 1 at 7 p.m. at the Temple when we discuss how the concepts in the Talmud apply today in Fort Wayne and are relevant in our personal lives.

To celebrate Betty Stein's upcoming 100th birthday, we're seeking donations of Betty's 100 Books to add to our shelves in the new Madge Rothschild Resource Center.

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

A new Rosh Chodesh group for Jewish women will meet on Tuesday, November 1. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne.
Thank You To Leonard & Rikki Goldstein
Many thanks to Leonard and Rikki Goldstein for their nearly 71 years as members of Achduth Vesholom and the Fort Wayne community. We honored them during our Shabbat service on September 9 as they prepared to relocate from our community. A beautiful tribute to Len and Rikki was featured in The News-Sentinel entitled "Giving Back To Fort Wayne Community A Way of Life For Goldsteins." 

Congratulations, too, to Len for being named by the Indiana Jewish Historical Society as one of the inaugural Hoosier Jewish Legends - A Hall of Fame. for those "who have made a significant and lasting impact to their profession, community, and the fabric of our cultural heritage in Indiana." He and other recipients will be recognized at the IJHS Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Sunday, October 23 at noon at Broadmoor Country Club in Indianapolis.
15th Annual Corned Beef Fundraiser

Savor delicious delicatessen when our 15th annual Corned Beef on Rye – Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser returns on Thursday, November 3. Support the Temple and help us top last year’s record revenues by ordering meals, becoming a sponsor, telling all your friends about our mouthwatering meal, and volunteering your time.

Order forms are now available for meals and bulk items. We deliver, too! Learn how to become a sponsor. 
Volunteers also are needed on Prep Night and on Deli Day.