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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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Join Us For Resource Center Grand Opening On Sunday, April 30
The Madge Rothschild Resource Center will celebrate its grand opening on Sunday, April 30 at the Rifkin Campus at 5200. The afternoon begins at 2 p.m. with an Open House, Tours and Reception and continues at 4 p.m. with a program that includes a keynote speech by Author David Laskin at 4 p.m. on his roots in "One Family, Three Journeys: How One Family Embodied the Sweep of 20th Century Jewish History." Find out more. The Resource Center includes the new Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.

We welcome IPFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies as our newest Campus Partner, joining Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, the Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery Association, and Brightpoint Head Start in our beautiful home at 5200 Old Mill Road.

Thank you to The Journal Gazette for the great article about our grand opening! Take a look!
Who Wants To Play Mah Jongg?
We're scheduling drop-in games in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center on Sunday morning, and weekday afternoons and evenings. Please sign up to join us!

If you'd like to receive periodic emails about  mah jongg play, please contact the Temple office at office@templecav.org or (260) 744-4245. Find out more about Mah Jongg resources in the Resource Center collection.
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 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.

Travel To Israel With Rabbi Lenny In March 2018
Plan now to travel to Israel on March 11-19, 2018 with Rabbi Lenny and members of our Temple family!

Please join us on this very special journey as we explore the best of Israel. We’ll visit religious and historical sites, experience the culture, geography and natural beauty of the country, and get to know Israelis in the Western Galilee through our Fort Wayne Jewish community’s association with the Partnership2gether program of the Jewish Agency. Find the itinerary. Find price and other information.

Rabbi Lenny also will conduct a wedding renewal for interested couples on the top of Masada. In addition, if you’d like to celebrate an adult bar/bat mitzvah near the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem, please let Rabbi Lenny know soon and he’ll begin working on a required course of study with you over the next several months.

Please contact Rabbi Lenny at 260-466-9099 or rabbi@templecav.org for more information. Space is limited to 35, so please make your reservation soon.
Temple Happenings
Find our latest newsletter. For more information about events, check the Temple calendar.

Shabbat services start most Fridays at 7:30 p.m. We also have a new online option 
called TempleConnect for some Friday evening services. Find out how to connect online. We'll gather for an early Shabbat service on Friday, May 19 at 7 p.m. when we also celebrate our Religious School graduation.

Join Rabbi Lenny for a weekly Talmud Class on Tuesdays 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. Can't attend in person? Join us online through TempleConnect.

Author David Laskin will speak on "One Family, Three Journeys: How One Family Embodied the Sweep of 20th Century Jewish History." at the Grand Opening of the Madge Rothschild Resource Center on Sunday, April 30. Check out our books in the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library, including more than 100 new titles donated through Betty's 100 Books

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays team will meet next on Wednesday, May 3 at 11 a.m. to assemble the final bag of the school year to help Brightpoint Head Start families.

Join us for the inaugural meeting of the new Temple Book Club on Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. when we discuss "Saving Sophie" by Ronald Balson. He will join our discussion via video-conference. RSVP to the Temple office.

We're scheduling mah jongg games in the new Madge Rothschild Resource Center. Please sign up for open play. Find out more about Mah Jongg resources in the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.

Religious School students will gather on Sunday, May 21 for the last day of class and the Maccabiah Games.

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

Put on your walking shoes and join our Temple team led by the Katinsky family to help support the food bank at Wellspring Interfaith Social Services by participating in the Miles for Meals Walk on Saturday, May 20 at Foster Park (Pavilion 1). Go to the registration page and select fundraiser for Congregation Achduth Vesholom when you register.

Genealogy and the Holocaust: Temple Member Irv Adler will share his story of "Tracing Family Members: Lost and Found" on Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Temple.

Rabbi Lenny and Rabbi Kornspan will discuss the differences between Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Judaism movements during the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne’s Rosh Chodesh Women's Club meeting on Monday, May 1 at 6 p.m. at the Rifkin Campus at 5200.

Save the date for our 16th annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser on Thursday, November 9!

Job Openings At The Temple
We're looking for two new part-time staff members for our Temple team! Are you a dependable self-starter with great organizational and people skills? If so, we're looking for you to help keep the Temple running smoothly to better serve our members. Do you have a love of Jewish learning and children, along with budget and administrative experience? If so, we're eager to talk to you about our Religious School principal position.

The Temple is currently seeking applicants for these staff positions:
Please contact Sally Trotter for more information or an application at (260) 744-4245 or cavadmin@templecav.org.