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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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Latkes & Lights for Hanukkah on Friday, December 15

Celebrate the Festival of Lights amid the warm glow of dozens of hanukkiyot that mark the Maccabees’ triumph over the Greeks and their rededication of the Temple. Join us on Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m. for the fourth night of Hanukkah, as Bruce Colegrove leads the service with our student musicians. Please bring your family’s hanukkiya and candles to light together.

Following the service, join us for latkes and a festive Oneg Shabbat featuring Hanukkah cookies and sufganiyot, the jelly doughnuts that are typically served in Israel on Hanukkah.

We’re also collecting donations of canned food items for our December Food Drive to benefit the Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays program. The cans will first be used on Sunday, December 17 at 11 a.m. to help build a giant hanukkiyaWhat is Hanukkah?

Fun Temple Traditions In December
Each year we celebrate Shabbat in late December with two special Temple traditions:

  • "Chinese" Shabbat - Join us for an early service on Friday, December 22 at 6 p.m, followed by dinner at a Chinese restaurant. Please make a reservation.
  • Champagne Shabbat - We'll gather for an early service on Friday, December 29 at 6 p.m., followed by Kiddush and a champagne toast to 2018. 
Giving Thanks At Interfaith Service
Thanks to everyone who shared in Fort Wayne’s annual community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 21 at the Temple. Iric Headley, director of Fort Wayne United, spoke during the program. The service included representatives of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu congregations.
Temple Happenings
Find our latest newsletter. For more information about events, check the Temple calendar.

Celebrate the joy of Shabbat with us at our service on Friday evenings. Find the calendar for special services and times.

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, begins on Tuesday evening, December 12. Plan to join us for an early Shabbat and Hanukkah Service on Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m. Please bring your menorah and candles to light together. We'll have latkes and a festive Oneg Shabbat.

We're collecting canned goods in the coming weeks to help build a large hanukkiya on Sunday, December 17 at 11 a.m. with our Religious School, PJ Library and the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne. Items will be donated to the Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays program. Find out more.

We've got lots of Hanukkah books in the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.

'Tis The Season: An early Shabbat service on Friday, December 22, followed by dinner at a Chinese restaurant. Find reservation information. We'll also celebrate an early Champagne Shabbat on Friday, December 29, when we toast the New Year 2018.

Rabbi Lenny's weekly Talmud Class meets most Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Temple to 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.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays team will meet on Wednesday, January 10 at 10 a.m. to assemble bags for the 66 Brightpoint Head Start students who attend class at the Temple.


Looking for lively conversation? Join the ROMEOS (Retired Old Men Eating Out) for lunch twice a month.

Interested in Jewish Genealogy? Temple members Irv Adler and Betsy Gephart are working to establish a local chapter of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies to serve Northeast Indiana. Find out more about their efforts and family history resources in the Temple's Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.

Save the date for Thursday, February 1 at IPFW: Robert Skloot's one-act play If The Whole Body Dies tells the story of the life and career of Raphael Lemkin, the Polish Jew who was responsible for the drafting and ratification of the United Nations Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Find out more.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Visit Our Madge Rothschild Resource Center!
We welcome visitors to the Madge Rothschild Resource Center, home of the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library and the Goldman Memorial Museum (currently under development). Our Rifkin Campus at 5200 Old Mill Road is home to Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the Madge Rothschild Resource Center, the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, IPFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery Association, and Brightpoint Head Start. Find out more.
Sign Up To Play Mah Jongg in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center!
We're scheduling drop-in games in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center during the afternoon and evening. 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.