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Northeast Indiana Jewish Bicentennial Weekend
Once in 200 years! It's the Northeast Indiana Jewish Bicentennial Weekend on Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28! 

Join us for a community Shabbat service on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation B'nai Jacob and a Bicentennial Celebration on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Rifkin Campus at 5200. The events are sponsored by Congregation Achduth Vesholom, Congregation B'nai Jacob, and the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, with support from the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation.

The Shabbat service will be led by Rabbi Lenny and Rabbi Kornspan. Eileen Baitcher will speak about the Indiana Jewish Historical Society. We will not have a service at the Temple that evening.

On Saturday, find out whether Jews were in Northeast Indiana when - or even before - Indiana became a state in 1816. Todd Pelfrey, the Executive Director of The History Center, will share anecdotes about our long and impressive history.

The fun-filled celebration begins with Havdalah led by Orin Reynolds, music director of Light of the Nations. A string quartet from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, including our own Betsy Gephart and David Rezits, will perform, and Temple members Norm & Ronnie Greenberg will offer their own musical selections, too. Festive hors d'oeuvres and desserts, as well as a selection of wines from Indiana and Israel, will be served.
Mah Jongg Workshop Begins February 5















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.

What's New At The Rifkin Campus at 5200?
Coming soon: The Madge Rothschild Resource Center! Check out the 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.
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. Due to special events, services will not be held at the Temple on January 28 and February 3.

We've got an exciting celebration planned for the 
Northeast Indiana Jewish Bicentennial Weekend on January 27-28.

Check out our books in the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library, including more than 100 new titles donated through Betty's 100 Books. Are you planning to attend "Remembering Anne..." on February 3-5 at Fort Wayne Youtheatre? We have books on Anne Frank. Going to Fort Wayne's Jewish Bicentennial this month? We have titles about Indiana.

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.  

Home Shabbat returns on Friday, February 3 when we celebrate the warmth of the Sabbath in each other's homes. Find out more.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays team will meet next on Wednesday, January 18 at 10 a.m. to assemble bags for a 7th year helping Brightpoint Head Start families.

Curious about the centuries old Chinese game Mah Jongg that has been a staple for years among Jewish-Americans? We've got a four-part Mah Jongg Workshop, beginning Sunday, February 5. Please RSVP by January 20.


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

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Confronting The Shoah is a six-session class sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, beginning Wednesday, January 11 at 7 p.m. at the Rifkin Campus at 5200. Taught by scholar Dr. David Lindquist, the class provides comprehensive contextual and historical knowledge about the Nazi Holocaust. Each two-hour session is open to adults and high school juniors and seniors in the Fort Wayne/Northeastern Indiana area.

The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne's Rosh Chodesh group for Jewish women will meet on Wednesday, February 1 at 6 p.m. at Congregation B'nai Jacob to learn from Temple Member Yavin Bamnolkar about the ancient Jewish communities of India.

We Topped 100 Books For Betty Stein's 100th Birthday!
The amazing Betty Stein turned 100 years old on Saturday, December 10!

Thank you for celebrating her milestone by contributing to the Betty's 100 Books program. We surpassed our goal of adding 100 books in honor of Betty's birthday to the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library as part of our new Madge Rothschild Resource Center.

Temple Librarian Betsy Gephart presented the books to Betty during a special Shabbat in her honor, each with a bookplate identifying the donor. It's not too late to donate a book in honor of Betty.