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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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Talmud Class & Worship Services Online

The Temple has a new videoconferencing option for online attendance of Talmud Class with Rabbi Lenny and some worship services for those who cannot attend in person at the Rifkin Campus at 5200. We invite you to join us for:
Talmud Class

  • Tuesday, December 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 13 at 7 p.m.

Shabbat Services

  • Friday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m.

There are two ways to log in:

  • Bring up any browser (Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and type in the address line https://gotomeet.me/cav. Hit "enter" and it should prompt you to launch the program.
  • Bring up any browser and go to www.gotomeeting.com. Click on "join a meeting." In the login line, type the following number: 726627373. Hit "connect" or "join" and it should prompt you to launch the application.
If you have questions, contact Rabbi Lenny at rabbi@templecav.org or (260) 744-4245.
Celebrate Betty Stein's 100th Birthday!
The amazing Betty Stein turns 100 years old on Saturday, December 10!

Betty's family invites you to two receptions in honor of her very special milestone:

  • Friday, December 9 - Betty will be recognized during our Sabbath service at 7:30 p.m., followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat hosted by the Stein family.

  • Saturday, December 10 - Celebrate Betty during an informal community reception hosted by her family from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Temple. Please bring a favorite memory to share.

Gifts aren't necessary, but just in case you'd like to honor Betty, her family has two suggestions:

  • Betty's 100 Books - With Betty's help and approval, the Temple created a list of Betty's 100 Books that we'd like to add to the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library in time for Betty's birthday. We're almost at our goal and would welcome your donations as we prepare to move into the Madge Rothschild Resource center. Donate a book in honor of Betty.

  • A donation to the Temple's Holocaust Education Fund - Betty chaired the Holocaust Education Committee for many years at Achduth Vesholom. A donation to this fund would help continue this legacy to ensure we never forget.


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, check the Temple calendar.

Shabbat services start on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Our next Shabbat Katan Family Service will be held on Friday, December 2 at 6 p.m. We also have a new videoconferencing option for some Friday evening services, this month on December 2 and December 9 at 7:30 p.m. Look for the information box on our home page for how to connect.

Join Rabbi Lenny for a new 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. Beginning December 6, the class also will be available for online attendance. Look for the information box on our home page for how to connect.  

Support our December Food Drive by bringing boxes of pasta every time you come to the Temple during the month. Items will be donated to the food bank at Wellspring Interfaith Social Services.

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

Join us for Shabbat on Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. when we honor Betty Stein in celebration of her 100th birthday, followed by an Oneg Shabbat hosted by her family. In addition, her family invites the community for a celebration on Saturday, December 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. Find out about Betty's 100 Books and help add to our bookshelves in the new Madge Rothschild Resource Center.

It's Tradition - Chinese Shabbat on Friday, December 23 when we gather for an early service, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

The first candle of Hanukkah is kindled on Saturday evening, December 24.

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with us at our Hanukkah Service on Friday, December 30. Fort Wayne YAD (group for 20s and 30s) will gather for Hanukkah Bowling on Friday, December 30.

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

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“Building Bridges of Faith: Photographs of Papal Visits to the Holy Land 1964-2014” opens on Monday, December 5 at 7 p.m. at the Rifkin Campus at 5200. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, the evening includes a talk by Rabbi Yehiel Poupko on “The Advancement of the Roman Catholic Church’s Relations with the Jewish People Under the Stewardship of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis.”

The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne's Rosh Chodesh group for Jewish women will meet on Monday, January 2 for mah jongg lessons and a tournament. Location TBA.

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.

What's New At The Rifkin Campus at 5200?
Coming soon: The Madge Rothschild Resource Center!

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.