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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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Rabbi Meir Bargeron is the Temple's New Spiritual Leader

We welcome Rabbi Meir Bargeron to Congregation Achduth Vesholom as our 24th spiritual leader! He was ordained at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in May 2020 and enters the rabbinate after a career in clinical social work and nonprofit management in the health care sector.

A native of Petoskey, Michigan, Rabbi Bargeron graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in English Education. He began his working years in Silicon Valley and quickly learned how much he enjoyed working with people. This led him to complete a Master of Social Work degree at the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. Find out more

Share Shabbat - Update on Zoom Links
Shabbat is a special time to reflect, pray, sing, and see friends. Find strength in coming together - even though we're meeting virtually.

Help offer a Mi Shebeirach prayer for those in need of healing and support those in our community saying Kaddish for a loved one. Join us as we also welcome Rabbi Meir Bargeron as our new spiritual leader!

Please share Shabbat worship with us on Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. via videoconferencing. Zoom links are now sent directly to members of our extended Temple family rather than posted on our website. We warmly welcome guests to join us for services. For more information about accessing services, please contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org.

Look for details about specific services on our calendar. We invite you to visit us 
regularly on our congregational Facebook pageFind this week's Torah portion.

COVID-19 Updates from the Temple

Thank you for your continued support of the Temple during the past several months as we navigate these difficult times. We continue to be cautious in our plans to re-open the Rifkin Campus as we monitor recommendations from health and government officials, as well as consider feedback from our members.

The Temple's leadership has made the difficult decision to keep our building closed until further notice. At the same time, it's very important to us to stay conected as a congregational community. We hope you will join us online for worship services, classes, and other programming.

Please know we are planning a phased re-opening. Right now, the Rabbi and staff have resumed essential work in the building. We are not open for services, classes, meetings, or routine congregant or visitor business. All Temple meetings are being held virtually.

We will continue to keep our members updated regularly. Please also check for information on our website and our congregational Facebook page.

Temple virtual office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact us at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org. 

Find latest updates from the Allen County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Rifkin Campus at 5200
The Rifkin Campus at 5200 Old Mill Road is home to Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the Madge Rothschild Resource Center, the Jewish Federation of Fort WaynePurdue Fort Wayne's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery Association, the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society, and Brightpoint Head Start.

Our Madge Rothschild Resource Center includes the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library and the Goldman Memorial Museum (currently under development). Find out more.
Temple Happenings
Find our latest newsletter. For more information about events, check the Temple calendar. Sign up for mah jongg when the building reopens. New: Make an online donation or payment.

Our building is closed during the national health crisis. Please check our calendar for information about attending online services, classes, and activities.

Share the joy of Shabbat with us. Worship services will be held on Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Check the calendar for details and visit our our congregational Facebook page.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays bag assembly team is beginning its 11th year with a special project to provide a box of food for each of our 72 Brightpoint Head Start students who attend class at the Temple. Find out more about this effort, which continues through August 15. We also have information about our Thoughtful Thursdays Apple Project for the High Holy Days.

Religious School registration is underway for children in pre-kindergarten through high school.

Temple Book Club titles announced for 2020-2021.

In the community:

Learn about Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society's Fort Wayne Jewish Families Project.

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.
Help The Temple When You Buy!
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Bookmark this link so all eligible shopping will benefit Achduth Vesholom Congregation. Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price. Thanks!
Welcome to Congregation Achduth Vesholom

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 Meir Bargeron, 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 when we re-open. Find out how to become a member of our Temple family. Learn about our Religious School.