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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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Share Simchas With Our B'nei Mitzvah Students
Please join us on Wednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Temple’s 171st Annual Meeting when we vote on a proposed agreement with Congregation B’nai Jacob about coming together as one congregation with two traditions.

Congregants also will vote on proposed bylaws changes that expand eligibility for election to the Temple’s Board of Directors to include non-Jewish members of the congregation. Under the proposal, non-Jewish members would be able to serve on the board in any position except President and chair of the Ritual Committee.

In addition to the proposals, we’ll vote on candidates for leadership and the budget for the next fiscal year. President Ellen Tom and the Board of Directors will update the congregation on efforts of the Rabbinic Search Committee and the past year’s activities. We'll present the William Brosler Award for Outstanding Volunteerism and recognize members of the L'dor Vador Legacy Society. Find out more.
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 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. Learn about our Religious School.

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, PFW'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 CenterPlease 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.
Violins of Hope Coming in November
On November 9-24, the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic will host Violins of Hope, a community-wide collaboration of music, visual art, theater, public conversation, interfaith dialogue, reading, and educational presentations designed to commemorate the DEFIANCE, RESILIENCE, AND LEGACY of those who were affected or silenced by Nazi Germany. Find out more.
Temple Happenings
Find our latest newsletter. For more information about events, check the Temple calendar. Sign up for mah jongg.

Share the joy of Shabbat with us on Friday evenings. Most weeks we meet at 7:30 p.m. Find the calendar for special services and times, including upcoming B'nei Mitzvah in May and June. Our summer schedule will begin on Friday, June 14 when our worship time moves to 6:15 p.m. through August.

We'll celebrate Shavuot on Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. when we also honor Rabbi Lenny Sarko for serving as our spiritual leader the past three years. Find out more.

All members are encouraged to attend the Temple's 171st Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Temple. We'll vote on several important items, as well as Temple leadership. 

Looking for some good books? The Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library is open whenever the Temple is open. Take a look at our new timeline of 200 years of Jewish history in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center. Our Temple Book Club will next meet in September. Check back for our next title.

Share Shabbat, followed by our Friday Night Supper Club, on two Fridays: July 12 and August 2. Find out more and RSVP

Catch the Fort Wayne TinCaps with us on July 20, followed by Three Rivers Festival fireworks. Order tickets by July 1. Find out more.

Wear your favorite team's jersey when we celebrate Shabbat, followed by Friday Night at the Movies on July 26 with a look at America's favorite pastime. Join us for our service at 6:15 p.m. and then watch
 the documentary "Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story."

Violins of Hope
is coming in November to Fort Wayne. The Temple has reserved a block of seats for the final concert by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic on Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, featuring 16 violins that survived the Holocaust and three composers banned by the Nazis. Temple members may purchase seats in the block with payment to the Temple office no later than Wednesday, July 17. Find ticket information.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays social action program will begin its 10th year in September providing twice-monthly bags of food and household items for the 72 students who attend Brightpoint Head Start at the Temple.

Religious School registration will open in August for children who turn 4 by September 1 through high school.


Save the date for the Temple's 18th annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser on Thursday, November 7! Volunteers are needed to help prepare a large mailing on Thursday, August 22.


In the community:

Learn more about the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society.

The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne's Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, June 30.

Registration is open for the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne's Camp Joe Levine, a day camp at Fox Island.

Share a great summer of fun and Jewish friendships at
Goldman Union Camp Institute, our regional Union for Reform Judaism camp in Zionsville. Register soon to ensure your child has a space! Need campership information? Contact the Temple office for an application.
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.