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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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Scholar-in-Residence Programs with Dr. Gary Zola
How did some of America's leading rabbis handle pivotal world events from the pulpit? What did they tell their congregants about topics such as the rise of Adolf Hitler, the outbreak of World War II, and the struggle for Civil Rights in the 1950s and 1960s?

Please join us on Thursday, February 28 at 7 p.m. when Dr. Gary P. Zola, our Scholar-in-Residence, introduces some of Judaism's most remarkable rabbinical leaders through a series of vocal recordings and slides. His talk on “Great Voices, Civil Rights, and Jews in the American South” will offer a rare opportunity to hear recordings from the American Jewish Archives historical collection.

The next evening on Friday, March 1, Dr. Zola will examine "Sabbath and Jewish Survival: A Documentary Look at Reform Judaism's Struggle to Preserve the Sabbath." He'll explore the Sunday Sabbath, the Friday night service, the Oneg Shabbat, and other programmatic innovations. His talk follows an abbreviated worship service at 7 p.m. led by Rabbi Lenny with musicians Ronnie & Norm Greenberg.

Dr. Zola is the Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor of the American Jewish Experience & Reform Jewish History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.
Thank you to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation for its support.
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.
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. Shabbat Katan for little ones will meet on Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m.

Looking for some good books? The Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library is open whenever the Temple is open. Don't forget to take a look at our new timeline of 200 years of Jewish history in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center. 

Genealogist Lara Diamond will speak on Sunday, February 17 at 2 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center. The program is sponsored by the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society.

Bystanders and Complicity in Nazi Germany and Jim Crow America is the topic of two panel discussions with nationally recognized scholars on Wednesday, February 20. The programs are sponsored by PFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies with Hands Across Fort Wayne.

Dr. Gary Zola, Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives, will be our Scholar-in-Residence for programs on Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays team for a 9th year is helping 70 Brightpoint Head Start students. Our bag assembly team will next meet on Wednesday, March 6.

Want to learn to play mah jongg? We're offering lessons for beginners on two Sundays, March 10 and 17. Find registration information.

Our Temple Book Club has two upcoming events: We'll e-visit with Lynda Schuster about her memoir Dirty Wars and Polished Silver on Tuesday, March 12 and e-chat with Sabra Waldfogel about her book Sister of Mine on Tuesday, May 7.

Temple member Betty Stein will be signing copies of her book By The Way on Sunday, March 10 at 4 p.m. at the Rifkin Campus. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne. Find out more.

Friday Night at the Movies returns on March 15, following our Shabbat service.

Save the date for our Purim service on Friday, March 22 and Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 24.
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.
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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!
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.