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Worship

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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17th Annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser
Savor delicious delicatessen when our 17th annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser returns on Thursday, November 8!

Support the Temple by ordering meals, becoming a sponsor, telling your friends about our mouthwatering meal, and volunteering your time.

New this year: Order online! It's easy and convenient!

Prefer to download an order form? We've got those, too!  

Boxed meals are $15 each when ordered by Thursday, October 25. After that date and at the door, meals are $16 each. Each meal includes a heaping 1/3-pound corned beef sandwich on rye, giant pickle, creamy cole slaw, fudgy brownie, and a drink. We’ve also got additional pounds of corned beef for $15 per pound.

Delivery service is available when you order 12 meals or more by Thursday, October 25 for $10 per address.

Become a sponsor by donating $100 or more to help underwrite our costs by Thursday, October 25. Names of individuals and businesses will be recognized in every meal and on our website, and posted the day of the sale at the Temple. 

Volunteers are needed on Wednesday, November 7 for Prep Night from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday, November 8, with shifts beginning at 9 a.m. 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.

The Seventh Day: Shabbat Revisited Art Exhibit
We are excited to host a traveling art exhibit this fall at the Temple called “The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat” from the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion Museum. The collection includes 36 works, including photography, textile, collage and painting, all exploring some aspect of Shabbat. Created by a variety of international artists, the artworks and ritual objects represent a diverse, 21st-century, approach to this day of rest.

The exhibit will be on display in the Social Hall through Thanksgiving. Members are invited whenever the building is open. We’ll have weekly hours for the public to visit on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. and other hours available for groups by appointment. Thank you to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation for its support.
We are excited to host a traveling art exhibit this fall at the Temple called “The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat” from the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion Museum. The collection of 36 works exploring Shabbat includes photography, textile, collage, and painting. Created by a variety of international artists, the artworks and ritual objects represent a diverse, 21st-century, approach to this day of rest. The exhibit will be on display in the Social Hall from September through November, with the grand opening after our Rosh Hashanah evening service on Sunday, September 9.
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 in first grade and under returns on Friday, November 2.

An interfaith clergy panel will join us on Friday, October 19 to explore how different religious traditions celebrate the Sabbath. The program begins following an abbreviated Shabbat service at 7 p.m., led by Rabbi Lenny.  

Temple Book Club returns on Tuesday, October 30 when we discuss Enchanted Islands and e-visit with author Allison Amend.

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.

Share Friday Night at the Movies with us on November 2, following an abbreviated Shabbat service at 6:30 p.m.

Is it ok to joke about the Holocaust? Join us to watch The Last Laugh documentary and visit with director Ferne Pearlstein on Saturday, November 3 at 6 p.m. or Sunday, November 4 at 10 a.m. at Cinema Center. Find out more.


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, November 7.

Our 17th annual Corned Beef Fundraiser returns on Thursday, November 8.

Our Religious School welcomes students age 3 through high school for a great year of Jewish learning. Find out more. Please contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 for membership information. We also have youth groups for high school and middle school students.

The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne has several programs in the coming weeks. Women Leading A Dialogue - a group of 12 Israelis (Jewish, Christian, and Muslim) - will visit Fort Wayne on Wednesday, October 24 at The History Center. And Larry Turow will look at “How U.S. – Israel business partnerships are making the world a better place” on Monday, October 29.

The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society meeting on Sunday, November 4 includes two talks by Avraham Groll, director of JewishGen, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center. Find out more about their efforts and family history resources in the Temple's Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.
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.
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.
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.
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!