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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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Celebrate Shavuot Together
Join us for a virtual Shavuot service when we celebrate the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai on Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m., led by Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig. A study of the Book of Ruth will follow. Find the link

In ancient times, Shavuot marked the conclusion of the spring barley harvest and the beginning of the summer wheat harvest.

Traditionally, the Book of Ruth is read on Shavuot because just as that story recounts how a young Moabite woman chose to become an Israelite so did the Israelites choose to accept the commandments when they stood before Mt. Sinai. It is customary to eat dairy foods on the holiday to symbolize the sweetness of Torah and the association of Israel as the land of milk and honey.

Please also come together virtually with us on Friday, May 29 at 10 a.m. to observe Shavuot and Yizkor, led by Rabbi Winnig. The morning will include a Torah study of the Ten Commandments. Find the link
Adult Learning Opportunities in May
Join us for weekly adult learning this month with Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig from home via Zoom. We'll meet for:
In addition, Rabbi Winnig has arranged for Temple members to attend a Jewish Liturgy class online, taught by Rabbi Reuven R. Kimelman, Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. The class will meet on Monday, May 4 & 11 at 2 p.m. Contact Rabbi Winnig for materials.
Share Shabbat Services With Us!
Even though we can't meet in person, please share Shabbat worship with us this week, led by Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig via videoconferencing: Other Resources

COVID-19 Updates from the Temple

The Temple's Board of Directors has extended the closure of the building to continue being responsible to our congregational and greater community. The board reviewed Gov. Eric Holcomb's Roadmap to Safely Open Indiana and its guidelines for religious organizations.

While a re-opening date has not yet been determined, it will be sometime after the Temple's Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually on Wednesday. June 10. We will continue to monitor the situation and are working on establishing plans for a phased re-opening of the Rifkin Campus. 

The Temple has been closed since March 13, with the staff working remotely from home and complying with the governor's stay-at-home order. 

While we cannot meet in person, worship services and educational and social programs are meeting through virtual communication methods.

Throughout this unprecedented situation, we will send regular updates through email to our members. Please also check for information on on our congregational Facebook page as we continue to add online offerings during the coming weeks. Updated information also is available on our website at www.templecav.org.

We are working in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne to reach out to members of our community to offer our support during this challenging time. Please stay in touch.

Our Temple staff is working from home. 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. Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig may be reached at rabbi@templecav.org or (260) 210-4581. In case of emergency, please contact Rabbi Winnig. She also is available for a private video chat or invite her to a virtual gathering with your family.

Find latest updates from the Allen County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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 for updates elsewhere on this page, including virtual classes and services.

Share the joy of Shabbat with us. Rabbi Winnig will post a Shabbat message on Fridays, share Mishebeirach prayers, read yahrzeit names, and lead Kiddush on our congregational Facebook page. 

Worship services will be held on Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Check the calendar for details. 

Join Rabbi Winnig on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in May to learn about the Ten Commandments and what they teach us today. Find the Zoom link.

Enjoy your lunch with a little Torah learning for dessert with Rabbi Winnig on Wednesdays at noon in May. Find the Zoom link.

Pack some food and join us for a virtual Lag B'Omer Picnic on Tuesday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m., with music, games, and fun.

Celebrate Shavuot together on Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m., followed by study of the Book of Ruth. Find the link. Also plan to join us on Friday, May 29 at 10 a.m. for our Shavuot morning service and Yizkor. Find the link.  

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays bag assembly team has finished its 10th year providing twice-monthly bags of food and household items for the Brightpoint Head Start students who attend class at the Temple. Our social action program will resume in September.

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.
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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 Paula Jayne Winnig, 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 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 WaynePFW'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.