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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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Artist-in-Residence Alan Goodis

We’re very excited to welcome back Artist-in-Residence Alan Goodis for a musical weekend on February 28-March 1 at the Temple, including a spirited Shabbat service on Friday and a special “coffeehouse” on Saturday evening. He’ll also join our Religious School students on Sunday morning.

A contemporary Jewish musician playing more than 150 events a year, Alan works to build relationships and community through music at congregations, Hillels, youth conventions, and Jewish summer camps.

Save the dates:

  • Friday, February 28 at 7 p.m. - Share in a special Shabbat service led by Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig with Alan. An Oneg Shabbat follows.
  • Saturday, February 29 at 7 p.m. - Celebrate Leap Day Night at our "coffeehouse" featuring Alan! We'll begin with Havdalah, followed by music and dessert. RSVP to the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 by Wednesday, February 26.

Thank you to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation for its support of Alan’s visit and VP Programs Kathy Sider for coordinating the weekend.

Join Us For Purim Festivities!
Enter the costume contest for children and adults, play new and favorite games, bid on items during the silent auction (including a jewelry item designed and donated by Amy Shepsman Krouse), enjoy lunch, and join the fun when our annual Purim Carnival returns on Sunday, March 8 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Temple. Find out more.
Admission is $5 per person, with no charge for children six and under.

Let's come together for Purim on Monday, March 9 with a little help from our friends! Hold Esther's hand as she gently weeps for the Jewish People and deals with the nowhere man (not to be named here) who will twist and shout.

Dress in your best '60s- and '70s-themed outfit (mop top wigs optional!) and join us at 6 p.m. at the Temple. We'll tell the story of Purim with tefillot set to Beatles music. 

A pasta dinner follows (suggested donation $5). Please make a reservation by Friday, March 6. A traditional megillah reading follows at 7:30 p.m. Find out more.

Please plan to bring boxes of macaroni and cheese to shake when Haman’s name is read. Afterward, we’ll donate to the food bank at Wellspring Interfaith Social Services.

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.

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! Our Sabbath evening service on Fridays begins most weeks at 7:30 p.m. at the Temple. Our lay-led Shabbat morning service meets most Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. Find the calendar for special services and times. 

Be part of the Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays bag assembly team when we assemble twice-monthly bags of food and household items for the Brightpoint Head Start students who attend class at the Temple. Our next assembly date is Wednesday, March 4 at 10 a.m.

Rabbi Winnig's tallit-making workshop continues in February for those who registered.

We're excited to welcome Artist-in-Residence Alan Goodis for a musical weekend on February 28-March 1. He'll join us for Shabbat on Friday and a coffeehouse on Saturday. Alan will also be at Religious School on Sunday. 

Looking for some good books? Stop by the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library whenever the Temple is open. Be part of our Temple Book Club! Our next title is Tasa's Song by Linda Kass on Tuesday, March 3.

Join us for the annual Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 8 and Purim Service on Monday, March 9! 

In the community:

Confronting the Shoah, a six-session course on the Holocaust with Dr. Dave Lindquist, will begin Tuesday, January 21 at 7 p.m. at the Temple. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne.

The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society will host Marlis Humphrey to discuss "Hidden Gems of Jewish Genealogy" and "Discovering Your Shtetl" on Sunday, February 16 at 2 p.m. at The Genealogy Center at the ACPL. Learn about the 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.
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.
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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, the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society, and Brightpoint Head Start. Find out more.