High Holy Days Services Move Online For 5781 (2020)
L'shana Tovah! When we celebrate the High Holy Days this year, we’ll welcome the New Year 5781 as a community, gathering together to hear the sound of the shofar and offering prayers for renewal, forgiveness, good health, and peace.

However, as we begin a year like no other, we’ll share Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur online to maintain the safety of our Temple family while also embracing the opportunity to experience the holidays in new and significant ways.

Only the clergy, service leaders, and a very small number of support personnel will be in the building, and they will be taking all appropriate precautions. This will allow us to offer a worship experience from the bimah and our familiar sacred spaces, as well as follow distancing guidelines. We will not hold any in-person services either in our Sanctuary or Goldstine-B’nai Jacob Chapel.

Our clergy, prayer leaders, Ritual Committee, and staff are preparing a meaningful and memorable High Holy Days experience for all of our congregants. Both Reform and traditional worship options will available for a second year. Erev Rosh Hashanah begins on Friday evening, September 18. 
Tentative Holiday Service Schedule 5781 (2020)

Please join our Temple family online for the High Holy Days season as we come together for the second time with two worship traditions.

As we begin the New Year 5781, Congregation Achduth Vesholom will offer Reform and traditional services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur via Zoom. Selichot and Tashlich will be celebrated jointly.

Reform services will be led by Rabbi Meir Bargeron, Achduth Vesholom’s new spiritual leader. He will be joined by Cantor Yvon F. Shore, Director of Liturgical Arts and Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, with accompaniment by Maestro Robert Nance.

Traditional worship will be led by Michael J. Small, who returns for a second year to lead our traditional services. He previously served as the guest spiritual leader for the holidays at Congregation B’nai Jacob. An attorney, he is an active synagogue member at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, IL, where he frequently davens as a shaliach tzibur (prayer leader) and gives lay sermons.

Our building is closed due to the pandemic. Holiday plans are developing. Please check back for further information and visit our calendar for more details. 

Zoom links will be sent directly to Temple members. We warmly welcome guests - please contact the Temple office for more information at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org.

Tentative schedule (all services/events are via Zoom unless otherwise indicated):

  • Selichot Saturday, September 12 
    • 8:15 p.m. Begin the holiday season together with Havdalah and meditative prayer and readings as we change the Torah covers
  • Cemetery Services  Sunday, September 13
    • 1 p.m. at Lindenwood Cemetery
    • 2:30 p.m. at Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery
  • Erev Rosh Hashanah Services – Friday, September 18
    • 6:30 p.m. Traditional service
    • 8 p.m. Reform service
  • Rosh Hashanah – Saturday, September 19
    • Traditional services
      • 9 a.m. - Shacharit
      • 10 a.m. Torah service and D’var
      • 11 a.m. Musaf
    • 10 a.m. Reform Service
  • Rosh Hashanah – Second Day  Sunday, September 20
    • Traditional services
      • 9 a.m. - Shacharit
      • 10 a.m. Torah service and D’var
      • 11 a.m. Musaf
    • All Congregation
      • 2 p.m. Drive-in Shofar and Tashlich services at the Temple
  • Erev Yom Kippur Services – Sunday, September 27
    • Traditional Service - Kol Nidre at 7:15 p.m.
    • Reform Service - 8 p.m.
  • Yom Kippur Services – Monday, September 28
    • Traditional Services - TBA
    • Reform Services
      • 10 a.m. Morning Service
      • 3 p.m. – Afternoon Service
      • 4 p.m. – Yizkor Memorial Service
      • 5 p.m. – Neilah (Concluding) Service
    • Break-the-Fast
      • 8:15 p.m. Join us online via Zoom for a brief meet-and-greet, with restorative snacks in hand, to wish one another a Shanah Tovah
Jewish holidays and traditions provide an opportunity for a comforting sense of community and continuity as we gather to celebrate the High Holy Days, festivals and holidays.

All are welcome to join us for worship services for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. We commemorate Hanukkah with a special service and Passover with a congregational Second Seder. Our Shavuot service usually is held in conjunction with Confirmation of our 10th grade students.

Please see the Temple calendar for specific times and details. If you have further questions, contact the Temple office at 744-4245.