Join us for Shavuot Services
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.

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.

We’ll also come together virtually on Friday, May 29 at 10 a.m. to observe Shavuot and Yizkor. The morning will include a Torah study of the Ten Commandments with Rabbi Winnig. Find out more.
Support The Temple With High Holy Days Donation

Remember a loved one or celebrate a special occasion during the High Holy Days with a gift to the Floral Fund (to help purchase beautiful bimah flowers for holidays and other occasions) or to the Temple’s General Operations.

Donors who make a gift of $54 or more by Friday, September 20 will be listed along with their honoree or occasion in a special program distributed at services during the High Holy Days. (Checks should be made out to “CAV-The Temple” and indicate if your donation is for the Floral Fund or General Operations and sent to Congregation Achduth Vesholom, 5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46807.) Thank you!

Clergy for the High Holy Days

We're excited to offer both Reform and traditional worship options for the High Holy Days 5780. 


Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig,
our new spiritual leader for the coming year, will lead the Reform service with Cantor Yvon F. Shore, Director of Liturgical Arts and Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.

Cantor Shore will join us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur worship, as well as several Shabbat services. Maestro Robert Nance will accompany Cantor Shore on keyboard. In addition, members of our former Hazemir choir will reunite to add their voices during holiday evening services and Yizkor.

Cantor Shore earned a Masters in Sacred Music and Ordination through HUC-JIR, New York. She received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from West Chester University, College of Visual and Performing Arts with a double major in flute and conducting.

Cantor Shore took additional studies in ethnomusicology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and The Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC with Bathja Bayer, Israel Adler, Amnon Shiloah, Edwin Seroussi, and Johoash Hirshberg. She continued graduate studies with an emphasis in musicology at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music and liturgy at HUC-JIR Cincinnati.

Thank you to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation for its support of Cantor Shore's visit.


Cantor Michael J. Small will lead traditional services this fall during the High Holy Days at Congregation Achduth Vesholom.

After many years leading High Holy Days services in the Chicago area, Cantor Small said he’s excited to return to Fort Wayne, where he’s previously served as the guest spiritual leader for holidays at Congregation B’nai Jacob.

Cantor Small grew up in Kansas City, MO, attending Beth Shalom Congregation and spending summers as a camper and staff member at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin.

After graduating from Brown University in 1985, he spent a year studying in Jerusalem at Midreshet Yerushalayim (now known as the Conservative Yeshivah) and then earned an M.A. in Judaic Studies from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in NYC.

Cantor Small said he’s continued to learn and study as a lay person. An active synagogue member now at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, IL, he frequently davens as a shaliach tzibur (prayer leader) and gives lay sermons.

He served for eight years as a board member of Rochelle Zell Jewish High School in Deerfield, IL, including two years as president. Professionally, Cantor Small practices law and is a partner at Foley & Lardner, LLP in Chicago.

He and his wife, Sheila, have three daughters. Cantor Small said he and his family have fond memories of their holidays at B’nai Jacob and look forward to making new ones together with the congregation.

The Jewish holidays and traditions provide an opportunity for a comforting sense of community and continuity as we gather to celebrate the High Holy Days and festivals.

All are welcome to join us for worship services for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. In addition, we mark the New Year with an erev Rosh Hashanah Reception and end the Days of Awe with a congregational break-the-fast meal. 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.