Worship Services

Led by Rabbi Lenny Sarko, religious services at Congregation Achduth Vesholom reflect the warmth of our membership and provide an opportunity for learning, spirituality, and community. Our services include a Torah reading, as well as beautiful music to enhance the worship experience. Special services and holiday observances are held throughout the year.

All are welcome to join us. Shabbat services during the summer are held on Friday nights at 6:15 p.m. During the fall, the time moves to 7:30 p.m.. Please check the Temple Bulletin or website calendar since the time may vary due to special programming.

Please join us as we light the candles each Friday and welcome the Sabbath Bride. It’s a time for renewal and reflection, a chance to learn Torah and focus on the spiritual rather than daily concerns. Shabbat morning, too, is a wonderful way to re-energize, learn, and share the joy of community. We look forward to seeing you. What is Shabbat?

We also offer a Mishebeirach prayer during our service to help us come together as a congregation and community to think of those who need healing, care and compassion. We encourage you to contact us to add your loved one's name to our list so that those we hold dear will be called to mind during our service.

We look forward to welcoming you!


You can be the recipient of a delicious braided challah for your Shabbat table by volunteering to greet congregants and distribute prayer books when services begin each week. All Shabbat ushers receive a gift certificate for a tasty loaf donated by Waynedale Bakery, 2610 Lower Huntington Road.

Your friendly smile and warmth play an important part in welcoming our extended congregational family to Shabbat services. It's a terrific family activity, a way to get involved, and an opportunity to meet new people. Ushers are needed 52 weeks a year. Please say “yes” when a Ritual Committee member calls asking you to usher or call the Temple office If you’d like to volunteer.

Shabbat Katan

Our Shabbat Katan family service is offered the first Friday of the month during the school year at 6 p.m. led by Samara Sheray with Rabbi Lenny. This fun service geared toward children will offer an introduction to Shabbat with prayers and music. Adults are welcome, too! Contact us at office@templecav.org with your email address and phone number to be added to our Shabbat Katan group.

Check the calendar to confirm  dates and times.

Oneg Shabbat Hosts
At Achduth Vesholom, we’ve come to value the special time following services because it allows our members and guests to begin the Sabbath with an atmosphere of fellowship while unwinding from a busy week. We hope that congregants will take a turn providing refreshments or sponsoring an Oneg Shabbat so that we can maintain this beautiful tradition. Our summer receptions feature wine and challah, but during the rest of the year, we rely on the generosity of our members to serve as hosts.

Please contact the Temple office at 744-4245 if you’d like to host an oneg in honor of a simcha, important event, or favorite person. It’s a great way to showcase a new recipe or share a favorite treat from the bakery.