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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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Calendar

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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Chag Pesach Sameach!
Passover begins on Friday evening, April 19 when we retell the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt and freedom from bondage. No Shabbat service will be held that evening at the Temple. Our congregation is continuing its long tradition of “matchmaking” for the first night, bringing together Seder seekers with Passover providers. This effort is especially important this year since we will not be having our congregational Seder on the second night. Thank you to all who are including additional guests at your Seder table.
Find out more about Passover and its traditions.
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 Lenny Sarko, 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.

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, and Brightpoint Head Start. Find out more.
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.
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 on Friday evenings. Most weeks we meet at 7:30 p.m. Find the calendar for special services and times, including upcoming B'nei Mitzvah in May and June.

Passover begins on Friday, April 19. We will not have a service that evening so that members may celebrate with a home Seder. 

Temple members are invited to attend a Town Hall meeting on Friday, April 26 following our 7:30 p.m. Shabbat service. Congregants will have an opportunity to ask questions about our proposed plans with Congregation B'nai Jacob to come together as one congregation with two traditions.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays team will gather on May 1 at 11 a.m. to assemble the final bags of the school year. A luncheon for volunteers follows, as we celebrate the end of our 9th year.

Please join us for our 7th annual L'dor Vador - From Generation to Generation” Shabbat service on Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m., bringing together students with older members of the Temple for special readings. We’ll also offer a special blessing for children planning to attend a Jewish camp over the summer.

Looking for some good books? The Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library is open whenever the Temple is open. Don't forget to take a look at our new timeline of 200 years of Jewish history in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center.

Our Temple Book Club will next meet on Tuesday, May 7 to e-chat with Sabra Waldfogel about her book Sister of Mine.

Catch the TinCaps with us on July 20. Find out more.

In the community:

Chris Bohjalian is the featured author at the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne's People of the Book lecture on Monday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rifkin Campus.

The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society is hosting Dr. Elizabeth Anthony for two presentations on Sunday, May 5 and Monday, May 6. She is the International Tracing Service and Partnerships Program Manager at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Find out more about the programs.

The community-wide Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day - commemoration on Monday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Rifkin Cam
pus will include a talk by Musicologist James A. Grymes, author of Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind's Darkest Hour.

Bunks are filling fast for a great summer of fun and Jewish friendships at Goldman Union Camp Institute, our regional Union for Reform Judaism camp in Zionsville. Register soon to ensure your child has a space! Need campership information? Contact the Temple office for an application.


Registration is open for the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne's Camp Joe Levine, a day camp at Fox Island.

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.
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.
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.