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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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15th Annual Corned Beef Fundraiser

Savor delicious delicatessen when our 15th annual Corned Beef on Rye – Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser returns on Thursday, November 3. Support the Temple and help us top last year’s record revenues by ordering meals, becoming a sponsor, telling all your friends about our mouthwatering meal, and volunteering your time.

Order forms are now available for meals and bulk items. We deliver, too! Learn how to become a sponsor. 

Volunteers also are needed on Prep Night and on Deli Day.
Talmud Class At The Temple - Or Online

Our new Talmud Class with Rabbi Lenny begins on Tuesday, November 1 at 7 p.m. at the Temple. For those who cannot drive to the Rifkin Campus, we invite you to view the first class on the Internet.  To do this, please bring up any browser (Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and type in the address line www.gotomeeting.com. Then click on “join a meeting.” In the white box type the number: 814719869. It’s that simple!

If you have never done "gotomeeting," it may ask you to launch the application - please say “yes.” You do not need to sign up or have an account to join us.

Please do not activate your camera or microphone on the first night. We will start that the following week. You will be able to hear and see everything we do in the class. After the first week, you will be able to participate live if you wish.


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.

Temple Happenings
Find our latest newsletter. For more information about events, check the Temple calendar.

Help us unroll a Torah around the Sanctuary when we celebrate Simchat Torah on Friday, October 28 at 7 p.m. Bring the whole family for the fun!

Shabbat services begin on Friday evenings at 7 p.m. through October led by Rabbi Lenny Sarko. Our Friday evening services will move to the later time of 7:30 p.m. beginning November 4. Join us for our monthly family service on Friday, November 4 at 6 p.m. All are welcome

Join Rabbi Lenny for a new weekly Talmud Class beginning Tuesday, November 1 at 7 p.m. at the Temple when we discuss how the concepts in the Talmud apply today in Fort Wayne and are relevant in our personal lives. Attend in person or online.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays team will meet on Wednesday, November 2 at 10 a.m. to assemble bags for a 7th year helping Brightpoint Head Start families. 

To celebrate Betty Stein's upcoming 100th birthday, we're seeking donations of Betty's 100 Books to add to our shelves in the new Madge Rothschild Resource Center.

Interested in becoming a member of Congregation Achduth Vesholom? Contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 for more information.

Help the Temple through your AmazonSmile purchases. Find out how. 

A new Rosh Chodesh group for Jewish women will meet on Tuesday, November 1. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne.

Yotam Goren will speak on "Israel Foreign Policy - An Overview of Challenges and Opportunities" at the campaign opener for the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne on Monday, November 7 at 7 p.m. at the Rifkin Campus at 5200.
What's New At The Rifkin Campus at 5200?
Coming soon: The Madge Rothschild Resource Center!

We welcome IPFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies as our newest Campus Partner, joining Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, the Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery Association, and Brightpoint Head Start in our beautiful home at 5200 Old Mill Road.