• Home1
  • Home2
  • Home3
  • Home4
  • Home5
Worship

Share the joy of Shabbat and warmth of Jewish community with us every Friday evening. Explore your spirituality as we pray, learn, and connect.  

Read More >
Participate

What interests you? Religious School, Adult Education, Social Action, Leadership, Library, Giving, Volunteering, Outreach, Youth Groups, Camp.

Read More >
Calendar

We offer something for everyone! Check our calendar for worship, classes, events, special programs, and more.

Read More >

Member Spotlight

Our Temple family includes members with a variety of interests and experiences. Meet a few of them.

Read More >

Thank You To Our 2018 Corned Beef Fundraiser Sponsors!
Rabbi Lenny Sarko Interviewed on Synagogue Shooting in Pittsburgh
The Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh on October 27 was abhorrent and tragic with 11 dead and 6 injured. The podcast Mortally Speaking interviewed Rabbi Lenny Sarko, who shares the pain, but also an inspiring and hopeful message on how the Jewish people are united with one another and seek to remain focused on life and peace even during dark times. Find the podcast.
The Seventh Day: Shabbat Revisited Art Exhibit
We are hosting a traveling art exhibit through Thanksgiving at the Temple called “The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat” from the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion Museum. The collection includes 36 works, including photography, textile, collage and painting, all exploring some aspect of Shabbat. Created by a variety of international artists, the artworks and ritual objects represent a diverse, 21st-century, approach to this day of rest.

Members are invited whenever the building is open. We’ll have weekly hours for the public to visit on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. and other hours available for groups by appointment. Thank you to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation for its support.
We are excited to host a traveling art exhibit this fall at the Temple called “The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat” from the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion Museum. The collection of 36 works exploring Shabbat includes photography, textile, collage, and painting. Created by a variety of international artists, the artworks and ritual objects represent a diverse, 21st-century, approach to this day of rest. The exhibit will be on display in the Social Hall from September through November, with the grand opening after our Rosh Hashanah evening service on Sunday, September 9.
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.

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.

Our Friday Night at the Movies program has moved to November 16. Join us for a brief Shabbat service at 6:30 p.m., followed by a choice of movie, popcorn, and drinks.

Join us for Fort Wayne's annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 20 at 7 p.m., hosted for a seventh year at the Temple.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays team for a 9th year is helping 70 Brightpoint Head Start students. Our bag assembly team will next meet on Wednesday, December 5.

Hanukkah begins on Sunday evening, December 2. Join us for our Hanukkah Service on Friday, December 7. Don't miss the latkes and lights during our Hanukkah Party on Saturday, December 8 - and the brisket dinner made by the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out). RSVP for dinner by November 30.

Our Religious School welcomes students age 3 through high school for Jewish learning. Find out more. Please contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 for membership information. We also have youth groups for high school and middle school students.

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 next Temple Book Club selection is Lynda Schuster's Dirty Wars and Polished SilverWe'll meet on Tuesday, February 5 to e-visit with the author.
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.
Help The Temple When You Buy!
Did you know that you can help the Temple when you purchase items through AmazonSmile?

Bookmark this link so all eligible shopping will benefit Achduth Vesholom Congregation. Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price. Thanks!
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.
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.