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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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A Taste of the Seven Species With Chef Marla Cohen

Chef Marla Cohen will bring her culinary skills and whimsy to the Temple on Sunday, April 29 at 1 p.m. with a Taste of the Seven Species of Israel. Join her for a light-hearted cooking demonstration that will keep you noshing, learning, and, most importantly, laughing. Find out more.

Known as much for her humorous take on life as she is for her creativity and expertise as a chef, Marla is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. She has honed her skills in Sanibel, Florida, the former Summit Club in Fort Wayne, and Southern California. If you’ve been in Fort Wayne for a long time, you may even remember Marla’s Bakery on the southwest side back in the 1980’s.

Cost is $7 per person. Space is limited, so please RSVP no later than Friday, April 20 to the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 and send your check (payable to “CAV- The Temple”). Thank you to the Adult Education Committee for sponsoring Chef Marla’s program as part of our year-long look at the Seven Species and the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation for its support.

Please Help With Mitzvah Day on May 6

Help us care for the Jewish section at Lindenwood Cemetery as part of the Temple’s Mitzvah Day on Sunday, May 6, when we clean headstones, place stones of remembrance decorated by our Religious School students, offer prayers, and participate in a special service when we bury unwanted sacred books.

Please join us at 10 a.m. at the Temple for doughnuts and a brief informational meeting before we go as a group to Lindenwood Cemetery. After our work is done, we’ll return to the Temple to have lunch together. We encourage you to share in this meaningful mitzvah effort even if you don’t have loved ones buried at Lindenwood. Many of the headstones are quite old. Please RSVP by Friday, April 20 to Ellen Tom at president@templecav.org.

Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers To Educate About The Holocaust
The Temple's Holocaust Education Committee and IPFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies are co-sponsoring a week-long symposium May 13-18, 2018 on the IPFW campus for pre-service teachers interested in learning more about teaching the Holocaust and genocide at the junior high and high school level. Housing, most meals, and other materials and resources are covered for participants. Thank you to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation for its support. Find registration information.

The public is invited for the keynote address by Dr. Rebecca Erbelding on "Americans and the Holocaust" on Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Temple. 

Her speech will look at questions that include "What did Americans know about the Nazi persecution and murder of European Jews, and what did they do about it?" New research shows us that Nazism and the persecution of the Jews was widely covered in the American media, and Americans had a variety of reactions to the information - from indifference to active rescue efforts.
Sign Up To Play Mah Jongg in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center!
We're scheduling drop-in games in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center on Sunday mornings, Thursday afternoons, and Monday evenings. Please 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.

Share the joy of Shabbat with us at our service on Friday evenings. Find the calendar for special services and times. 

Celebrate Israel@70 on April 20-21. We'll gather for a community Shabbat service on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at Congregation B'nai Jacob and a PJ Library family potluck and festive evening with The Shabbat Players on Saturday, April 21. Find out more.

Temple members are invited for Bagels with the Board on Sunday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m. to find out about proposed changes to our congregational bylaws.


The Indiana Jewish Historical Society will hold its spring meeting on Sunday, April 22 at 1 p.m. in the Temple's Madge Rothschild Resource Center. Find out more.

Rabbi Lenny's Talmud class meets most Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Check the calendar for dates.

Looking for lively conversation? Join the ROMEOS (Retired Old Men Eating Out) for lunch twice a month.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays team will meet on Wednesday, May 2 at 11 a.m. to assemble bags for the 66 Brightpoint Head Start students who attend class at the Temple. Thanks to Input Fort Wayne for the great article about Thoughtful Thursdays.

Our L'dor Vador Service - From Generation to Generation - returns on Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m. when we also honor Melissa Kessel for 25 years teaching in our Religious School. Children attending a Jewish summer camp are invited for a special blessing during the service.

Join us for Mitzvah Day on Sunday, May 6 when we focus on caring for the Jewish section of Lindenwood Cemetery. 

Our next Temple Book Club will meet on Tuesday, May 8 when we e-visit with Author Lauren Belfer about her book, And After The Fire. We have lots of titles in the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.

"Americans and the Holocaust" is the topic of a talk by Dr. Rebecca Erbelding on Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Temple as part of our Holocaust Symposium for Pre-Service Teachers. Her talk is co-sponsored by the Temple and IPFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies with support from the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation. Find out more.

We'll celebrate Shavuot and the Confirmation of four students on Friday, May 18.

Light, music, and creativity are part of our Shabbat service on Friday, May 25 when Orin Reynolds, music director of Light of the Nations, joins us for a unique worship experience. Find out more.

The ROMEOs will be back in the kitchen preparing for the group's third Pasta Dinner Fundraiser on Wednesday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. to raise money for the Temple. Find RSVP information.

The new Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society will have its first meeting on Sunday, June 10 at 1 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library. Find out more about their efforts and family history resources in the Temple's Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.

Plan to attend the Temple's 170th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m. when we vote on proposed bylaws changes, learn the latest news about the congregation, and present the William Brosler Award for Outstanding Volunteerism.

Save the date for our 17th annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser on Thursday, November 8!
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.
Welcome

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.

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, IPFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery Association, and Brightpoint Head Start. Find out more.