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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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Celebrate Purim With Us!

Visit the streets of Shushan with us from your home on Friday, February 26 at 5:30 p.m. during our virtual Purim celebration.

Join Rabbi Meir when we read from the Megillah and make merry with a shpiel telling the story of Esther, followed by our Shabbat service. (Find the Zoom link in our weekly email or contact the Temple office for access information.)

Be part of this memorable experience online by wearing a crown, cape, or costume to get in the mood. Grab a grogger or a box of macaroni and cheese to shake when Haman’s name is read. Have your wine nearby to celebrate the triumph of the Jews of Persia - and remember to save some for Sabbath Kiddush!

Lifelong Learning Opportunities

Expand your Jewish knowledge and friendships by being part of our growing community of lifelong learners. Three weekly study options are available online for those interested in a deeper exploration of Torah or Hebrew texts. 

Torah Study - Delve into important lessons in the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Meir Bargeron on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Everyone who is post-B’nai Mitzvah and older is welcome.

Five Books of Moses - Read and study the Torah, verse by verse, with classic commentaries by Rashi, Rashbam, Seforno and many others during a weekly study group led by Rabbi Mitchell Kornspan on Sundays at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Temple members, as well as members of the larger Fort Wayne Jewish community, are invited to participate.

Hebrew Liturgy Study Group - Study the Hebrew texts – both Orthodox and Reform – of the daily and Shabbat liturgies on Mondays at 7 p.m. led by Dr. John Planer on Zoom. The group will begin at a basic level of Hebrew with a focus to understand the meanings and grammar of the texts we recite and to note significant variants. 

Zoom links will be sent directly to members of our Temple family in the weekly email. Guests are welcome. Please contact us at office@templecav.org or (260) 744-4245 for access information.

Strings of Inspiration with Bruce Colegrove

Temple member Bruce Colegrove returns on Wednesday, February 17 at 7 p.m. on Zoom with more stories of some of the most remarkable events in the life of the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz-Birkenau. He first shared incredible stories of these women in fall 2019 when the Violins of Hope programming captivated members of the Fort Wayne community.

This time Bruce will turn his focus to the ironic tragedy that befell the Jews of Hungary. As before, Bruce will share some recent discoveries in his research. He will discuss two Jewish women whose exemplary skill with the violin earned them a place in the women's orchestra at Auschwitz. Find out more

Let's Talk Movies with Micah Soltz: The Matchmaker

The Israeli film “The Matchmaker” is an unexpected coming-of-age story. Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968, befriends a traditional Jewish matchmaker, a Holocaust survivor, and begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart. Watch the trailer

This award-winning film directed by Avi Nesher is the focus of our Temple Movie Night discussion on Saturday, February 20 at 7 p.m. on Zoom, led by Micah Soltz. Please watch the movie in advance. The two-hour film is in Hebrew with English subtitles and available on AmazonPrime or to rent on YouTube.

Bring your own popcorn and join us from your home! We’ll begin with Havdalah, followed by conversation about the film and a chance to connect with other movie lovers. The Zoom link will be provided in the weekly email to our Temple family. Community members may contact the Temple at office@templecav.org or (260) 744-4245 for access information.

COVID-19 Update from the Temple

Thank you for your continued support of the Temple as we navigate these difficult times. We continue to be cautious in our plans to re-open the Rifkin Campus as we monitor recommendations from health and government officials, as well as consider feedback from our members. A COVID Task Force of congregants from the legal, medical, human resources, educational, local community, and congregational fields is developing a reopening plan and protocols.

The Temple remains closed for services, Religious School, programming, and meetings. The staff will continue to work in the building and follow safety guidelines. We remain committed to upholding Judaism's highest priorities for maintaining life and health.

Keeping our Achduth Vesholom family connected through online worship, educational, and social offerings will continue, along with our ongoing outreach to members without internet access.

We recognize this is a challenging time for everyone. The Temple is a kehillah kedoshah, a holy community, that is here for you. Please reach out to us if you any questions or concerns. Office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact us at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org.

We will continue to keep our members updated regularly. Please also check for information on our website and our congregational Facebook page

Find latest updates from the Allen County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Temple Happenings
Find our latest newsletter. For more information about events, check the Temple calendar. Sign up for mah jongg when the building reopens. Make an online donation or payment.

Our building is closed due to the pandemic. Please check our calendar for information about attending online services, classes, and activities.

Share the joy of Shabbat with us. Join us for worship services on Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. via Zoom, with Rabbi Meir Bargeron. Check the calendar for details and visit our our congregational Facebook page.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays bag assembly team for an 11th year is helping our Brightpoint Head Start students who attend class at the Temple.

Don a costume and grab a grogger for our congregational Purim celebration, including Megillah reading and shpiel, on Friday, February 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Strings of Inspiration with Bruce Colegrove on Wednesday, February 17 at 7 p.m. explores more stories from the Women's Orchestra at Auschwitz.

Our Movie Night Discussion with Micah Soltz on Saturday, February 20 at 7 p.m. will focus on the Israeli film, "The Matchmaker."

Lifelong learning opportunities online each week include: Torah Study with Rabbi Meir on Tuesdays, Five Books of Moses Study with Rabbi Kornspan, and Hebrew Liturgy Study Group with Dr. John Planer. Check the calendar for dates.

In the community: 

The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne with Partnership2Gether invites you for “Beer at the Root of Early Civilization – the Anthropology of Beer,” a virtual presentation by Micah Soltz on Sunday, March 7 at 1 p.m. on Zoom. Take a virtual tour of the Chapman’s Brewing Company, interactively taste four different beers, and hear about the impact brewing beer has had on human civilization around the world. 

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The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne’s Rosh Chodesh group invites you to “meet” Minnette Baum during a virtual presentation by Harriet Miller on Monday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. about the remarkable Jewish immigrant from Russia who changed the way Fort Wayne addressed basic needs in the early 20th century. Find out more


The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society will present genealogist Mark Halpern on Sunday, February 14 via Zoom. Halpern will present two virtual programs, both free and open to the public: “The Basics of Jewish Research in Poland” at 2 p.m. and  “A Deeper Dive into Galician Records” at 3:30 p.m. 

Learn more about the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society's Fort Wayne Jewish Families Project
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.
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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 Meir Bargeron, 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 when we re-open. Find out how to become a member of our Temple family. Learn about our Religious School.

Join Us for Temple Book Club on March 2

The next virtual Temple Book Club on Tuesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. features a discussion with author Goldie Goldbloom about her novel, On Division, winner of the 2020 Jewish Fiction Award.

Rachel Kamin of the Association of Jewish Libraries writes, “The result is a multi-layered story of how secrets can shake even the most secure and close-knit families that is accessible to readers both familiar and unfamiliar with the insular world of ultra-Orthodox Jews."

On Division is available in the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library. RSVP to receive the link to attend.

The Rifkin Campus at 5200
The Rifkin Campus at 5200 Old Mill Road is home to Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the Madge Rothschild Resource Center, the Jewish Federation of Fort WaynePurdue Fort Wayne's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery Association, the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society, and Brightpoint Head Start.

Our Madge Rothschild Resource Center includes the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library and the Goldman Memorial Museum (currently under development). Find out more.