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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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Kindle the Hanukkah Lights & Toast 2020
Hanukkah begins on Sunday evening, December 22 when we light the first candle. Find the candle blessings.

Join us on the sixth night when we kindle the lights of Hanukkah and share a toast to 2020 on Friday, December 27 at 6 p.m. at our Hanukkah and Champagne Shabbat celebration at the Temple.
Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig will lead worship, followed by an Oneg Shabbat hosted by the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out) with latkes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts).

Join us for a glass of champagne as we offer good wishes for the coming year. Add to the joy and warmth of the holiday by bringing your hanukkiyah to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Candles will be provided. Please bring boxes of pasta to donate to our December Food Drive to benefit the food bank at Wellspring Interfaith Social Services. What is Hannukah?

Also in the community: Bring the children for Hanukkah Storytime on Sunday, December 15 from noon to 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Jefferson Pointe. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort WaynePJ Library, and Barnes & Noble.
It's Tradition! "Chinese Shabbat" Coming Soon
Tis the season for our special Shabbat tradition: "Chinese Shabbat."  Please join us for an early service on Friday, December 20 at 6 p.m. led by Rabbi Winnig at the Temple, followed by our customary meal of Chinese food together.

Make a reservation to join us at Yen Ching restaurant (6410 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Covington Plaza) by calling the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 no later than Friday, December 13.
Don't Miss These Adult Learning Opportunities
From tallit-making to Jewish ethics, from Temple Book Club to mah jongg lessons, we've got several opportunities ahead for lifelong learners! Check out these classes at the Temple!


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 Paula Jayne Winnig, 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! Our Sabbath evening service on Fridays begins most weeks at 7:30 p.m. at the Temple. Our lay-led Shabbat morning service meets most Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. Find the calendar for special services and times. 

Join Rabbi Winnig for a look at the Jewish texts related to proper speech and avoiding Lashon Hara, gossip and hurtful speech, on two Wednesdays, December 4 and 18. Find out more. Coming in January: Ethics of Forgiveness, Anger, and Envy.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays social action program continues its 10th year on December 4 providing twice-monthly bags of food and household items for the 72 students who attend Brightpoint Head Start at the Temple.

Embark on a journey with Rabbi Winnig to make your own painted silk tallitot, beginning Sunday, December 8.

It's tradition - join us for our Sabbath service, followed by dinner at a Chinese restaurant, at our  "Chinese Shabbat" on Friday, December 20. Find RSVP information.

Hanukkah begins on Sunday evening, December 22. Bring your hanukkiyah and celebrate the Festival of Lights and the new year at our Hanukkah and Champagne Shabbat on Friday, December 27.

Looking for some good books? Stop by the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library whenever the Temple is open. Be part of our Temple Book Club! Our next title is Windy City Blues by Renee Rosen on Tuesday, January 14.

Learn about the classic Jewish song "Hava Nagila" through the documentary and a discussion on Saturday, January 18. Find out more. 

Interested in learning to play mah jongg? We're offering lessons for beginners on Sundays, January 19 & 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Already know how to play? Sign up for open play.

Souper Bowl Shabbat will be back on Friday, January 31. Join us for dinner and worship. Make your favorite soup and enter our friendly competition.

Our 17th Home Shabbat for Temple members will be held on Friday, February 7. Plan to be a host or guest for this wonderful evening of Jewish community.

In the community:

Bring the children for Hanukkah Storytime on Sunday, December 15 from noon to 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Jefferson Pointe. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, PJ Library, and Barnes & Noble.

Confronting the Shoah, a six-session course on the Holocaust with Dr. Dave Lindquist, will begin Tuesday, January 21 at 7 p.m. at the Temple. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne.

The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society will host Marlis Humphrey to discuss "Hidden Gems of Jewish Genealogy" and "Discovering Your Shtetl" on Sunday, February 16 at 2 p.m. at The Genealogy Center at the ACPL. Learn about the 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.
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.
Help The Temple When You Buy!
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Bookmark this link so all eligible shopping will benefit Achduth Vesholom Congregation. Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price. Thanks!
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, the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society, and Brightpoint Head Start. Find out more.