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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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Celebrate Sukkot and Simchat Torah With Us!
We welcome you to Congregation Achduth Vesholom as we begin the New Year 5779! 

Please join us for upcoming holiday events and stop by the Social Hall to see the traveling art exhibit called “The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat.”
  • Sunday, September 23 - We'll decorate the Sukkah at 11 a.m. in the courtyard of the Madge Rothschild Resource Center, followed by a pizza lunch. At 12:30 p.m., we'll sing-along with the movie version of Fiddler on the Roof. Please RSVP by Friday, September 21. Lunch is $5 per person.
  • Friday, September 28 -  Shake the lulav and inhale the scent of the etrog during our Sukkot service at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, October 5 - Shabbat Katan for children in first grade and under begins at 6 p.m. with a focus on Simchat Torah.
  • Friday, October 5 - We need your help to unroll a Torah scroll around the Sanctuary during our service at 7 p.m. Join us to parade with our sacred scrolls in celebration of Simchat Torah. We'll finish Deuteronomy and start the annual cycle of Torah with Genesis, led by Rabbi Lenny. An Oneg Shabbat follows hosted by Jessica & Roger Ash in honor of their son Samuel's Bar Mitzvah on Saturday morning, October 6.
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.

The Seventh Day: Shabbat Revisited Art Exhibit
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 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.

The exhibit will be on display in the Social Hall from September through November. 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. beginning September 13, 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.
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. Join us for Shabbat morning worship on Saturday, October 6 at 10:30 a.m. when Samuel Ash, son of Jessica & Roger Ash, is called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah. A Kiddush luncheon follows. Find the calendar for special services and times. 

Religious School is underway for students age 3 through high school. 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.

Join us for Sukkah decorating, lunch, and a sing-along screening of Fiddler on the Roof on Sunday, September 23. Find out more.

Shake the lulav during our Sukkot service on Friday, September 28 at 7 p.m.

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.


The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays team is collecting boxes of tissues during the summer to get ready for our 9th year helping 70 Brightpoint Head Start students. Our Thoughtful Thursdays Apple Project is underway. Our bag assembly team will next meet on Wednesday, October 3.

Our Simchat Torah celebrations on Friday, October 5 include Shabbat Katan for little ones at 6 p.m. and our holiday service at 7 p.m. when we unroll a Torah around the Sanctuary.

Temple Book Club returns on Tuesday, October 30 when we discuss Enchanted Islands and e-visit with author Allison Amend.

Our 17th annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to
 Satisfy Fundraiser returns on Thursday, November 8! Help us top last year's sales of 1,200 meals. Become a sponsor. Volunteer to help on the corned beef crew. New this year: Online orders (coming soon) - or download an order form

The new Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society welcomes members. Find out more about their efforts and family history resources in the Temple's Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.
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.
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!
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!
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.