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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.  

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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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16th Annual Corned Beef Fundraiser on November 9
Savor delicious delicatessen at the Temple’s 16th annual Corned Beef on Rye – Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser on Thursday, November 9!

Support the Temple by ordering meals, becoming a sponsor, telling your friends about our mouthwatering meal, and volunteering your time.
 
Boxed meals are $15 each when ordered by Thursday, October 26. After that date and at the door, meals are $16 each. Each meal includes a heaping 1/3-pound corned beef sandwich on rye, giant pickle, creamy cole slaw, fudgy brownie, and a drink. Find an order form. Delivery service is available when you order 12 meals or more by Thursday, October 26 for $6 per address.

Become a sponsor by donating $100 or more to help underwrite our costs by Thursday, October 26. Names of individuals and businesses will be recognized in every meal and posted the day of the sale at the Temple.
 
Volunteers are needed on Wednesday, November 8 for Prep Night from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday, November 3 for Deli Daywith shifts beginning at 9 a.m. Contact the office to say you’ll help. Thank you to our Co-Chairs Larry Adelman, Jaki Schreier, and Steve Zacher.
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.

Sign Up To Play Mah Jongg in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center!
We're scheduling drop-in games in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center during the afternoon and evening. 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.

Celebrate the joy of Shabbat with us at our service on Friday evenings. Find the calendar for special services and times. We'll gather on Friday, October 20 at 7 p.m. to share Shabbat and present our fifth-grade students with a prayer book as they begin their b'nei mitzvah studies. Join us for our Shabbat morning service on Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 a.m. when Naomi Gephart is called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays bag assembly team will meet on Wednesday, November 1 to put together bags of food items for the 66 students who attend Brightpoint Head Start at the Temple. 

Check out the Rabbi Richard B. Safran library! Visit us in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center.

Rabbi Lenny's weekly Talmud Class meets most Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Temple to discuss how the concepts in the Talmud apply today in Fort Wayne and are relevant in our personal lives. Can't attend in person? Join us online through TempleConnect. An Adult B'nei Mitzvah class also is forming.

Interested in becoming a member of Congregation Achduth Vesholom? Contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 for more information.

Join us for our 16th annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser on Thursday, November 9! Find an order form. Sponsor our sale. Volunteers are needed for Prep Night on Wednesday, November 8 and on the big day!

Our Temple Book Club returns on Tuesday, November 14 when we talk with Author Steve Roberts via videoconference about his book From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America.

Our Seven Species of Israel series continues on Sunday, November 19 when we learn about barley during a tour of Chapman's Brewery and beer tasting. Find RSVP information.

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

Plan to join us for a community-wide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. at the Temple. Guest speaker is Iric Headley for Fort Wayne United.
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.