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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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Movie Discussion Will Focus On "The Cousin"

An open-minded Israeli questions his liberal convictions when a Palestinian laborer he hired is suspected of a crime in the film The Cousin, a hard-hitting, dark comedy exploring the latent prejudice central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Watch the trailer

The award-winning Israeli film is the focus of our virtual Temple Movie Night discussion on Saturday, May 1 at 7 p.m., led by Micah Soltz and Dave Flapan. Please watch the movie in advance. It’s available on AmazonPrime, YouTube, Apple TV, and Google Play Store.

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.

Letter of Solidarity With AAPI

March 19, 2021

To The Fort Wayne Community,

We are enraged and saddened by the wave of violence against Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) people in America, including the shootings in Georgia and random street attacks, such as what occurred in San Francisco, also this week. This violence is despicable and must come to an end immediately. However, these violent acts are only the most recent and visible aspect of discrimination against AAPI people in our society. This is a systemic problem rooted in xenophobia, racism and sexism, and heightened by the toxic climate of white nationalism that has racked our country in recent years. The inattention of other people with privilege has allowed this current crisis to spread without enough people speaking up in support of APPI people in America.

As leaders of the Fort Wayne Jewish community, we offer our solidarity to members of the AAPI community, locally and nationally. Jewish tradition commands us to pursue justice whenever we see injustice (Deuteronomy 16:18) and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Leviticus 19:18). Further, our sages taught that “All people are descended from a single human being, Adam… so that no one can say, ‘my ancestor is worthier than yours.’” (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5) There is no room for racism and discrimination in the Creation made by the Eternal One, as we are all members of the same human family.

We call on all people of good will to stand up for the inherent dignity of every human being and to work within their means and their capabilities to stand up against white supremacy, racism and discrimination in all of their forms. Every person has the right to be treated with respect, and to live and prosper in a society without fearing violence. It is up to each of us to do our part to make this so.

Rabbi Meir Bargeron                                                Jaki Schreier

Congregation Achduth Vesholom                             Executive Director

                                                                                 Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne

Phased Reopening for In-Person Worship Resumes in April

We're excited to begin a phased reopening of our building for in-person worship services in April with limitations on crowd size and strict mask and distancing guidelines in place. At the same time, we will continue to livestream services for those at home. Our first in-person Shabbat services are on Friday, April 2 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 3 at the new time of 9:45 a.m. Yizkor for Passover will be observed on Sunday, April 4 during a service at 10 a.m. Please review safety guidelines for in-person worship.

In order to protect the health of attendees and to facilitate contact tracing if needed, RSVP are required for services in advance. Please make a reservation to the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org by the Wednesday before a given Shabbat service. We will confirm your reservation in advance. Please understand that we are unable to accept walk-ins.

Ushers also are needed to ensure our safety protocols are followed. We're asking Temple members to please volunteer to assist with this important duty by contacting the Temple office.

Though worship will resume in our Sanctuary and also will continue via livestream, the Temple remains closed for in-person programs, classes, Religious School, and meetings. The leadership will continue to monitor the situation in the coming weeks, with the possibility of canceling or limiting in-person gatherings if conditions warrant and following recommendations of the congregation’s COVID Task Force. 

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 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.

A phased reopening for in-person worship resumes in April for those with a reservation, with livestreaming of services continuing. Please check our calendar for information about attending online services, classes, and activities.

Share the joy of Shabbat with us at services on Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:45 a.m. Reservations are required to attend in-person by contacting the Temple office by Wednesday of a given week at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org. Please review our safety protocols. Check the calendar for details about livestreaming. Check for updates on 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.

Challah baking is a beautiful Jewish tradition that nourishes our bodies and souls as we prepare each week for Shabbat. Join Rabbi Sarah Rosenbaum Jones on Sunday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom to learn more about the art of challah baking. Find out more  

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.

Bring your popcorn and join us for a movie discussion about the Israeli film “The Cousin” on Saturday, May 1 at 7 p.m., led by Micah Soltz and Dave Flapan. Find out more

Please join us for Shavuot on Sunday, May 16 at 7 p.m. when we also celebrate the Confirmation of two of our high school students. RSVP to attend in-person or join us online. 
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In the community: 

The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society welcomes Wendy Soltz 
for a program on Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. on “Northeast Indiana Historic Synagogues and Influential Families.” Mark your calendar now and plan to attend this virtual program. Register here

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.

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.