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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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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.

Celebrate The High Holy Days With Us!
Please join us at Congregation Achduth Vesholom in September to welcome 5779 and celebrate the High Holy Days. In addition to worship opportunities, favorite traditions continue, along with some special events. Find a full schedule of holiday events.

The Erev Rosh Hashanah Reception following our service on Sunday, September 9 will include the grand opening of a new art exhibit called “The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat.” Break-the-Fast hosted by the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out) returns for a sixth year on Wednesday, September 19. Plan also to join us for sukkah decorating and a pizza lunch on Sunday, September 23, followed by the Fiddler on the Roof movie sing-along.

Ways to support the congregation and community:
  • Honor a loved one or remember a special occasion with a donation of $54 or more by Friday, August 31 to the Floral Fund or General Operations to have your name included in our holiday announcement program. Find out more.
  • Help the hungry by donating bags of groceries during our High Holy Days Food Drive.
  • Purchase bottles of "Honey for the Holidays" by Friday, August 17 to send to family and friends while also supporting congregational programming
  • Assist the Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays program in providing a bag of fresh apples for each of our 70 Brightpoint Head Start families with a donation of $10 or more by Friday, September 21. Find out more.
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.
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 throughout the summer at our service on Friday evenings at 6:15 p.m., including an Adult B'nei Mitzvah on Friday, August 10. We'll also celebrate a Renewal Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, September. Find the calendar for special services and times.

Religious School Registration is underway! Classes begin on Sunday, August 26 for students age 3 through high school. Find out more. Please contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 for membership information. FOrTY and Junior Youth Group will meet on Sunday, August 26 at 12:15 p.m. for pizza and the first get-together of the year.

Looking for some good summer reading? 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.

We need you for our Corned Beef Crew! Volunteers are needed to prepare a large mailing on on Thursday, August 30 at 10 a.m. at the Temple to prepare for our 17th annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser. Save the date for the big sale on Thursday, November 8!

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 bag assembly team will resume on Wednesday, September 5.

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.
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, with the grand opening after our Rosh Hashanah evening service on Sunday, September 9. 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.

In addition to the traveling exhibit, we will feature Shabbat items from the Temple’s collection in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center.
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.
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.