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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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We're Making Merry To Celebrate Purim!
Purim Service & Shpiel 
Don a costume and grab a grogger for a visit to the streets of Shushan on Friday, March 22 at 7:15 p.m. during our Purim service at the Temple. We’ll make merry when Rabbi Lenny reads from Migillat Esther, retelling the story of how Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai save the Jews of Persia. Our middle school students will add to the fun by performing a shpiel.

Purim Carnival
Enter the costume contest for children and adults, play new and favorite games, bid on a diamond necklace during the silent auction, sample an updated menu by the ROMEOs when our annual Purim Carnival returns with a new look on Sunday, March 24 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Temple.

The fun includes:
  • Bagel darts, bounce house, face painting, basketball and more
  • Bingo for the grown-ups ($1 per card - begins at 1 p.m.) with Mike Rush calling out the numbers to win fun prizes.
  • Food from the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out) featuring cheese pizza, Casa salad, fruit, kugel, lox and bagels, and, of course, hamentashen
  • Silent auction to benefit the youth group. Items include a diamond necklace (valued at $1,200) and four $25 gift certificates for Paintball Plex, La Dolce Vita in Roanoke, Teeth Whitening Package, Fleet Feet, and more.
  • Beer from Chapman's Brewery, wine, and Bloody Mary Bar
  • Costume contest for adults and children - prizes for best costume
Admission is $5 per person, with no charge for children six and under.
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.

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.
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. Find the calendar for special services and times.

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. 

Want to learn to play mah jongg? We're offering lessons for beginners on two Sundays, March 10 and 17. Find registration information.

Our Temple Book Club has two upcoming events: We'll e-visit with Lynda Schuster about her memoir Dirty Wars and Polished Silver on Tuesday, March 12 and e-chat with Sabra Waldfogel about her book Sister of Mine on Tuesday, May 7.

Friday Night at the Movies returns on March 15, following our Shabbat service.

Join us for our Purim service on Friday, March 22 at 7:15 p.m. when Rabbi Lenny reads from the megillah and our middle school students take us to the streets of Shushan with a shpiel. 

Don't miss the fun at our annual Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 24 from noon to 2 p.m. for children and adults.

Bunks are filling fast for a great summer of fun and Jewish friendships at Goldman Union Camp Institute, our regional Union for Reform Judaism camp in Zionsville. Register soon to ensure your child has a space! Need campership information? Contact the Temple office for an application.

Registration is open for the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne's Camp Joe Levine, a day camp at Fox Island.

Hazemir, the Temple's volunteer choir, is planning to sing for the evening services of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur after a several year hiatus. Singers interested in joining them are most welcome. Please contact the Temple office for more information at (260) 744-4245.

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.