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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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Seven Species: Olives & Olive Oil Tasting On January 26

From lighting menorahs to anointing kings and high priests, olive oil has held special significance in Jewish life. An olive branch, a well-known symbol of peace, was brought to Noah after the flood and today is part of the national emblem for the State of Israel. 

As our year-long exploration of the Seven Species of Israel continues, we'll take a closer look at the importance of olives in Judaism on Friday, January 26. We'll begin at 7 p.m. with an abbreviated Shabbat service, followed by a program and olive oil tasting with Lori Berndt, owner of The Olive Twist. We'll also celebrate the new olive tree mural in the hallway to the Madge Rothschild Resource Center. A special Oneg Shabbat will feature - what else! - olives and olive oil cakes made by the Temple's Adult Education Committee. Thank you to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation for its support of the Seven Species Series.


15th Home Shabbat Returns on February 9

Kindle new friendships and deepen existing ones at our 15th Home Shabbat on Friday, February 9. Services will not be held that evening so that Temple members may celebrate the warmth of the Sabbath in each other's homes.

Please call us at (260) 744-4245 by Friday, January 26 to say you’d like to host other Temple members at your Shabbat table or prefer to attend as a guest. As we get closer, we’ll match hosts and guests to foster new friendships and community. Congregants of all ages are invited. The dinner is potluck so everyone shares in meal preparation. Find out more.

Playwright Robert Skloot: "If The Whole Body Dies"
Robert Skloot's one-act play If The Whole Body Dies tells the story of the life and career of Raphael Lemkin, the Polish Jew who was responsible for the drafting and ratification of the United Nations Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Join us for a reading of the play on Thursday, February 1 at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre in Kettler Hall at IPFW. Co-sponsored by the Temple, IPFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and IPFW's Theatre Department. 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 Center on Sunday mornings, Thursday afternoons, and Monday evenings. 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
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Celebrate the joy of Shabbat with us at our service on Friday evenings. Find the calendar for special services and times. 

Our Seven Species of Israel in Northeast Indiana series returns on Friday, January 26 at 7 p.m. when we gather for an abbreviated Shabbat service and learn about the importance of olives in Judaism. Following the service, we'll learn about olive oil and taste several varieties with Special Guest Lori Berndt, owner of The Olive Twist.

Interested in Jewish Genealogy? Temple members Irv Adler and Betsy Gephart are working to establish a local chapter of the 
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies to serve Northeast Indiana. Find out more about their efforts and family history resources in the Temple's Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.

Jeremy Klotz, camp director at Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, will meet with parents and students on Sunday, January 28 at 10 a.m. to share exciting plans for Summer 2018. Find out more.


Temple members are invited to a Brainstorming Session on Sunday, January 28 at 12:30 p.m. to look at programming ideas for the coming year.

Robert Skloot's one-act play If The Whole Body Dies tells the story of the life and career of Raphael Lemkin, the Polish Jew who was responsible for the drafting and ratification of the United Nations Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Join us for a reading of the play on Thursday, February 1 at IPFW. Co-sponsored by the Temple, IPFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and IPFW's Theatre Department.  Find out more.

Get ready for our next Temple Book Club on Tuesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. when we video-conference with author Abigail Pogrebin about her book, My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew. Check out the
 Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.

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

Join our open play mah jongg games in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center. Sign up today!

The Jewish community's 
Thoughtful Thursdays team will meet on Wednesday, February 7 at 10 a.m. to assemble bags for the 66 Brightpoint Head Start students who attend class at the Temple.

Rabbi Lenny's Talmud class resumes on Tuesday, February 20 at 7 p.m.

The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne's "Confronting the Shoah" classes studying the Holocaust begin on January 9.
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.
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.
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.