Become a Temple Member

Thank you for your interest in Congregation Achduth Vesholom, where we've been building Jewish community since 1848! We hope you'll become part of our Temple family. Our Membership Committee is eager to meet with you and answer any questions you may have about the congregation. We appreciate the involvement of our members and make every effort to create a welcoming, stimulating and friendly environment.

As a congregation, we are warmly open to the traditional riches of the Jewish past, while continuously looking for ways to build a creative and meaningful Jewish future.

We look forward to getting acquainted. For information about membership, please contact us at (260) 744-4245 on Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at, or visit us at 5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Benefits of Membership

By joining Achduth Vesholom, you are supporting a strong Reform Jewish presence in northeast Indiana and are linked to a worldwide community of Reform Jews. Your support helps us to offer a wide range of worship services, educational opportunities, cultural programs, social events and community activities.

Benefits of membership include: 

Our Purpose
As part of the world Jewish community, Congregation Achduth Vesholom exists to serve God, to assist and enhance the lives of Jews in the Fort Wayne and surrounding area according to Judaism's highest values, and to bring those values into the lives of all people.

The Temple works to provide spiritual, ritual, educational, and social programs and services within the framework of Reform Judaism. These programs and services are designed to strengthen each member's Jewish commitment and identity. (From our Congregational Bylaws)

Temple members in good standing have the privilege of acquiring spaces in Achduth Vesholom's Y and YY sections at Lindenwood Cemetery. Find Frequently Asked Questions about plots and yahrzeit plaques.

Contact Temple Executive Director Samara Sheray at or the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 for information about locations, pricing, and details.

Burials also can be arranged at the Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery. Contact President Dan Zweig at

Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots will be allowed for at the Temple’s Annual Meeting and Special Congregational Meetings for use by members in good standing who are unable to attend. All congregants are encouraged to attend in person.

             Annual Meeting: To request an absentee ballot, agenda, and proposed budget for review, contact the Temple office at 744-4245, by email, or asking in person during business hours Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Temple budget will be available for review in the Temple office two weeks prior to the meeting.

             Special Meeting: To request an absentee ballot and agenda for review, contact the Temple office at 744-4245, by email, or asking in person during business hours Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

              All absentee ballots must be received by the Secretary prior to the start of the meeting.
In order to ensure this is accomplished, all ballots must be returned to the Temple office no later than 4:30 p.m. the day of the Annual Meeting. 

               Absentee ballots must be signed by the voter. The signed ballot may be submitted to the office in person, by U.S. Mail, by fax, or by email of a pdf copy of the ballot.

               Absentee ballots will be counted when the vote is taken at the Annual or Special Meeting.
 Absentee ballots submitted by members in good standing are counted as part of the quorum.  In order to vote at a meeting, a congregant must be a member in good standing, which is defined as a member of the Congregation whose dues, assessments and other fees are certified by the Treasurer to be current.  If you have any questions regarding your status, please contact Temple Treasurer Irv Adler.

            Each adult member (18 years of age and over) shall have one vote. There is a limit of two votes per membership unit living in the same household. There is a limit of two absentee ballots per membership unit.


Members In Good Standing

Members who would like to vote at the Temple’s Annual Meeting or at special Congregational Meetings must be current in their financial obligations to the congregation, according to our bylaws. The treasurer determines whether a member is considered in good standing.

The board policy outlining guidelines for determining members in good standing states that members must be current through the last complete billing quarter or have made arrangements with the treasurer to honor their financial commitment to the Temple. Religious School and other life-cycle event fees must be paid in full or a payment plan must be in place as agreed to by the treasurer. All past obligations also must be paid in full, have a payment plan approved by the treasurer, or have other arrangements made with the treasurer.

The treasurer will notify congregants who are not in good standing by mail no later than 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting. The Treasurer will present a list of members in good standing to the president and the secretary of the congregation seven days before the annual meeting. The treasurer shall complete any last minute changes and the list shall be verified by the treasurer at the opening of the annual meeting.

Union for Reform Judaism

     Congregation Achduth Vesholom is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism. Reform Judaism began to be introduced at the Temple in August 1862. The Temple became a charter member of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, now the URJ, in May 1874. Learn more about Temple history and our roots.
We Care

    Temple members are urged to contact the Temple office or Rabbi Meir know if a family member is in the hospital or if other situations arise when the congregation may be of assistance or comfort. Changes in hospital privacy rules prohibit officials from contacting the Temple, so we aren’t always aware of situations unless family or friends notify us. We also ask you to let us know if you have a loved one to add to our Mishebeirach list.