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Worship

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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Share Souper Bowl Shabbat on February 1
Warm up a cold winter evening at our Souper Bowl Shabbat on Friday, February 1 at 6 p.m. at the Temple. We’ll sample a variety of homemade soups before declaring the top three “people’s choice” winners. Our Shabbat service begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by an Oneg Shabbat.

While you don’t need to bring soup to attend, we invite you to get creative in the kitchen and enter the friendly competition. Make your favorite soup to feed 8-10, whether vegetarian, chicken or beef. Find RSVP information and more.
Celebrate the Joy of the Sabbath at 16th Annual Home Shabbat

Kindle new friendships and deepen existing ones at our 16th annual Home Shabbat on Friday, February 8. Services will not be held that evening so we can celebrate the warmth of the Sabbath in each other's homes.

Please call us at (260) 744-4245 by Friday, January 25 to say you’d like to host other Temple members at your Shabbat table or prefer to attend as a guest. We’ll match hosts and guests to foster new friendships and community. Congregants of all ages are invited. Find out more.

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
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.

Confronting the Shoah, a six-session class taught by Dr. David Lindquist, begins on Tuesday, January 15. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne.

Join us for Souper Bowl Shabbat on Friday, February 1. Sign up to bring your favorite. We’ll sample a variety of homemade soups before declaring the top three “people’s choice” winners. Our Shabbat service and Oneg Shabbat follow.

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. 

Our next Temple Book Club selection is Lynda Schuster's Dirty Wars and Polished SilverWe'll meet on Tuesday, February 5 to e-visit with the author.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays team for a 9th year is helping 70 Brightpoint Head Start students. Our bag assembly team will next meet on Wednesday, February 6.

Our 16th annual Home Shabbat returns on Friday, February 8. Temple members are asked to please RSVP by Friday, January 25 to say you'll be a host or guest. Find out more.

Genealogist Lara Diamond will speak on Sunday, February 17 at 2 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center. The program is sponsored by the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society.

Save the date to join us when Dr. Gary Zola, Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives, will be our Scholar-in-Residence for programs on Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1. Find out more.
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.
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!
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.