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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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Join Together To Give Thanks At Interfaith Service

Please join us for Fort Wayne’s annual community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. at the Temple. Iric Headley, director of Fort Wayne United, will speak during the program. The service will include representatives of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu congregations.

Donations will be collected at the service to benefit Fort Wayne United. A reception will follow the service.

Thanks For Your Support! Corned Beef & Brownies Available
Thank you to our customers, sponsors, and volunteers who made our 16th annual Corned Beef on Rye – Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser on Thursday, November 9 a great success! We sold nearly 1,300 meals to benefit the Temple.

Still available while they last: frozen one-pound packages of corned beef for $10 per pound and frozen brownies priced at 4 for $1. Contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 to find out what items remain.
Thank You To Our Corned Beef Fundraiser Sponsors!

Temple Happenings
Find our latest newsletter. For more information about events, check the Temple calendar.

Celebrate the joy of Shabbat with us at our service on Friday evenings. Find the calendar for special services and times, including our Shabbat Katan program for young children on the first Friday of the month and birthday/anniversary celebrations on the second Friday of the month.
Our Seven Species of Israel series continues on Sunday, November 19 when we learn about barley during a tour of Chapman's Brewery and beer tasting. Find RSVP information.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays bag assembly team will meet on Wednesday, December 6 to put together bags of food items for the 66 students who attend Brightpoint Head Start at the Temple.

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

Join us for a community-wide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. at the Temple. Guest speaker is Iric Headley for Fort Wayne United.

Rabbi Lenny's weekly Talmud Class meets most Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Temple to discuss how the concepts in the Talmud apply today in Fort Wayne and are relevant in our personal lives. Can't attend in person? Join us online through TempleConnect. An Adult B'nei Mitzvah class also is forming.

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, begins on Tuesday evening, December 12. Plan to join us for an early Shabbat and Hanukkah Service on Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m. Please bring your menorah and candles to light together. We'll have latkes and a festive Oneg Shabbat.

We're collecting canned goods in the coming weeks to help build a large hanukkiya on Sunday, December 17 at 11 a.m. with our Religious School, PJ Library and the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne. Items will be donated to the Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays program. Find out more.

We've got lots of Hanukkah books in the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.

It's Tradition: An early Shabbat service on Friday, December 22, followed by dinner at a Chinese restaurant. Find reservation information. We'll also celebrate an early Champagne Shabbat on Friday, December 29, when we toast the New Year 2018.


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.

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.
Sign Up To Play Mah Jongg in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center!
We're scheduling drop-in games in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center during the afternoon and evening. 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.