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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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Betty Stein: Educator, Writer, Progressive Thinker
Long-time Temple member Betty Edlavitch Stein, 102, died on August 9, 2019 at her home in Fort Wayne. Find the obituary. We offer our condolences to Betty's family.

Her contributions as a community activist, educator, and writer are numerous. We especially are grateful for Betty's dedication to our congregation. She was the first woman to be elected to the Temple's board of directors in May 1956 and the first to be elected president of Achduth Vesholom's board in 1984. She also served as long-time chair of the Holocaust Education Committee. In celebration of her 100th birthday in 2016, the Temple's Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library received more than 100 new titles donated in her honor by family and friends through a special "Betty's 100 Books" tribute. 

Betty also will be recognized on Sunday, August 25 as a Hoosier Jewish Legend, established by the Indiana Jewish Historical Society as a Hall of Fame celebrating Hoosiers who have created a significant and lasting impact to their profession, faith-based and/or secular community.

May her memory be for a blessing.
Exciting Changes at Achduth Vesholom!
We're very pleased to welcome Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig, our new spiritual leader for the coming year! She'll lead Friday services at 6:15 p.m. through August 30. Our fall schedule begins on September 6 when most services will begin at 7:30 p.m.

We also welcome members of Congregation B'nai Jacob to our Temple family as new congregants! We're excited to come together as one congregation with two traditions and creating new ways to grow Jewishly.

Our worship options have expanded to include a new traditional Shabbat morning service on Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. at the Temple. All are welcome to attend this lay-led service.

Please contact us with any questions at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org.
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 Paula Jayne Winnig, 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.

We welcome Rabbi Paula Jayne Winning, our new spiritual leader for the coming year!

Share the joy of Shabbat with us! Our Sabbath evening service on Fridays begins at 6:15 p.m. at the Temple. Our new lay-led Shabbat morning service begins on Saturdays at 9:15 a.m.. Friday evening worship will move to 7:30 p.m. during the fall and winter, beginning September 6. Find the calendar for special services and times.

Religious School registration is underway for children who turn 4 by September 1 through high school. Parents must be members of the congregation to enroll children in classes. For membership information, please contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245. Religious School begins on Sunday, September 8.

Looking for some good books? The 
Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library is open whenever the Temple is open. Take a look at our new timeline of 200 years of Jewish history in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center. Our Temple Book Club for the year begins on Tuesday, September 24 when we discuss The Garden of Letters and e-visit with author Alyson Richman.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays social action program will begin its 10th year in September providing twice-monthly bags of food and household items for the 72 students who attend Brightpoint Head Start at the Temple. Our 9th annual Apple Project fundraiser is underway.

Save the date for the Temple's 18th annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser on Thursday, November 7! Volunteers are needed to help prepare a large mailing on Thursday, August 22.

Join us for Friday Night Live on September 20 at 7 p.m. when we celebrate Shabbat combining klezmer, folk, Middle Eastern and Hebrew melodies that everyone can sing.

Celebrate the High Holy Days with us! Rosh Hashanah begins on Sunday evening, September 29.

In the community:

The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society is working on the Fort Wayne Jewish Families Project

Three Temple members - John Planer, the late Betty Stein, and the late Joe Levine - are among the Hoosier Jewish Legends to be honored by the Indiana Jewish Historical Society on Sunday, August 25 in Indianapolis. Find RSVP information to attend the awards luncheon.

Violins of Hope is coming in November to Fort Wayne.

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.
Violins of Hope Coming in November
On November 9-24, the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic will host Violins of Hope, a community-wide collaboration of music, visual art, theater, public conversation, interfaith dialogue, reading, and educational presentations designed to commemorate the DEFIANCE, RESILIENCE, AND LEGACY of those who were affected or silenced by Nazi Germany. Find out more.