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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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Participate

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 Simchas With Our B'nei Mitzvah Students
Join us for Shabbat morning worship on three upcoming Saturdays when we also celebrate b'nei mitzvah. The congregation is invited to share in the joy of the Sabbath and support our students who worked hard to prepare for this special milestone. Please mark your calendar for:
  • Saturday, May 18 when Manasse Ogendi, son of Deborah Ash, is called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah at 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 25 when Vivian Flapan, daughter of Dave Flapan & Goldy Carbunaru, is called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah at 10:30 a.m. 
  • Saturday, June 1 when Grace Gephart, daughter of Betsy & Geoff Gephart, is called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah at 10:30 a.m.
Mazel tov to our b'nei mitzvah and their families! What is a bar/bat mitzvah?
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.
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.
Temple Happenings
Find our latest newsletter. For more information about events, check the Temple calendar. Sign up for mah jongg.

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, including upcoming B'nei Mitzvah in May and June. Our summer schedule will begin on Friday, June 14 when our worship time moves to 6:15 p.m. through August.

Religious School will end on Sunday, May 18 with the Maccabiah Games. Students and families are invited for lunch.

We'll celebrate Shavuot on Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. when we also honor Rabbi Lenny Sarko for serving as our spiritual leader the past three years. Find out more.

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 will next meet in September. Check back for our next title.

Catch the Fort Wayne TinCaps with us on July 20, followed by Three Rivers Festival fireworks. Find out more.

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.


Save the date for the Temple's 18th annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser on Thursday, November 7!


In the community:

Mark Lavie, a Fort Wayne native and author of Why Are We Still Afraid, will speak on Tuesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at The History Center. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne.

Learn more about the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society.

Registration is open for the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne's Camp Joe Levine, a day camp at Fox Island.

Share a great summer of fun and Jewish friendships at
Goldman Union Camp Institute, our regional Union for Reform Judaism camp in Zionsville. Register soon to ensure your child has a space! Need campership information? Contact the Temple office for an application.
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.
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.