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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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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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Celebrate Passover At The Temple

Passover begins on Monday, April 10 when we retell the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt and freedom from bondage. Though we customarily celebrate the holiday as a congregation on the second night, this year we invite you for our Seder on Saturday, April 15 at 6 p.m. when Rabbi Lenny will lead us through the Haggadah and we’ll dine on a traditional Pesach meal.

Please make a reservation and send payment by Friday, March 31. Find out more. Students enrolled in Religious School may attend at no charge by making a reservation and when accompanied by a parent.

Four Cups of Wine With 20s/30s Group -
Please join our Fort YAD (Young Adults Division) for 20s and 30s at the Temple’s community Seder on Saturday, April 15 at 6 p.m. Along with great conversation and a delicious Passover meal, we will be tasting four different local wines at our table. Please make a reservation for the Seder by Friday, March 31 indicate that you'd like to sit at the Fort YAD table. Find out more.

Resource Center Grand Opening Set For Sunday, April 30
The Madge Rothschild Resource Center will celebrate its grand opening on Sunday, April 30 at the Rifkin Campus at 5200. The afternoon begins at 2 p.m. with an Open House, Tours and Reception and continues at 4 p.m. with a program that includes a keynote speech by Author David Laskin at 4 p.m. on his roots in "One Family, Three Journeys: How One Family Embodied the Sweep of 20th Century Jewish History." Find out more. The Resource Center includes the new Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.

We welcome IPFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies as our newest Campus Partner, joining Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, the Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery Association, and Brightpoint Head Start in our beautiful home at 5200 Old Mill Road.
Who Wants To Play Mah Jongg?
We're scheduling drop-in games in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center on Sunday morning, and weekday afternoons and evenings. 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.
Welcome

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.

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

Join Rabbi Lenny for a weekly Talmud Class on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Temple when we 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

Shabbat services start most Fridays at 7:30 p.m. We also have a new online option 
called TempleConnect for some Friday evening services. Find out how to connect online. 

Check out our books in the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library, including more than 100 new titles donated through Betty's 100 Books

We're scheduling mah jongg games in the new Madge Rothschild Resource Center. Please sign up for open play. Find out more about Mah Jongg resources in the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library. 

Interested in becoming a member of Congregation Achduth Vesholom? Contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 for more information.

Passover begins on Monday, April 10. Please join us for our congregational Passover Seder on Saturday, April 15. Find out more.

Author David Laskin will speak on "One Family, Three Journeys: How One Family Embodied the Sweep of 20th Century Jewish History." at the Grand Opening of the Madge Rothschild Resource Center on Sunday, April 30.

Help the Temple through your AmazonSmile purchases. Find out how.

Rid your home of chametz with a fun-filled kugel tasting and contest! Bakers and tasters of the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne’s Rosh Chodesh Women's Club are invited on Monday, April 3 at 6 p.m. at the home of Donna Tourkow. Bring a kugel to share and a recipe (savory, sweet, and “other).” RSVP by Friday, March 31 to the Federation office at (260) 456-0400

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays team will meet next on Wednesday, April 18 at 10 a.m. to assemble bags for a 7th year helping Brightpoint Head Start families.
Travel To Israel With Rabbi Lenny In March 2018
Plan now to travel to Israel on March 11-19, 2018 with Rabbi Lenny and members of our Temple family!
Please join us on this very special journey as we explore the best of Israel. We’ll visit religious and historical sites, experience the culture, geography and natural beauty of the country, and get to know Israelis in the Western Galilee through our Fort Wayne Jewish community’s association with the Partnership2gether program of the Jewish Agency. Find the itinerary. Find price and other information.

Rabbi Lenny also will conduct a wedding renewal for interested couples on the top of Masada. In addition, if you’d like to celebrate an adult bar/bat mitzvah near the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem, please let Rabbi Lenny know soon and he’ll begin working on a required course of study with you over the next several months.

Please contact Rabbi Lenny at 260-466-9099 or rabbi@templecav.org for more information. Space is limited to 35, so please make your reservation soon.
Job Openings At The Temple
We're looking for two new part-time staff members for our Temple team! Are you a dependable self-starter with great organizational and people skills? If so, we're looking for you to help keep the Temple running smoothly to better serve our members. Do you have a love of Jewish learning and children, along with budget and administrative experience? If so, we're eager to talk to you about our Religious School principal position.

The Temple is currently seeking applicants for these staff positions:
Please contact Sally Trotter for more information or an application at (260) 744-4245 or cavadmin@templecav.org.