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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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Experience The Beauty of "Jerusalem" In Breathtaking Film
Please join us for a special showing for the Jewish community of the movie “Jerusalem” on Sunday, July 30 at 4 p.m. at Cinema Center. Sponsored by the Temple with support from the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation, the screening of the National Geographic film will be followed by a discussion led by Rabbi Lenny Sarko.

“The film documents the current culture of Jerusalem without taking a political or religious stance, showing the beauty of the city and the way people from different cultures and religious beliefs conduct their lives there,” said Rabbi Lenny.

Tickets are $10 each and available online or in person through Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry Street, Fort Wayne. A booklet on Jerusalem is provided to attendees.

The film is being shown for the first time in Fort Wayne as part of the Temple’s outreach to the interfaith community. While the event on July 30 is for members of Achduth Vesholom, Congregation B’nai Jacob, and the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, the film also will be shown by special arrangement with other religious groups. (Please contact Rabbi Lenny Sarko to arrange a screening.) Some general audience tickets also will be sold through Cinema Center.

Find resources about Jerusalem in the Temple Library.

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.

The Opening of the Madge Rothschild Resource Center Was Grand!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the grand opening of the Madge Rothschild Resource Center! 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.
Temple Happenings
Find our latest newsletter. For more information about events, check the Temple calendar.

Shabbat services in the summer begin at
 6:15 p.m. We also have an online option called TempleConnect for most Friday evening services. Find out how to connect online.

Order bottles of delicious locally-raised honey for the High Holy Days to send to family and friends! We'll be taking orders through August 11 for this sweet Temple fundraiser. Find out more.

The Jewish community is invited for a special screening of the film "Jerusalem" on Sunday, July 30 at 4 p.m. at Cinema Center, followed by a discussion led by Rabbi Lenny. Find ticket information and more.

Religious School registration is underway! Enroll your child for a great year of Jewish learning in the Temple's Religious School. Classes begin on Sunday, September 17.

The Temple Board is part of an interfaith statement of solidarity for World Refugee Day.

Join Rabbi Lenny for our 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

Check out our library! We've got baseball books and lots more on our shelves! 

During the summer, the Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays team is seeking donations of boxes of tissues, packages of napkins, and bottles of unscented or lightly scented body wash. Drop off donations at the Temple.

Travel with us in the coming year to learn about the Seven Species in Israel, beginning Friday, August 11 at 6:15 p.m. when Rabbi Lenny introduces us through the weekly Torah portion to olives, grapes, wheat, barley, pomegranates, dates, and figs. Join us for Kiddush in the Courtyard to taste a sampling of the species prepared by the Adult Education Committee. Our next program on Saturday, August 26 focuses on grapes during Havdalah in the Vineyards.  

Volunteers are needed on Thursday, August 31 at 10 a.m. to prepare a large mailing for our Deli Day. Contact the Temple office if you can help. Save the date for our 16th annual Corned Beef on Rye - Sure to Satisfy Fundraiser on Thursday, November 9!

Interested in becoming a member of Congregation Achduth Vesholom? Contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 for more information.
Summer Dates: Sign Up To Play Mah Jongg!
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.