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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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Job Opening At The Temple

Congregation Achduth Vesholom currently is seeking ​a Bookkeeper to join our team! You will be responsible for maintaining and recording financial transactions of the Temple. The position requires reporting to the Administrator and interacting with Executive Board and Treasurer. Find out more.

Havdalah in the Vineyards
Celebrate Havdalah in the Vineyards – just before grape harvest - on Saturday, August 26 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. when we visit Dulcius Vineyards in Noble County. Founder and owner Austin Fergusson, father of our own Adult Education Chair Wendy Soltz, will share his knowledge with Temple members during the next event in our year-long exploration of the Seven Species of Israel. We’ll learn about the importance of viticulture in the Torah, tour the vineyards, and conclude with a wine tasting. Please make a reservation by Wednesday, August 16. Find out more.

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! 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.

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.

Shabbat services in the summer begin at
 6:15 p.m. We also have an online option called TempleConnect for most Friday evening services. Our service time will move to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 8 for most weeks throughout the fall and winter.

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 the Rabbi Richard B. Safran library! We've got baseball books and lots more on our shelves! Visit us in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center. 

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.

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.

Looking ahead to the High Holy Days? Begin 5778 with us at the Temple! We'll transition to the season during our Selichot Service & Reception on Saturday, September 16. Erev Rosh Hashanah begins on Wednesday evening, September 20, including our annual New Year's Reception. Rosh Hashanah morning worship on Thursday, September 21 is followed by Tashlich and a PJ Library program at Foster Park. Kol Nidre is on Friday, September 29. Yom Kippur services and learning on Saturday, September 30 are followed by our Break-the-Fast hosted by the ROMEOs (RSVP by September 22). Child care is available with a reservation for most holiday services.

Cemetery Services
will be held on Sunday, September 24 at Lindenwood Cemetery and Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery.

Bill Benson shares Holocaust history by interviewing survivors through the First Person program at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Join us on Thursday, September 7 at 7 p.m. when he shares highlights of his 13 years chronicling history in this important way. Find out more. Sponsored by the Temple's Holocaust Education Committee and IPFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Temple members Andy & Janet Katz' commitment to the environment and tikkun olam (repairing the world) led them to build an environmentally friendly "green home" in southwest Fort Wayne. Temple members are invited for a tour and open house sponsored by the Adult Education Committee on Sunday, September 10. Space is limited so please RSVP by Wednesday, September 6.
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.