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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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Virtual Offerings and Resources
Passover (Find Online Seder Resources)

Chag Pesach Sameach from the Temple! Please join us:
Passover: Online Resources For Your Celebration
Passover begins on Wednesday, April 8 when we retell the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt and freedom from bondage. While we need to be socially distant from each other this year and have had to cancel the congregational second seder, we can still make the holiday meaningful and utilize technology to be together.
 
As a congregation, we will gather virtually to light candles together on Wednesday, April 8 from 6 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. via Zoom to share in welcoming the holiday and greet each other. Rabbi Winnig will be posting videos on the Temple’s Facebook page to offer guidance in preparing for a seder and its various parts. Find virtual resources.
COVID-19 Updates from the Temple

To continue being responsible to our congregational and greater community, the Temple’s Board of Directors has extended the closure of the building to comply with Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s executive order declaring a public health emergency for the state.

When the board initially decided to close the facility on March 13, plans called for remaining closed until at least April 18. The governor has since extended his stay-at-home order until May 5. Achduth Vesholom ’s leadership will monitor recommendations from government and health officials before determining when to re-open the Rifkin Campus.

While we cannot meet in person, some worship, educational, and social programs are meeting through virtual communication methods.

Throughout this unprecedented situation, we will send regular updates through email to our members. Please check the Temple website and our congregational Facebook page for information as we continue to add online offerings during the coming weeks. 

We are working in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne to reach out to members of our community to offer our support during this challenging time. Please stay in touch.

Our Temple staff is working from home. Temple Virtual Office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact us at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org. Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig may be reached at rabbi@templecav.org or (260) 210-4581. In case of emergency, please contact Rabbi Winnig. She also is available for a private video chat or invite her to a virtual gathering with your family.

Find latest updates from the Allen County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Temple Happenings
Find our latest newsletter. For more information about events, check the Temple calendar. Sign up for mah jongg when the building reopens.

Our building is closed during the national health crisis. Please check for updates elsewhere on this page, including virtual classes and services.

Share the joy of Shabbat with us. Rabbi Winnig will post a Shabbat message on Fridays, share Mishebeirach prayers, read yahrzeit names, and lead Kiddush on our congregational Facebook page.

Passover begins on Wednesday, April 8 when we retell the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt and freedom from bondage. The Temple's second Seder on Thursday, April 9 has been cancelled. Find resources for a virtual Seder and for Passover.

Be part of the Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays bag assembly team when we assemble twice-monthly bags of food and household items for the Brightpoint Head Start students who attend class at the Temple. Check back for our next bag assembly date.

We'll observe a virtual Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m., led by Rabbi Winnig.

In the community:

The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne has cancelled activities for April.


"Jewish Cemeteries: Indiana and Beyond," a program of the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society
 and the Indiana Jewish Historical Society, has been canceled on Sunday, May 3. Learn about NEIJGS' Fort Wayne Jewish Families Project.
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.
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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.

The Rifkin Campus at 5200
The Rifkin Campus at 5200 Old Mill Road is home to Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the Madge Rothschild Resource Center, the Jewish Federation of Fort WaynePFW's Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery Association, the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society, and Brightpoint Head Start.

Our Madge Rothschild Resource Center includes the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library and the Goldman Memorial Museum (currently under development). Find out more.