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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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Lifelong Learning Opportunities

Expand your Jewish knowledge and friendships by being part of our growing community of lifelong learners. Three weekly study options are available online for those interested in a deeper exploration of Torah or Hebrew texts. 

Torah Study - Delve into important lessons in the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Meir Bargeron on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Everyone who is post-B’nai Mitzvah and older is welcome.

Five Books of Moses - Read and study the Torah, verse by verse, with classic commentaries by Rashi, Rashbam, Seforno and many others during a weekly study group led by Rabbi Mitchell Kornspan on Sundays at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Temple members, as well as members of the larger Fort Wayne Jewish community, are invited to participate.

Hebrew Liturgy Study Group - Study the Hebrew texts – both Orthodox and Reform – of the daily and Shabbat liturgies on Mondays at 7 p.m. led by Dr. John Planer on Zoom. The group will begin at a basic level of Hebrew with a focus to understand the meanings and grammar of the texts we recite and to note significant variants. 

Zoom links will be sent directly to members of our Temple family in the weekly email. Guests are welcome. Please contact us at office@templecav.org or (260) 744-4245 for access information.

Join Us For Jewish Trivia Night on March 13!

Test your Jewish knowledge during a fun-filled virtual Trivia Night led by Kathy Sider on Saturday, March 13 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. The evening will begin with Havdalah led by Rabbi Meir Bargeron. 

Members of all ages are invited to play against fellow congregants as a household or individual. Prizes will be awarded for the winners in each category as well as the overall winner!  Please register by Thursday, March 11 to the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 or email office@templecav.org

Information on how to connect will be sent via email to those who RSVP by the deadline. Please note: Each individual or team will need two devices to play, i.e. computer and mobile phone or iPad/tablet and mobile phone. 

COVID-19 Update from the Temple

We're excited to begin a phased reopening of our building for in-person worship services in April with limitations on crowd size and strict mask and distancing guidelines in place. At the same time, we will continue to livestream services for those at home.

The Temple will remain closed for in-person programs, classes, Religious School, and meetings. The leadership will continue to monitor the situation in the coming weeks, with the possibility of canceling or limiting in-person gatherings if conditions warrant and following recommendations of the congregation’s COVID Task Force. Upcoming life-cycle events, including b’nei mitzvah, also would fall under the guidelines. 


Worship services will be held in the Sanctuary only, with a maximum of 50 people to allow for distancing. The Temple will continue to livestream Shabbat services, though access will change from Zoom to YouTube. Outdoor options will be considered as weather conditions allow. 

Information will be provided to congregants prior to beginning in-person services to explain pandemic safety protocols that will be utilized. A reservation system will be instituted for those who would like to attend a given service. Please understand that priority reservations will be needed for some services, such as simchas or Religious School programming. Please also regularly check your communications from the Temple in case of any changes as a service approaches.

We recognize this is a challenging time for everyone. The Temple is a kehillah kedoshah, a holy community, that is here for you. Please reach out to us if you any questions or concerns. Office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact us at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org.

We will continue to keep our members updated regularly. Please also check for information on our website and our congregational Facebook page

Find latest updates from the Allen County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Why is this Night Different? We're Having a Virtual Seder!

Please join us on the second night of Passover for a virtual family-friendly Seder on Sunday, March 28 at 5 p.m., led by Rabbi Meir Bargeron.

We will share a ritual meal only, focused on the Seder Plate, while we commemorate our people’s redemption from slavery by reading from the Haggadah. The one-hour program on Zoom will conclude in time for families and friends to have their own Passover meals. Check back for more detailed information as the date approaches.

Temple Happenings

Find our latest newsletter. For more information about events, check the Temple calendar. Sign up for mah jongg when the building reopens. Make an online donation or payment.

Our building is closed due to the pandemic. Please check our calendar for information about attending online services, classes, and activities.

Share the joy of Shabbat with us. Join us for worship services on Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. via Zoom, with Rabbi Meir Bargeron. Check the calendar for details and visit our our congregational Facebook page.

The Jewish community's Thoughtful Thursdays bag assembly team for an 11th year is helping our Brightpoint Head Start students who attend class at the Temple.

Temple Book Club will meet on Tuesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. on Zoom for a chat with Author Goldie Goldbloom about her book On Division.

Sign up as an individual or team for 
Jewish Trivia Night on Saturday, March 13 at 7 p.m. on Zoom.

Celebrate Passover during our virtual Congregational Second Seder on Sunday, March 28 at 5 p.m. on Zoom. 

Lifelong learning opportunities online each week include: Torah Study with Rabbi Meir on Tuesdays, Five Books of Moses Study with Rabbi Kornspan, and Hebrew Liturgy Study Group with Dr. John Planer. Check the calendar for dates.

In the community: 

The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne with Partnership2Gether invites you for “Beer at the Root of Early Civilization – the Anthropology of Beer,” a virtual presentation by Micah Soltz on Sunday, March 7 at 1 p.m. on Zoom. Take a virtual tour of the Chapman’s Brewing Company, interactively taste four different beers, and hear about the impact brewing beer has had on human civilization around the world. 

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The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne’s Rosh Chodesh group invites you to “meet” Minnette Baum during a virtual presentation by Harriet Miller on Monday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. about the remarkable Jewish immigrant from Russia who changed the way Fort Wayne addressed basic needs in the early 20th century. Find out more

Chef Marla Cohen will present  "Cooking Sh*t-arein for Pesach" on Sunday, March 14 at 3 p.m. on Zoom. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne.

The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society welcomes Wendy Soltz 
for a program on Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. on “Northeast Indiana Historic Synagogues and Influential Families.” Mark your calendar now and plan to attend this virtual program. Register here

Learn more about the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society's 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 Meir Bargeron, 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 when we re-open. Find out how to become a member of our Temple family. Learn about our Religious School.

Join Us for Temple Book Club on March 2

The next virtual Temple Book Club on Tuesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. features a discussion with author Goldie Goldbloom about her novel, On Division, winner of the 2020 Jewish Fiction Award.

Rachel Kamin of the Association of Jewish Libraries writes, “The result is a multi-layered story of how secrets can shake even the most secure and close-knit families that is accessible to readers both familiar and unfamiliar with the insular world of ultra-Orthodox Jews."

On Division is available in the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library. RSVP to receive the link to attend.

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 WaynePurdue Fort Wayne'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.