Learning Opportunities
Expand your Jewish knowledge and friendships by being part of our growing community of lifelong learners. Please check our calendar for more information on Adult Learning opportunities for 2016-2017. We also invite you to learn more about our collection in the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.

Talmud Class - A weekly Talmud Class on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. If the Bible is the cornerstone of Judaism, then Talmud is the central pillar. The Bible gives us Jewish concepts. The Talmud defines how to apply those concepts within any particular context. Join Rabbi Lenny when we discuss how the concepts in the Talmud apply today in Fort Wayne and are relevant in our personal lives. Check the calendar for dates and times. We also offer the class via TempleConnect for those who are not able to attend in person.
    Weekly Torah Learning - During our Friday evening services, Rabbi Lenny reads from the Torah and offers insights into the weekly portion and wisdom of Judaism. Check the calendar for dates and times.

    Introduction to Judaism - This class is for non-affiliated individuals and interfaith couples interested in exploring Judaism, as well as for those considering becoming Jewish. Contact Rabbi Lenny at rabbi@TempleCAV.org or 260-744-4245 for more information.

    Mah Jongg Workshop - This centuries-old Chinese game has been a staple for years for Jewish-Americans. Find out more. We're currently scheduling open play in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center.

    Jewish History - Author David Laskin will speak on Sunday, April 28 at 4 p.m. about his roots in “One Family, Three Journeys: How one family embodied the sweep of 20th century Jewish history.” He's the keynote speaker at the Grand Opening of the Madge Rothschild Resource Center. An open house begins at 2 p.m. and includes tours the Temple and a reception. Find out more

    Temple Book Club -
    New for May 2017! We will be reading Saving Sophie by Ronald Balson. Find out more about the event.

    Hot Topics Shabbat - Explore current events periodically throughout the year following an abbreviated Shabbat service.

    Special Opportunity - Travel to Israel With Rabbi Lenny on March 11-19, 2018.
    Mah Jongg In The Madge Rothschild Resource Center
    Some 30 people participated in our Mah Jongg Workshop to learn about the centuries-old Chinese game that has been a staple for years among Jewish-Americans. Participants watched the documentary film The Tiles That Bind, heard Gregg Swain, author of Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game, speak about the history of the connection between the Jewish community and the game, examined the artwork depicted on various mah jongg tiles, and learned the details of the card. 

    Now we're scheduling open play in the Temple’s new Madge Rothschild Resource Center. Please sign up. If you'd like to join our e-mail list to be notified about future mah jongg opportunities, please contact us at office@templecav.org.
    Genealogy and the Holocaust

    The Temple was one of the sponsors of a special program on "Genealogy and the Holocaust" in November at the Allen County Public Library Main BranchA list of research guides and record indexes was distributed that could be helpful in looking for information on Jewish ancestors. 

    Speakers included Robert M. Ehrenreich, Director of University Programs, and Elizabeth AnthonyInternational Tracing Service and Partnerships Program Manager, both from the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Curt Witcher, Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center Manager and Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies; and Irv Adler, a Temple member who shared his experience researching what happened to his family during the Holocaust and discovering new relatives in the process.

    The program was sponsored by Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the IPFW Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, and the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, supported by Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller.


    Do you have a family story about the Holocaust or a more recent genocide? Tell it at tellmyfamilystory.tumblr.com.

    Adult B'nei Mitzvah

    Bar and bat mitzvahs aren’t just for 13-year-olds. Students of all ages can gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Judaism and the Hebrew language. For a long time, congregations, including Achduth Vesholom, did not encourage bar mitzvah because it was felt that 13 was too young an age for formal initiation into adulthood. Many Reform congregations adopted a Confirmation service that recognized the coming of age of young men and women. However, the trend changed years ago because of the pull of religious tradition.

    Members who are interested in an adult b'nei mitzvah, please contact Rabbi Cattapan at 744-4245.

    One Book, One Congregation
    Our One Book, One Congregation program brought together members for a book discussion on these titles:
    • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
    • Enfold Me by Steven Greenberg
    • The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan
    • 700 Sundays by Billy Crystal
    • The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
    • Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
    • My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok.
    Check out the titles in the Temple Library.
    10 Minutes of Torah
    Jewish Books
    Torah Portion