Provide a Gift for the Future

The generosity of individuals is the foundation of Congregation Achduth Vesholom. Your donation to Achduth Vesholom helps us fund numerous aspects of congregational life vital to our members, including the rabbi and staff, worship services for Shabbat and holidays, religious education, adult learning, pastoral care, life-cycle events, social events, social action and much more. 

Please especially remember us with a donation to the Temple’s Endowment Fund or in your estate to help ensure a strong future for Reform Judaism in northeast Indiana. Join the L'dor Vador Legacy Society by making a planned gift.

Our new olive tree display near the Madge Rothschild Resource Center provides an opportunity to purchase a leaf to honor a special person or occasion. Leaves are $180 each with proceeds for the Resource Center.
We also greatly appreciate donations to our funds in memory of a loved one, in honor of a simcha or special occasion or in appreciation of a kindness. Donations are published regularly in the Temple Bulletin. Make an online donation.

For more information on planned giving or other donor opportunities, contact the Temple office at 744-4245.
L'dor Vador Legacy Society

L’dor Vador -- from generation to generation -- is a Jewish tradition that offers promise from current generations to future generations. One of the best ways we can sustain a Reform Jewish presence in northeast Indiana is through a lasting gift to Congregation Achduth Vesholom.

            To encourage supporters of the congregation to remember the Temple in their estates, the L’dor Vador Legacy Society was created in March 2012 to recognize individuals whose generosity and dedication will help support future generations.

Why is this effort important? By knowing about the possibility of future gifts, the Temple is better able to navigate economic fluctuations and plan accordingly. To be included in the society members, please inform the Temple in writing that you have made provisions to remember the congregation in your estate. Society members are recognized in June at the Temple’s Annual Meeting. Anyone may join the legacy society at any time by providing a letter of intent stating that you've made arrangements for a planned gift to the Temple.

            Types of planned gifts that qualify you for membership in the L’dor Vador Legacy Society include bequests, revocable trusts, and naming Congregation Achduth Vesholom as a beneficiary of a life insurance or retirement policy. Other gifts that qualify you for membership may provide lifetime income and current tax deductions while also leaving a remainder amount after your lifetime to benefit the Temple.

           For further information about the L’dor Vador Legacy Society or making a planned gift now or in the future, contact the Temple office at 744-4245.


Donate to One of the Temple's Funds

Contributions to the Temple are a terrific way to help the congregation and remember a special event or loved one. Please make checks payable to "The Temple," and send to 5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46807. So that we may direct your gift, please indicate which of the following you'd like to support and the occasion you are honoring. Thank you!

You can now make donations to these funds online here.

Jack & Gertrude Adelman Facility Improvement – Funds are used to make improvements to the appearance or infrastructure of the Temple’s interior.

Joseph & Elsa Adler Memorial – Contributions are used to provide scholarships to Religious School students in need.

Adult Education - Contributions will be used to support a wide variety of adult education programs that will expand our Jewish knowledge and help to create a growing community of lifelong learners.
Art & Beautification – Funds are used for projects that enhance the attractiveness of the Temple.
Ruth Brenn Campership – Contributions are used to provide assistance for children of members to attend a Union for Reform Judaism camp.
Campership – Contributions are used to provide assistance for children of members to attend a Union for Reform Judaism camp.
Endowment – Funds go into the established Temple Endowment Fund. Earnings are used to meet ongoing needs of the Temple. 
Floral – Funds provide bimah flowers for the Sanctuary and Social Hall for special Temple services and events.
General Operations – Contributions help defray operating costs of the Temple.
Gold/Turansky Campership – Donations are used to provide assistance for children of members to attend a Union for Reform Judaism camp.
Ryan Goldstrom Memorial – The fund is used for a gift to a child from the Temple for a life-cycle event, including for bar/bat mitzvah, Consecration, Confirmation and graduation.
Himelstein Children’s Library – This fund is used to purchase children’s books with Jewish content for the library.
Holocaust Memorial – Contributions paid for the sculpture in front of the Temple and have since been used to provide educational material for the community, both Jewish and non-Jewish.
Library – Contributions are used to purchase new books, magazines and materials, and for operating the Temple's Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.
Jacob & Ethyl Mansbach Campership – Donations are used to provide full or partial camperships for children attending Goldman Union Camp Institute or another Union for Reform Judaism camp.
Kathryn Kann Mendelblat Cultural Enrichment – Contributions are used to help cover expenses associated with bringing cultural activities to the Temple.
Dr. John Planer Music – Donations to this fund are used for expanding the liturgical music and worship experience at the Temple.

Prayer Book – This fund is used to purchase new books for congregational worship. Contributions of at least $36 are recognized with a bookplate specifying in whose honor the books have been purchased.
Project Assist  - This fund is used by the Social Action Committee for tikkun olam efforts, including Thoughtful Thursdays. Please indicate whether your donation to Project Assist is specifically for Thoughtful Thursdays to help students in the Head Start program at the Temple and their families.
Rabbi’s Discretionary – This fund includes contributions made in appreciation of the rabbi, often for personal services he has provided to individuals or families. The rabbi uses the funds for tzedakah, special projects, or other congregational needs.
Religious School – Monies are used to help support the Religious School.
                                                       Max & Gerda Schmitz Holocaust Education -  Contributions help pay for educational Holocaust-related materials and speakers, as well as to purchase and maintain equipment needed to preserve a range of Holocaust records or to present Holocaust information to individuals or groups.

Temple Gardens – Contributions to this fund are used to maintain or enhance all the gardens on the grounds of the Rifkin Campus at 5200, including the Sposeep Outdoor Chapel.
S. Wyle Weiman Youth Activities – Contributions support special youth activities, such as trips for Confirmation and high school students.
Youth Group - Donations support programs and activities of FOrTY, the Temple's Youth Group.


Yahrzeit Plaques
Please contact the Temple office at 744-4245 if you'd like to purchase an individual nameplate in memory of a loved one to be displayed on the wall outside the Sanctuary. Plaques are $500. Lights are illuminated next to individual names on the anniversary of death and on Yom Kippur. Proceeds support the Temple's Endowment.

Tax Information
For your tax planning purposes, our guidelines for establishing the date when dues payments and donations are received:
  • If by mail, the postmarked date
  • If hand delivered, the date received at the Temple
  • If by phone (credit cards only), the date of the call
  • Any gifts of appreciated securities must be received into the Temple’s account on or before December 15. Contact Joni Sharkey, Registered Client Associate at Wells Fargo Advisors at (260) 423-4862 for further information. Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.

Thank you!