Jewish Holidays 5777

L'shana Tovah! High Holy Days 5777 (2016)

Please visit our
calendar for complete details.

Please join us at Congregation Achduth Vesholom for the High Holy Days led by Rabbi Lenny Sarko.

Babysitting is available on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur during evening and morning services beginning 15 minutes before the service. Find out more.

Selichot and Changing the Torah Covers - Saturday, September 24 - Join us for a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by our Service at 7:30 p.m. when we'll change the Torah covers to white as we prepare for the High Holy Days. Find out more.

Cemetery Services - Sunday, September 25 - Rabbi Lenny Sarko will lead memorial prayers at 1 p.m. at Lindenwood Cemetery and 2:30 p.m. at Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery.

Erev Rosh Hashanah - Sunday, October 2 - We'll start the New Year with our service at 8 p.m., followed by our annual Rosh Hashanah Reception. The chance to kindle new and old friendships is especially significant this sacred time of year.

Rosh Hashanah - Monday, October 3 - Our service begins at 10 a.m. led by Rabbi Lenny Sarko with musical accompaniment by Dr. Gary Helfin. Hear the sound of the shofar as we welcome the new year.

Tashlich Picnic - Monday, October 3 - Join us at 5:30 p.m. at Foster Park Pavilion 1 for a brief Tashlich service led by Rabbi Lenny Sarko, followed by an opportunity to cast away your sins by throwing bread into the river. Bring a picnic meal to enjoy with our group afterward. Find out more. 

Kol Nidre - Tuesday, October 11 - Service at 8 p.m. led by Rabbi Lenny with musical accompaniment by Dr. Gary Helfin and Cellist David Rezits.

Yom Kippur - Wednesday, October 12 -

  • Morning Worship begins at 10 a.m.
  • Yizkor (Memorial) Service begins around noon. We'll also dedicate yahrzeit plaques added during the past year.
  • Video Presentation: A Tour of Jewish Music Videos from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. led by Rabbi Lenny
  • Discussion on verses from Pirkei Avot led by Rabbi Lenny at 3 p.m.
  • Afternoon Service at 4 p.m. - We'll focus on the Book of Jonah
  • Neilah (Concluding) Service - 5 p.m.
  • Break-the-Fast follows - 6 p.m. Please make a reservation by Wednesday, October 5.

High Holy Days Food Drive to help the food bank at Wellspring Interfaith Social Services. Please pick up a bag on Rosh Hashanah and return on Yom Kippur filled with non-perishable food and household items.

Sukkah Decorating - Sunday, October 16 -  Bring your decorating panache from 10 a.m. to noon to help our Religious School students add decorations to the sukkah.

Sukkot Celebration - Saturday, October 22 - "Pizza in the Hut" Dinner at 6 p.m. and the Movie "Ushpizin" at 7 p.m. Find out more.

Simchat Torah Service - Friday, October 28 - Service at 7 p.m. 

Hanukkah Service
- Friday, December 30 - Service at 7:30 p.m.


Purim Service Friday, March 10

FOrTY's annual Purim Carnival
 - Sunday, March 12

Congregational Second Seder for Passover - Saturday, April 11

Shavuot - 
The Jewish holidays and traditions provide an opportunity for a comforting sense of community and continuity as we gather to celebrate the High Holy Days and festivals.

All are welcome to join us for worship services for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. In addition, we mark the New Year with an erev Rosh Hashanah Reception and end the Days of Awe with a congregational break-the-fast meal. We commemorate Hanukkah with a special service and Passover with a congregational Second Seder. Our Shavuot service usually is held in conjunction with Confirmation of our 10th grade students.

Please see the Temple calendar for specific times and details. If you have further questions, contact the Temple office at 744-4245.