High Holy Days Services Move Online For 5781 (2020)
L'shana Tovah! When we celebrate the High Holy Days this year, we’ll welcome the New Year 5781 online as a community, gathering together to hear the sound of the shofar and offering prayers for renewal, forgiveness, good health, and peace.

We’ll share Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur via livestream to maintain the safety of our Temple family while also embracing the opportunity to experience the holidays in new and significant ways.

Find Reform services on YouTube. Traditional services will be on Zoom. Contact the Temple office for access information.

Only the clergy, service leaders, and a very small number of support personnel will be in the building, and they will be taking all appropriate precautions. This will allow us to offer a worship experience from the bimah and our familiar sacred spaces, as well as follow distancing guidelines. We will not hold any in-person services either in our Sanctuary or Goldstine-B’nai Jacob Chapel.

Our clergy, prayer leaders, Ritual Committee, and staff are preparing a meaningful and memorable High Holy Days experience for all of our congregants. Both Reform and traditional worship options will available for a second year. Erev Rosh Hashanah begins on Friday evening, September 18. 
Holiday Schedule 5781 (2020)

Please join our Temple family online for the High Holy Days season as we come together for the second time with two worship traditions.

As we begin the New Year 5781, Congregation Achduth Vesholom will offer Reform and traditional services online for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Other services will be celebrated jointly.

Reform services will be led by Rabbi Meir Bargeron, Achduth Vesholom’s new spiritual leader. He will be joined by Cantor Yvon F. Shore, Director of Liturgical Arts and Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, with accompaniment by Maestro Robert Nance.

Traditional worship will be led by Michael J. Small, who returns for a second year to lead our traditional services. He previously served as the guest spiritual leader for the holidays at Congregation B’nai Jacob. An attorney, he is an active synagogue member at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, IL, where he frequently davens as a shaliach tzibur (prayer leader) and gives lay sermons.

Our building is closed due to the pandemic. Holiday plans are developing. Please check back for further information and visit our 

Achduth Vesholom members and those in our extended Temple family will receive an email before the High Holy Days with links for accessing holiday services. Please note that traditional, Reform and all-congregation services, including Selichot, Rosh Hashanah, Shabbat Shuvah, Yom Kippur, and Break-the-Fast, will be livestreamed either on Zoom or another service. Our staff is in the process of finalizing these details. 

If you receive the Temple’s weekly email, then you will receive the links. Members without internet access should call the Temple office as soon as possible to discuss alternatives. We warmly welcome guests - please contact the Temple office for more information at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org.

Please see the calendar for more details. 

In addition, learn about our

Schedule (all services/events are online unless otherwise indicated):

  • Selichot – Saturday, September 12 
    • 8:15 p.m. Begin the holiday season together with Havdalah and meditative prayer and readings as we change the Torah covers
  • Cemetery Services  Sunday, September 13 - in-person and via Zoom
    • Traditional services
      • 9 a.m. - Shacharit
      • 10 a.m. Torah service and D’var
      • 11 a.m. Musaf
    • 10 a.m. Reform Service
  • Rosh Hashanah – Second Day  Sunday, September 20
    • Traditional Services
      • 9 a.m. Shacharit
      • 10 a.m. - Torah, Haftorah, D'var, Yizkor
      • 11:30 a.m. - Musaf
      • 6:15 p.m. Mincha
      • 7:30 p.m. – Neilah
      • 8:10 p.m. – Havdalah
Support The Temple With High Holy Days Donation

It’s tradition to donate to the congregation during the High Holy Days as a way to support our year-round efforts and ensure a Jewish presence in Northeast Indiana. 

During this time of a global pandemic and economic uncertainty, the Temple especially needs your help. Some of our members have had changes in their employment situation and business operations. This impacts dues and contributions. Additionally, plans for our largest fundraiser – our 19th annual corned beef sale scheduled for November – are uncertain.

In this unprecedented period of COVID-19, our congregation also is facing additional costs to make High Holy Day services accessible to as many congregants as possible.

Please consider being a “sponsor” of Achduth Vesholom’s High Holy Days 5781 to support our general operations. Though we’re physically apart, we need to stand together.

Your generous donations this year will be especially appreciated. Jewish tradition encourages making tzedakah (charitable gifts) in multiples of 18, which is spelled chai and also means “life,” but donations offered in any amount will be greatly appreciated.

We’re proud to be one congregation with two worship traditions. Whether your customary gift is through sponsoring aliyot during traditional services or your annual donation contributes to other congregational needs, we value and appreciate your assistance.

We have several ways to give:
Donate online to general operations and indicate “in honor of the High Holy Days”
• Send a check payable to “CAV- The Temple” to sponsor the High Holy Days (5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46807)
• For aliyot during our traditional worship, contact Josh Tourkow at jtourkow@tcrjlaw.com.

Sponsors will be recognized in our holiday announcements. To be included in the Rosh Hashanah listing, donations must be received by Wednesday, September 9. Thank you!

Machzorim For The High Holy Days

With online services this year for the High Holy Days, we are making the Temple’s machzorim (holiday prayer books) available for congregants to borrow during the Days of Awe for both Reform and traditional worship.

For the best worship experience, we encourage congregants to either borrow or purchase copies.

If borrowing, members must follow guidelines for keeping the prayer books in great condition and return them no later than Thursday, October 15. Please note that the borrower is responsible for replacement of any misplaced or damaged books at $40 per copy.

To make arrangements for borrowing, please contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org on Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Other options include:

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

All are welcome to join us for worship services for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. 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.