Jewish Holidays 5778

L'shana Tovah! High Holy Days 5778 (2017)

Please visit our
calendar for complete details.

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

is available on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur during evening and morning services for those with a reservation. Find out more.

Selichot - Saturday, September 16 - We'll gather at 6 p.m. for a reception. Our Selichot service follows at 7 p.m. when the Torah covers are changed to white to begin the High Holy Days period.

Erev Rosh Hashanah - Wednesday, September 20 - 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 - Thursday, September 21 - 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 Service & PJ Library Program - Thursday, September 21 -
Following the morning service, please join Rabbi Lenny at 12:30 p.m. at Foster Park (Pavilion 2) as we symbolically cast away our sins in the St. Mary's River. A joint program with Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and Congregation B’nai Jacob.

Cemetery Services - Sunday, September 24 - Rabbi Lenny Sarko will lead memorial prayers at 1 p.m. at Lindenwood Cemetery and 2:30 p.m. at Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery.

Kol Nidre - Friday, September 29 
- Service at 8 p.m. led by Rabbi Lenny with musical accompaniment by Dr. Gary Helfin and Cellist David Rezits.

Yom Kippur - Saturday, September 30 -

  • Morning Worship begins at 10 a.m.
  • Yizkor (Memorial) Service begins around noon. We'll also dedicate yahrzeit plaques added during the past year.
  • Study Session with Rabbi Lenny from 2 to 3 p.m. - We'll discuss the Book of Psalms
  • 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 Friday, September 22.

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.

Sukkot Celebration, Dinner, and Sukkah Decorating - Friday, October 6 - Details to come.

Simchat Torah Service - Friday, October 13 - Service at 7 p.m. 

Hanukkah - Begins Tuesday, December 12 


Purim Service Friday, March 2

FOrTY's annual Purim Carnival
 - Sunday, March 4

Passover begins on Friday, March 30

Shavuot will be observed on Friday, May 18.
Support The Temple With High Holy Days Donation

Remember a loved one or celebrate a special occasion during the High Holy Days with a gift to the Floral Fund (to help purchase beautiful bimah flowers for holidays and other occasions) or to the Temple’s General Operations.

Donors who make a gift of $54 or more by Wednesday, September 13 will be listed along with their honoree or occasion in a special program distributed at services during the High Holy Days. (Checks should be made out to “CAV-The Temple” and indicate if your donation is for the Floral Fund or General Operations and sent to Congregation Achduth Vesholom, 5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46807.) Thank you!

Honey For The Holidays

We’ve got a sweet deal coming for the Jewish New Year! We’re taking orders through August 11 for 6-ounce bottles of delicious locally-harvested honey that will be available to send to family and friends with your wishes for a “L’shana Tovah.” Find an order form.

The orders will be ready by September 8 for pick up at the Temple or to send in time for Erev Rosh Hashanah on Wednesday, September 20. For your convenience, we’ll ship the bottles for you at an additional charge of $5 per bottle. Proceeds from this new Temple fundraiser will benefit congregational programming. Thank you to Leah Hadashi and Bonnie Pomerantz for chairing!

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.