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High Holy Days

Norm Greenberg and Don Zelman shofar 2021 cropped tight

Share the sacred season with us as we begin the New Year 5784 (2023)!

Please join us when we welcome the New Year 5784 as a community, with both Reform and Conservative minyanim worshiping together as one congregation on Erev Rosh Hashanah on Friday, September 15 and, for the first time, on Kol Nidre on Sunday, September 24.

Rabbi Meir Bargeron will lead the services, weaving together aspects of both liturgical traditions to inspire new insights during this time of reflection, forgiveness, and renewal.

He’ll be joined by Cantor Yael Fischman, who returns as our guest clergy for a second year to lead Conservative worship on the first and second days of Rosh Hashanah and the Day of Atonement.

Maestro Robert Nance will join us throughout the holidays for evening and Reform services. Hazemir, under the direction of John Planer, will sing during some services. Brian Klickman will be our cellist for Kol Nidre. He is a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, where he holds the Linda and Joseph D. Ruffolo Family Foundation Chair, and is Principal Cellist of the Canton (OH) Symphony Orchestra.

Our annual New Year’s Reception will provide an opportunity for our Temple family to share good wishes and enjoy a delicious nosh. The ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out) will host Break-the-Fast meals after both concluding services on Yom Kippur.

Plan to join us in person or via livestream throughout the Days of Awe.

We warmly welcome visitors to our High Holy Days services. Please contact the Temple office for more information about in-person attendance or Zoom access at (260) 744-4245 or Our services also are available on YouTube. Visit our calendar for the latest schedule. 

Please join us for worship and other holiday activities: 

Selichot ServiceSaturday, September 9

  • 7:30 p.m. Begin the holiday season together with Havdalah and meditative prayer and readings.

Cemetery ServicesSunday, September 10

Erev Rosh Hashanah ServiceFriday September 15

  • 7:30 p.m. All-Congregation service
  • Reception follows

Rosh Hashanah – First DaySaturday, September 16

  • Conservative Services
    • 8:30 a.m. – Shacharit
    • 10 a.m. Torah service with D’var Torah
    • 11 a.m. Musaf
  • 10 a.m. – Reform Service
  • Noon – All-Congregation Tashlich at Foster Park West, Winchester Road

Rosh Hashanah, Second DaySunday, September 17

  • Conservative Services
    • 8:30 a.m. – Shacharit
    • 10 a.m. Torah service with D’var Torah
    • 11 a.m. Musaf

Shabbat Shuvah Services

Erev Yom Kippur Services – Sunday, September 24

  • 7:15 p.m. Mincha (Goldstine-B’nai Jacob Chapel)
  • 8 p.m. All Congregation Kol Nidre (Sanctuary)

Yom Kippur ServicesMonday, September 25

  • Conservative Services
    • 8:30 a.m. Shacharit Service
    • 10 a.m. – Torah, Haftorah, D’var Torah, Yizkor
    • 11:30 a.m. Musaf
    • 2:30 p.m. Afternoon Learning: “T’shuvah, Apology and Forgiveness” (Madge Rothschild Resource Center)
    • 6 p.m. Mincha
    • 7 p.m. – Neilah
    • 8:23 p.m. – Havdalah
    • Break-the-Fast follows
  • Reform Services
    • 10 a.m. Morning Service
    • 2:30 p.m. – Afternoon Learning: “T’shuvah, Apology and Forgiveness” (Madge Rothschild Resource Center)
    • 4 p.m. – Yizkor (Memorial) Service
    • 5 p.m. – Neilah (Concluding) Service
    • Break-the-Fast follows

Erev Shabbat & Sukkot ServiceFriday, September 29

  • 7:30 p.m., followed by a Nosh in the Sukkah

Shabbat & Sukkot ServiceSaturday, September 30

  • 9:45 a.m., followed by a Nosh in the Sukkah (Check as we get closer for traffic information due to Fort4Fitness race)

Simchat Torah, Yizkor & Consecration ServiceSunday, October 8

  • 4 p.m.

Support the Temple with a High Holy Days Donation

As we prepare to start the New Year, it’s tradition to make a donation to the Temple to help support our year-round efforts to ensure a Jewish presence in Northeast Indiana.

Please consider being a “sponsor” of Achduth Vesholom’s High Holy Days 5784. Your generous gift will be used for needs during the holidays and beyond, from replenishing the floral fund to assisting with security, music, technology, and congregational events.

Sponsors who donate $54 or more by Tuesday, September 5 will be recognized in our holiday announcements.

Jewish tradition encourages making tzedakah (charitable gifts) in multiples of 18, which is spelled chai and also means “life.” 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 Conservative services or your annual donation contributes to other congregational needs, we value and appreciate your assistance.

We have several ways to give:

  • Donate online and choose “High Holy Days” on the dropdown menu. Please indicate if your gift is “in honor of” or “in memory of” a special person, or celebrates an occasion.
  • For aliyot during our Conservative service, please contact Josh Tourkow at (To donate online, choose “High Holy Days – Aliyot” on the dropdown menu and indicate if your gift is “in honor of” or “in memory of” a special person, or celebrates an occasion.)
  • Send a check payable to “CAV- The Temple” to sponsor the High Holy Days (5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46807)

High Holy Days Food Drive

Congregation Achduth Vesholom is raising funds and food to benefit the clients of our partner organization, Wellspring Interfaith Social Services, which serves people in need living in every corner of Fort Wayne. Ways you can help:

  • Pick up a grocery bag from our lobby on Rosh Hashanah, fill it with peanut butter, Minute Rice, instant potatoes, and/or paper goods (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.), and return it to the Temple on Yom Kippur.
  • Order a case or cases of your favorite peanut butter (16 oz. jars), Minute Rice, or instant potatoes to be delivered directly to Wellspring, 1316 Broadway St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Request a card be included with your name and CAV’s name. 
  • Write a check for any amount, from $5 to $500, payable to “Wellspring Interfaith Social Services.” Deposit it in the Tzedakah Box in our lobby – or mail it to the Temple (5200 Old Mill Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46807) and we will forward it with other checks as a group to Wellspring.

Thank you for your generosity and support of this worthwhile mitzvah! This is our largest effort in a calendar year to assist those with less than we have. Please open your hearts and pockets again this year as you have for so many years.

Remembering Loved Ones on Yom Kippur

If you would like to have a loved one’s name included during Memorial/Yizkor services on Yom Kippur, please provide information to the Temple office by Tuesday, September 19. Call us at (260) 744-4245 or email at

Names will be read on Monday, September 25 at 10 a.m. during our Conservative service or 4 p.m. during our Reform service.

Machzorim Available To Borrow For Online Worship 

Members who plan to attend Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services online may borrow machzorim (holiday prayer books). Find out more

Holiday Books in the Temple Library 

Check out some favorite titles for children and adults on our shelves to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We have a large selection for the High Holy Days in the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library.

Join Us For The Holidays! 

Our High Holy Days services are open to all. We do not require tickets to attend and guests are welcome. Please let us know if you’ve met someone new to our Jewish community so that we may reach out to them.

Members and guests often ask about making a donation to the Temple in appreciation for the lovely services and to assist our year-round efforts. Donations envelopes are available at the Temple. Online donations also may be made.

If you’re traveling to another Union for Reform Judaism congregation that requires tickets for the holidays, please contact the Temple office as soon as possible. We can provide a letter verifying that you’re a member in good standing of Achduth Vesholom in order to obtain tickets at another Reform congregation.