High Holy Days

Share the sacred season with us as we begin the New Year 5782!

Please join us when we welcome the New Year as a community, gathering to hear the sound of the shofar and offering prayers for renewal, forgiveness, good health, and peace.

As we continue to navigate the pandemic, we’ll offer Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services both in person and via livestream to allow a choice for members of our extended Temple family to participate in a way that’s most comfortable for them. Reform and traditional worship options will be offered for a third year.

Rabbi Meir Bargeron will lead Reform services. Rabbi Ilan Glazer is our guest rabbi for the High Holy Days to lead traditional services.

Our COVID safety protocols continue to evolve based on current recommendations from health officials. Please review our COVID policies, which include guidelines for those who are not fully vaccinated, as well as a brit (covenantal document) that we kindly ask fully vaccinated members and guests to sign.

Please note: Due to space limitations in the Goldstine-B’nai Jacob Chapel, only fully vaccinated individuals may attend traditional services in person. We encourage those who are not fully vaccinated to attend traditional services on Zoom or YouTube. However, sufficient seating will be available in the Sanctuary at Reform services to allow for social distance seating for those who are not fully vaccinated.  

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 office@templecav.org. Our services also are available on YouTube. Visit our calendar for the latest schedule. 

Please join us for worship and other holiday activities: 

The High Holy Days are a special time at the Temple when we gather to welcome the New Year and integrate fresh approaches with familiar customs. As one congregation with two traditions, we offer both Reform and traditional worship opportunities for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur under the spiritual guidance of Rabbi Meir Bargeron.

The sacred season includes meaningful services and beautiful music, along with social occasions and tikkun olam (repairing the world) projects. We prepare for the holidays by changing the Torah covers to white at Selichot.

Our Rosh Hashanah celebration includes an Erev Rosh Hashanah reception, bringing the community together to create new and renewed friendships, and a Tashlich service, when we symbolically cast away our sins. Memorial services are held at Lindenwood Cemetery and the Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery during the holiday period.

Social action efforts at this time of year include an annual High Holy Days food drive to benefit a local food bank and the Thoughtful Thursdays apple project to provide fresh fruit for our Brightpoint Head Start families. A community Break-the-Fast meal follows Yom Kippur worship.

We warmly welcome visitors to our High Holy Days services. Please contact the Temple office for more information at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org.

Visit our calendar for the latest schedule. Some services and additional content are available on the Temple’s YouTube channel.

Support the Temple with a High Holy Days Donation

As our High Holy Days observances return to more normalcy in 2021, the Temple continues to need your help. 

Please consider being a “sponsor” of Achduth Vesholom’s High Holy Days 5782 with a gift to support our general operations.

Sponsors who donate $54 or more will be recognized in our holiday announcements. To be included in the Rosh Hashanah listing, donations must be received by Tuesday, August 31. 

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

Please indicate if your donation is in honor or memory of a loved one or occasion.

Thank you!

High Holy Days Food Drive Re-imagined

Over the past year we learned that many of the ways we have always done things had to change. We as a community have always held a food drive at High Holidays time, but how we do this needs to be re-imagined. 

The Social Action Committee has been in conversation with the administration at Wellspring Interfaith Social Services. They know and understand the needs of the people they serve in their food bank. Often the food/staple products we provide might clear out our cupboards, or we might have gone shopping to fill a bag with things we think are needed; but then we find that isn’t really what Wellspring needs.

Wellspring has explained what is most helpful is monetary donations that enable them to purchase what will aid their community best. With that in mind, we have several ways to participate in this year’s Food Drive. Find out more

Thoughtful Thursdays Apple Project 

Help supply a bag of apples for each of the children who attend Brightpoint Head Start at the Temple through the 11th annual Thoughtful Thursdays Apple Project.

A tree will be on display at the Temple decorated with paper apples featuring the name of each person who donates $10 or more for the apple project by Tuesday, September 21. Donate online at www.templecav.org.

Find out more about the apple project.

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.