Shabbat

Religious services at Congregation Achduth Vesholom reflect the warmth of our membership and provide an opportunity for learning, spirituality, and community. Special services and holiday observances are held throughout the year. 

Please join us as we light the candles each Friday and welcome the Shabbat Bride, led by Rabbi Meir Bargeron. Shabbat is a time for renewal and reflection, a chance to learn Torah and focus on the spiritual rather than daily concerns.

We also invite you to share in our Saturday morning service, which is a wonderful way to re-energize, learn, and share the joy of community. 

As a Reform congregation, we embrace a range of religious practice in worship. Reform worship (most Friday evenings) is based on the siddur Mishkan T’filah, and traditional worship (most Saturday mornings) is based on the Conservative movement’s Siddur Sim Shalom and Siddur Lev Shalem. Whether grounded in Reform or Conservative liturgy, our worship is egalitarian, progressive, and welcoming of interfaith families.

All are welcome to join us. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our Shabbat services are being offered in-person with a reservation and virtually on most Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:45 a.m. Find out more about in-person reservations and COVID safety protocols.

Links for worship services are sent directly to members of our Temple family via our weekly email. We warmly welcome guests. Please contact the Temple office for online access information.

Visit our calendar for the latest schedule since times may vary due to special programming. Some services, Rabbi Meir’s weekly message, and additional content are available on the Temple’s YouTube channel.

We also offer a Mishebeirach prayer during our service to help us come together as a congregation and community to think of those who need healing, care and compassion. We encourage you to contact us to add your loved one’s name to our list so that those we hold dear will be called to mind during our service.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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Oneg Shabbats

At Achduth Vesholom, we value the special time following services because it allows our members and guests to begin the Sabbath with an atmosphere of fellowship while unwinding from a busy week.

We currently are gathering outdoors after services to exchange greetings. When pandemic safety protocols allow, we look forward to resuming the tradition of congregants takings turns providing refreshments or sponsoring an Oneg Shabbat. Our summer receptions usually feature wine and challah, but during the rest of the year, we rely on the generosity of our members to serve as hosts.

Please contact the Temple office at (260) 744-4245 if you’d like to host an oneg in honor of a simcha, important event, or favorite person. It’s a great way to showcase a new recipe or share a favorite treat from the bakery.

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