Congregation Achduth Vesholom is the oldest Jewish congregation in Indiana and has been building Jewish community in Fort Wayne since 1848.
A charter member of the Reform Movement in the United States (now known as the Union for Reform Judaism), the Temple is linked to a worldwide community of Jews whose progressive values allow a high degree of personal religious autonomy while at the same time place great emphasis on the importance of taking social responsibility in the world at large.
More than eight generations of Jews have found a home at Achduth Vesholom and built a strong Jewish community. To continue that legacy, the congregation in 2012 re-envisioned its facility and grounds at 5200 Old Mill Road to create the Rifkin Campus at 5200 and the Madge Rothschild Resource Center (scheduled to open in Fall 2016). The new Resource Center will house the Temple’s Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library and Jacob L. Goldman Memorial Museum.
While the Temple has been nestled in the Woodhurst neighborhood since 1961, the building also now houses the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery Association, which moved into the building in 2014 with the congregation and long-time tenant Brightpoint Head Start (formerly CANI Head Start).
The Temple also is home to the Jewish community’s award-winning Thoughtful Thursdays social action program, which provides food, household, and educational items to the 86 families affiliated with Temple Head Start. It is a joint project of Congregation Achduth Vesholom, Congregation B'nai Jacob, and the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne.
Under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Javier E. Cattapan, Achduth Vesholom is a welcoming congregation and offers a full scope of worship, educational, cultural, and social opportunities for all ages. Interfaith families are encouraged to participate fully in the life of the congregation. Deeply involved in the community, the Temple spearheads activities that encourage interfaith understanding and cooperation in the Fort Wayne area.
Adult learning opportunities include Torah Study, current events programming, and Yiddish classes. Introduction to Judaism classes are offered by Rabbi Cattapan for non-affiliated individuals and interfaith couples wishing to explore Judaism, as well as for those considering becoming Jewish.
Religious School includes children age 3 through 12th grade. In addition to a course of general studies and Hebrew, the Religious School provides creative programs, social action projects, and family education. Our Hebrew program includes a Tuesday evening session for students studying for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
The Temple’s youth groups for high school youth students (FOrTY) and middle school students (Junior Youth Group) bring together Jewish young people regardless of congregational affiliation for ongoing learning, leadership development and social activities. The youth groups are associated with NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth).
Achduth Vesholom also encourages its young people to attend the URJ’s Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) during the summer in Zionsville, Indiana, and Camp Joe Levine, a Jewish day camp sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne.
Friday evening Sabbath services take place year-round. Shabbat morning services are offered periodically during the year. Services also are held for the High Holy Days and other major holidays. The Temple maintains burial plots at Lindenwood Cemetery.
Office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To find out more, we invite you to visit www.templecav.org, contact us at (260) 744-4245, or https://www.facebook.com/templecavfw.