Congregation Achduth Vesholom

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 Lenny Sarko, 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, contact us at (260) 744-4245, or

Congregation Achduth Vesholom
5200 Old Mill Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46807



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Congregation B'nai Jacob

Founded in 1914, B’nai Jacob, known as the ‘friendly family Synagogue’, became a Conservative Traditional congregation in 1938. In 1997, it became Conservative-Egalitarian.

The new, debt-free Synagogue has formal gardens that are ideal for outdoor weddings, receptions, and spring and summer holidays. A beautiful Ark created by renowned artist, Lee Bleifeld, graces the sanctuary. There are magnificent stained glass windows depicting the 7 Days of Creation, created by artist, Anika Droegmyer, in memory of her parents.

Saturday morning services are at 9:15 a.m. followed by a kiddush luncheon. All holidays are celebrated. Chevra Kadisha, a cemetery, Minyanim for Yahrzeits, and all life cycle needs are available.

Children are educated in Conservative Judaism with classes during the week. On Sunday mornings the younger children attend Religious School at the Temple. Each child is required to have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah and remain in the Synagogue Religious School through Confirmation.

Adult education classes in many subjects are conducted weekly. All classes are taught by the Rabbi or qualified teachers. The Men’s Club and Sisterhood often join forces to bring a large variety of social events to B’nai Jacob including family dinners, musicals, comedians, speakers, scholars-in-residence, Klezmer bands, movies, and even bingo games!

The Synagogue is spiritual, social, family oriented, and is active in all aspects of community relations.

Visit the extensive library, the well-stocked gift shop, or the breath-taking sanctuary where the wrap-around windows bring the outside in for a unique spiritual experience.

The Rabbi is always available for counseling. Office hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

B’nai Jacob Congegation
7227 Bittersweet Moors Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46814



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Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne
5200 Old Mill Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46807
Tel: 260.456.0400
Fax: 260.456.0500

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