Congregation Achduth Vesholom
|Congregation Achduth Vesholom|
|Location||5200 Old Mill Road,
Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
|Leadership||Rabbi Javier E. Cattapan
Rabbi Emeritus Richard B. Safran
President Jaki Schreier
It is the oldest synagogue in Indiana, having been formed initially as a German Orthodox congregation on October 26, 1848. Originally, its name was "The Society for Visiting the Sick and Burying the Dead". At the outset, the congregation worshiped in private homes.
In 1857, the synagogue purchased a building on Harrison Street for $1,200 ($30,400 today), which was dedicated as a synagogue. The first rabbi was Joseph Solomon, who served until 1859. In 1861, the congregation adopted its current name, which means "Unity and Peace". As refugees from Europe, the congregants felt that it was important that they unite and stand by each other.
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