Congregation Achduth Vesholom's annual corned beef sandwich sale has been canceled. The 19th annual sale had been scheduled for Nov. 5 at The Temple, 5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne. The congregation announced the decision Tuesday, Oct. 13, and said the decision was made "out of concern for our members and customers" during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"For the past 18 years, we’ve put the 'Deli' in 'Delicious,' " the announcement continued. The boxed meals feature a 1/3-pound corn beef sandwich and include coleslaw, a giant dill pickle, a brownie and drink.
"Our congregation is looking to the future and plans to bring you a mouthwatering meal in fall 2021," the announcement continues. A specific date was not announced. "Look for the return of whole Hebrew National kosher salamis, too!"
The announcement thanked the public, sponsors and volunteers for support of the sale and of Congregation Achduth Vesholom.
The corned beef sale is the Temple’s largest fundraiser and a popular tradition. Almost 1,600 meals were sold in 2019. Sixty-eight sponsors each donated at least $100 to help underwrite costs. More than 100 people were part of the food prep, sales, marketing and delivery team.
Proceeds from this fundraiser help support programs at the Temple, home to Indiana's oldest Jewish congregation, established in 1848.
The Temple is closed to services and other group activities through Dec. 31. Worship and educational and social offerings continue online.