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JLI Jewish history debate series
The Jewish Learning Institute is starting a class consisting of six debates on Jewish questions grounded in the past, Great Debates in Jewish History.
The debates will address questions surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls, the suicide by the defenders of Masada, the Maimonidean controversy the renewal of the Sanhedrin, the rise of Chasidism and Separation of Church and State.
The course, which is open the public, is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those with no prior background in Jewish learning.
Visit myJLI.com to register or contact Rabbi Avrohom Litvin, who the lead the class, at rabbi@chabadky.com.

Raising Jewish Children class
The Temple has started a six-week series parenting classes, Raising Jewish Children.
The class covers independent topics. Missing one will not impact learning in another, the goal being to provide practical ideas for raising children with a positive Jewish identity.
Classes run from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays (October 29 and November 5, 12, 19) to coincide with religious school. Breakfast is included and basic class format will include instruction, reflection questions/activity, informal discussion, and wrap-up.
Planned topics include Ages & Stages (incorporating Judaism into our daily lives at all ages of your child’s development), Tackling the Service (learning some of the basics), Making A Home Jewish (ideas for making your home look, smell, and sound Jewish), The Jewish Calendar (breakdown of various seasons and holidays) and An Extended Jewish Family (creating a sense of belonging to a wider Jewish community).
Cindy Schwartz and Jessica Springer. Child coordinate the class. Care is available with a reservation. The class is open to the community. Sign up by calling The Temple at 502-423-1818.

Anshei Sfard Shabbos Luncheon
Anshe Sfard will hold its Shabbos Luncheon Saturday, Oct. 28. Shachris will begin at 9 a.m. followed by the luncheon at noon.
RSVP to the shul office at 502-451-3122 x 0 or email the office at carla@ansheisfard.com by Wednesday, Oct. 25. There is no charge.

Anshei Sfard Knit & Qvell Circle
The next Knit & Qvell Circle at Anshei Sfard will meet Thursday, November 2, at 1 p.m, in the synagogue library.
All knitted/crocheted items are donated to the Jefferson County Public Schools Clothes Closet. Contact Toby Horvitz 502-458-7108 or Anshei Sfard at 502-451-3122 x 0 for details.

KI stages Shabbat Unplugged
Keneseth Israel will hold its next monthly Shabbat Unplugged program Friday, November 3.
Dinner, catered by Chef Sasha Chack, will follow Friday night services, which begins at 6 p.m. There is also a tisch after dinner, with singing of zmirot and niggunim, Torah talk and storytelling. Cost is $5 per person ($20 maximum per family). RSVP to 502-459-2780 or rsvp@kenesethisrael.com. Online payments can be made at kenesethisrael.com. (Click “pay” at the top of the page.)

Storyteller at AJ family service
Noa Baum, an award-winning Israeli storyteller, will be at Adath Jeshurun Saturday, November 4.
She will read at the Shabbat morning service at 9:30 a.m. and the Short & Sweet Family Service at 10:30 a.m. She also will be the Shabbat Scholar following the Kiddush lunch. The community is invited.

KI to hold healing service
Keneseth Israel Cantor Sharon Hordes will hold a healing service Sunday, November 5, at 2 p.m. for people struggling with illness or other life challenges.
Myra Goldman, nursing education consultant at the Kentucky Board of Nursing, will speak at the program about health concerns for people over 40.
The service is free, and a wine and cheese buffet will follow. RSVP to rsvp@kenesethisrael.com or 502-459-2780.

JFCS to hold Fall FUNdraiser
Jewish Family & Career Services supporters will eat at BJ’s restaurant, 7900 Shelbyville Road, Oxmoor Center, Thursday, November 9, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Twenty percent of dine in or takeout food and soft beverage sales will be donated to JFCS. Diners must present a printed flyer to the server, which can be downloaded at jfcslouisville.org.

Hebrew classes at AJ
Adath Jeshurun offers beginning and intermediate Hebrew on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
Deborah Slosberg teaches the classes, which are free and open to the community. The next sessions will be November 12 and 19. Contact Slosberg at dslosberg@adathjeshurun.com or 502-458-5359.

AJ Spiritual Pragmatism group
Holistic psychiatrist Dr. Courtney Snyder and business & leadership advisor Marty Snyder will next facilitate their spiritual pragmatism discussion group Sundays, November 12 and 19, from 9:45 to 11 a.m. The topics are respectively “The ego is a veil between humans and God.” and “Gratitude – The Parent of All Virtues.” This group is open to the community. Visit adathjeshurun.com/spiritualpragmatism.

AJ hosts packing party for charity
Adath Jeshurun will host a packing party for its community outreach program, Brown Bag Blessings, Sunday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Those present will pack lunches for homeless shelters with veterans. The event is a joint-effort with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. There is no cost to participate. Visit adathjeshurun.com/brownbagblessings to sign up.

Teacher of the Year at Temple Shalom
Ron Skillern, the 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, will speak at the next Temple Shalom Men’s Club Breakfast Series Sunday, November 12, at 10 a.m.
An expert in Holocaust education for teenagers, Skillern is best known for the Nazi Germany and Holocaust education class he developed for the summer gifted student program at Western Kentucky University. He has employed innovative techniques to convey the facts about the Holocaust, including the Never Again murals that were recently exhibited at The J.
A $5 donation is requested. Call Temple Shalom at 502-458-4739 by November 10 for reservations.
Musician in residence at Temple
The Temple will hold its Musician in Residence Weekend with Danny Maseng Friday, November 17.
Maseng will be at a Rabbis Shabbat Dinner in his honor at 6 p.m. followed by services, which he will lead. He also will hold a Havdalah concert Saturday, November 16, at 7 p.m., and finish the weekend by teaching an Israeli poetry and music class Sunday at 10 a.m.
Dinner is $5 for adults; kids under 12 eat free. RSVP by Wednesday, November 15, by calling 502-423-1818.

Temple Shalom No Shush Shabbat
The next No Shush Shabbat will be Friday, November 17 at Temple Shalom at 6:30 p.m.
The community is invited to the service that is particularly suitable for children and families. Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner and Benji Berlow will lead the PowerPoint service. Call Temple Shalom at 502-458-4739 for details.

Temple Brotherhood lectures
The Temple Brotherhood will begin a lecture series Wednesday, November 1, with Gabe Lefkowitz, Louisville Orchestra concertmaster and composer of video game music. A dinner at the Klein Center at 7 p.m. will precede the event.
The dinner and lecture are free to Temple Brotherhood members and lecture series subscribers. RSVP at 502-423-1818 by October 31.

Temple Brotherhood to take a hike
The Temple Brotherhood will sponsor its fall hike Sunday November 5, at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. Carpools will leave The Temple at 12:15.
Entrance is free with The Temple Brotherhood and refreshments will be served following the afternoon hike. RSVP by Friday, November 2, to 502-423-1818 along with lunch requests.

Temple to hold movie night
The Temple members will gather for a monthly movie night with pizza and soda Tuesday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m. Annie Hall will be screened. RSVP to The Temple at 502-423-1818.

Jewish studies classes at Temple
The Temple’s Jewish studies classes Mondays through May 2018.
Rabbi David Ariel-Joel teaches The Great Women of the Bible at 7 p.m.
Hebrew language classes are held at 7 p.m.
Rabbi Gaylia R. Rooks will teach an intermediate Hebrew class on the Pirke Avot at 7 p.m. (No Hebrew knowledge is required).
Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport will teach the advanced Hebrew study circle, at 8 p.m.
All rabbis will teach Basic Judaism at 8 p.m. Holy days and festival will be addressed.

Temple Scholars Program restarts
The Temple Scholars Program, which runs through May 2018, is offering two history courses this year.
Rabbi David Ariel-Joel will teach “1917, 1947, 1967: The Legacy of the Past & The Future of Modern Israel” from 9:30 to 10:35 a.m.
Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport will teach A History of the Jewish People in 36 Objects from 10:50 a.m. to noon.

 

KI slates Family Shabbat services
Keneseth Israel will next hold its family morning Shabbat services on November 11 and 25, and December 9 and 23, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
The services include stories, singing, prayers, Torah and learning. They conclude by joining the whole congregation in the main sanctuary to lead Ein Keloheinu and Adon Olam.

KI Rosh Chodesh Girls Club to meet
Girls in grades 4-8 can join Cantor Sharon Hordes and Lisa Yussman every month to celebrate Rosh Chodesh. The club meets after LBSY at the JCC in room 113 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The next meeting is November 19. There is a $54 charge per family Contact Hordes at: Shordes@kenesethisrael.com or 502-459-2780 for details.

KI holds Family Kabbalat Shabbat
Keneseth will hold a family Kabbalat Shabbat service Friday, November 17, at 6 p.m. A kid-friendly dinner will follow. Cost is $5 per person, $20 per family. RSVP to rsvp@kenesethisrael.com or 502-459-2780.

AJ hosts The Conversation Project
Adath Jeshurun will run a workshop called The Conversation Project, coordinated by Karen Cohen and Lynn Rosenthal on Sunday, December 3, at 10 a.m.
The Conversation Project,” co-founded by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Ellen Goodman, offers tools, guidance and resources necessary to process our final desires for life. The materials used in the workshop will facilitate decision-making about end-of-life health care.
The workshop is open to the community, and is free, but registration is limited to the first 15 participants. RSVP by contacting Deborah Slosberg at dslosberg@adathjeshurun.com or 458-5359.

AJ hosts Book Club
The Adath Jeshurun Book Club is currently reading the Philip Roth novel The Plot Against America.
The book will be discussed at the club’s next Sunday, December 17, at 2 p.m. Contact Deborah Slosberg at dslosberg@adathjeshurun.com or 458-5359 for details or to order the book.

Mahjong played at KI
A bi-weekly mahjong game at Keneseth Israel is played the first and third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. in the small chapel. The community is welcomed. RSVP to gkahn@kenesethisrael.com or call 502-459-2780.

AJ hosts Celebration Shabbat
Adath Jeshurun will invite anyone celebrating a birthday or anniversary to the bima Saturday, November 4, for a group Aliyah. Services begin at 9:30 a.m.

JLI holding weekly Torah studies
The Jewish Learning Institute is a holding weekly Torah study class that meets Tuesdays, 8 p.m., at the Chabad house. Contact rabbisusman@gmail.com for details.

Torah Yoga class held at KI
Cantor Sharon Hordes and Lisa Flannery host the Torah Yoga class, which combines the flexibility and strength of yoga with teachings of the Torah, Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., at Keneseth Israel. Temple Shalom and Hadassah co-sponsor the class, which is open he class, which is open to the community.

Jews and Brews with Rabbi Wolk
Keneseth Israel Rabbi Michael Wolk leads “Jews and Brews,” a one-hour class where participants study the weekly Torah portion through over coffee, meets weekly on Wednesday mornings at 11 a.m. at the JCC library.

Wolk holds Lunch and Learn
Rabbi Michael Wolk holds a lunch and learn session the first Thursday of every month, noon, at The Bristol on Main Street. The next topic will be “Why do Jews cover their heads?” RSVP to mwolk@kenesethisrael.com or 502-459-2780.

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