Melton, AJ Israel Seminar
Louisville Melton and Adath Jeshurun are co-sponsoring the Biblical In-Sites Israel seminar from July 8 to 18, 2019. The seminar will be an on-site textual encounter with patriarchs, matriarchs, kings, prophets, soldiers, judges, and the land itself. Visit meltonseminars.org/Melton-Biblical-Insites.aspx. for the itinerary or contact Melton Director Deborah Slosberg at email@example.com or 502-458-5359 with questions.
Song leader Thal at Temple Shalom
Song leader Sam Thal will return with her camp-inspired music to Temple Shalom for services at 6:30 p.m., Friday, August 3, and 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 4.
Adath Jeshurun will celebrate birthdays and anniversaries in the month of August with a group aliyah during its worship service at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, August 4.
Shabbat and Sundaes
Keneseth Israel’s next Shabbat and Sundaes will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, August 4, at Graeter’s on Bardstown Road. KI members receive a free treat up to $5 – dine-in only).
Hebrew reading crash course
Adath Jeshurun is offering five free 1½ hour lessons in reading Hebrew. The course, taught by Deborah Slosberg, teaches the Hebrew alphabet and basic prayer book reading skills. Classes begin at 10:30 a.m. and run on five consecutive Sundays: July 29 and August 5, 12, 19, and 26. Contact Slosberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-458-5359.
WRJ/Sisterhood Game Day
The Temple’s WRJ/Sisterhood is having a game day from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, August 5, in The Klein Center. Bring your own mahjong or bridge group or come solo. Board games also will be available. The event is free, but please bring an unexpired food item(s) for the Meyer Family Food Pantry. Refreshments will be served. RSVP by August 3 to 502-423-1818.
Home-Hospitality Taste of Melton
Louisville Melton will host Home-Hospitality Taste of Melton, a series of three sessions that will include a brief sample Melton lesson in a home setting: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 7, at the Robin Wolff residence (dessert and coffee), RSVP to email@example.com; 9:30 a.m., Thursday, August 16, at the home of Sandy Harrison (light brunch), RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org; and 9:30 a.m., Thursday, September 6, at the home of Stephi Wolff, (light brunch, RSVP to email@example.com. Contact Melton Director Deborah Slosberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-458-5359 for more details.
Shir Chadash Shabbat
Keneseth Israel’s next Shir Chadash (“A New Song”) will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, August 10. The abridged Kabbalat Shabbat service will focus on communal singing and a chavurah-style.
No Shush Shabbat…
Temple Shalom will hold its next No-Shush Shabbat at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10. The relaxed evening service includes opportunities to get up and move to music, playing instruments and listening to stories, making for an engaging time for children and families. Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner will lead and Benji Berlow will sing and play guitar. Call Temple Shalom at 502-458-4739 for details.
…And Kids Stay, Adults Play
Following No-Shush Shabbat, parents and friends will meet for dinner at Mimi’s Café, 615 South Hurstbourne Parkway with a complimentary first glass of wine or beer and hors d’oeuvres. Meanwhile, the children will enjoy pizza and a movie at the synagogue. Call Temple Shalom, 502-458-4739 for details. The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence is underwriting the program.
Temple Shalom Men’s Club
The next regular brunch meeting of the Temple Shalom Men’s Club will start at 10 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 12. A $5 donation for the brunch is suggested. Contact Temple Shalom at 502-458-4739.
Melton class openings
Louisville’s Melton still has openings in its fall classes, which meet Tuesday evenings or Thursday mornings. Visit jewishlouisville.org/Melton for details or contact Deborah Slosberg, director, at email@example.com or 502-458-5359.
Pragmatic spirituality discussions
Dr. Courtney Snyder and Marty Snyder facilitate a pragmatic spirituality discussion group at Adath Jeshurun to discuss universal themes based on inspiration from spiritual thinkers. Sessions take place on Sundays at 10 a.m. The August 12 topic is: “When Fear Holds Us Back: Shifting Our Focus from Ourselves to Serving a Higher Good;” on August 26, “May the Nourishment of the Earth Be Yours: Returning to Ourselves Through Nature and Travel. Contact Courtney Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Blue Jean and Tot Shabbat
The Temple’s annual, end-of-summer Blue Jean and Tot Shabbat is slated for 5:30 p.m., Friday, August 17. Tot Shabbat will begin at 6:15, followed by Blue Jean Shabbat service at 6:30. The Tot Oneg will follow the service in the library. RSVP to 502-423-1818 by August 15. The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence is underwriting the program. The dinner is free.
Lunch and Learn
Rabbi Michael Wolk will lead his next Lunch & Learn class at noon, Thursday, August 16, at The Bristol on Main Street. The class is free (food sold separately). RSVP to email@example.com or
Keneseth Israel, Temple Shalom and Hadassah offer a Torah Yoga class the third Thursday of each month at KI. Lisa Flannery leads the yoga; Cantor Sharon Hordes, the Torah study. The next session will be on August 16. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-459-2780.
Community Big Rock Shabbat
A special Big Rock Shabbat, co-sponsored by Keneseth Israel, Adath Jeshurun and Temple Shalom, will begin at 6:30 p.m., Friday, August 17, at Big Rock Park. Bring a picnic blanket, dairy/veggie food, drinks and games. Some seating is available. The complementary dessert will be from Arctic Scoop. RSVP to email@example.com or 502-459-2780.
Adath Jeshurun’s Back-2-Shul Shabbat service at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, August 25, will be led by children of all ages and feature songs chosen by the participants. Blessings, Torah readings and even the desserts at the kiddush lunch will be prepared by participants 18 and younger. Visit adathjeshurun.com/back2shul to sign up.
Temple Shalom Craft Fair
Temple Shalom is accepting applications for its craft Fair, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, August 26. Booth set-up will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Vendors may receive an application by contacting Temple Shalom, 502-458-4739 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Men’s Club will operate food concessions for the event.
AJ Book Club
The AJ Book Club is currently reading Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller. The book will be discussed at the next meeting at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 26, at Adath Jeshurun. Contact Deborah Slosberg at email@example.com or 502-458-5359.
Young adult outing
The Temple’s Young Adult Group will hold a free event at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, August 26, at Flying Axes, 146 N. Clay St. The outing is for ages 22-36. Food and a drink ticket are included. RSVP to The Temple at 502-423-1818 by August 24.
Rabbi’s Shabbat Dinner
The Temple’s next Rabbi’s Shabbat Dinner – a welcome for student Cantor Mike Jarvis – will be at 5:30 p.m., Friday, August 31. Cost is $5.
Jarvis will serve as student cantor for Shabbat, again during the High Holy Days and then one weekend per month through the spring. He will assist the rabbis, the choir and b’nai mitzvah students, and be part of special events. RSVP to 502-423-1818.
Night of Storyteling
Adath Jeshurun’s Pre-Selichot “Night of Storytelling” starts at 8 p.m., Saturday, September 1. The work of Interfaith Paths to Peace and a presentation titled “In the Heart of the other: A Muslim and a Jew Trade Stories” are part of the program. Havdalah and refreshments begin at 9:30 p.m., followed by the traditional Selichot service at 10 p.m. The program is free.
AJ annual cemetery service
The annual Adath Jeshurun cemetery service will start at 11 a.m., Sunday, September 2, at the cemetery, 2926 Preston Highway.
AJ Sukkah Dinner
Adath Jeshurun will host an “elegant” Sukkah dinner, Friday, September 28, in its sukkah following the 5:45 p.m. service. The adult-oriented dinner costs is $15 per person. Visit adathjeshurun.com/sukkotdinner for reservations or call 502-458-5359. The dinner is limited to the first 55 RSVPs and the deadline is September 21.
Jews and Brews
Rabbi Michael Wolk leads “Jews and Brews,” a one-hour Torah study class over coffee, Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in The J library.
Keneseth Israel’s mahjong club meets every Thursday at 1 p.m. in the small chapel, except on Jewish holidays. All levels invited. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 502-459-2780.
Temple Torah study
The Temple holds Torah study with Rabbi David Ariel-Joel, Saturdays at 9 a.m. in the Fishman Library before the morning service. There will be coffee, bagels and cream cheese.