Around Town

Chinese dinner and a movie
The Temple will host a Chinese dinner and a movie on Monday, Dec. 24. Dinner will start at 6 p.m.; the movie, at 7 p.m. The Temple will screen Through the Wall: After her fiance calls off their wedding a month before the ceremony, Michal (Noa Kooler), decides to keep the reservation and trusts God will provide a husband.

Sandwich-making mitzvah
Rabbi David Ariel-Joel will host a sandwich-making for the St. Vincent de Paul homeless shelter. At 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25. Call Becky King at 502-212-2028 to RSVP.

Knit & Qvell Circle
Anshei Sfard Knit & Qvell Circle will begin 2019 in a new meeting place. The group will meet at 3630 Dutchmans Lane, second floor (the new home of Anshei Sfard) at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 3. All knitted items are donated to the Jefferson County Public Schools Clothes Closet. Call Toby Horvitz at 502-458-7108 for details.

Chack speaks at service
David Y. Chack, artistic director of the Bunbury-ShPIeL Identity Theatre project, will talk about his next play, The Green Book, at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4, at The Temple. Together with Karen Edwards-Hunter, Chack is co-directing the play, which will open on Feb. 7 at the Henry Clay theatre.

Shabbat Scholars
Dr. Elliott Rosengarten will be Adath Jeshurun’s Shabbat Scholar at 12:15 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5. His topic will be “Happy New You,” an introduction to Dr. Rosengarten’s new AJ Adult Education Course, “Kabbalah 1,” which will begin on Jan. 6 at 10 a.m.

Pragmatic spirituality discussion
Dr. Courtney Snyder and Marty Snyder lead a pragmatic spirituality discussion group Sundays at 10 a.m. at Adath Jeshurun. The group discusses themes on inspiration from a spiritual thinker. The next session on Jan. 6 addresses the topic “We Plan; God Laughs – Non-grasping/Flexible Goal Setting for the New Year.” The Jan. 20 topic is “Forgiveness – An Act of Self-Care.”

Homeless Outreach
Keneseth Israel will make sandwiches for the homeless, and distribute them downtown, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 6. Bring bread, peanut butter and jelly, blankets, underwear, socks, flashlights, etc.

AIPAC-sponsored speaker
Ilan Berman, senior vice-president of the American Foreign Policy Council, will speak at Adath Jeshurun on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Berman has been called one of America’s “leading experts on the Middle East and Iran” by CNN. His talk is titled “Navigating the Turbulence: The Middle East in 2019.” A reception begins at 6:30 p.m.; the program, 7 p.m. There is no charge. Reservations are required. Visit

The Age of Eisenhower by William I. Hitchcock
William I. Hitchcock, author of The Age of Eisenhower, will talk about his book at the The Filson Club Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10. Temple Members can call the front desk at 502-423-1818 for free tickets.

JWRP tour guide to speak to Men’s Club
Patrick Amar, a successful tourist company executive in Israel, will speak via Skype to the next Temple Shalom Men’s Club at 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 13. Amar heads the Israel Executive Touring Center. Among his clients have been the two Jewish Women Renaissance Project groups from Louisville that have traveled to the Jewish state. The program will follow breakfast. A $5 donation is requested. Call 502-458-4739 to RSVP.

Brown Bag Blessings packing party
Brown Bag Blessings, Adath Jeshurun’s program for feeding the homeless, gathers from 12:30 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13, to prepare brown bag lunches. Pizza and refreshments will be served for participants. Email Cybil Flora at to RSVP.

Sunday Night at the Movies
The Temple and Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport will hold Sunday Night at the Movies, Sunday at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27. A pizza dinner will be followed by the next in the film series GI Jews. RSVP at or 502-423-1818.

Preschool Tu B’Shevat
Training Wheels at The Temple preschoolers will learn about Tu B’Shevat, at 9:45 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 20. There will be stories, crafts and food. RSVP by Jan. 17 to Lexie Beauchamp at or to Sarah Harlan at

‘Music without Borders; 1812 Overture’
The Louisville Orchestra concert, conducted by Teddy Abrams, will perform three works of Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, at Adath Jeshurun. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the LO box office at 502-587-8681.

LBSY hosts Improv team
Louisville Beit Sefer Yachad (LBSY) will host The Bible Players, a Jewish improv comedy team that teaches Jewish values, on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. During religious school, the troupe will share its “Improv-ing Jewish Lives” program with students in grades 3-8 and The Temple students in grades 6-8. The players teach Jewish values through improv games, showing how people should treat each other, making for meaningful memories. At 1 p.m., the troupe will put on “The Chesed Comedy Show” (funny stories that teach values) at Adath Jeshurun, to which the community is invited. The program is free. Contact Bev Weinberg at or 502-802-3855 for tickets.

MLK Day mitzvah
The Temple and Love the Hungry, Inc. will to package shelf stable food for hungry children, both locally and overseas, from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21, marking Martin Luth King Jr.’s birthday.
RSVP to Becky King at 502-212-2028 by Jan. 18. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.

AJ Book Club
The AJ Book Club is currently reading The Patriots by Sana Krasikov and will discuss the book at its next meeting at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27 at Adath Jeshurun. Contact Deborah Slosberg at or 502-458-5359.

Interfaith Coffee
The Temple WRJ/Sisterhood will hold its Annual Interfaith Coffee from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4 in the Heideman Auditorium and main sanctuary This year the theme is “Jews Around the World.” Pastries will be served, followed by the programs presented by the rabbis. Call 502-423-1818 to RSVP.

AJ Music Festival
Adath Jeshurun’s annual Music Festival will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 17. This year’s theme is “In the Key of Play: Rock & Reparte.” The concert will feature pianist, singer, and songwriter Cantor Randy Herman and Cantors David Lipp and Sharon Hordes, soloist Jennifer Diamond, student Cantor Mike Jarvis, The Jewish Community Choir, and Teddy Abrams, music director of the Louisville Orchestra. Visit for reservations.

Adult Education

The Temple classes
The Temple is offering the following adult education classes of Wednesdays:
“Building Character: Jewish Principles of How to be a Good Person,” 9:30-10:35 a.m. with Rabbi David Ariel-Joel.
“The Torah of our Lives,” 10:45-noon, with Rabbi Joe Rapport.
The following classes are offered Monday nights: “Advanced Hebrew; The Temple Torah Study Circle,” 6-7 p.m. with Rabbi Rapport.
Text Study, 7-8 p.m. with Rabbi Ariel-Joel, “David,” the Bible.
Beginning Hebrew Part 2, 7-8 p.m., with Mark Goldstein. Email for registration.
Basic Judaism, 7-8 p.m., with Rabbi Rapport, looks at the High Holy Days and festivals.

New Melton courses
Louisville Melton begins the second trimester of 2018-2019 with new courses on Tuesday, Jan. 8:
“Beyond Borders” (20 sessions), taught by Professor Edwin Segal, runs from 6:30 to 7:40 p.m., Jan. 8 to May 28; “Daniel,” a comprehensive look at the biblical book (nine sessions), taught by Rabbi Laura Metzger, 7:50 to 9 p.m., Jan. 8 to March 5, also offered Thursdays from 10:50 a.m.-12 p.m., Jan. 10-March 7. Register online at or Email Deborah Slosberg, about scholarships.

Kabbalah Month by Month
Cantor Sharon Hordes teaches a kabbalah class at Keneseth Israel that examines each Hebrew month’s holidays, Torah portions, healing areas, astrological connections, and more. The class next meets at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, and is free.

Genealogy workshop
The Filson Historical Society will host a half-day workshop on Jewish genealogy with Avraham Groll, director of JewishGen, at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29. The program will introduce Jewish genealogy and migration patterns. An overview of the extensive free resources offered online through will follow. After the workshop, participants may visit the Filson’s “Connecting the Dots” exhibit, which explores family history through heirlooms and items of material culture. Cost for the program is $15 for Filson members, $30 for non-members. Light morning refreshments are included.

Weekly/Monthly Happenings

Lunch and Learn
Rabbi Michael Wolk will lead his next Lunch and Learn at noon, Thursday, Jan. 10, at The Bristol on Main Street. The class is free (food sold separately). RSVP to
Senior Lunch Bunch
Temple Shalom will hold its next Senior Lunch Bunch on Wednesday, Jan 16, at a place to be determined. Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner will be the speaker. Contact Temple Shalom at or 502-458-4739 for details.

Torah Yoga
Cantor Sharon Hordes and Lisa Flannery teach a Torah Yoga class at Keneseth Israel. The class is co-sponsored by Temple Shalom and Hadassah. The next session is 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17.

Saturday Torah study
Rabbi David-Ariel Joel leads Torah study from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Fishman Library prior to morning services. Coffee, bagels and cream cheese, and other treats will be available.

Jews and Brews
Rabbi Michael Wolk leads a Torah study class over coffee Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in The J library.

Bridge Club
The KI Bridge Club meets Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the small chapel of Keneseth Israel. RSVP to


Celebration Shabbat
Anyone celebrating a birthday or anniversary in the month of Jan. may participate in a group aliyah during Adath Jeshurun’s Shabbat morning worship service, starting at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5.

Family Kabbalat Shabbat
A Shabbat dinner at Keneseth Israel is held the second Friday of each month. It immediately follows services, which begin at 6 p.m. The next date is Jan. 11. RSVP at 502-459-2780 or Cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child ($20 maximum per family). Pay by going to

No Shush Shabbat
Temple Shalom’s next No Shush Shabbat will be held at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11. A pot luck dinner will follow. Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner and song leader Benji Berlow will lead the interactive service using PowerPoint. Dinner will follow. There is no charge, but RSVPs are required. Contact Temple Shalom at 502-458-4739 or at

Founder’s Day Shabbat
The Temple will hold its annual Founder’s Day Shabbat Service, marking its 1843 charter, at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11. The service will feature a professional choir singing music from the classical age of Reform Judaism and will be led from the Sinai Edition of the Union Prayer Book.

Short and Sweet Family Service
Adath Jeshurun’s next Short and Sweet Family Shabbat service will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12 Students in grades K through 7, and their families, may attend. The informal service includes a story. Students will join the main service to help lead closing prayers.

Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat
The Temple will observe Martin Luther King Day at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. The service will feature a guest speaker and music provided by a special guest.

Simcha Shabbat
Keneseth Israel’s birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated at the Jan. 18 Kabbalat Shabbat service, followed by desserts and appetizers. This event will be celebrated every third Friday of the month at 6 p.m. RSVP to 502-459-2780 or

Rabbis’ Shabbat Dinner
The Temple will hold its next Rabbi’s Shabbat Dinner at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25.
Bubbe’s Brisket is the theme. Cost is $5 for adults, free for children 12 and under. RSVP by Jan. 21 at or 502-423-1818.

Family Shabbat Dinner, Tot Shabbat
The Temple will hold its Family Shabbat Dinner at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1. Tot Shabbat will follow at 6:45 and services at 7. RSVP for dinner by Jan. 28. Cost is $5 for adults, free for children 12 and under.

Torah Yoga service for kids
Rabbi Diane Tracht will lead a 45-minute meditation and yoga service for kids at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23. The session will be connected to the practice of mussar, the Jewish practice of developing ethical qualities in body and spirit. Students will then join the main service following Torah Yoga for closing prayers. Children are invited to wear comfortable clothing. Contact Tracht at

Connect to G-d
Chabad will hold a series of “Connect to G-d” programs in Jan. at its center, 1654 Almara Circle: Saturday, Jan. 5, Shabbat and kiddush luncheon starting at 10 a.m.; Friday, Jan. 11, Kabbalat Shabbat and traditional three-course dinner starting at 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 19, Havdalah service and guided meditation starting at 6:15 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 27; Sunday, “Power Bruch for Body and Soul” starting at 9:15 a.m. All events, which are sponsored in part by the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, are free. Call 502-459-1770 for more information.

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