Around Town

(Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the community.)

Pragmatic spirituality discussion
Marty and Dr. Courtney Snyder lead a discussion group at Adath Jeshurun that addresses universal themes from spiritual thinkers. The next session, on Sunday, July 7, will address the topic, “Beyond the Half Moon: Exploring Our Shadow Side.” The Sunday, July 14, session will look at “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.” All sessions start at 10 a.m.

Homeless Outreach
Keneseth Israel will prepare care packages for the homeless from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., Sunday, July 7. Bring your own supplies (bread, peanut butter and jelly, blankets, underwear, socks, flashlights, etc.) Afterwards, participants will caravan downtown to give out food and supplies to the homeless. RSVP to or 502-459-2780.

BBQ picnic
The Louisville Vaad will hold a BBQ picnic from 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday, July 14, at The J Pavillion. The event will be in memory of Jack Czerkiewicz, the Vaad’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year, who died on Feb. 21. There will be a bouncy house, obstacle course and face painting for kids. Donations of $5 for children, $10 for adults, with a $30 maximum per family, are recommended. RSVP to Jake Wishnia at 502-452-6134 or Sheila Lynch at 502-896-9736 by July 10.

IBD support group
Temple Shalom will hold the next meeting of its IBD Support Group at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 16 at a private home. The group is for persons afflicted with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, and their families. Contact Dr. Rich Goldwin at for details.

‘Jest A Second!’
Adath Jeshurun’s new Shema Theatre Group will present Jest A Second for three shows: Sunday, Aug. 4, at 3 and 7 p.m., and Monday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. This opening production is a comedy about a Jewish family gathering to celebrate the birthday of its matriarch while other members of the family have additional news and expectations to share. Admission is $3 per person. Visit for reservations.

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


Shabbat in the Park
Keneseth Israel will hold Shabbat in the Park on three Fridays this summer: June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16. Each event will begin at 6 p.m. at Hogan’s Fountain Pavillion in Cherokee Park. Bring dairy/veggie food for a picnic dinner. Complementary desserts will be provided by Arctic Scoop. RSVP to or 502-459-2780.

Independence Day Cookout
The Temple’s next Rabbi’s Shabbat Dinner – the Independence Day Cookout – will be held at 5:30 p.m., Friday, July 5. A Tot Shabbat will follow at 6:15 pm. After services, the Annual Red, White, and Blue Oneg sponsored by WRJ/Sisterhood will be held. Cost of the dinner is $10 per person (free for children 12 and under) and $5 per person if the reservation is made before July 2. Call 502-423-1818 or register online at

Celebration Shabbat
All who celebrate a birthday or anniversary in July may participate in a group aliyah at Adath Jeshurun during Shabbat morning worship services, which begin at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, July 6.

Lubavitcher Rebbe remembered
Chabad will commemorate the 25th yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 6, with an interactive Shabbat prayer service followed by a deli luncheon. The program is sponsored in part by the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence. Call 502-459-1770.

Celebration Shabbat
Temple Shalom will hold its Celebration Shabbat, honoring all its members, at 6:30 p.m., Friday, July 12. Jennifer Diamond will be the vocalist. An oneg will follow.

Sing-along service, dinner
Chabad will celebrate Shabbat on Friday, July 12 at the Chabad House, 1654 Almara Circle with a sing-along Kabbalat Shabbat service at 8 p.m. A three-course traditional Shabbat dinner will follow the service. The program is sponsored in part by the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence. Call 502-459-1770.

Candlelight service, meditation
Chabad will celebrate the conclusion of Shabbat with a havdalah service and audio visual program at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, July 20. The event is sponsored in part by the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence. Call 502-459-1770.

BLT (bagels, lox, tefillen)
Chabad is combining a 45-minute morning service and a 45-minute brunch at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, July 28. The program is sponsored in part by the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence. Call 502-459-1770.

Tisha B’av
Adath Jeshurun and Keneseth Israel will hold a shared -synagogue observance of Tisha B’av at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, at KI, and on Sunday, Aug. 11, at 8:45 a.m. at AJ, and at 5:45 p.m. at KI.

Torah Study
Rabbi David Ariel-Joel leads Torah study at The Temple on Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Fishman Library before the morning service. Coffee, bagels, cream cheese, and other treats will be served.

Adult Education

Lunch and Learn
Rabbi Michael Wolk’s next lunch and learn will be at noon, Thursday, July 11 at The Bristol on Main Street. Food is sold separately. RSVP to

Kabbalah Month by Month
Cantor Sharon Hordes’ Kabbalah class, which explores the traditions through the Hebrew months, will next meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. July 11. RSVP to 502-459-2780 or

Torah Yoga
Cantor Sharon Hordes and Lisa Flannery will lead their next Torah Yoga class at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 18. Temple Shalom and Hadassah co-sponsor the class RSVP to or 502-459-2780.

New Melton Course
A new Louisville Melton course will begin in September at Adath Jeshurun. “Modern Living: Maintaining Balance” will be a four-part course on classic and modern Jewish texts. The class will be held on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 3, or Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 5. The fee is $50. Contact Deborah Slosberg at to enroll.

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

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