Around Town

Jack’s Place Dedication
“Jack’s Place,” The Temple’s new gathering place in its lobby, will be dedicated to Jack Benjamin, in recognition of his lifetime of work, during Friday services on Nov. 1. The dedication will take place at a special oneg following the 7 p.m. services. Additionally, a new exhibit, presented by the Archives Committee, spotlighting several Louisville businesses owned by former and current Temple members, will open.

Homeless Outreach
Keneseth Israel will make sandwiches and care packages for the homeless at 5:15 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3. Bring your own supplies (bread, peanut butter and jelly, blankets, underwear, socks, flashlights, etc.) At 6:15 p.m., the group will caravan downtown to give out food and supplies to the homeless. RSVP 502-459-2780 or

Family Fun Night
Temple families will gather for a night of activities from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3, at Louisville Gymnastics, 2722 Chamberlain Lane. A staff-monitored gym and Ninja Warrior obstacle course will be open and a food truck will be available to buy dinner. There also will be a no-charge beer and wine bar. RSVP online or at 502-423-1818.

UofL Kristallnacht Lecture
Dr. Joern B. Soltau will deliver a commemorative lecture for Kristallnacht at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the University of Louisville Health Sciences Campus, K-Wing, Room 2003 on 555 South Floyd Street. Soltau, acting chairman of the Department of ophthalmology & visual sciences, will speak on the topic “The Dangers of Anti-Semitism: Inhumane Medical Experiments of the Holocaust – from Genetics to Genocide.” It is part of the Harry C. Stephenson Visiting Professor Series and the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Grand Rounds.

Family Havdallah Dance Party
The Temple WRJ Sisterhood will hold a family-friendly, fun event, beginning with Havdallah and including a DJ and loads of fun activities at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16.

‘Jest A Second!’
Adath Jeshurun’s new Shema Theatre Group will present Jest A Second on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3 and 7 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. The 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. Reservations may be made at

Recycling in Louisville
Karen Maynard, public education officer for the Solid Waste Division of Louisville Metro, will be the speaker at the next Temple Shalom Men’s Club Breakfast at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 8. She will address the current challenges facing recycling in Louisville and how synagogues can become greener. All plates and utensils for the breakfast will be reusable. RSVP at

Family Chanukah Bash
Adath Jeshurun’s Family Chanukah Bash will be held at 6:15 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22. A family Chanukah meal will be served. Cantor David Lipp will lead the music. Bring your own menorah for a community candle-lighting. The event is free for children ages 12 and under, and $5 for adults. Reservations are required by Dec. 16. To RSVP, visit

Festival of Trees and Lights
Volunteers are needed at the Chanukah display for the 30th Annual Festival of Trees and Lights. Needs include setting up on Nov. 13 and 14 and on Nov. 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and taking down the exhibit. Volunteers also are needed to greet people at the Lights Exhibit from Nov. 15 to 17, at Slugger Field. The exhibit will showcase menorahs and dreidels from the area synagogues. Educational handouts will explain Chanukah. Sunday, Nov. 17, is Jewish Heritage Day at the festival with free donuts holes from noon to 2 p.m.; storytelling with PJ Library (noon, 1 and 2 p.m., and the klezmer band, Lost Tribe, playing at 1 p.m. The Lights exhibit is again being sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Louisville. For details, contact Honi Goldman, chair of the Lights Committee at 502-451-4564 or email:


GUCI/No Shush Shabbat
Jeremy Klotz, director of the Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) will be at Temple Shalom’s next No Shush Shabbat at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1. He will give a presentation about the camp to families. Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner and Benji Berlow will lead services. An oneg will follow.

Celebration Shabbat
All who are celebrating a birthday or anniversary in the month of November are invited to participate in a group aliyah during Shabbat morning worship services at Adath Jeshurun, beginning at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 2.

Tot Shabbat
Keneseth Israel will hold a Tot Shabbat service at 10:45 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 2. The service is geared to children up until Kindergarten, with stories and singing, followed by a Kiddush lunch. Miriam Bird and Rabbi Michael Wolk will lead. The regular service will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Family Shabbat Dinner
The Torah will be unrolled in The Temple’s main sanctuary, as seventh and eighth grade students demonstrate their reading skills on Friday, Nov. 8. Dinner will start at 6 p.m., followed by Tot Shabbat at 6:45 pm and service at 7 p.m. Cost of dinner is $5 for adults who RSVP by Tuesday, Nov, 5 and $10 afterwards (free for children under 13). RSVP for dinner to 502-423-1818.

Shabbat with Friends
Chabad will celebrate Shabbat on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Chabad House, 1654 Almara Circle with a Kabbalat Service at 6 p.m., incorporating song and dance. A three-course traditional Shabbat dinner will follow. The program is sponsored in part by the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence. Call 502-459-1770 for details.

Imagine Shabbat
Keneseth Israel will hold its next Imagine Shabbat, an initiative to make Shabbat morning services more inspiring, on Saturday, Nov. 9. Breakfast with Cantor Sharon Hordes will begin at 9:15 a.m.; interactive Torah study, 9:45 a.m.; abridged Shabbat service, 10:30 a.m.; “enhanced” Kiddush lunch, noon.

Shabbat-Luck Dinner
Adath Jeshurun will host a Shabbat-Luck dinner on Friday, Nov. 15. “Shabbat-Luck” is a vegetarian/dairy potluck meal taking place after the conclusion of Kabbalat Shabbat services around 6:30 p.m. No meat, nor meat by-products, may be brought into the building. Contact Cybil Flora at or visit for details.

Family Shabbat
Keneseth Israel’s next Family Shabbat will begin at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15. Musical services will be followed by a meal. Cost is $10 per adult, $5 per child ($20 maximum per family). Visit to pay or send a check to KI.

Veterans Day Shabbat
The Temple will honor veterans at its Nov. 15 Shabbat service, starting at 7 p.m.

Torah Yoga Service
Rabbi Diane Tracht will lead a 45-minute service of meditation and yoga from 11 to 11:45 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16. The service, which is connected to mussar, the Jewish practice of developing ethical qualities in body and spirit, is for students in grades K-7 and their parents. Students will join the main service afterwards. Please wear comfortable clothing. Contact Tracht at for details.

Save Bernheim Shabbat
A special fall Bernheim Shabbat, featuring a guest speaker to talk about how the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is under threat, is slated for 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, at The Temple. Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport will lead the service in the classical Reform style. Louie Bailey will direct the choir.

Mini Minyan
Adath Jeshurun will offer Mini Minyan, a new Shabbat program for children ages 2-6 and their parents, from 11 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 23. John Gage, host of Kentucky Homefront, will lead the music and storytelling.

Beginners Service, Luncheon
Chabad will celebrate Shabbat with an interactive prayer service followed by a kiddush luncheon at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov 30. Prayer, Bible Study and song will be woven into an inspiring and meaningful Shabbat experience. A kosher New York Style Deli lunch will follow the program, which is sponsored in part by the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence. Call 502-459-1770.

Adult Education

The Temple Adult Education Committee will present a documentary on the experiences of four Jewish school friends living in pre-World War II Germany, Kinderland-Cinderland, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3, in the chapel. Sibylle Tiedemann, the director of the film, and Ann Dorzback, a member of The Temple, will lead a discussion following the screening. A reception will be provided. Kinderland-Cinderland tells the everyday story of fascism, its banalities, shabbiness, and meanness.

Life-Coping Course
Jewish Learning Institute will offer a new adult education program, Worrier to Warrior, at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, to help people deal with life challenges by combining positive psychology with Jewish wisdom. Interested students may call 502-459-1770 or visit to register. The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence is partly sponsoring the course.

Lunch and Learn
Rabbi Michael Wolk’s next lunch and learn class will be at noon, Thursday, Nov. 7, at The Bristol on Main Street. RSVP to

AJ Book Club
The AJ Book Club is currently reading If All the Seas Were Ink, a Memoir, by Ilana Kurshan. The book will be discussed at the next Book Club meeting at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov 10, at Adath Jeshurun. Ted Shlechter will facilitate the discussion.

Kabbalah Month by Month
Cantor Sharon Hordes teaches a kabbalah class through the prism of each Hebrew month’s holidays, Torah portions, healing areas and astrological connections. The class meets every second Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The next session is Nov. 14. RSVP to or 502-459-2780.

Torah Yoga
Cantor Sharon Hordes and Lisa Flannery’s next Torah yoga class will be at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21. Temple Shalom and Louisville Hadassah. RSVP to or 502-459-2780.

Rabbi Sarah Tasman
Adath Jeshurun will host Rabbi Sarah Tasman, a Washington, D.C.-based educator and spiritual leader, on Saturday, Nov. 23. She will speak on the topic, “Take Your Time: Marking Life Transitions.” Services begin at 9:30 a.m. Tasman also will be the Shabbat Scholar at the kiddush lunch, speaking on “Creativity on trends in Jewish engagement, responding to new needs of the Jewish Community.”

Torah Study
Rabbi David Ariel-Joel leads Torah study on Saturdays, from 9 to 10 a.m., in the Fishman Library before the morning services. Coffee, bagels and cream cheese are served.

Monday classes
The Temple offers a series of adult education classes on Mondays: Advanced Hebrew from 6 to 7 p.m.; “Praying from My Heart vs Praying from the Prayer Book,” a text study class with Rabbi David Ariel-Joel, from 7 to 8 p.m.; Beginning Hebrew, Part 2, with Mark Goldstein, from 7 to 8 p.m. (email for registration).

Temple Scholars
The Temple Scholars classes meet Wednesdays at The Temple: “Nationalism and Tribalism in a Global Era,” with Rabbi David Ariel-Joel, from 9:30 to 10:35 a.m.; and “American Jewish Herstory,” an American Jewish perspective through the eyes of women, with Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport, 10:45 a.m. to noon.

Brown Bag Torah Study
Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner leads her Brown Bag Torah Study sessons Tuesdays at noon at Temple Shalom, 4615 Lowe Road. Participants should bring their own lunches.

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

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