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KI Family Shabbat Morning Service
Keneseth Israel will have its next Family Shabbat Morning Services on December 9, and 23, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The service will conclude by joining the whole congregation in the main sanctuary prayers for Ein Keloheinu and Adon Olam.

AJ Celebration Shabbat
Adath Jeshurun will honor worshipers celebrating birthdays or anniversaries Saturday, December 2. Those celebrating a birthday or anniversary in December are invited to participate in a group aliyah during Shabbat morning worship services beginning at 9:30 a.m.

AJ Short and Sweet Family Service
Students in grades K through 7, and their families, will participate in Adath Jeshurun on Saturday, December 2, at 10:30 a.m. The community is invited

AJ Brown Bag Blessings packing party
Adath Jeshurun is hosting a packing party for its community outreach program, Brown Bag Blessings, on Sunday, December 3, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants will pack lunches to be donated to Dare to Care. There is no cost to participate. Visit to sign up.

An Evening of Love Songs at KI
Cantor Sharon Hordes, Jennifer Diamond and Cantor David Lipp will perform love songs at Keneseth Israel Sunday, December 3, at 7 p.m.
Among the songs to be sung are “Do You Love Me?” “Fly Me To The Moon,” and “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen.”
A dessert reception will follow the concert. Tickets are on sale now for $18. Visit or call 502-459-2780.

The Temple’s Sunday Night at the Movies
Rabbi Joe R. Rapport’s Sunday Night at the Movies is slated for Sunday, December 3. The series features episodes from National Geographic’s limited series Genius, which addresses the life and legacy of Albert Einstein.
Pizza and drinks will be provided. Call The Temple at 502-423-1818 by December 1 to RSVP.

KI Lunch and Learn
Rabbi Michael Wolk holds a community Lunch and Learn class at The Bristol on Thursday, December 7, at noon. The next class topic is “Why do Jews cover their heads?” Contact Wolk at or 502-459-2780 for details.

Anshei Sfard Knit & Qvell Circle
The Knit & Qvell Circle will meet Thursday, December 7, at 1 p.m. in the Anshei Sfard Library. All knitters and want-to-be knitters are invited to attend.
All knitted items are donated to the Jefferson County Public Schools Clothes Closet. Contact Toby Horvitz at 502-458-7108 or the office 502-451-3122 x 0.

Mahjong Club at KI
Keneseth holds a bi-weekly mahjong game December 7 and 21, at 1 p.m. in the small chapel. The community, including players from all levels, is welcome. RSVP to or call 502-459-2780.

KI Shabbat Unplugged
Keneseth Israel hosts its next Shabbat Unplugged dinner Friday, December 8. Catered by Chef Sasha Chack at the synagogue, the dinner immediately follows Friday night services, which begin at 6 p.m. There also is 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 or 502-459-2780. Visit to pay online.

No Shush Shabbat at Temple Shalom
The next No Shush Shabbat at Temple Shalom will be held Friday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m. The community is invited to kid-friendly the PowerPoint service, and children are free to make noise. Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner will lead and Benji Berlow will sing and play guitar.
Call Temple Shalom at 502-458-4739 for details.

AJ Spiritual Pragmatism group
The next Spiritual Pragmatism Discussion Group at Adath Jeshurun on Sunday, December 10, at 9:45 a.m., will address the topic “Boundaries: Honoring the Space Between Us.”
The December 17 session, also at 9:45, will address the topic “Re-envisioning the Challenging Relationships in Our Lives.”
Holistic psychiatrist Dr. Courtney Snyder and business & leadership advisor Marty Snyder facilitate discussions, which are open to the community. Visit for more information.

AJ adult Hebrew classes
Adath Jeshurun offers adult beginning and intermediate Hebrew classes Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Taught by Deborah Slosberg, the classes are free to the community. Classes this month will take place on December 10 and 17. Contact Slosberg at or call 458-5359.

KI Tikkun Olam with Islamic Center
Keneseth Israel will meet at the Islamic Center on River Road Sunday, December 10, from 1 to 3 p.m., for a tikkun olam project. Participants will collect gently worn coats, gloves, socks, scarves, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other toiletries. Items can be dropped off at KI by December 7. Packages will be prepared at the Islamic Center to be delivered to various homeless shelters. RSVP to 502-459-2780 or

Torah lunch at Temple Shalom
December Torah lunches will be held on Tuesdays, December 12 and 26, noon, at Temple Shalom. No prior knowledge of the material is required. Participants may bring a brown bag lunch.
Call Temple Shalom at 502-458-4739 for details.

Movie night at The Temple
The Temple will hold its monthly movie night Tuesday, December 12, at 6:30 p.m. There will be pizza and soda. Night at the Opera will be screened. Call The Temple at 502-423-1818 by December 8 to RSVP.

IRONMAN speaks at Temple Shalom
Sidney Abramson, a two-time veteran of the IRONMAN Triathlon, will talk about preparing for, and competing in, the contest Sunday, December 17, Temple Shalom Men’s Club brunch.
The grueling event involves running 26.2 miles, cycling 100 miles and swimming two miles … all in a single day.
The program begins at 10 a.m. at Temple Shalom. A $5 donation is requested. Call Temple Shalom at 502-458-4739 to RSVP.

AJ Super Shabbat baking day
Adath Jeshurun invites families to bake treats Sunday, December 17, at 12:30 p.m. The treats will be served at the January 20 Kiddush lunch for “Super Shabbat,” a student-led Shabbat service.

AJ Book Club
The Adath Jeshurun Book Club is reading The Plot Against America, a political novel by Philip Roth.
The book will be discussed at the next Book Club meeting on Sunday, December 17 at 2 p.m. To order the book, contact Deborah Slosberg at or call 458-5359.

Rosh Chodesh Girls Club
The Keneseth Israel Rosh Chodesh Club with Cantor Sharon Hordes and Lisa Yussman will next meet Sunday, December 17, following LBSY, in room 113 at The J. The session, for girls in grades 4-8, runs from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is provided. The girls use art, drama, games and music to learn how to impact the world in a positive way. Cost is $54 per family. Contact Hordes at 502-459-2780 or to RSVP.

Stop and Chat with Rabbi Ariel-Joel
Rabbi David Ariel-Joel of The Temple will be at Panera Bread, 1801 Rudy Lane, on Thursday, December 14, from 2 to 3 p.m., He will discuss any topic, including personal issues and religious questions. Coffee is on the rabbi.

Chinese Dinner and a Movie at The Temple
The Temple will have dinner and movie Sunday, December 24, at 6 p.m. Encirclements, a story about a boy who learns lessons about the complexity of family life as his bar mitzvah approaches, will be screened. Call The Temple at 502-423-1818 by December 18 to RSVP.

Sandwich making at The Temple
Rabbi David Ariel-Joel will host a sandwich-making mitzvah event for St. Vincent de Paul homeless shelter Monday, December 25. Call Becky King at 502-212-2028 by December 20 to RSVP.

KI Men’s Club Chili Bingo
Keneseth Israel Men’s Club will hold its annual chili bingo Monday, December 25, at 5:00 pm. First game begins after services. Reservations are required by Friday, December 22. Cost is $15 for Men’s Club members, $20 for non-members, $5 for Children 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free.
There will be a raffle and prizes. “Chili To-Go” Pre-order costs $4 per pint or $8 per quart at the event.
Contact Gerry at 502-459-2780 or email

Classes at The Temple
The Temple holds several classes on diverse topics during the year.
Those classes include: “The Great Women of the Bible” with Rabbi David Ariel-Joel, Mondays at 7 p.m.; Hebrew language classes with Rabbi Gaylia R. Rooks, Mondays at 7 p.m.; advanced Hebrew study with Rabbi Joe R. Rapport, Mondays at 8 p.m.; and basic Judaism with all rabbis Mondays at 8 p.m.
It also offers its Scholars Program classes on Wednesdays. Ariel-Joel teaches “The Legacy of The Past & The Future of Modern Israel” from 9:30-10:35 a.m.; and Rapport teaches “A History of the Jewish People in 36 Objects” from 10:50 a.m. to noon.

Torah study at The Temple
The Temple Torah study class meets Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Fishman Library before the morning services.

Jews and Brews with Rabbi Wolk
Rabbi Michael Wolk leads “Jews and Brews,” a one-hour class where participants study the weekly Torah portion through the prisms of ancient and modern commentary over coffee, Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in The J library. The community is welcome.

Torah Yoga at KI
Cantor Sharon Hordes and Lisa Flannery will host Torah Yoga the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 at Keneseth Israel. Temple Shalom and Hadassah are co-sponsors.
The class combines the flexibility and strength of yoga with teachings of the Torah. It is open to the community.

Melton classes at AJ open for sign-up
New Melton classes begin in December at Adath Jeshurun. Three different sessions are available, with each session running for 10 lessons:
• Shemot II: Revelation and Revolution, taught by Louisville Melton Director Deborah Slosberg, Tuesdays, December 12-March 6, from 7:50 to 9 p.m.
• Bemidbar: Leadership Defied and Defended, taught by Slosberg, Thursdays, December 14-March 8, from 9:30 to 10:40 a.m.
• Dramas 2: Ten New Lessons from the Melton Core Curriculum Crossroads of Jewish History, taught by Cantor David Lipp, Thursdays, December 14-March 8, from 10:50 a.m. to noon.
Contact Slosberg at or call 458-5359.

Jewish meditation classes
The Jewish Learning Center will offer two new classes in Jewish Meditation. The first class, entitled “Wake Up with Gratitude,” will be held Tuesday, December 5, at 8 a.m. The second class, “Lie Down with a Healthy Attitude,” is set for Tuesday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m.
The classes are offered independent of each other and no previous meditation experience is required. Contact Rabbi Avrohom Litvin at or at 502-235-5770.

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