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Chinese dinner, movie at The Temple
The Temple will serve Chinese food Sunday, December 24, at 6 p.m. A movie will be screened at 7 p.m. RSVP to The Temple by December 22 at 502-423-1818.

Lunch and Learn
Keneseth Israel Rabbi Michael Wolk will lead his monthly study session over lunch at The Bristol on Main Street, Thursday, January 4, at noon. Food is sold separately. RSVP to or 502-459-2780.

GUCI song leader at Temple Shalom
Sam Thal, song leader at URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) and her home synagogue, Congregation Shaare Emeth in St. Louis, will be the song leader for Temple Shalom services on Friday night and Saturday morning, January 5 and 6. Friday services begin at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday services start at 10:30 p.m.

AJ Celebration Shabbat
All who are celebrating a birthday or anniversary in the month of January are invited to participate in a group aliyah at Adath Jeshurun, Saturday, January 6, during the morning service at 9:30 a.m.

Movie night at The Temple
The Temple will hold a monthly movie night with pizza and soda Tuesday, January 9, at 6:30 p.m. Keeping the Faith will be screened. RSVP to The Temple by January 8 at 502-423-1818.

Torah chanting class at The Temple
Matthew Derrenbacher will teach Torah chanting at The Temple Wednesdays at 6 p.m., starting January 10. The class is open to all levels of chanting and Hebrew ability. Sign up by January 9 at 502-423-1818.

No Shush Shabbat at Temple Shalom
Temple Shalom will hold No Shush Shabbat Friday, January 12, at 6:30 p.m. The PowerPoint service, music, instruments and stories 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.

MLK Shabbat at The Temple
The Temple will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat featuring The Temple Choir, Shir Chadash, Friday, January 12, at 7 p.m. A guest speaker will address the congregation.

AJ Brown Bag Blessings Packing Party
Adath Jeshurun will host a packing party for its community outreach program, Brown Bag Blessings, Sunday, January 14, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Volunteers will pack lunches to be donated to Room in the Inn, a mobile homeless shelter in Bullitt County. Visit to sign up.

AJ Spiritual Pragmatism group
Adath Jeshurun will host a packing party for its community outreach program, Brown Bag Blessings, Sunday, January 14, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Volunteers will pack lunches to be donated to Room in the Inn, a mobile homeless shelter in Bullitt County. Visit to sign up.

WRJ Game Day
The Temple Sisterhood will run the WRJ Game Day Sunday, January 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. Please being a canned good for JFCS Food Pantry. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to The Temple by January 10th at 502-423-1818.

MLK Mitzvah Opportunity at The Temple
The Temple will pack food for children in need, Monday, January 15, Martin Luther King Day. In partnership with Love the Hungry, volunteers will package shelf-stable, nutritionally complete meals to be shipped overseas and to local families as well. RSVP to The Temple by January 12 at 502-423-1818.

Temple Shalom Senior Lunch Bunch
The Senior Lunch Bunch of Temple Shalom will meet Wednesday, January 17, at a local restaurant. The time and place will be determined. Call Temple Shalom at 502-458-4739 and ask for Rich Goldwin.

Torah Yoga at KI
Keneseth Israel Cantor Sharon Hordes and Lisa Flannery lead yoga class that includes Torah study, Thursday, January 18, at 6:30, at KI. Temple Shalom and Hadassah co-sponsor the class. Contact at or 502-459-2780 to RSVP.

Family Dinner & Tot Shabbat at The Temple
The Temple will host its Family Dinner & Tot Shabbat Friday, January 19. Dinner, which will start at 6 p.m., is $5 for adults; kids under 12 eat free. The kid-focused service will start at 7 p.m. Call 502-423-1818 by January 10 for reservations.

KI Family Kabbalat Shabbat
Keneseth Israel will hold a family-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by dinner Friday, January 19, at 6 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, $20 maximum per family. RSVP to or 502-459-2780. Pay online by visiting and clicking “pay” at the top of the page.

AJ Super Shabbat
Adath Jeshurun will host Super Shabbat, a student-led Shabbat service, Saturday, January 20, at 9:30 a.m. Students ages 18 and younger will participate in blessings, Torah readings, and aliyot. The Kiddush lunch following the service will feature desserts baked by families and students in the congregation.

Communication class at JLC
Jewish Learning Center will explore communication in the 21st century in a six-part class, Communication: Its Art and Soul, Monday nights at 7 p.m., starting January 22.
The class will focus on listening, communicating through silence, clarity, words that influence and conflict resolution.
The cost is $80, including the textbook. Visit to register or contact Rabbi Avrohom Litvin at 502-235-5770.

AJ Shabbat dinner with AIPAC
Adath Jeshurun will host guest speaker Adam Teitelbaum with AIPAC at a Shabbat dinner Friday, January 26. He will address the Palestinian-led BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement. The service will begin at 5:45 p.m. with dinner to follow. Reservations are required by January 19. visit to RSVP.

The Temple Founder’s Day Classical Shabbat
The Temple will hold its Annual Founder’s Day Classical Shabbat Service Friday, January 26, at 7 p.m. Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport will lead from the Union Prayer Book.

Sunday Night at the Movies
The Temple will host Sunday Night at the Movies with Rabbi Joe R. Rapport Sunday, January 28. Pizza will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by the movie at 7
Rapport will discuss episodes from the National Geographic limited series Genius, which tells of the life and legacy of Albert Einstein. The pizza is free. RSVP by January 26 to 502-423-1818.

Tu B’Shevat Dinyan
Keneseth Israel will hold its Tu B’Shevat Dinyan Tuesday, January 30, at 6 p.m. A 25-minute musical Mincha/Ma’ariv service will be followed by a family-style dinner catered by Izzy’s Catering, featuring a special Tu B’Shvat-themed menu. Cost is $5 per person, $20 maximum per family. RSVP to 502-459 2780 or Pay online by clicking on “pay” at the top of the web page.

AJ Short and Sweet Family Service
Students in grades K through 7, their parents, and grandparents are invited to AJ on Saturday, February 3, at 10:30 a.m. for the Short & Sweet Family Service, followed by a Mac & Cheese Kiddush lunch.

Interfaith Coffee at The Temple
The Temple’s WRJ/Sisterhood will host its Annual Interfaith Coffee, Monday, February 5, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The topic of this year’s program is major Jewish holidays. Baked goods will be served. RSVP by February 2 to 502-423-1818.

Temple Shalom Craft Fair seeks exhibitors
Temple Shalom is accepting applications for booths for its upcoming craft fair Sunday, February 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Temple Shalom at 502-458-4739 and ask for Cari Hatch, or email

AJ Book Club
The AJ Book Club is currently reading He, She and It by Margie Piercy. The novel examines gender roles, human identity and artificial intelligence, political economy, environmentalism, love, and storytelling in post-apocalyptic America. The book will be discussed at the next Book Club meeting Sunday, February 25, at 2 p.m. at AJ. Contact Deborah Slosberg at or 502-458-5359 for details.

KI Shabbat Unplugged
Keneseth Israel holds a Shabbat dinner every second Friday of the month. Catered by Chef Sasha Chack, the dinner immediately follows Friday night services, which begin at 6 p.m. A tisch follows dinner. Cost is $5 per person, $20 maximum per family. RSVP to 502-459-2780 or Pay online by clicking on “pay” at the top of the page.

AJ Pragmatic Spirituality discussion group
Holistic psychiatrist Dr. Courtney Snyder and business & leadership advisor Marty Snyder lead the Pragmatic Spirituality Discussion Group at Adath Jeshurun on Sundays at 10 a.m. The group will discuss a universal theme based on a brief inspiration from a spiritual thinker. The January 7 topic will be “The Power of Play, Levity and the Imagination.” On January 21, it will be “Science, Religion, Spirituality, Mysticism, Superstition – What Do You Mean?” Visit for details.

AJ Hebrew classes for adults
Adath Jeshurun offers adult beginning and intermediate Hebrew classes on Sunday mornings beginning at 10:30 a.m. Taught by Deborah Slosberg, the classes are free. Sessions will begin January 21 and 28. Contact Slosberg at or call 502-458-5359 for details.

Rosh Chodesh Girls Club
Girls in grades 4-8, may join Keneseth Israel Cantor Sharon Hordes and Lisa Yussman every month to celebrate Rosh Chodesh. The girls meet after LBSY at The J, room 113, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The girls use art, drama, games, music and Jewish tradition to learn how to impact the world in a positive way. Contact Hordes at or 502-459-2780 for details. Cost is $54.00 per family.

Temple Bible class on women
Rabbi David Ariel-Joel will teach “The Great Women of the Bible” Mondays, 7 p.m., at The Temple The class will study the stories of the daughters of Lot, Tamar, Miriam, the daughter of Pharoah, Ruth, Michal and Esther. It also will examine their contributions to the larger biblical narrative. The class will not meet on December 25, and January 1 and 15.

Hebrew classes at The Temple
New Hebrew language classes will be taught at The Temple Mondays at 7 and 8 p.m. starting January 8.
The 7 p.m. class, which is for beginners and starts January 8, will be taught by Temple member Mark Goldstein, a graduate of Hebrew Union College. The goal of the course is to enable students to be more comfortable and confident accessing the Hebrew language of the prayer book. No prior Hebrew knowledge is needed to join the class.
The 8 p.m. class, which is for advanced students, will be taught by Rabbi Joe R. Rapport. The students will study biblical and prayer book Hebrew in preparation to lead four Shabbat morning services during the year. History, Torah study and prose and poetry Mishkan T’filah will be included.

The Temple Scholars
The Temple Scholars program will meet Wednesdays. There will be classes on December 27 or January 3.
Rabbi David Ariel-Joel will teach “1917, 1947, 1967: The Legacy of The Past, and The Future of Modern Israel” from 9:30 to 10:35 a.m.
Rabbi Joe R. Rapport will teach “A History of the Jewish People in 36 Objects” from 10:50 a.m. to noon.

Basic Judaism class at The Temple
The Temple will hold Basic Judaism classes Mondays at 8 p.m. The second semester, taught by Rabbi David Ariel-Joel, begins Monday, January 8. Life cycle events will be taught.

Torah Study at The Temple
Rabbi David Ariel-Joel leads Torah study Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Fishman Library of The Temple. Coffee, bagels and cream cheese are available.

Torah Lunch Bunch at Temple Shalom
The Torah study group of Temple Shalom will meet on Tuesdays, January 9 and 23, at noon. Participants may bring their own lunches.

Song-leading classes at Temple Shalom
GUCI song leader Sam That will lead a series of song- leading classes on Saturdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Temple Shalom on January 6, February 3, March 3 and April 7. There is no cost to attend. Guitar skills are encouraged, but not required. Participants should bring instruments if they have them. RSVP to Temple Shalom, 502-458-4739. JFHE is underwriting the classes.

KI Mahjong Club
Keneseth Israel holds a bi-weekly mahjong game at KI every first and third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. in the small chapel, except on Jewish holidays. RSVP to or call 502-459-2780.

Jews and Brews
Keneseth Israel Rabbi Michael Wolk leads Jews and Brews, a weekly one-hour Torah study class over coffee, Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at The J Library.

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