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2018 AJ Music Festival features Voces Novae
Adath Jeshurun will host its annual AJ Music Festival at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 11. Voces Novae, conducted by Frank Heller III, will present “Silver Soul,” a performance celebrating their 25th anniversary. Other performers include Cantors David Lipp and Sharon Hordes, Jennifer Diamond and the Jewish Community Choir. A dessert reception will follow the event. Advanced admission costs $10 per person and may be purchased at: or by calling AJ at 502-458-5359.

Rabbi’s Shabbat Dinner
The Temple’s next Rabbi’s Shabbat Dinner is set for 6 p.m. Friday, February 23. The traditional Shabbat meal will include chicken, root vegetables, potatoes and kugel with a vegetarian choice of salad or salmon. Cost is $5 for adults, free for children under 12. RSVP to 502-423-1818 by Wednesday, February 21.

2018 Louisville Jewish Film Festival
The 20th Annual Louisville Jewish Film Festival, which concludes Sunday, February 25, still has a weekend of selections to go.
Let Yourself Go, an Italian comedy about a distinguished, though uptight, psychoanalyst who meets an uninhibited personal trainer, leading to chaos as well as fitness, will be screened Saturday, February 24.
On Sunday, February 25, see Fanny’s Journey, a Belgian coming-of-age drama, based on a true story, about a 13-year-old girl who is sent to a boarding school for Jewish children. Then, with 10 other children, struggles for safety in Nazi-occupied Italy.
Also Sunday, Belle and Sebastian, a French film based on a classic novel, will be screened. An orphan boy, Sebastian, whose dog, Belle, is suspected of killing livestock leads members of French Resistance leaders who are guiding Jewish refugees to safety on a treacherous mountain journey to Switzerland.
All three movies will be shown at the Village 8. Prices are $10 in advance, $12.50 at the door, $5 per student unless otherwise stated. On the day of the show, tickets will be available one hour prior to the screening at the venue. Visit / for tickets, or call 502-459-0660.

Purim at The Temple
Second and third grade students at The Temple will put on a Purim schpiel at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, February 25. A dinner will follow, then a Purim carnival sponsored by The Temple Brotherhood, with games and a photo booth. Costumes are encouraged. Cost of the dinner is $5 per person, free for children under 13. RSVP for the dinner by calling 502-423-1818 by Thursday, February 22.

Purim seudah at Anshei Sfard
Anshei Sfard will hold a Purim seudah at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1 with food, music, dancing and prizes for the best costumes. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under 5 – a $40 maximum per family. RSVP by February 26 by calling 502-451-3122 x 0.

Knit & Qvell Circle at Anshei Sfard
Anshei Sfard will hold its Knit & Qvell Circle at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the synagogue library. All knitted items are donated to the Jefferson County Public Schools Clothes Closet. Call Toby Horvitz at 502-458-7108 for more information.

Chabad New York-style Purim
Chabad will host a New York-style Purim celebration on Thursday, March 1, at the Marriott East Hotel, 1903 Embassy Square Boulevard. Raanan Hershberg, a New York comedian originally from Louisville, will perform. The party will include a three-course dinner with knishes, bialys, kosher deli and live music. Costumes are encouraged. The cost is $35 per person and $15 for children under 12. Contact Chabad at 502-459-1770 or at

AJ Shabbat Remix Dinner, Speaker
Adath Jeshurun will hold its Kabbalat Shabbat Remix at 5:45 p.m., Friday, March 2. The service with musical instruments will be followed by a catered Kiddush dinner and a presentation on human rights and social justice. Guest speaker Rotem Malach will address the Israeli Supreme Court’s role in defending human rights and reshaping Israel’s democratic and Jewish identity. Reservation are due by Friday, February 23. Cost is $12 for adults ages 13 and over, free for children 12 and under. Visit for details.

AJ Celebration Shabbat
All who celebrate a birthday or anniversary in the month of March may participate in a group Aliyah during Shabbat morning worship services at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 3, at Adath Jeshurun.

WZO event at The Temple
The World Zionist Organization’s Department for Diaspora Activities will send six educators to Louisville to host a four-day educational weekend at The following program are at The Temple, including the following:
• Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m. (during Torah study) – Rotem Malach we will address Israel’s supreme court and its role in defending human rights and reshaping Israel’s democratic and Jewish identity.
• Sunday, March 4 6:30 p.m. Israeli Cooking Event co-sponsored by Hadasah. Participants will learn how to cook Israeli food. RSVP by calling 502-423-1818 by March 1.
• Friday, March 2, 7 p.m. WZO Shabbat. The topic will be “Human Rights in Israel.”
• Sunday, March 4, 11 a.m., WZO Parents Event. The topic will be “Israel Diaspora Relationship: Is it a Family Crisis?”

WZO presentation, song leader at Temple Shalom
Services at Temple Shalom the weekend of March 2 and 3 will feature Sam Thal as songleader and representatives of the World Zionist Organization.
During the 6:30 p.m. Friday services, Lior Sagi, education coordinator of the Canadian Zionist Federation and a filmmaker, will speak on “Things you see from there, cannot be seen from here.” An oneg will follow services.
During services Saturday morning at 10:30, Esther Serok, a representative of the WZO Executive in North America, will deliver the D’var Torah. A lunch & learn will follow services, including the documentary, Ben-Gurion, Epilogue and Q&A afterwards with the film’s director, Yariv Mozer.
There is no charge. RSVPs are requested by February 26 by calling Temple Shalom at 502-458-4739.
Thal’s song-leading classes will continue at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 3. RSVP at the number above. JHFE is sponsoring the lessons.

AJ pragmatic spirituality discussion
Courtney and Marty Snyder facilitate a pragmatic spirituality discussion group at Adath Jeshurun, discussing universal themes based on inspiration from spiritual thinkers. Sessions take place at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The March 4 discussion is titled “Creating Trust: The Magic Ingredient of Effective Groups” The March 18 discussion is “The Things We Cannot Change, The Things We Can, And the Wisdom to Know the Difference.” Contact Courtney Snyder at

KI Shabbat Unplugged
The next Keneseth Israel’s Shabbat Unplugged evening is set for Friday, March 9. It is held every second Friday of the month. Services start at 6 p.m., followed by dinner catered by Izzy’s and an after-dinner tisch. Cost is $5 per person ($20 maximum per family.) RSVP to 502-459-2780 or Pay online at

March of the Living rep at KI
Jack Rosenbaum, director of the March of the LIving South, and child-survivor Rosette Goldstein, will speak at Keneseth Israel during Shabbat morning services, starting at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 10. They address the history of the program and share anecdotes and details about the program.

Yard Sale at KI
Keneseth Israel will hold what it bills as “one of the biggest yard sales in Louisville” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 11, and Monday, March 12. All the proceeds will benefit the synagogue.

KI Family Kabbalat Shabbat
Keneseth Israel will hold a family Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6 p.m. Friday, March 16. A kid-friendly dinner will follow. Cost is $5 per person, with maximum $20 per family. RSVP to or 502-459-2780, and pay online at

AJ Short & Sweet Family Service
Students in grades K through 7 and their families will take part in the Adath Jeshurun Short & Sweet Family Service at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 17. A mac & cheese kiddush lunch will follow.

Hooshir visits KI and Temple Shalom
Hooshir, the Jewish acapella group from Indiana University, will return to Louisville for performances at Keneseth Israel at 6 p.m., Friday, March 23 (Kabbalat Shabbat) and Temple Shalom at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24.

Sunday Night at the Movies
Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport of the next Sunday Night at the Movies at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25. Pizza will be served followed by the movie at 7 p.m. Rooks is screening Genius, a National Geographic series about the life and legacy of Albert Einstein. The series looks at Einstein’s Jewish background and how Judaism influenced the way in which he saw and interacted with the world around him. The pizza is free. RSVP to 502-423-1818 by March 23.

Financial advisor Gersh at Temple Shalom
The Temple Shalom Men’s Club will host financial planner Wesley A. Gersh at its next breakfast meeting, 10 a.m., Sunday, March 11. Gersh is with Align Wealth Management, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. A $5 donation is requested. RSVP by March 9 to Temple Shalom, 502-458-4739.

Louisville Melton classes
New Melton Classes begin at Adath Jeshurun in March. Four different sessions are available, and each 10-lesson session includes:
• The Star and the Crescent, taught by Rabbi Laura Metzger, studies the long relationship of Judaism and Islam on Tuesday evenings, March 13 – May 29, 6:30 p.m. – 7:40 p.m. and Thursday Mornings, March 15 – May 31 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
• Seven Decades of Israeli Popular Music, taught by Cantor David Lipp on Tuesday evenings, March 13 – May 29, 7:50 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Thursday mornings, March 15 – May 31, at 10:50 a.m. – Noon.
Contact Louisville Melton Director Deborah Slosberg at or 502-458-5359 to register.

Texas Roadhouse fund-raiser for Temple Shalom
Temple Shalom will receive a portion of proceeds from purchases of those dining at the Texas Roadhouse, 5005 Shelbyville Road, on Tuesday, March 13. Participants must present a flyer. Contact Temple Shalom at 502-458-4739 to receive one via email.

No Shush Shabbat at Temple Shalom
Temple Shalom will hold its next No Shush Shabbat at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 16. The evening will include a PowerPoint service, music, instruments and stories, making 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.

Senior Lunch Bunch
The Temple Shalom Senior Lunch Bunch will meet on Wednesday, March 21, at a place to be determined. Call Temple Shalom at 502-458-4739 for details.

AJ Shabbat Scholars
Adath Jeshurun will host Susan Griffin as its Shabbat Scholar, at 12:15 p.m., Saturday, March 31. Griffin is a professor of English at the University of Louisville and a University Distinguished Scholar. She will discuss the weekly Torah portion, which will be the Passover reading.

AJ hosts Minyanaire Shabbat
Adath Jeshurun will pay tribute to its 2017 Minyanaire of the Year, David Friedman, and Minyanaire Mentsch, Dr. Walter Olson, Jr., on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21. On Friday, the Kabbalat Shabbat service will begin at 5:45 p.m., followed by a Shabbat dinner and awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Visit by April 13 for reservations. Contact Molly Evancho at AJ, 502-458-5359 or for more information. Minyanaires will participate and have special honors in the Shabbat service at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 21. A Kiddush lunch will follow.

AJ Book Club
The AJ Book Club is currently reading The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish. The book will be discussed at its next meeting at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 29, at AJ. Contact Deborah Slosberg at or call 502-458-5359.

KI Mahjong Club
Keneseth Israel holds a weekly mahjong game at 1 p.m. every Thursday in the small chapel. RSVP to or call 502-459-2780.

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

‘Great Women of the Bible’ at The Temple
Rabbi David Ariel-Joel teaches a class titled “Great Women of the Bible” Mondays at 7 p.m. The class studies the daughter of Lot, Tamar, Miriam, Daughter of Pharoah, Ruth, Michal and Esther, and their contributions to the biblical narrative.

Hebrew classes at The Temple
The Temple offers Hebrew language classes on Mondays at 7 and 8 p.m. Beginners Hebrew, which is taught by Mark Goldstein, a graduate in Jewish studies from Hebrew Union College, starts at 7 p.m. Advanced Hebrew with Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport, starts 8 p.m.
There also is a basic Judaism class, taught by all the rabbis Mondays at 8 p.m. with Rabbi David Ariel Joel.

Temple Scholars Program
The Temple Scholars meets Wednesdays. Rabbi David Ariel-Joel teaches “1917, 1947, 1967: The Legacy of The Past and The Future of Modern Israel” at 9:30 a.m. Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport teaches “A History of the Jewish People in 36 Objects” at 10:50 a.m.

NCJW Court Watch 2018
NCJW, Louisville Section, has been asked to restart the Court Watch program in the Family Court system. This year, the Court Watch term will run from March to May.
Volunteers are needed to carry out this endeavor. To volunteer, contact the NCJW office at 502-458-5566 or
For more information about the Court Watch program or volunteer needs, call Joyce Bridge at 201-819-9176.


AJ Kosher Community Passover Seder
Adath Jeshurun will host its annual Kosher Community Passover Seder at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 30. Rabbi Robert Slosberg and Cantor David Lipp will lead. A Haggadah will be provided for each participant. Space is limited, so RSVP by Friday, March 23, or until 200-person room capacity is reached. There will be a waiting list. Cost for AJ members is $30 per adult, $15 per child 6-12, and $5 for children 5 and under. Cost for guests is $55 per adult, $25 per child 6-12, and $5 for children 5 and under. Contact Molly Evancho at or visit


AJ Passover worship services
Here are the dates and times of Adath Jeshurun’s Passover worship services: The Service for the First Born, 7:15 a.m. Friday, March 30, followed by breakfast; the community Passover seder is Friday March 30 (advanced reservations only); first day of Passover, 9:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Saturday, March 31; second day of Passover, 9:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Sunday, April 1; seventh day of Passover, 9:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Friday, April 6; eighth day of Passover and Yizkor, 9:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Saturday April 7.

KI Passover Seder
Keneseth Israel will hold a community seder on Friday, March 30. Services start at 6 p.m. followed by the seder itself at 7 p.m. Chef Anoosh will cater the meal, which will include brisket, matzah ball soup and a children’s menu.
Cost is $25 for adults, $10 for children 5-11, free for children 5 and under. Send checks to KI or pay via credit card at RSVP by March 5.

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