Around Town

The J Softball League
The J Softball League will return for play this spring and summer, with games scheduled for Tuesday at 6:45 and 7:55 p.m. The league is open to Jewish Louisvillians, their children and spouses between ages 15 and 70, female or male. Contact Jeff Slyn or 502-426-5469.

Sisterhood Shabbat at Temple Shalom April 27
The Women of Temple Shalom will celebrate Sisterhood Shabbat at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 27. An Oneg will be held beforehand at 5:30 p.m. Amy Niren will be the song leader, and Ann Glazer Niren will be the accompanist. Please bring donations for the Jewish Family & Career Services Food Pantry. Call Temple Shalom at 502-458-4739 for details.

AJ Derby Shabbat
Adath Jeshurun will hold a Derby Shabbat at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5. Worshippers are asked to wear Derby hats to services. A kiddush lunch with Derby-inspired desserts will follow.

AJ Celebration Shabbat
All who are celebrating a birthday or anniversary in the month of May are invited to participate in a group aliyah during Shabbat morning worship services at Adath Jeshurun, 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 5.

AJ pragmatic spirituality discussion group
Dr. Courtney Snyder and Marty Snyder facilitate a pragmatic spirituality discussion Group at Adath Jeshurun to discuss a universal theme based on inspiration from a spiritual thinker. The next session – 10 a.m., Sunday, May 6 – addresses the topic “Vulnerability: The Birthplace of Transformation.” The May 27 topic is “Uninvited Superhero’s: Rescuing Others from their Feelings vs. Simply Being Present.” Contact Courtney Snyder at for details.

Lunch and Learn
Rabbi Michael Wolk’s next lunch and learn class will be at noon, Thursday, May 10 at The Bristol on Main Street. The class is free and open to the public (food sold separately). RSVP to or 502-459-2780.

KI BBQ Kabbalat Shabbat
Keneseth Israel will hold a family-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a BBQ dinner at 6 p.m., Friday, May 11. Cost is $10 per person with maximum $20 per family. RSVP to or 502-459-2780. Pay online at, clicking on “pay” at the top of the page.

No Shush Shabbat at Temple Shalom
Temple Shalom will hold its next No Shush Shabbat at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 11. 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.

Blue Jean Shabbat
The Temple will mark the end of the school year and start of summer at its annual Grandparent and Great Grandparent Blue Jean Shabbat Family dinner at 6 p.m., Friday, May 11. Services will follow at 7 p.m. RSVP no later than Wednesday May 9 at 502-423-1818

End of Leviticus service, oneg
The Temple Brotherhood will hold its End of Leviticus celebration service, featuring the Brotherhood No Rehearsal Choir, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 12. Following the service, the Brotherhood will put on a celebratory oneg featuring homemade matzah, gravlax and Bourbon.

KI Sisterhood Mother’s Day Brunch
Keneseth Israel Sisterhood will host its Mother’s Day Brunch at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, May 13. Cost is $15 for adults, $7 for children 4 to 11 and free for kids 3 and under. Mail checks to Keneseth Israel Sisterhood c/o Beth Haines, 2907 Summerfield Drive, Louisville, KY 40220 Checks must be received by Wednesday, May 9.

Temple Shalom Senior Lunch Bunch
The Temple Shalom Senior Lunch Bunch will next meet at the North End Café, 2116 Bardstown Road, at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 16. Call Temple Shalom at 502-458-4739 to RSVP.

AJ Short and Sweet Family Service
Adath Jeshurun will hold a family service for students in grades K through 7, and their families, at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 19. A mac and cheese kiddush lunch will follow.

Rabbi’s Shabbat Dinner
Join The Temple at 6 p.m., Friday, May 25, for the last Rabbi’s Shabbat Dinner before summer. Cost is $5 for adults, free for children under 13. Call 502-423-1818 by Wednesday, May 23 for details and to RSVP.

Memorial Day observance at AJ
Mourner’s Kaddish will be recited in memory of Adath Jeshurun members who lost their lives serving in the armed forces, at 8:45, a.m., Monday, May 28, and again at 5:45 p.m.

Melton for Millenials at AJ
A free introductory Melton session for young adults will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday, June 3, at Adath Jeshurun. The course, “Foundations of Jewish Family Living,” is intended to reignite your faith and focus on Judaism as the core of family life. Free sitter service is provided if requested in advance. Following the class, participants are invited to attend the Melton Celebration of Learning Lunch (free of charge) honoring the 2017-2018 Melton Students. Contact Deborah Slosberg at to RSVP.

AJ Deli with Dads
Adath Jeshurun will mark Father’s Day with an authentic New York deli meal and a movie at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, June 17. Sallah Shabati, an award-winning 1964 Israeli comedy about the chaos of Israeli immigration and resettlement, featuring Chaim Topol, will be screened. Reservations, which are required by Thursday, June 7, can be made by calling Molly Evancho at 502-458-5359, or visiting

Sunday Night at the Movies with Rabbi Rapport
Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport will hold his next Sunday Night at the Movies at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, May 27. The next episode in the National Geographic limited series Genius will be screened. The series is about the life and legacy of Albert Einstein, and how his Judaism influenced the way he saw the world. Pizza will be provided, free of charge. Call 502-423-1818 to RSVP.

Founders’ Garden Shabbat
Temple Shalom will celebrate its Founders’ Garden at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 1. The service will mark the phase three of the garden’s development. The rain date will be June 8. After the service, a garden party oneg will be held, and those who have recently supported the garden will be honored. Benches and bricks are available for dedication by families, groups or individuals. Bricks are $54 engraved and installed and can commemorate lifecycle events.

Bernheim Classical Shabbat Service
The Temple will conduct its annual Bernhein Classical Shabbat service at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 1. The service, led by Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport, will be in the Classical Reform style.

The Temple Brotherhood Bernheim Hike
Join The Temple Brotherhood for its Annual spring hike through the Bernheim Forest Sunday, June 3. Hikers will meet in The Temple parking lot at 10 a.m. and carpool to the forest at 10:30 am. Participants can buy lunch at Isaac’s Cafe or bring their own. Following lunch there will be a one-to-two-hour moderate hike. Afterwards, the Brotherhood will treat all to ice cream or a drink from Isaac’s before heading back to The Temple. The hike is free to attend. Call 502-423-1818 to RSVP.

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

Jews and Brews
Rabbi Michael Wolk holds Jews and Brews, a one-hour Torah study class over coffee, Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in The J library.

Torah Yoga
Lisa Flannery and Cantor Sharon Hordes lead a yoga class that combines Torah study and exercise and meditation at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at Keneseth Israel. RSVP to or 502-459-2780.

KI Mahjong Club
Keneseth Israel holds a weekly mahjong game Thursdays at 1 p.m., in the small chapel, except on Jewish holidays. All skill levels are invited. Call 502-459-2780 or email to RSVP.

KI Bridge Club
Keneseth Israel holds a weekly bridge club Mondays at 1 p.m. in the small chapel. All levels invited. Email

The Temple Torah chanting class
Matthew Derrenbacher, a b’nai mitzvah teacher and future rabbinic student, will teach a new Torah chanting class Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in The Temple library. The class, which will prepare students to participate in Shabbat and High Holy Day services, is open to all levels of singing and Hebrew ability. Call 502-423-1818 to sign up.

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