Chanukah happenings to abound all over Louisville this year

Kentucky Homefront Chanukah party
Thousands of radio listeners across Kentucky will share the Chanukah experience this year.
Louisvillians will gather at The J Sunday, December 10, at 2 p.m., to enjoy latkes and doughnuts, light the menorah, share holiday stories and sing.
But the most engaging part of the party will be a live recording of Kentucky Homefront, Louisville’s premier public radio variety show. Guests include John Gage, musician, director and host of the Homefront; Jennifer Diamond; Brigid Kaelin; Cantors David Lipp and Sharon Hordes; Jewish Community Choir; The Temple Choir; Children’s Choir; St. Francis of Assisi Holocaust Education students and many of the community rabbis.
Seating is limited. Visit for tickets.

Build-A-Menorah Workshop
Chabad Chai Center will host a kid-oriented workshop to build menorahs Sunday, December 10, 1 p.m., at Home Depot There is no charge. RSVP to

Connecting with Chanukah for ladies
Women’s Philanthropy will hold a ladies’ night out to celebrate Chanukah, Monday, December 11, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The women will paint pictures, decorate desserts, get massages, create holiday care packages for Meals on Wheels and enjoy signature cocktails, appetizers and desserts with a chocolate fountain. Prizes will be awarded for the craziest Chanukah apparel.
Please bring travel size toiletries to donate for the care packages. Visit to register.

Grand Menorah lighting
Chabad will kick off Chanukah by lighting its giant outdoor menorah Sunday, December 12, 6 p.m. at the Paddock Shops. Warm drinks, latkes will be provided There is no charge Contact for details.

Young professionals to tour distillery
Young Jewish Professionals will tour the Peerless Distillery on 10th and Main streets, Thursday, December 14, at 7 p.m. The visit includes a whiskey tasting with gourmet latkes, a dreidel spinning and a menorah lighting. Space is limited. Contact for details. Participants must be 21 or older.

Chanukah party for women
The Neshi/Women of Valor Club will hold a Chanukah party Saturday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m. The party, which is for ages 12 and up, will focus on the special connection women have both to the festival and light in general. Crafts, food and conversation are included. Contact for details.

Chanukah Palooza at Temple Shalom
Temple Shalom will celebrate Chanukah Palooza with a dinner and carnival Saturday, December 16, 5:30 p.m.
After Havdalah and the lighting of an array of menorahs, there will be a catered dinner featuring latkes made by Men’s Club. The carnival will follow including games and crafts for kids. Also, there will be the chance to “slime the rabbi.”
Reservations must be secured by advance payment. Contact Temple Shalom, 502-458-4739.

Family Skate at the Alpine Ice
Chabad will hold a family skate event at Alpine Ice Arena, Sunday, December 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. Bring a warm item of clothing to be donated to Jewish Family & Career Services. There will be latkes, dreidels a menorah lighting on the ice. There is no charge. For details, contact

Menorah lighting at 4th Street Live
Chabad will light the Grand Menorah at 4th Street Live Tuesday, December 19, at 4 p.m. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will be on hand. There is no charge. Contact for details.

AJ Family Chanukah bash slated
Adath Jeshurun will hold its Family Chanukah Bash Tuesday, December 12, at 6 p.m.
A Chanukah dinner, including potato latkes, lasagna salad, and sufganiyot, will be served. Participants should bring their own menorahs for a community candle-lighting, followed by music and a create-your-own cookie dessert.
The cost is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are admitted free. Reservations are required by December 5. Visit to sign up.

The Temple Young Adult party
The Temple will host a Chanukah party for young adults, ages 22-34, Saturday, December 16, 5 p.m., at Lazer Blaze. Pizza and drinks are included. RSVP on The Temple website by December 11.

Chanukah Dinner at Anshei Sfard
Anshei Sfard will host its annual Chanukah Dinner on Sunday, December 17, at 5:30 p.m. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, desserts and drinks.
The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12. Children under 4 eat free. There is a $40 maximum per family.
Reservations are requested by Wednesday, December 13. Call the office 502-451-3122 x 0 to sign up.

KI Vodka-Latke Chanukah party
Keneseth Israel will host an adults-only Chanukah party Saturday, December 16, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Vines and Canines on Bardstown Road. Havdalah and Chanukah candles will be lit. In addition to wine, there will be a gourmet latke bar, appetizers and music. Cost is $5 per person. Participants must be 21 or over. Visit to pay online.

KI/KIP Annual Chanukah festival
Keneseth Israel and the preschool will hold its annual Chanukah Festival Sunday, December 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
After evening minyan, and the candle lighting, dinner with latkes and jelly donuts will follow. Dreidel games, face painting, bounce houses, cookie decorating, and arts & crafts will cap the evening. Admission is free. RSVP to 502-459-2780 or

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