Federation Offers Fun, Educational Events on Bourbon, Mobility and Advocacy

The Jewish Federation of Louisville is, at long last, ready to announce a much anticipated series of Uniquely Jewish Events that are different, educational, and fun.  These events will continue a run of very successful and enjoyable campaign programs.

The event series kicks off with a program sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries, which will feature a presentation about the “Evolution of Bourbon” by Larry Kass, Director of Corporate Communications for Heaven Hill, also known as the “Bourbon Ambassador.”

At this event, you will be able to sample many historic types of bourbon, learn the history behind them, get a “taste” for the Jewish connection to the bourbon industry, and enjoy the social opportunities that good bourbon can contribute to. This event is in the final planning stages – be on the lookout for more information shortly.

The second event, “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” will be explore Jewish mobility and migration patterns and how Jews physically arrived at the places where they settled. This April 23 event, which will be hosted and sponsored by Bluegrass Motorsport, will feature Rabbi Dr. Gary Zola, executive director of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati.

Dr. Zola is an expert on Jewish immigration, a dynamic speaker, and he will be leading this fascinating discussion about Jewish mobility. This event will feature good food, good drinks, and a unique yet appropriate setting for a discussion on Jewish mobility, an automobile showroom.

This event will be on Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the Audi showroom on Bowling Blvd.

Complimentary valet parking will be provided by Bluegrass Motorsports.

The third event in the series, “The Jewish Way,” will feature an advocacy workshop and will include discussions on social action and social responsibility. This event will take place on Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m., and will be facilitated by Ethan Felson, vice-president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and one of the primary grassroots organizers/lobbyists in the organized Jewish community.

Felson has spearheaded the campaigns to lobby other groups not to divest from the state of Israel, and he will be in Louisville that evening to recount his successful efforts and demonstrate how communities get advocacy efforts of the ground and running. This fun and informative event will be at Gheens Foundation Lodge in the scenic atmosphere of the Parklands at Floyds Fork.

For more information on any of these events, please contact Matt Goldberg, mgoldberg@jewishlouisville.org, or (502) 238-2707.

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