Java Brewing Grand Opening at JCC Set for January 17

[by Shiela Steinman Wallace]

If you’ve been hankering for a good cup of coffee or a tasty pick-me-up that doesn’t come from a vending machine when you finish exercising at the Jewish Community Center, or if you’d really like a latte during intermission to round out the evening when you come to a CenterStage production like Man of La Mancha, your wait is almost over.

Java Brewing Company is coming to the Center and the grand opening is set for January 17.

“What we’re putting in is a first-class facility,” said Edwin Goldberg, who has spearheaded the effort, “and it’s going to be glatt kosher.”

Starting January 17, when you come into the JCC lobby, you’ll be greeted by the tantalizing aroma of fresh brewed coffee. Come into the shop, located in the Naamani Library, which is now being remodeled to accommodate both the café and a rejuvenated selection of books and periodicals, and you’ll be able to satisfy your hunger as well with a selection of kosher sandwiches and Najla’s cookies.


Settle in at a table in the café, cross the shop into the Patio Gallery to take in the art display or take your purchase with you when you go.

Java Brewing is reaching out to the Jewish community as well. “We want to know what you want at your coffee shop so we can make it both convenient and satisfying to support the JCL instead of national chains” said Chris Lavenson, one of the Cafés  owner/operators, “so we’ve set up a simple online survey so you can tell us the best way to serve you and get your feedback.”

The six-question survey will let you tell the café what you would like to see on the menu and what times you would be most likely to stop in. Complete the survey before January 14 at and Java Brewing Co. will give you one free cup of coffee.

There’s something extra for JCC members, too. All members get a 10 percent discount when they purchase prepaid giftcards at the JCC. The cards are usable at any Java Brewing Co. in Louisville.

So mark your calendars for January 17 and join the fun at the grand opening of Louisville’s kosher Java Brewing Co. restaurant.  We will publish more details about the event as we get closer to the date in our next communication.

“This has been a long time coming,” Goldberg said, “but it will have been worth the wait.”

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