JCRC Shares Jewish Traditions at Interfaith Chanukah Party

[by Matt Goldberg, Director]
Jewish Community Relations Council
Jewish Community of Louisville

The Jewish Community of Louisville’s Jewish Community Relations Council hosted their annual Interfaith Chanukah Party at the Jewish Community Center on Monday, December 19. About 80 members of both the Jewish community and its interfaith community partners attended. Among the many congregations represented were First Christian Church, St. James Parish, Central Presbyterian, St. Francis of Assisi, and the Louisville Friends meeting (Quaker).

Cantors Sharon Hordes and David Lipp entertained the crowd with traditional and not-so-traditional Chanukah music, and many people sang along with Debbie Friedman’s “I am a Latke.” Cantor Lipp told the story of Chanukah in an exciting and humorous way, leading to an explanation of why we celebrate Chanukah in the way that we do.

Everyone in attendance was treated to traditional Chanukah food as well. To celebrate the miracle of the oil lasting for eight days, it is Jewish custom to eat oily food, and this party was no exception. There were latkes with applesauce, and jelly doughnuts for all.

The Jewish Community Relations Council reaches out to many of the different faith groups and ethnic groups here in Louisville, and the Council’s hope is that this annual Chanukah event continues to grow in scope and participation.


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