The Temple’s Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport and Congregation Keneseth Israel’s Cantor Sharon Hordes have been chosen to represent Louisville’s Jewish community at Mayor-elect Greg Fischer’s January 3 inauguration.
They will participate in the 9:30 a.m. interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. 5th St. The main sanctuary has a capacity of about 800. There are no reserved tickets, and seating will be first come, first served.
Upon learning of her selection, Cantor Hordes said, “I am thrilled and honored to be participating in our new mayor’s inauguration…and am excited to see what kind of changes [he] and his administration will bring about.”
She will sing “Mi Sheberach for the Congregation” by Benji Ellen Schiller. The song is most appropriate for an event of this kind as it translates to “Blessings for those who give to their community.”
Rabbi Rapport, who will speak briefly and offer a blessing, said, “Greg and I have been friends for a long time and have done a lot of work together on interfaith projects. I am honored to be invited to speak.”
Cantor Hordes’ family is part of Louisville’s political history. Her late grandfather-in-law was Mayor Frank Burke. Louisville’s outgoing Mayor, Jerry Abramson, gave the eulogy at Mayor Burke’s funeral.