EVENT HIGHLIGHTS & PICTURES

An Appeal on Behalf of our Commonwealth

Kentucky was hard hit last week by multiple tornados and we are just now beginning to reckon the scope of the damage and loss of life. At least 74 Kentuckians in 10 counties have died, thousands of homes have been destroyed. Governor Beshear has declared a State of Emergency, the National Guard has deployed rescue teams across the State, and President Biden is on his way to survey the damage tomorrow. It seems clear that this will be remembered as the worst tornado event our Commonwealth has ever endured and our friends and neighbors in Western Kentucky have been hardest hit. We offer our prayers and support, particularly to the cities of Mayfield, Dawson Springs, and Bowling Green where dozens have died and homes have been devastated. 

There will be much to do in the weeks and months ahead, but for now, the focus will be on rescue and recovery and The Temple can and must play a part in these efforts. We are gathering critical supplies for relief efforts, in partnership with the JFCS Sonny & Janet Meyer Food Pantry, which we will be driving down to Mayfield thanks to the wonderful support of our BSA Scouts in Troop 30/30GT. And all of us can play a part.

Scouts from Troop 30/30GT will be organizing pickups for the critically needed items on the list below Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. We will be loading the supplies on “The Eagle”, Troop 30/30GT’s truck, which they will drive down to Mayfield, delivering them to needy families through the Mayfield-Graves County United Way.

Please bring the following items to The Temple Klein Center parking lot at the designated times where you will be met by Scouts from Troop 30/30GT who will help load your contributions and send them on their way to Mayfield.

  • Flash Lights and Headlamps
  • Batteries
  • Water
  • First Aid Medical Supplies
  • Utility Gloves
  • Gas Cans (empty because we cannot transport fuel that far)
  • New Socks
  • New Underwear
  • Gently Used: Blankets, Clothes, Coats, Shoes
  • Toiletries and feminine hygiene products
  • Diapers (Kids and Adult all sizes)
  • Baby Formula and Baby Bottles
  • Unwrapped New or Gently used Toys
  • Non-perishable Food
  • Paper products
  • Pillows
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tarps

For those of us who wish to make financial contributions to the relief effort, the Jewish Community of Louisville has identified the Kentucky Red Cross as a partner organization and established a fund for contributions which we can contribute to at: jewishlouisville.org/kentucky-tornado-relief-fund/.

And let us all pray for the strength and courage for those affected by this storm and for the will of our Commonwealth to rise up together and fulfill our motto: United We Stand, Divided We Fall.  May the Governor’s words become our own: “We are here for you, we love you, we are praying for you.”

Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport

Rabbi David Ariel-Joel

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting

Thank you Everyone for joining us last night for Hanukkah! We had an Outdoor Hanukkah Menorah Lighting, Young Adult Crafts, Goodnight Tots, Religious School Centers, and Indoor Hanukkah Menorah Lighting.

We value your membership and appreciate your ongoing support of The Temple.   

Event Descriptions:

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting

As Hanukkah quickly approaches, all of us at The Temple wish you an early Hanukkah Sameach! As we prepare for this year’s Festival of Lights, we want to keep everyone informed on this year’s Hanukkah Menorah Lighting.

On Monday, November 29 and Sunday, December 5, from 5:15 – 5:30pm, we will gather in the Mishkan T’filah (our outdoor chapel, behind the Klein Center) to light up our beautiful Hanukkah Menorah! Everyone is invited for outdoor singing and a brief outdoor service, with hot chocolate and jelly donuts to follow provided by WRJ/Sisterhood. Please RSVP and let us know how many members of your household will attend. Masks are optional, as this is a completely outdoor event.

Young Adult Hanukkah Crafts & Cocktails

Join The Temple Young Adults on Saturday, December 4 in the Heideman Auditorium from 6-8 pm for a night of Hanukkah-themed crafting and cocktails! Decorate your own hanukkiah, dreidels, and other fun crafts while you mix and mingle with other Temple young adults. Our menu will include bagels and other pastries, hot cocoa, and a selection of wine, beer, and hard seltzers. Ages 21+ only, vaccination required. To RSVP, please fill out the form below. Limited spots are available! RSVP by Friday, December 3.

Goodnight Tots, Goodnight Shabbat

Please join us for a Tot Havdalah with arts and crafts, special treats, stories, and songs. Come Zoom in your pajamas to say goodnight to Shabbat (and the adults can then say goodnight to their tots).

RSVPs will be required in order for your tots to receive their special bags. Please make sure to save the date as this will be a wonderful family event!

Happy Hour and Dinner

Thank you to everyone who joined us for The Temple’s Happy Hour and Dinner! We had over 140 Temple members attend. We enjoyed a beautiful night with music, delicious food, and wonderful company. Thanks to all who attended!

We value your membership and appreciate your ongoing support of The Temple.   

Event Description:

We’re excited to invite you to an incredible outdoor event where you can safely reconnect with other Temple members!

On Thursday, October 21, Happy Hour and Dinner starts at 5:30 pm in the back parking lot, by The Klein Center. You’re invited to enjoy food from a local food truck and a full bar, courtesy of Heaven Hill. The best part is – the night is free of charge – to show our appreciation for our Temple members!

Please mark your calendar – it’s an evening for-members-only to enjoy live entertainment, delicious drinks, food, and plenty of fun. Please be sure to RSVP here or call Santa at The Temple office 502-423-1818.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Your Temple Team
Avery, Benji, Craig, Gene, Santa, Sarah, Terry, Rabbi David, & Rabbi Rapport

Thank you to everyone who joined us for The Temple’s Happy Hour and Dinner! We enjoyed a beautiful night with music, delicious food, and wonderful company. Thanks to all who attended! We’re excited to invite you to an incredible outdoor event where you can safely reconnect with other Temple members! On Thursday, October 21, Happy Hour and Dinner starts at 5:30 pm in the back parking lot, by The Klein Center. You’re invited to enjoy food from a local food truck and a full bar, courtesy of Heaven Hill. The best part is – the night is free of charge – to show our appreciation for our Temple members! Please mark your calendar – it’s an evening for-members-only to enjoy live entertainment, delicious drinks, food, and plenty of fun. Please be sure to RSVP here or call Santa at The Temple office 502-423-1818. Looking forward to seeing you! Your Temple Team Avery, Benji, Craig, Gene, Santa, Sarah, Terry, Rabbi David, & Rabbi Rapport

Temple Support for United States Veterans

Temple Support for United States Veterans Having a Difficult Time with the fall of Afghanistan

The Temple sincerely appreciates and supports all its members who served our country in the armed forces.  Right now veterans of all wars, but especially veterans who served in Afghanistan, report nationwide having a lot of emotions as we all watch images of those left behind in harms way trying to escape the Taliban.  The Temple offers prayers for every one of our veterans and for those persons from all nations still in harms way.  Additionally, the following resources might be of help for you or for someone you know struggling at this time.  

Rabbi David Ariel-Joel

This is the second in a four-part series about Afghanistan Veterans and how they can get help through VA. Read the other parts: Part 1: Afghanistan: How Veterans can reconcile service The second part of this series focuses on how those who served in Afghanistan can learn from those who served in Vietnam. While the conflicts are different, there are parallels. Each operation had U.S. involvement for about two decades. Both countries had a low initial amount of forces. Both later had a surge in forces. U.S. forces in both theaters fought an enemy that hid among the people. The U.S. participation in the Vietnam War started ending in 1973 with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords. The U.S. withdrew, leaving the country to determine a path ahead. In Afghanistan, the U.S. withdrawal will leave Afghans to determine their own future. Emotions on Afghanistan When the announcement came that U.S. forces would leave Afghanistan this year, it triggered a complicated wave of emotions through those who served in the country. Air Force Veteran Scott Watson is one of them. Watson spent a year in Afghanistan from July 2009 to July 2010. He worked for Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan as the Afghan National Army fuels officer, the top level of the supply chain when it came to fuel. He spent a year separated from his daughter. “It was a mix of disappointment and relief,” Watson said about hearing the news. “I’m disappointed that we’re leaving, and I don’t feel like we’re done training the Afghan security forces. At the same time, I’m relieved that I don’t ever have to go see names of people that I know redeploying to this place where it’s just Groundhog Day every day.”

Happy Passover – Message from our Rabbis

Dear Friend,

Happy Passover! May it be a meaningful Passover to us all!

Please take a moment to watch this short message from your Temple Rabbis

Our seders this year are:

  • Annual First Night Seder on Saturday, March 27 at 6:00 pm.
  • Congregation Second Night Seder on Sunday, March 28 at 6:00 pm.
  • Annual Rabbi Gaylia R. Rooks Women’s Seder on Thursday, April 1 at 6:00 pm.
  • Young Adult Seder on Saturday, April 3 at 6:00 pm.

We will also have Passover services on YouTube:

  • Passover Services: Sunday, March 28 at 10:30 am
  • Passover Yizkor Services: Saturday, April 3 at 10:30 am

Please join us for Passover as we strive to make this night special and meaningful!

Chag Sameach!
Rabbi David Ariel-Joel
Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport

Happy Passover!

Our seders this year are:

  • Annual First Night Seder on Saturday, March 27 at 6:00 pm.
  • Congregation Second Night Seder on Sunday, March 28 at 6:00 pm.
  • Annual Rabbi Gaylia R. Rooks Women’s Seder on Thursday, April 1 at 6:00 pm.
  • Young Adult Seder on Saturday, April 3 at 6:00 pm.

We will also have Passover services on YouTube:

  • Passover Services: Sunday, March 28 at 10:30 am
  • Passover Yizkor Services: Saturday, April 3 at 10:30 am

Please join us for Passover as we strive to make this night special and meaningful!

Chag Sameach!
Rabbi David Ariel-Joel
Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport

Dear Friend,

Happy Passover! May it be a meaningful Passover to us all!

Please take a moment to watch this short message from your Temple Rabbis

The Temple is Getting Ready for Your Return

The Temple is Getting Ready for Your Return

The Temple is Getting Ready for Your Return. While our members continue to stay safe at home, The Temple staff has been busier than ever! In preparation for your return, we completed much-needed upgrades and improvements throughout our building and campus. Thank you for being a Temple member – we value your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you again in person soon!

Director, Producer, & Editor: Benji Berlow

The Temple is Getting Ready for Your Return. While our members continue to stay safe at home, The Temple staff has been busier than ever! In preparation for your return, we completed much-needed upgrades and improvements throughout our building and campus. Thank you for being a Temple member – we value your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you again in person soon! The Temple is Getting Ready for Your Return. While our members continue to stay safe at home, The Temple staff has been busier than ever! In preparation for your return, we completed much-needed upgrades and improvements throughout our building and campus. Thank you for being a Temple member – we value your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you again in person soon! The Temple is Getting Ready for Your Return. While our members continue to stay safe at home, The Temple staff has been busier than ever! In preparation for your return, we completed much-needed upgrades and improvements throughout our building and campus. Thank you for being a Temple member – we value your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you again in person soon!