EVENT HIGHLIGHTS & PICTURES

Sandwich Making

Sandwich Making 2019

Sandwich Making at The Temple!  On Christmas Day, dozens of volunteers made over 1500 sandwiches for St. Vincent DePaul Men’s Shelter. What’s a Jew to do on Christmas Day? Help others

Social Action Committee

After many years of a Social Action Committee, we streamlined some annual volunteer opportunities into the Merry Mitzvah Project. These are advertised throughout the Jewish Community and we get several non-Jewish participants.  The Merry Mitzvah Project was initiated by Rabbi David Ariel-Joel to offer Jewish volunteers on December 25 to local agencies to assist their clients; it has expanded to about 6 weeks of diverse Holiday volunteer options.

Merry Mitzvah Project

Usually starts in November with the sponsorship of dinner at the Volunteers of America Family Shelter during Hunger Awareness Week, this is when we also start collecting warm weather items. We serve meals with St Vincent DePaul, Cathedral of the Assumption and Volunteers of America; play music at Hosparus, and deliver gloves, scarves, and coats to Coalition for the Homeless, Family Scholar House and Volunteers of America. We make and deliver sandwiches to shelters (especially important on holidays when you are given only one meal a day), and curate packages of baked goods for the rabbis to take on their visiting trips. We are making a difference in the lives of our community. Please come join us for a worthwhile mitzvah opportunity!


Sandwich Making at The Temple!  On Christmas Day, dozens of volunteers made over 1500 sandwiches for St. Vincent DePaul Men’s Shelter. What’s a Jew to do on Christmas Day? Help others

Social Action Committee

After many years of a Social Action Committee, we streamlined some annual volunteer opportunities into the Merry Mitzvah Project. These are advertised throughout the Jewish Community and we get several non-Jewish participants.  The Merry Mitzvah Project was initiated by Rabbi David Ariel-Joel to offer Jewish volunteers on December 25 to local agencies to assist their clients; it has expanded to about 6 weeks of diverse Holiday volunteer options.

Merry Mitzvah Project

Usually starts in November with the sponsorship of dinner at the Volunteers of America Family Shelter during Hunger Awareness Week, this is when we also start collecting warm weather items. We serve meals with St Vincent DePaul, Cathedral of the Assumption and Volunteers of America; play music at Hosparus, and deliver gloves, scarves, and coats to Coalition for the Homeless, Family Scholar House and Volunteers of America. We make and deliver sandwiches to shelters (especially important on holidays when you are given only one meal a day), and curate packages of baked goods for the rabbis to take on their visiting trips. We are making a difference in the lives of our community. Please come join us for a worthwhile mitzvah opportunity!

Main Event

Religious School goes to Main Event

Religious School goes to Main Event

The Temple Religious School joined with LBSY to go to Main Event for a day of fun and games!  Fun was had by all!

THE CHESTER B. DIAMOND RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
MISSION STATEMENT
Our learning community strives to create a caring atmosphere of friendship while encouraging meaningful understanding and a dedicated commitment to Jewish life – in school and at home.  The wonderful teaching faculty is diligent that all classroom experiences are valuable and nurture a positive Jewish identity.  In addition, our goal is for each student to participate in enjoyable experiences that are part of Temple life, be exposed to and internalize our biblical stories, and to embrace Jewish culture as well as Reform ethical beliefs and values.The Religious School curriculum encourages the understanding of:

  • Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and Jewish symbols
  • Blessings, customs, and life cycle events
  • Torah stories and their relevance in our lives today
  • Mitzvot (commandments, values, and good deeds)
  • Connections between Torah, worship, and our lives
  • An appreciation for the people and State of Israel
  • The history of the Jewish people
  • The Holocaust and  anti-Semitism
  • Jewish music, arts & crafts, and children’s literature
  • Tzedakah projects and social action

Components of our Hebrew curriculum:

  • Kindergarten through 3rd grade: reading readiness, basic vocabulary and daily prayers
  • 4th through 7th grade: prayer-based Hebrew, reading fluency and comprehension of liturgy
  • Meets Sunday and Wednesday (4th-7th grade) Weekly student-led services with music

Special Religious School Programming:

  • Rosh Hashanah / Yom Kippur
  • Simchat Torah Consecration Service
  • Families Love Hebrew! – Parent / Student Learning
  • Parent and Grandparent Open House
  • Hanukkah Parties
  • Tu B’Shvat Seder
  • Purim – Megillah Reading and Celebration
  • Passover Experience and Model Seders
  • Open House for new students
  • Travel to fun places like Main Event

THE CHESTER B. DIAMOND RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
MISSION STATEMENT
Our learning community strives to create a caring atmosphere of friendship while encouraging meaningful understanding and a dedicated commitment to Jewish life – in school and at home.  The wonderful teaching faculty is diligent that all classroom experiences are valuable and nurture a positive Jewish identity.  In addition, our goal is for each student to participate in enjoyable experiences that are part of Temple life, be exposed to and internalize our biblical stories, and to embrace Jewish culture as well as Reform ethical beliefs and values.

The Religious School curriculum encourages the understanding of:

  • Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and Jewish symbols
  • Blessings, customs, and life cycle events
  • Torah stories and their relevance in our lives today
  • Mitzvot (commandments, values, and good deeds)
  • Connections between Torah, worship, and our lives
  • An appreciation for the people and State of Israel
  • The history of the Jewish people
  • The Holocaust and  anti-Semitism
  • Jewish music, arts & crafts, and children’s literature
  • Tzedakah projects and social action

Components of our Hebrew curriculum:

  • Kindergarten through 3rd grade: reading readiness, basic vocabulary and daily prayers
  • 4th through 7th grade: prayer-based Hebrew, reading fluency and comprehension of liturgy
  • Meets Sunday and Wednesday (4th-7th grade) Weekly student-led services with music

Special Religious School Programming:

  • Rosh Hashanah / Yom Kippur
  • Simchat Torah Consecration Service
  • Families Love Hebrew! – Parent / Student Learning
  • Parent and Grandparent Open House
  • Hanukkah Parties
  • Tu B’Shvat Seder
  • Purim – Megillah Reading and Celebration
  • Passover Experience and Model Seders
  • Open House for new students
  • Travel to fun places like Main Event
Young Adult Bourbon Barrel Painting

Bourbon Barrel Painting

Thank you everyone for coming out to Bourbon Barrel Painting.  And thank you Hue Louisville for leading us in this great program!

The Temple Young Adult Group offers fun social outings for adults age 22-36. Past events included Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Pottery Painting, Bourbon Barrel Painting, Young Adult Seder, Pumpkin Picking, Hanukkah Party, Axe Throwing, and Painting Event. For more information, please contact Benji Berlow.  Join the Facebook Group to find out about upcoming events!

If you are new to Louisville, we invite you to look around our website and join us for some of our upcoming events, learn more about our Religious School and top-rated Pre-school, meet our rabbis, and worship with us. For more information about The Temple or the Jewish Community in Louisville, please fill out this form.  We hope to see you soon!

From its earliest beginnings in Louisville, The Temple has taken pride in its commitment to instill in each generation of our congregation, the essential values of our Jewish faith, the deeper understanding of our heritage and our future, and the involvement of our people toward the betterment of our community as a whole. For over 175 years, the rabbis and lay leaders of The Temple have brought strength, vision, and insight into the lives of our members, the broader Jewish community and the city of Louisville at large.

Fill the Freezer 2019

Fill the Freezer 2019

Thank you to everyone that came out and volunteered for our Fill the Freezer 2019 Mitzvah event! #merrymitzvah #thetemplelouky

Social Action Committee

After many years of a Social Action Committee we streamlined some annual volunteer opportunities into the Merry Mitzvah Project. These are advertised throughout the Jewish Community and we get several non-Jewish participants.  The Merry Mitzvah Project was initiated by Rabbi David Ariel-Joel to offer Jewish volunteers on December 25 to local agencies to assist their clients; it has expanded to about 6 weeks of diverse Holiday volunteer options.

Merry Mitzvah Project

Usually starts in November with sponsorship of dinner at the Volunteers of America Family Shelter during Hunger Awareness Week. This is when we also start collecting warm weather items. We serve meals with St Vincent DePaul, Cathedral of the Assumption and Volunteers of America; play music at Hosparus, and deliver gloves, scarves, and coats to Coalition for the Homeless, Family Scholar House and Volunteers of America. We make and deliver sandwiches to shelters (especially important on holidays when you are given only one meal a day), and curate packages of baked goods for the rabbis to take on their visiting trips. We are making a difference in the lives of our community. Please come join us for a worthwhile mitzvah opportunity!

For more information about Fill the Freezer 2019 or the Social Action Committee, contact Mary Jane Baker or Bonnie McCullagh.

High Holy Days Survey

High Holy Days Survey Results

Here are the High Holy Days Survey Results from 5780/2019:

HHD Survey Results

WHAT ARE HIGH HOLY DAYS​?

​As Fall approaches, Jews throughout the world prepare for a unique ten-day period of prayer, self-examination, fasting, and repentance. It is time for the Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe, the High Holy Days: Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. These holidays are preceded by a month of reflection: the Hebrew month of Elul. During this time, morning worship includes special penitential prayers and concludes with the blowing of the shofar as a reminder of the approaching season of atonement.  High Holy Day services at The Temple are led from Mishkan Hanefesh, the new Machzor of Reform Judaism, Creative Children’s Services feature storybook themes, and Classical Services are led from the Sinai Edition of the Old Union Prayer book.  Every year we conduct a High Holy Days Survey to learn from our congregants.

Rosh HaShanah
Rosh HaShanah (literally, “Head of the Year”) is the Jewish New Year, a time of prayer, self-reflection, and repentance. We review our actions during the past year, and we look for ways to improve ourselves, our communities, and our world in the year to come. The holiday marks the beginning of a 10-day period, known as the Yamim Nora-im (“Days of Awe” or “High Holidays”), ushered in by Rosh HaShanah and culminating with Yom Kippur (the “Day of Atonement”). Rosh HaShanah is widely observed by Jews throughout the world, often with prayer and reflection in a synagogue. There also are several holiday rituals observed at home.

Rosh HaShanah is celebrated on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which – because of differences in the solar and lunar calendar – corresponds to September or October on the Gregorian or secular calendar. Customs associated with the holiday include sounding the shofar, eating a round challah, and tasting apples and honey to represent a sweet New Year.

Volunteering at Religious School

Volunteering at Religious School

What a day volunteering at Religious School!! Karen Shane and I just dropped off 54 toys for every child at Volunteers of America Emergency Family Shelter!! Bless your efforts David Ariel-Joel!! We also dropped off over 350 sandwiches, chips and water with Hip Hop Cares, Southend Street Angels and Keep Louisville Warm!! #community

tikkun olam

THE CHESTER B. DIAMOND RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
MISSION STATEMENT
Our learning community strives to create a caring atmosphere of friendship while encouraging meaningful understanding and a dedicated commitment to Jewish life – in school and at home. The wonderful teaching faculty is diligent that all classroom experiences are valuable and nurture a positive Jewish identity. In addition, our goal is for each student to participate in enjoyable experiences that are part of Temple life, be exposed to and internalize our biblical stories, and to embrace Jewish culture as well as Reform ethical beliefs and values.

Family Programming
Monthly student-led Friday evening Shabbat Services followed by an Oneg Shabbat.
Each grade leads a Shabbat or other holiday Service on a specific month to enhance the student service-leading experience.
“Judaica to the Home” project honors participating students with a Jewish gift at the end of their service. These gifts include: Jewish star necklace, mezuzah, prayer book, Shabbat candlesticks, yad, and other Judaica items.
A traditional Jewish dinner and activities are offered each month prior to the Family Service.
The Blue Jean Family Shabbat (May and August) is an informal service and dinner that includes a Tot Shabbat for our pre-school age children.
Volunteering at Religious School

WRJ Family Havdalah Pajama Dance Party

WRJ Family Havdalah Pajama Dance Party

WRJ/Sisterhood and friends had a fun night at their WRJ Family Havdalah Pajama Dance Party.  Fun was had by all!

Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ)
WRJ/Temple Sisterhood is a very active part of our Temple Family. We are responsible for our beautiful Oneg Shabbats. We run and manage our gorgeous Temple Gift Shop, which is entirely volunteer and helps support our many charitable contributions, including our own Temple. The Gift Shop our main fundraiser. We also give toward GUCI camp scholarships, support Religious School faculty, and help with College Outreach.Our annual events include:WRJ/Sisterhood and friends had a fun night at their WRJ Family Havdalah Pajama Dance Party.  Fun was had by all!

Interfaith Coffee every February
Sisterhood Shabbat
Gilda’s Club Dinner Benefit / West End School
Mother’s Day Card Fundraiser
Religious School Support
Camp GUCI Support
Weekly Friday Oneg Shabbats
Game Days
Blankets and Blessings
Hanukkah Brighteners
Women’s Passover Seder
Annual dues are $36/year, and cover local and national Sisterhood dues. We welcome all new members and would be happy to have you join one of our many committees. All new female Temple members are offered free membership for their first year.

For more information contact:

Co-Presidents – Sarah Harlan and Karen Waldman

Treasurer – Jennifer Sinski

Recording Secretary – Jessica Springer

Corresponding Secretary – Carole Rifkin

Membership Co-Chairs – Carole Snyder and Louise Miller

Program Co-Chairs – Sandy Braunstein and *Your Name Could be Here!*

Oneg Chair – Marlene Ornstein (for the near term)

Mother’s Day Cards Chair – Susan Allen

Immediate Past-President – Sandy Braunstein

At-large Board members – Gail Herman, Rebecca Huberman, Sheila Lynch, Marilyn Pincus, Nancy Robenson, and Barbara Sanders

Advisor – Rabbi Rapport