Ben Norton named as member of the Sing Unto God Teen Songleading Fellowship

We’re thrilled that Ben Norton is a member of the 2022-23 cohort of the Sing Unto God Teen Songleading Fellowship. Led by Cantor Rosalie Will, 21 teens from across North America will be meeting regularly over the next several months to sharpen their songleading, leadership, and community building skills. The Temple will be integrating Ben into the life of our community as we look to engage emerging leaders in our worship and work.

The Temple wants to give Ben a big Mazel Tov!

The SUG Teen Songleader Fellowship Program Overview

Open to 8th – 12th grade teens from across North America, this prestigious, application-only, 8-month fellowship includes both instructional and experiential learning:

  • A three-day retreat November 11-13, 2022, in synagogues in Baltimore. You’ll lead Friday night and Saturday morning worship for the congregation; master class with each other how to teach music; build religious school music rotations and lead them in real time on Sunday morning; and receive useful feedback from peers and congregation professionals.

  • Support from a local, on-the-ground staff mentor (clergy or educator) who will help you complete monthly “action assignments” such as teaching and leading music in your community, and will offer you professional development and support.

  • 8 monthly Zoom meetings from October through May with subject experts on teaching repertoire, pedagogy of working with early childhood students in music, religious school music rep and strategy, prayer and teen leadership, working with staff/professionals, how to memorize songs, how to choose repertoire, how to pivot and have “back-pocket” song plans, and more.

  • The opportunity to learn from a group of like-minded peers who share a love of singing Jewish music, building networks and friendships to last beyond the Fellowship.

  • Ongoing consideration for participation in future songleading gatherings and community programs and events as you move through your leadership journey.

Fill the Freezer Family Mitzvah Event

Thank you everyone for joining us with our Fill the Freezer Family Mitzvah Event! We estimated that we made more than 1400 cookies for our Clergy to bring to members in need. Thank you!

Event Description:

Sunday, November 13
Beginning after Religious School at noon
A Wonderful Family Mitzvah Event

After a two-year pause for COVID, please join us again for a family-friendly mitzvah event!

All adults and accompanied children are invited to help “fill our freezer” as we bake cookies together that our Clergy will bring to our congregants when they visit them throughout the year. A pizza lunch will be served in the Heideman Auditorium immediately following Religious School at 12:00 pm, and then baking will begin!

Thank you everyone for joining us with our Fill the Freezer Family Mitzvah Event! We estimated that we made more than 1400 cookies. Thank you! Sunday, November 13 Beginning after Religious School at noon A Wonderful Family Mitzvah Event After a two-year pause for COVID, please join us again for a family-friendly mitzvah event! All adults and accompanied children are invited to help “fill our freezer” as we bake cookies together that our Clergy will bring to our congregants when they visit them throughout the year. A pizza lunch will be served in the Heideman Auditorium immediately following Religious School at 12:00 pm, and then baking will begin!

Rabbi Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport’s Celebration

Thank you everyone for joining us as we honored Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport for his many years of service.

Watch on Youtube.

Event Description:

We are honoring Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport for his many years of service with a Celebration Party on May 21, 2022, It will be a wonderful evening and a time for us to express our appreciation for all that he has meant to the Congregation, its members, and the whole Louisville community.

We are honoring Rabbi Rapport for his many years of service with a Celebration Party on May 21, 2022, It will be a wonderful evening and a time for us to express our appreciation for all that he has meant to the Congregation, its members, and the whole Louisville community. Watch the YouTube vdieo here: https://youtu.be/QHnoPgLBXOM Rabbi Rapport has served the congregation since 1988. He teaches in a variety of adult education classes, as well as teaching the Religious School’s sixth grade class and the High School of Jewish Studies, guiding The Temple Confirmation Class, and working closely with Bar and Bat Mitzvah students. Each summer, he works with Jewish children during a two-week session at Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, Indiana. He oversees many congregational programs, serving as rabbinic liaison for the Brotherhood, the Temple Archives, and the Building Committee, among others. In all of these areas, he brings a particular commitment to social action and Tikkun Olam – repairing the world.

Passover 2022 at The Temple

Thank you for being a part of Passover 2022 at The Temple. Please share your feedback to help us improve the experience by completing this short survey. Your responses will be received anonymously unless you request follow-up by providing contact information.

Event Descriptions:

Passover 2022

Dear Temple Family,

This year for Passover, The Temple is excited to announce a hybrid celebration! We will host four different Seders to attend either in person or virtually AND the option to pick up a Passover meal by Chef Z, with a new Haggadah featuring artwork from our members.

  1. Four Seder options:
  • Annual First Night Seder – Friday, April 15 at 6:00 pm
  • Congregational Passover Seder led by our Confirmation Class – Saturday, April 16 at 6:00 pm
  • Young Adult Seder – Monday, April 18 at 6:00 pm
  • Annual Gaylia R. Rooks Women’s Seder led by the WRJ/Sisterhood- Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 pm

In-person attendance will require vaccination (unless under 5) and be limited to one family per table (unless two or more households mutually want to sit together).

Please sign up below!

2. Whether celebrating at home or at The Temple, you can order a Passover meal made by the amazing Chef Z. This year’s Passover menu offers the following options:

  • Tender beef brisket topped with a savory gravy
  • Marinated grilled chicken breast piccata
  • Chef Z’s famous vegetable frittata

All meals include matzo ball soup, a mixed green salad, roasted root vegetables, and chocolate mousse for dessert.

The regular price per meal for Temple members is $20 and $25 for non-Temple members. HALF PRICE member meals for $10 will be available for the first 200 meal orders and all members attending an in-person Seder. If you are picking up a meal, you can also order a Seder Plate for $10. Order today and for information and dates about meal pickup.

3. The Temple will also provide a beautiful Haggadah featuring artwork from our members for those attending our First Night Seder. Starting in March, the Haggadah will be available (1) online (put link here) or (2) by request at the Front Desk for you to pick up, and (3) for out-of-town members by mail.

We are thrilled to offer so many different Passover options this year. If you have questions, please contact Santa at (502) 212-2028.

Wishing everyone a joyful and meaningful Passover,

Your Temple Team
Andrea, Benji, Craig, Erin, Gene, Jennifer, Kinnereth, Santa, Sarah, Terry, Rabbi David, and Rabbi Rapport

The Temple Welcomes Cantor Lauren Adesnik

Search Committee Video

As part of the hiring process, The Temple Clergy Search Committee created a video to showcase our Temple. Here is the video they prepared that helped us recruit and hire Cantor Lauren Adesnik.

Message from our Temple President with the announcement:

Dear Temple Members,

As you know, our congregation made the decision two years ago to hire a cantor as the next clergy person upon the retirement of Rabbi Rapport. After an extensive search process by our search committee, I am thrilled to announce that Cantor Lauren Adesnik will be that person. She will start her new position here in Louisville in July 2022. Cantor Adesnik is moving here from the Atlanta area with her husband Moshe, nine-month-old daughter Lavender, and their beloved poodle, Wally. She and her husband are thrilled to move to Louisville and start a new chapter in their lives. They cannot wait to join our Temple family and I expect they will be an excellent fit.

The Cantorial Search Committee was overwhelmingly impressed by Cantor Adesnik’s many talents and warm, engaging personality. Her evaluation process included several Zoom interviews, many phone calls with our committee chairpersons and staff, references, and a three day in person visit to Louisville in early January. At the end of her visit to our congregation, the search committee met and universally chose to offer her our cantor position.  I am pleased to announce that her contract was formally signed last Wednesday evening.

Many thanks to our committee chairpersons, Margie Kommor and Steve Shapiro. Their leadership has been exceptional. I would also like to thank the entire Cantorial Search Committee for their dedication and professionalism. It has been a grueling and time consuming process but I truly believe we got the best candidate. 

A transition team is already in place and planning for Cantor Lauren’s arrival. We expect to hold many events in the coming year to help bring them into our family and introduce them to the community. I encourage all of you to participate in welcoming them to their new home.

Thank you,
Michael Salamon, President

Message from Cantor Lauren:

Dear Temple Members,

Wayfarer there is no path
Wayfarer, the only way
Is your footprints and no other.
Wayfarer, there is no way.
Make your way by going farther.
By going farther, make your way
Till looking back at where you’ve wandered,
You look back on that path you may
Not set foot on from now onward.
Wayfarer, there is no way;
Only wake-trails on the waters

-Antonio Machado (Proverbios y Cantares)

I wrote these words to my current synagogue as a part of my beginning goodbyes and announcement of my thrilling and humbling acceptance to be your cantor at The Temple. I imagine the poet contemplating his journeys in life as he is walking along a beach, or rowing a boat amidst a crystal flat lake. In front of him lies open space, no trail, no markers or signs directing him where to go. Each path in life he forged by imprinting his footprints forward, farther and farther until such point he turns to reflect and savor one moment or another and notices the indentations his feet have left in the sand grains, or the ripples extending outward behind his boat. And then, quite simply, he continues on his way, knowing he will stop here and there to collect his thoughts and stay awhile before continuing forward once again.

Throughout this placement journey, I have felt like that wayfarer. I stop, recollect, and see the line of markings in the sand, the ripples in the water extending back in time to 2013, when I became an ordained cantor and Moshe and I came to our first home in Atlanta.  They extend through my time in seminary, to Israel, and to the moment I heard my call towards the cantorate. A new ripple is forming now, as Moshe, Lavender, Wally (our standard poodle) and I begin to make our way to our new home, with all of you at The Temple in Louisville, Kentucky.

As I stop in this moment I hold the thrilling and humbling joy and gratitude I am experiencing in becoming your cantor. Our first conversation began just a little over three months ago. I have truly loved moving along with each one of the clergy, staff, lay leadership, and search committee in this process. I think we have a beautiful shidduch (match), and I am looking forward to all of the moments we will share together in prayer, healing, laughter, learning, singing, and building upon this fantastic community I feel so lucky to be a part of. I look forward to weaving the colors of music through our connection, to God, and back down again surrounding each of us.

Wayfarer” explains that we may look back and review our journey, however, we may not step backwards into that path we forged. The only way to continue the journey is to move farther forward. I am blessed to have built a beautiful journey from California, to Israel, to New York, Atlanta and now I am so excited to be creating new ripples, journeys, imprints, and memories with all of you and with the extended Jewish and greater communities of Louisville. Each step of guidance, mentorship, partnership, collaboration, and leadership along the way has shaped my life and cantorate and the abundance of our future together is so very bright. I cannot wait to create amazing “wake-trails on the waters” together. 

בברכהו׳ֹשִרַה, וּב׳ֹשָלוֹם
B’vracha v’Shira u’v’Shalom, 

Cantor Lauren 

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!

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