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

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!


The Mission of The Temple is to:

  • Be a center for Reform Judaism in Louisville, Kentucky.

  • Provide spiritual guidance and strength through the practice of Judaism

  • Emphasize the ideals and objectives of Reform Judaism through worship, education, congregational programming, social justice, and our community relationships

  • Promote the perpetuation of our Jewish heritage