Thank you to all that attended our Bernheim Rabbis’ Shabbat Dinner and Services last week! What a great time was had by all!
Isaac Bernheim (1848-1945) was a Reform Jew, devoted member of The Temple, a Louisville distiller, and philanthropist who, in 1929, bequeathed 14,000 acres of land – the Bernheim Forest and Arboretum – to the people of Kentucky. To celebrate the man and his legacy, we have an Annual Sabbath service in the Classical Reform style led by Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport, and featuring a professional choir under the direction of Dr. Louie Bailey.
Shabbat (the Sabbath) is a key part of Jewish life; it is observed as a day of rest and spiritual rejuvenation. Shabbat takes place from nightfall on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. In the home and synagogue, blessings are made and candles are lit to welcome Shabbat and signify the start of the festival. The Kiddush prayer is recited to represent the holiness of the day. Blessings are made over wine and challah. (See information on Shabbat services with our new Guide to Jewish Services.)
Classical Services are held on special occasions throughout the year, celebrating our History as a founding congregation of American Reform Judaism, Founders’ Day, Isaac Mayer Wise’s birthday, and Bernheim Shabbat. They are led from the Sinai Edition of the old Union Prayer Book. Music from the Classical Age of Reform Judaism, is performed by The Temple professional choir.