Welcome to Adath Jeshurun! AJ provides a full range of worship opportunities: Shabbat, High Holy Day and Festival services and a daily morning and evening minyan. Equipment is available for the hearing-impaired. Childcare is available for children ages six weeks through six years during Shabbat services and special events.
Shabbat at Adath Jeshurun is a spiritually uplifting time, observed during Friday evening and Saturday morning services and monthly Saturday morning “Short & Sweet Jr. Congregation” for families with school-aged children. Each week a delicious home-made Kiddush lunch is provided after services, which is followed once a month by a guest “Shabbat Scholar” to lead a discussion on a current topic of interest. Additionally, Celebration Shabbat is our monthly recognition of members and guests celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.
The award-winning Adath Jeshurun Preschool was founded in 1953, and is licensed by the Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources. The preschool accepts children from all ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds – age six weeks through pre-kindergarten. A trained, highly skilled, nurturing staff treats each child with love, care and respect. The school provides a safe, loving environment in which children can grow intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.
Adath Jeshurun participates in a combined Religious School/Hebrew School program for students in kindergarten through grade eight in conjunction with Keneseth Israel and TempleShalom. It is known as “LBSY,” which stands for Louisville Beit Sefer Yachad. Adath Jeshurun’s high school students are educated in the community High School of Jewish Studies. Additionally, the synagogue provides family education programs and bar/bat mitzvah training.
Rabbi Slosberg and Cantor Lipp teach a Lunch and Learn program each week at a downtown location for noon-time Talmud study. The adult education program offers a book club, classes in reading Hebrew, conversational Hebrew, trope, basic Judaism and courses taught by members of the community with a particular expertise.
Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning
Louisville's Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is sponsored by Adath Jeshurun in collaboration with the JCC of Louisville and local synagogues. The melton school promotes Jewish cultural literacy through a Core Curriculum in an open, pluralistic, egalitarian and stimulating environment. Students come from Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and unaffiliated backgrounds
A very important component of AJ is our commitment to “Keruv” or outreach. Interfaith families are welcome at Adath Jeshurun and are accepted and embraced as part of the AJ family. AJ’s Rabbi Robert B. Slosberg is a former National Chairman of the Outreach Commission for the Conservative Movement.
Adath Jeshurun is a place for everyone.
Tikkun Olam projects include participation in JFCS food drives, Brown Bag Blessings, one-time projects, Habitat for Humanity participation, as well as monthly collections of items to assist needy members of the Louisville community.
Community Bikkur Cholim
Community Bikkur Cholim (visiting the sick) is an ongoing program at Adath Jeshurun. Congregational volunteers visit Jewish patients from all congregations at Jewish and Baptist East Hospitals on Friday afternoons. They bring challah, wine and grape juice, along with a warm Shabbat greeting. Additionally, both the rabbi and cantor make regular hospital and nursing home visits, often bringing gifts created by AJ members.
The Congregation sponsors a broad array of social events including young family get-togethers, young adult social events, dinners in the sukkah, craft days, baking days, AJ Movie Matinees, Israel trips, congregational cruises and more. Members and guests are welcome to browse through our well-stocked gift shop.
Communicating with our Congregants
Communications at AJ are handled using a variety of electronic means. AJ’s state-of-the-art website is updated frequently and contains a wealth of information about AJ events and about Jewish topics. In addition to a mailed monthly newsletter, AJ members receive frequent email blasts, a monthly e-newsletter, and Facebook updates. The entire building offers Wi-Fi capability.