Jewish Cultural Diversity Week will offer music, talks, family activities


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville is co-sponsoring Jewish Cultural Diversity Week activities that include a high-energy concert of Jewish music by the klezmer band Shtreiml, screening and discussion of an Israeli TV comedy, lecture about Zionism’s future and a kosher café with family entertainment.

    The Shavua Tov (traditional Jewish greeting meaning “a good week”) activities Nov. 14-20 are intended to bring positive and enriching cultural programming to the Belknap Campus and nearby Old Louisville neighborhood, according to organizers. The Jewish studies committee of UofL’s humanities division and the Jewish Community of Louisville’s community relations council are coordinating the festivities.

    Here are the public events, which are free unless indicated:

    Nov. 14 — “Tel Aviv’s Tent City and the Future(s) of Zionism,” lecture about the 2011 protest movement in Israel by Eran Kaplan, Rhoda and Richard Goldman chair in Israeli studies, San Francisco State University, 7:30 p.m., Allen Courtroom, Brandeis School of Law

    Nov. 17 — Screening of two episodes of the popular, controversial Israeli TV comedy series “Arab Labor,” with discussion moderated by The Temple’s Rabbi David Ariel-Joel, 8 p.m., Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library

    Nov. 19 — “High-octane Klezmer Concert” by Montreal band Shtreiml, featuring a blues-rock version of eastern European Jewish and Turkish music, 8 p.m., Comstock Hall, School of Music

    Nov. 20 — “Kosher for the Day Café and Fair,” afternoon of music, poetry, family fun and kosher food available for purchase, noon-5 p.m., Smokey’s Bean Coffee House, First and Burnett streets. Musicians will include Shtreiml plus local performers River City Klezmer Band, Lost Tribe, David Lipp and Heidi Howe; children’s activities will include music, inflatables and arts and crafts.

    Shavua Tov event co-sponsors include UofL’s College of Arts and Sciences, Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, the vice provost for diversity’s office, and the humanities division; as well as The Temple; Congregation Adath Jeshurun; Keneseth Israel Congregation; the Jewish Community of Louisville’s community relations council; and the Consul General of Israel.

    For more information, contact Natalie Polzer at 502-852-3406 or

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.