Luncheons take place at Temple Beth Shalom
from 12-1:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Suggested donation for luncheons is $7-$10/person.
No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Looking for recordings of past virtual programs?
Check them out on our YouTube channel!


Musical performance by Abe Kenney

Thursday, Oct. 13
Catered by Inland Northwest Catering

Abe Kenney has been performing in public since 1996.  His first instrument was a baritone ukulele. He has been teaching for the last 10 years. His primary background of study has been classical guitar, but in lessons he incorporates jazz, blues, and singing as well.  He has placed and competed in competitions in the Northwest and in Boston. He has studied in masterclasses with many of today’s most prominent classical guitarists and is currently studying with Gonzaga University’s Dr. Paul Grove. Abe has composed and recorded classical, flamenco, electronic, experimental, punk, metal, video game, and movie music. He was born in Spokane and has lived here since but has performed in Mexico and New York and has even recorded in Japan.


Presentation and chocolate tasting with Dr. Lauren Fins: “Chocolate: Food of the Gods”

Thursday, Nov. 10
Catering TBD

Chocolate was consumed by early meso-Americans at least 3,000 years ago. It was prepared as a drink spiced with chilies or vanilla, was used in cultural ceremonies, and its seeds were traded as currency. Europeans added sugar to the drink and used chocolate as medicine, aphrodisiac, and stimulant. Americans today consume an average of 12 pounds of chocolate per person annually! In this theobromine-rich event, Dr. Lauren Fins will explore the natural and cultural history of chocolate, including the social and environmental costs of this “food of the gods.”


Presentation by Jerry Tate of Tate’s Honey Farm

Thursday, Dec. 8
Catering TBD

Jerry Tate has been beekeeping since his dad bought four packages and equipment from Sears in 1964, when Jerry was 16. Jerry moved back to Spokane in 1980, began working bees with his dad, and bought his first 70 hives in 1982. He has been doing it ever since. All eight of Jerry’s grandchildren have worked at Tate’s Honey Farm (which provides JFS with honey for Rosh Hashanah gift deliveries!) since they were about 6, and he now has five great-grandchildren. Jerry and his father have always been very active in the local bee club and at the state level. We’re delighted to welcome Jerry to our luncheon to talk about the art and science of beekeeping and honey production!


Musical performance by the Project Joy Orchestra

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2023
Catering TBD

Project Joy is a nonprofit organization composed of entertainers 50 years of age or older. They provide entertainment for retirement communities, civic and fraternal organizations, schools, and special events. The performers are volunteers who want to share joy by using their particular talent. The Project Joy Orchestra plays everything from classical music to show tunes — “from Bach to Broadway”!


*Programs are subject to change