At JFB, we strive to support the wider Lexington community and give back where we can. Below, you can find upcoming projects and past events that have helped us to make a difference. If you have questions about these or other events, or if you’d like to suggest your own community outreach project, please feel free to call our offices at 859-268-0672.

Gleaning with Glean Kentucky

September 10, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Reed Valley Orchard
239 Lail Ln
Paris, KY 40361

Jewish Lexington will join together to glean apples from Reed Valley Orchard – a perfect activity to follow Rosh Hashanah!

The imperative to glean comes from the Torah: “When you reap the harvest in your field and overlook a sheaf in the field, do not turn back to get it; it shall go to the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow – in order that your God may bless you in all of your undertakings.” (Deut. 24:19)

Click here to register by Sunday, September 5!

About Glean Kentucky and the Gleaning Process:
Glean Kentucky gathers and redistributes excess fresh produce to nourish Kentucky’s hungry while mitigating food waste, which negatively impacts the environment.

We will meet at Reed Valley Orchard at 9:00 a.m. for a quick training session and then rake fallen apples out from under trees and load them into crates. Then, we’ll pack up Glean Kentucky’s van with what we’ve collected around 11:30 a.m. 

Please wear weather-appropriate clothes that can get muddy, good shoes to work in, and bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. Children are welcome; pets cannot attend this event. In the case of bad rain or storms, we will contact you by 7:30 AM if it needs to be canceled. 

Gleaning windfall apples at Reed Valley is an activity that requires several volunteers completing a number of different tasks. 

  • Two volunteers will go along either side of each row of apple trees and will rake apples out from under the trees. 
  • Volunteers will follow along behind these two rakers, determining which apples are suitable for gleaning, putting them into fabric bags, and then emptying apples from their bags into boxes laid out throughout the rows. 
  • At the end of gleaning, volunteers and Glean Kentucky staff will lift these boxes (which weigh between 30 and 60 pounds) into wagons and cart them out of the rows to a central area near the road. 
  • Once all boxes have been collected, a Glean Kentucky staff member will drive a cargo van to this area, where they’ll work with volunteers to weigh each box full of apples and load them into the van. 
  • In addition to the activities listed above, volunteers are expected to walk to the areas they’ll be gleaning from their cars (a distance up to a third of a mile in either direction) and on surfaces including grass and gravel.

Carpooling and Parking:
Volunteers should park in the grass lot (look for the green Glean Kentucky van), in order to leave room for regular customers of the orchard. Contact lisa@jewishlexington.org if you would like to coordinate riding in or driving a carpool. 

Shopping at the Orchard:
If you’d like to do some shopping at the orchard, the store at Reed Valley has some great treats, but doesn’t accept credit or debit cards, it is CASH ONLY.


Antisemitism Town Hall
with the Lexington Police Department

Thursday, August 5, 2021 – 6:30 p.m.
Ohavay Zion Synagogue

The Jewish community joined members of the Lexington Police Department and a representative of the local office of the FBI for a discussion on antisemitism and what to do when faced with it. Around 50 community members participated in-person or via the virtual livestream coordinated by Ohavay Zion Synagogue.

Video of program will be available soon.