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News from Middle Tennessee's Jewish Community | Sunday, March 3, 2024
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Shall We Dance?

Wednesday night folk dancers gather for fun, great music, and camaraderie.

As we approach Rosh Hashanah, most of our focus is on improving our spiritual self, but it’s also a good time to think about ways to take better care of our bodies. So why not try Israeli folk dancing? The benefits of Israeli folk dancing include great music from Israel and all over the world, good exercise for mind and body, and wonderful camaraderie. Some of us are Jewish, some are not – what unites is our love for dance.   

One of our dancers, Sharon Morrow, says, “Israeli folk dancing expresses the love and heart of the Jewish people. It doesn’t matter if you cannot dance or cannot dance well. Just get up and dance. It’s worth the effort.” 


One night as I was driving home from dancing, I heard the beautiful song, “I Hope You Dance,” sung by Lee Ann Womack and written by a neighbor of mine. Listen to the song and take the risk of trying Israeli folk dancing with us this year. Judy Given and I and all the other dancers will be so happy you decided to dance.  And you’ll be so glad you did! 

When and Where? 


Wednesday evening in the dance studio at the GJCC (no fee) 

JCC membership not needed to participate. 

6:00 6:30 pm - beginners (no experience necessary for the     beginners session)  New dancers welcome! 


              6:30 - 7:45 pm - intermediate and advanced 

Questions? Details?  Email Judy Given@  

Thursday evening at Abe’s Gaden Community  (no fee) 

5:30 - 6:30 pm 

This is a beginners’ class focusing on the steps you'll need to learn more challenging dances.  New dancers most welcome.  Thursday dancers, please RSVP! Class will be canceled if I don't know you are coming! 

Questions? Details?  Email Judy Given@ 


Friday morning in the GJCC gym (no fee) 

JCC membership not needed to participate 

11:25 am – 12:50 pm Intermediate and advanced  - if you’ve danced before in another city, come and dance with us. 

Questions? Details?  Email Evelyn Koch @ 

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