On October 15, the Madeline Pargh Arts and Crafts Center officially opened with a dedication ceremony. Several notable figures attended the opening event, including Mayor Freddie O’Connell, who stayed longer than he had planned! Rabbi Schiftan gave an invocation, and Gordon JCC Board President Jeremy Brook dedicated the building and said a few words.
CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Nashville, Rabbi Dan Horwitz gave the blessing over the building’s mezuzot. Many of Madeline’s family members spoke, including granddaughter Lexi Hammerman, and sons Andy Pargh, and Bernie Pargh. Madeline’s art was on display throughout the center.
“The dedication of the Madeline Pargh Arts and Crafts Center was a much-needed bright spot in the aftermath of the most difficult time for our people in recent memory. Madeline's legacy is that each time someone creates art in the building that bears her name, a little more beauty will be brought into the world for years to come. We are so grateful to the Pargh family and to all the people who made this vision a reality.” Brook stated.
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