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News from Middle Tennessee's Jewish Community | Monday, Feb. 26, 2024
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Congregations February 2024


"Gourmet Hamantashen available Now in Nashville"

Leave it to the Jews to have a cookie inspired by cultural annihilation!

Hamantashen are the triangle-shaped filled cookies most commonly associated with Purim, the most joyous of all Jewish holidays. Hamantashen, the classic Purim cookies, are eagerly awaited by everyone young and old. They are versatile and can be made from a good sweet yeast dough, flaky dough or from a traditional cookie dough. The fillings can be mixed and matched.

The Hamantash cookie is eaten on Purim, when we read from the Book of Esther, the Megillah, and celebrate the Megillah, and celebrate the triumph of good (Esther) over evil (Haman, who planned to destroy the Jewish people.) Purim is the most joyous of all Jewish holidays.

Chabad of Nashville is offering delicious Hamantashen to share with family and friends, while celebrating the joyous holiday of Purim!

These gourmet Hamantaschen will be baked by an authentic Hamantash bakery in Brooklyn New York, and will be offered in three different flavors, Raspberry, Poppy Seed and chocolate chip, and will all be dipped in chocolate, to give a rich smooth taste.

Orders can be placed at, and need to be placed by February 29, for on time shipping before Purim. Purim will be celebrated this year on Tuesday, March 24, 2023.

For more information, feel free to call 615-646-5750

Chabad to host two TGIS celebration in February

Start your Shabbat off right with good friends, great conversation, and excellent kosher cuisine, all seasoned with the perfect amount of spirit and joy. TGIS is a Club Med Shabbat: An all-inclusive Shabbat experience. Enjoy a Friday night Shabbat dinner replete with traditional dishes. Blended with spirited singing, a Chasidic tale, and a chance to meet some wonderful new people. TGIS will be held on Friday evening, February 19 hosted by Ido and Orli Biger, and on February 23 hosted by Judy Kilgore, at 6:30 PM at Chabad of Nashville.

There is no cost to attend the TGIS Shabbat experience, however we kindly request that you RSVP by letting us know you will be attending at

Craving Community? There is hope!

Craving Community? There is hope! Join people like yourself for our weekly Shabbat morning service. For the whole family. Come for all, come for part.

Join us for our weekly Shabbat service and community experience. Services are warm, welcoming, joyous, and friendly, and they will include some traditional prayers in Hebrew, explanations and English readings, Torah reading and inspirational talk.

The traditional service is designed to guide you step-by-step and will make you comfortable regardless of previous exposure and background. This, coupled with modern Jewish melodies and an easy to read prayer book translation will make Shabbat prayer services an enjoyable and meaningful experience for you.

Shabbat morning services begin at 10:00 Am, with Torah reading at 11:00 AM, and is followed by a social Kiddush buffet luncheon, including a hot gourmet cholent, and a spread of delicious dishes and freshly baked desserts.

The event is always capped off with Torah and Tea for women, and the Men’s Group weekly farbrengen with L’Chaim.


Join friends for a morning of bagels, lox and Tanya (Jewish mysticism) on Sunday, February 25, at 10:00 AM. Partake in a delicious spread of bagels, lox, cream cheese, and freshly brewed coffee as you learn from the Holy Book of the Tanya, and the Gates of Trust. Nourish your Mind, Body and Soul with BLT at Chabad of Nashville.

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Chabad Chicken Soup Squad Winter 2024

All about town people suffering from the common cold, strains of flu, or maybe a strain of Covid, and are looking up and feeling a bit apprehensive.

Never fear: The Chabad Chicken Soup Squad is here to the rescue. Chabad is presenting the Winter 2024 Chicken Soup Squad, as various local chefs prepare authentic chicken soup, and a dedicated team of volunteers who deliver fresh heartwarming chicken soup to those under the weather, or are not feeling well. This chicken soup broth has earned rave reviews -it's the original Jewish penicillin.

For anyone who would like a free quart or two of this unique chicken soup broth, or would like to volunteer with delivering this soup to those who are under the weather, please call Chabad’s Chesed desk at 615-646-5750, or email

Congregation Micah

Congregation Micah - an inclusive, innovative synagogue exploring and celebrating Jewish life - is committed to building community and repairing the world! We offer creative and diverse ways to live a Jewish life in Tennessee and beyond, using the rich beliefs and practices of Progressive Judaism as our foundation. Visit our 30+ acre campus or access our virtual programs from our website, Like us on socials: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @MicahNashville; sign up for our e-blasts; learn and pray with us in-person, or livestream our service on our website, YouTube, or Facebook. In our tent, there is room for everyone!

Weekly Events:

Sanctuary Shabbat Services: Fridays at 6 PM

At Micah, we approach God in many ways: the inspiration of words, the beauty of sacred space, the authenticity of our intentions, and through the power of music and song. Join us in-person or virtually for services this month that will be as diverse as they are engaging, as moving as they are participatory. Come early and schmooze with us starting at 5:30 PM! Light refreshments are served.

Saturday Morning Torah Study: 9 AM on Zoom

Deep conversations about the text with thoughtful and caring people led by the clergy.

Mah Jongg: Tuesdays from 12:30 PM- 3:30 PM

Join our players for an afternoon of fun in the social hall! For more information, contact Paula:

Schmooze & Views: Thursdays from 10:30 AM- 11:30 AM

At Micah, we keep politics off the pulpit but not out of the building. Share your views in a round-table discussion on current events facilitated by Rabbi Flip and Dr. Bob Smith.

February Events:

Micah Minis: Saturday, February 3, at 9:30 AM
Sing and Dance with our clergy! This family-friendly Shabbat experience is aimed at ages 7 and younger.

Micah Reads: Monday, February 5, at 7 PM on Zoom

Education Director Julie Greenberg leads the discussion on “The Light Between Us” by Andrew Fukuda on February 5 and “I Kept Walking” by Minou Soumekh Michlin on March 4.

Grief Group: Thursday, February 22, at 12 PM

We all have stories of loss. Maybe a loved one died, a marriage ended, a relationship went sideways, or a job slipped through our fingertips. Loss is often accompanied by grief, and grief is best explored and moved through by the sharing of stories in community. Rabbi Laurie will convene a grief circle monthly beginning in August. All are welcome to attend. This offering is in-person only.

Sherith Israel

February 2-3

Scholar in Residence with Mark Trencher

February 23 Shabbaton with Israel 365

Dinner and Shabbat Programming.

The Temple-February 2024

Pirkei Avot: Jewish Wisdom for Today's World
Every Friday from 5:00-5:40 PM

Get ready for Shabbat with a little text study! Each week we will study a piece of wisdom from Pirkei Avot, The Ethics of our Ancestors, an ancient Jewish text still relevant in our own times. Available in person at The Temple and via zoom.

Zoom Room:

Shabbat Schedule for February at The Temple

You can also watch via zoom from

Friday, February 2nd ~ 6:00 pm

Friday, February 9th~ 6:00 pm-Social action shabbat

Friday, February 16th ~ 6:00 pm – Family Service

Friday, February 23rd ~ 6:00 pm – Blue Jean Shabbat and Disability Awareness shabbat speaker

Chevrah Torah Study

9:30AM on Saturdays

Join us for our weekly Torah study on the portion of the week, led by the clergy.

You can join us in person at The Temple or via zoom from

Women's Torah Study
February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

10:30 AM

Ongoing weekly women's Torah study led by Patty Marks.

Available in person at The Temple and via zoom through

Lunch with the Rabbi
February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Lunch at 11:30AM

Program 12:00-1:00 PM

$15 per person for lunch

Engage with Rabbi Danziger and guests in a discussion of current and important issues from a Jewish perspective.

RSVP on or by calling the Temple at 615-352-7620

Available in person and via zoom.

Zoom Room:

Monday Mah Jongg with Canasta

Join Us for MAH JONGG Mondays at The Temple!

February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th


Drop in for Mah Jongg. We’ll have coffee and water. Bring your friends, a card, and a set and have some fun. Mah Jongg cards and sets are available for purchase in The Temple Gift Shop.

Jews & Booze

Led by Rabbi Michael Shulman, certified bourbon steward

Wednesday, February 7th

6:00pm at The Temple

Join us for this guided tasting and learn the bourbon basics plus the jewish connections to the whiskey industry in America.

RSVP, go to

The Temple’s Adult Education Series

Hello My Name Is….

Learn Jewish History, Innovation, Culture, and Values through Famous Jews with Familiar Names.

Hello My Name is David: Tuesdays, February 4th and 11th at noon at The Temple.

Our clergy will be leading these sessions. For more information, go to

Golden Lunch Bunch

Will meet at Temple from 11:30-1:00pm on

February 6: Calentano

February 20: Craig Duncan

RSVP to Jamie Maresca at 615-354-1686 or via email at

Java & Jewish Learning: The Book of Judges

Wednesdays at 8:30am

February 7th

In person and via zoom through

The Temple Welcomes the WannaBeatles

Sunday, February 25th at 6:30pm

$12-Concert and After Party with Fun!

Tot Shabbat

February 24th at 4:00pm

For families with children up to age 5
These opportunities offer families the chance to celebrate Shabbat with their young children in a creative way. Join us for music, art and fun!

Join The Temple and Voices for a Safer Tennessee for a Jewish Community Conversation on Faith and Firearms

February 6th at 7:00pm at The Temple


Steve Cavendish, Editor, Nashville Banner


Karl Dean, Former Mayor of Nashville

Rabbi Shana Mackler, The Temple

Dr. Allan Peetz, Trauma Surgeon and Assistant Professor

Erin Rogus, Policy Director, Voices for a Safer Tennessee

Visit for more information

West End Synagogue - February 2024

For links to the following online services or programs, please email or visit our website calendar for more information

2/4 Tribute Dinner and Mystery Show – 6:15 p.m.

All are invited to our annual fundraiser, tribute dinner, and mystery show celebrating 10 years of leadership and service by Rabbi Joshua and Jessica Kullock. Tickets are now available at

2/7 - Women's Torah Group (on Zoom) – 11:00 a.m.

Rabbi Joshua leads our Women’s study of the book of Deuteronomy.

2/8 - Men’s Torah Group (in person) – 12:00 p.m.

Join us for our Torah class for men. We are currently studying the Second Book of Kings and will be eating pizza.

2/9 - Tot Shabbat/Oneg – 5:30 p.m.-6:30 pm
Friday night Shabbat services for Families with Young Children led by Nili Friedman & Sharon Paz.

2/9 - Potluck Shabbat Dinner
Join us Friday, February 9th for an intimate Shabbat dinner experience with delicious food and fabulous company. Visit the WES calendar to RSVP.

2/10 - Kid’ish Club, aka Jr. Congregation

Inviting all 2nd – 7th graders for Kid’ish Club Shabbat morning, Saturday February 10th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Kiddush lunch to follow.


2/11 – Men’s Club and Sisterhood World Wide Wrap[RK2]

Join us as Jews throughout the world to pray and wrap Tefillin in solidarity with Israel on Sunday, February 11th, beginning at 8:30 a.m. RSVP at

2/14 - The Sandi Goldstein Learn & Lunch Program for ages 60+ - 11:00 a.m.

Reservations required, catered lunch following the presentation.

Speaker: Sharon Paz.

Lunch catered by Goldie Shepard at 12:00 p.m. Cost: $3.00

RSVP 615-269-4592 ext. 11 or

2/23-2/25 - Scholar in Residence: Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Join us for a weekend full of Torah with our Scholar in Residence, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Dean of the Rabbinic Seminary in Los Angeles, who will be returning to Nashville after ten years.

2/23: Kabbalat Shabbat services at 6:00 p.m., followed by a catered dinner and then lecture: “Israel Beyond Politics.” Check ShulCloud or email the office to RSVP and learn more.

2/24: Shabbat services at 9:30 a.m., followed by kiddush lunch and then a special class: “The Dynamic Way We Dance Ourselves into Being”.

2/25: Morning services at 9:00 a.m., followed at 9:30 a.m. by the class: “Why be Jewish? A talk for Parents, Children, and Everyone Else.”

2/25 – Red Cross Blood Drive at WES

From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the WES Social Hall. To schedule an appointment, please visit and enter sponsor code: WES.

2/28 - The Sandi Goldstein Learn & Lunch Program for ages 60+ - 11:00 a.m.

Reservations required, catered lunch following the presentation.

Speaker: Michal Eskenazi Becker.

Lunch catered by Goldie Shepard at 12:00 p.m. Cost: $3.00

RSVP 615-269-4592 ext. 11 or

Ongoing Programs:

Sisterhood Challah Sales made by Melissa Sostrin
Sign up on the Google form linked below or text Jessica Kullock at
615-881-4455 by WEDNESDAY AT 9:00 p.m. each week to pre-order for pickup Friday during synagogue office hours.
Flavors: Plain, chocolate, cinnamon, cinnamon raisin, zaatar, poppy seeds, sesame, bag of 6 challah rolls. Plain is $8/each, all challah with seeds toppings are $8.50, and the rest are $9/each.

Learning opportunities:

Talmud on Tuesdays

Rabbi Joshua leads a lively Talmudic discussion at 7:30 a.m. in person and on Zoom every Tuesday, immediately after morning minyan. Come and join us!

Thursday Torah study

With Nechemya Rosenfeld every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. following morning minyan at 7:00 a.m.

Religious Services:

Shacharit (in person)

Our minyanaires are always looking for more people to strengthen the only egalitarian minyan in town! Sunday services will be at 9:00 a.m. and Monday-Friday will be at 7:00 a.m. Monday and Thursday minyans to be followed by breakfast.

Ma’ariv (on Zoom)

Join us for daily Ma’ariv at 6:00 p.m., Sunday-Thursday.

Kabbalat Shabbat

You are invited to join us every Friday for Kabbalat Shabbat in person at 6:00 p.m. As part of our Friday night services, we are currently studying Jewish ethics through an in-depth reading of Pirkei Avot.

Shabbat Morning services.

You are invited to join us every Saturday morning in person or by Zoom at 9:30 a.m. Great davening, insightful learning of the Torah portion and a yummy (and nutritious!) kiddush lunch following services!