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Congregations March 2024


A lesson on Self Improvement to attain Spiritual Heights 

The Advice for Life series will be hosting its sixth and final lesson of this series of self-improvement, on Wednesday, March 6, at 7:00 PM at Chabad of Nashville.  

Participants will discover a unique approach to realizing their most profound potential, and achieving real spiritual growth, that combines lofty goals with remarkably practical guidance.  

This lesson will focus on the most effective path to self-improvement, and to living a life filled with meaning and purpose, joy and happiness by taking the “leap first” approach in their journey in life. 

RSVP via email at 

BLT – Bagles, Lox and Tanya 

Join friends for a morning of bagels, lox and Tanya (Jewish mysticism) on Sunday, March 17, at 9:30 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. The lesson is taught by lay leadership, starting with Doug Revere who has been a longtime student of these teachings. Nourish your Mind, Body and Soul with BLT at Chabad of Nashville. 

Chabad to host two TGIS celebration in March 

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, March 8, and on March 22, 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 s know you will be attending at 

PURIM 2024 with Chabad of Nashville 

Chabad of Nashville will be hosting a variety of Purim events that will be offered to the Jewish community for people of all ages, including study, ritual, cultural and spiritual. 

The following are the programs that will be offered at Chabad of Nashville for Purim 2024: 

Purim Gift Distribution 
Chabad of Nashville will be distributing several hundred Purim gift packages to Jewish families across Middle Tennessee. If you know of someone that would enjoy receiving a Purim gift please contact the Chabad of Nashville office. 

The Big Megillah 
Saturday, March 23, 8:00 PM - Purim Eve 

Chabad of Nashville will be celebrating Purim 2024 on Saturday, March 23, 8:00 PM with the BIG MEGILLAH Reading. Festivities will begin with the Haman Booing, Megillah Reading, and Hamantashen Eating contest. All participants will receive a special Purim gift. 

Purim In Candy Land - Feast and Celebration 

Sunday, March 24, 5:00 PM 

On Sunday, March 24, 5:00 PM, the annual Purim Around the World celebration will take place at Chabad of Nashville with Purim in Candy Land. 

The event will include a Purim in Candyland theme, as it will be the sweetest Purim you’ve ever had. Children will have the opportunity to enter a life sized Candyland set, and dress up as either as King Candy or Queen Frostine, as Gumdrop or Lolly, this will be a children’s fantasy come alive at Purim in Candy Land. 

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A multimedia presentation will be shown during the Megillah reading and the Purim Characters will come alive, followed by a delectable Dinner Buffet, with dishes from the Royal Palace of Candy Land will be served. 

Jazzical Musical Entertainment will be played while children and adults will enjoy the Palace photo booth, Frostine’s face painting, Buzzy’s bounce house and other whimsical Purim in Candy Land surprises, topped off with the Candy Land costume contest and a Purim gift for each participant. 

RSVP is required by March 18, at 

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. 

March Events: 

Micah Reads: Monday, March 4, at 7 PM on Zoom   

Education Director Julie Greenberg leads the discussion on “I Kept Walking” by Minou Soumekh Michlin on March 4 and “Artifice” by Sharon Cameron on April 1. 

Kabbalist-in-Residence: Friday & Saturday, March 8-9 

Kabbalah – Jewish mysticism is a beautiful, rich, and ancient system describing the deep-rooted connection between Divinity and the created world. Learn. Chant. Sing. Meditate with Rabbi Franzel as all weekend we explore how to transform the “world of separation” into a “world of unity." 

Friday, March 8 at 6 PM: Shabbat Services and Meditative Shabbaton 

Saturday, March 9 at 9:00 AM: Text Study in person and online! 

Saturday, March 9 at 4:00 PM: Spiritual Practice - Chanting and Meditation. Registration Required. 
Klezmer Shabbat: Friday, March 15, Services at 6:00 

Immerse yourself in the sounds of Klezmer’s past and present, and future with Mostly Kosher, award-winning Klezmer Ensemble from Southern California. This acclaimed klezmer-rock band, radically reconstructs Judaic and American cultural music through ravenous klezmer beats and arresting Yiddish refrains. 

Grief Group: Thursday, March 21, 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. 
Micah-Nections Late Night Shabbat: Friday, March 22 at 7:30 PM 
Unwind from your week, unlock the magic of Shabbat, and experience the power of community with our social group for 20 and 30-year-olds. Moving music, delicious dinner, delightful drinks, and deep discussions await at this late-night Shabbat service.   

Barbie Purim Carnival: Sunday, March 24 at 10 AM – 12 PM 

“Hi, Barbie!”  
“Hi, Esther!” 

In celebration of strong Jewish women, and the men who are #Kenough to support them, you are officially invited to bring your best and brightest pink to Shushan’s Dream Palace on Sunday, March 24th.  Come see the spirited spiel, savor the delicious hamantaschen, and enjoy our annual youth group-run carnival. Register on our website. 
Micah Minis: Saturday, March 30, at 9:30 AM 
Sing and Dance with our clergy! This family-friendly Shabbat experience is aimed at ages 7 and younger.   

Sherith Israel 

March 3 

Annual Sheirth Israel Fundraiser 

 March 6 

Beit Midrash with Nechemya Rosenfeld 

March 9  

All Ages Open Mic Night 

7:15 pm Liff Auditorium 

March 11 

Guest Lecture: Ken Spiro - The World’s Longest Hatred 

7:00 pm Shul Library 

March 13 

Beit Midrash with Nechemya Rosenfeld 

March 20 

Beit Midrash with Nechemya Rosenfeld 

March 23 

Purim Celebration 

8:00 pm Megillah Reading (with screen, readers etc…) 

Blow ups, Pizza, Music, Face Pain 

Free and Open to the Community 

March 24 Purim Day 

Women’s Megillah Reading 1:30 pm  

The reading will be taking place in the main sanctuary of Congregation Sherith Israel. Please come in costume if you can! 

Seudat Purim 5:00 pm (by reservation) 

March 27 

Beit Midrash with Nechemya Rosenfeld 

The Temple  

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.  

Shabbat Schedule for March at The Temple  

You can also watch via zoom from 

Friday, March 1st ~ 6:00 pm  

Friday, March 8th~ 6:00 pm  

Friday, March 15th ~ 6:00 pm – Family Service 

Friday, March 22nd ~ 6:00 pm – Purim Service and festive Oneg  

Friday, March 29th ~ 6:00 pm – Blue Jean Shabbat  

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 

Shabbat Morning Service 

March 9th at 11:00a.m 

Join with our clergy as we gather for a Shabbat Morning Service 

Together we will pray, sing and hear words of Torah. Challah and wine/grape juice will be served upon the conclusion of services.  

Tot Shabbat- Purim 

March 16th @ 10:00am 

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!  

Temple Purim Service  

Let’s celebrate Purim at our Friday night service on Friday, March 22nd at 6:00pm with a festive Purim Oneg to follow. Come in your costume and enjoy all the fun!  

You can join us in person or via zoom from 

Purim Carnival 

Sunday, March 24th at 10:30am-12:30pm 

The Temple-Games, Treats, Costume Contest and so much more…!  

Golden Lunch Bunch  

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

March 5th: Bill Sleeter 

March 19th: Purim Party featuring Janet McMahan and the Meadowlarks 

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

“The Masks we Wear”  

Purim Program for the LGBTQIA+ community 

Wednesday, March 20th at 7:00pm at East Nashville Beer Works 

*First Drink and Snacks on Temple*  

All are welcome!  

If you have any questions, please reach out to Sheri Rosenberg at The Temple.  

Women's Torah Study 
March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th   

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  
March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th   

Lunch at 11:30AM 

Program12:00-1:00 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! 

March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th  


Drop in for Mah JonggWe’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.  

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 Deborah: March 6th, 13th and 20th at noon at The Temple. Our clergy will be leading these sessions. For more information, go to 

Next Dor and NowGen proudly present:  

Network & Nosh: Women’s Edition 

March 28th at 6:00-8:00pm 

Women 21+ are invited for an evening of networking and mentorship 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Sheri Rosenberg at The Temple.  

Discovering Jewish Genealogy: What’s my story? 

Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m.  

The Temple 

Professional genealogist and member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Nashville will share the basics of gathering and organizing your family information, creating a family tree, and finding family records. He’ll offer guidance on researching both domestic and international sources for birth, marriage, and death records; immigration records, and censuses.   

West End Synagogue  

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

Purim 2024 

3/23 - Saturday