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News from Middle Tennessee's Jewish Community | Saturday, April 13, 2024
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Congregations April 2024

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West End Synagogue 

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

Pesach 2024 

4/22 – Erev Pesach 1st Seder – 6:00 p.m. 

Join us for a unique Passover seder led by our Engagement Rabbi Rav Natan. Register at 

Passover services 

4/23 - First day: 9:30 a.m. 

4/24 - Second day: 9:30 a.m. 

4/27 - Shabbat Chol haMoed: 9:30 a.m. 

4/29 - Seventh day: 9:30 a.m. 

4/30 - Eighth day: 9:30 a.m. (with Yizkor service) 

There will be a kiddush lunch after each of these services. Join us! 

4/3 - The Sandi Goldstein Learn & Lunch Program for ages 60+ - 11:00 a.m. 

Reservations required, catered lunch following the presentation. 

Speaker: Jean Roseman 

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

RSVP 615-269-4592 ext. 11 or 

4/3 - Women's Torah Group (on Zoom) – 11:00 a.m. 

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

4/5 – USY Kabbalat Shabbat & Potluck Dinner – 6:00 p.m. 

Bring a pareve or dairy dish to share with friends. Please RSVP to so we know how many people are coming. 

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4/6 – Room in the Inn Shabbat – 9:30 a.m. 

All are invited to join us in honoring our dedicated volunteers for the Room in the Inn project. D’var Torah by Adina Barocas. 

4/6 - Kid’ish Club, aka Jr. Congregation – 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

Inviting all 2nd – 7th graders for Kid’ish Club Shabbat morning March 6th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Kiddush lunch to follow.   

4/7 - Beit Miriam Consecration – 11:00 a.m. 

Join us as we celebrate our kitah aleph (first grade) students who have been learning the “alef bet” and they will share the story of where God gave us the Torah. 

Levi Coleman, son of Claire and Jason Coleman 
Liana Kay, daughter of Jen and Brad Kay 

Shiloh Lebovitz, daughter of Dani and Michael Lebovitz 
Minha Lubovich, daughter of Netta and Ron Lubovich 
Dylan Sacks, son of Jennifer and Daniel Sacks 
Andrew Stahl, son of Rochelle and Mike Stahl 
Ariella Stinson, daughter of Cassiah and Thomas Stinson 
Teddy Vanhooser, son of Andrea Fishkin and Kenneth Vanhooser 

4/7 – Handmade Craft Club – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

With host Teena Cohen. RSVPs are requested but not required and can be done at 

4/7 – ShulCloud Training – 9:30-10:30 a.m. 

Do you have questions about accessing, updating, or using ShulCloud? Come to WES for this interactive learning session. RSVPs are requested but not required. Go to to register. 

4/11 - 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. 

4/12 - Tot Shabbat/Oneg – 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Friday night Shabbat services for Families with Young Children led by Nili Friedman & Sharon Paz RSVP to 

4/13Dolma Losel Bat Mitzvah 

4/14 – Social Action Day  

The biggest Social Action event of the year in which WES members of all ages will participate in volunteer opportunities throughout the city.  

4/14 – Sisterhood Walk the Greenway – 11:30 a.m. 

With host Ruth Robin. Meet in the lobby by the main sanctuary at 11:30 a.m. Approximately 4.5 miles in 1.5 hours. RSVP at so we know to wait for you!  

4/17 - The Sandi Goldstein Learn & Lunch Program for ages 60+ - 11:00 a.m. 

Reservations required, catered lunch following the presentation. 

Speaker: Rav Natan Freller  

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

RSVP 615-269-4592 ext. 11 or 

4/19 – Woodlands Shabbat Dinner 

Rescheduled from January. Already cleaned your kitchen for Pesach?   
Join us for a vegetarian Indian Shabbat Dinner after services. We will have Indian and non-Indian food. Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 16th at If you have registered and paid for this program in January, please rsvp using this link select the option already registered! 

4/25 – Sisterhood Book Club – 7:00-8:00 p.m. 

Join Sisterhood for a Zoom discussion of A Little Liar by Mitch Albom, hosted by Martha Segal. RSVP at to get the Zoom link.  

4/26 - It’s Shabbat 5:30-6:30 pm 
Friday night Shabbat Celebration & Oneg for Families with Young Children led by Amber Ikeman, Rabbi Joshua & Sharon PazRSVP to  

4/27 - Kid’ish Club, aka Jr. Congregation – 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

Inviting all 2nd – 7th graders for Kid’ish Club Shabbat morning April 27th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Kiddush lunch to follow.   

4/28 – Sisterhood Safety and Situational Awareness – 11:00 a.m. 

Talk and hands-on demonstration with speaker Richard Luntz. There will be refreshments of packaged Passover desserts and tea. A $5 donation in cash at the door or via Venmo is suggested. RSVP at 

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 & Breakfast 

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

Torah Reading Class with Rav Natan Freller 

Thursdays from 6:15-7:15 p.m. at WES. Come learn how to read and chant Torah with Rav Natan! Prerequisite: You must know how to read Hebrew.  

Religious Services: 

Shacharit (in person) 

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

Mincha/Ma’ariv (on Zoom) 

Join us for daily Mincha/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! 


 The Temple

All programming can be accessed via  unless noted to be in person only  

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 April  

Our Shabbat Services will be held in person at The Temple. You can also watch via zoom from  

Friday, April 5th ~ 6:00 pm  

Friday, April 12th~ 6:00 pm-Volunteer Appreciation Shabbat  

Friday, April 22nd~6:00 pm Family Service  

Friday, April 26th ~ 6:00 pm  

Golden Lunch Bunch  

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

April 2nd: John England  

April 16th: Bryan Cumming  

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

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 

Hike and Havdallah 

April 13th 

Starting at the Edwin Warner Park Nature Center on HWY. 100. Plenty of parking! See the spring bloomBring friends! Meet at 3:45 PM for a family friendly walk on a paved trail followed by Havdalah at 5:30 PM. All ages! Bring friends and family.  

For more information or questions, please contact Anne Davenport at 

Women's Torah Study 
April 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th 

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  
April 4th, 11th, 18th 

Lunch at 11:30AM 

Program12:00-1:00 PM 

$15 per person for lunch