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Congregations June 2024

Chabad of Nashville
Learn the Art of Creative Magnificent Flower Arrangements

In celebration of the Festival of Flowers – Shavuot 5784, the Chabad women’s Sisterhood will be hosting an afternoon of Flowing Flowers, where participants will learn the art of creating beautiful Flower Arrangements.
Participants will learn from one of Nashville’s premiere florists how to make the perfect bouquet of flowers and will take home their own unique floral creation.
Flowing Flowers will take place on Sunday, June 9 at 12:00 PM, at Chabd of Nashville, and RSVP is required to take part in this this event, at
"The Struggles and Challenges of Biblical Leaders Boaz and Ruth.”

On the eve of Shavuot, Tuesday, June 11, at 7:15 PM, Chabad of Nashville will usher in the Holiday of Shavuot with a fascinating lecture, "The Struggles and Challenges of Biblical Leaders Boaz and Ruth.” Participants will hear the story of the famous heroine Ruth, grandmother of David, her journey, her struggles, and her triumph, and will learn how to overcome challenging moments in their personal life journey.
At 8:30 PM there will be a Festive Holiday Dinner followed by an open dialogue Q&A session with guest rabbis This will be an opportunity to ask all questions you may have ever had on the stories and texts in the Torah. RSVP at
Celebrate the 3336th birthday of the Ten Commandments
Have you ever been to a 3336th birthday celebration? Chabad of Nashville invites the Nashville Jewish community to celebrate the birthday of the Jewish nation on Shavuot 2024, June 12, 5:30 PM.
The Holiday of Shavuot, celebrating the Giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai 3336 years ago, has become a celebration of fine dairy cuisine as well.
Exquisite cheesecakes, pesto pastas, lasagna, soufflés and of course cheese blintzes all take center stage during this ancient celebration. Some suggest that this has contributed to the renewed popularity this holiday has seen.
On Shavuot, in the year 2448, the Jewish nation gathered at the foot of Mount Sinai to receive the Torah from G-d. Also present were the souls of all Jews of all generations to come. Every year on the Holiday of Shavuot this revelation is re-experienced during the reading of the Ten Commandments in the Synagogue.
“It is a de ja vu experience for the soul, to hear the reading of the Ten Commandments, on the anniversary that it was given to our ancestors at Mt. Sinai,” said Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel, of Chabad of Nashville.

It is of great importance for every family to attended Synagogue on Shavuot together with their children, to listen to the reading of the Ten Commandments, as the children played a critical role in our receiving the Torah. When G-d gave the Torah to the Jewish people, He gave it on the condition that the young boys and girls will be the guarantors.

Shavuot will be celebrated this year, from the evening of June 11-13. The Ten Commandments will be read at Chabad of Nashville, at 95 Bellevue Road, on Wednesday, June 12, at 5:30 PM

Following the reading of the Ten Commandments, a delicious dairy buffet dinner will be served, including blintzes, pastas, pizzas, and a special Ten Commandments Ice Cream Party. All are welcome to come and celebrate as a community, and there is no charge to attend. For more information about Shavuot at Chabad please visit or call 615-646-5750.

Yizkor Memorial Service on Shavuot
The Yizkor memorial prayer for the dearly departed, is recited in the synagogue four times a year: on the last day of Passover, on the second day of Shavuot, on Yom Kippur, and on Shmini Atzeret.

Congregation Beit Tefilah Chabad will hold the Shavuot Yizkor Memorial Service, on Thursday, June 13, at 11:15 AM in the Doochin Sanctuary at the Genesis Campus for Jewish Life.
Yizkor, in Hebrew, means "remember." In this prayer, we implore Gd to remember the souls of our loved ones who have passed on.  When we recite Yizkor, we renew and strengthen the connection between us and our loves ones, bringing merit to the departed souls.
The recitation of Yizkor is also linked with the mitzvah of a pledge to charity, prior or following the holiday, in memory of the deceased.  By giving charity, we are performing a positive physical deed on their behalf in this world, something that the departed can no longer do.  The soul gains additional merit through the good deeds impacted through their memory.
YIZKOR is observed in three ways:
1) Light a Yahrtzeit (24-hour) candle in memory of your relatives who have passed away.  Candles are available at Chabad if you need.
2) Give charity in memory of the person(s).  How much should you give?  As a general rule, think of an amount that you are comfortable giving, and then add $18. (In Jewish tradition, the number 18 symbolizes life.) 
3) Remember your loved ones by mentioning their name(s) at the YIZKOR service. 
If, for whatever reason, you cannot attend the Yizkor Memorial Service, you may e-mail the names of your loves ones to and Chabad will mention the names on your behalf.

Meet in Person for Prayer and Cholent
Chabad of Nashville is in full swing with Shabbat morning services, replete with jyful prayer, kavanah, simcha and great energy. Join us on Shabbat morning at 10:00 AM for prayer and Torah reading followed by a hot BBQ cholent, freshly baked Challah and some friendly L’Chaim.
Chabad to host two TGIS celebration in May
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, blended with spirited singing, a Chasidic tale, and a chance to meet some wonderful new people. TGIS will be held on Friday evening, June 7 and 21, 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

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, 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.

June Events:

Micah Reads: Monday, June 3, at 7 PM In-Person

Education Director Julie Greenberg leads the discussion on “Ways to Disappear” by Idra Novey on June 3 and “Thistlefoot” by Genna Rose Nethercott on July 1.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot: Tuesday, June 11 starting at 6:30 PM

at Congregation Sherith Israel

Captivating learning with members of Nashville's clergy and scholarly community, traditional davening, uplifting music, and delicious dinner (registration required). Schedule as follows (subject to change):

6:30 pm Hor Deuvres

7:00 pm Short Talk

7:30 pm Pre-Yom Tov Music

7:47 pm Candle-lighting

7:50 pm Tefilla in the Shul / Shiur (teaching) in the Library

8:30 pm Dinner (register)

9:20 - 9:55 pm Shiur 2

10:00 - 10:40 pm Shiur 3

10:50 - 11:30 pm Shiur 4

11:30 - 12:15 pm Break, Dessert, Bourbon Tasting

12:50 - 1:30 Shiur 5

1:40 - 2:20 Shiur 6

Temple Exchange Shabbats: Friday, June 21 and 28 at 6 PM
In hopes of strengthening our relationships with God and our fellow Reform Jews in Nashville, Congregation Micah will be welcoming Shabbat with our sister congregation - the Temple Ohabei Shalom – twice next month. On June 21st clergy and congregants will gather at Micah and then we will visit the Temple on June 28th. Expect insightful words from the rabbis, moving music from the cantors, and congregational comradery with Nashville’s progressive Jewish community.

Sherith Israel

Community-Wide Tikkun Leil Shavuot: Tuesday, June 11 starting at 6:30 PM at Congregation Sherith Israel 

Torah study with members of Nashville's clergy and scholarly community,  traditional davening,  uplifting music, and delicious dinner (registration required). 

Schedule as follows (subject to change): 

6:30 pm Hor Deuvres 

7:00 pm Pre-Yom Tov Mini-lecture

7:30 pm Pre-Yom Tov Music 

7:47 pm Candle-lighting 

7:50 pm Tefilla in the Shul /  Shiur (teaching) in the Library 

8:30 pm Dinner (register) 

9:20 - 9:55 pm Shiur 2 

10:00 - 10:40 pm Shiur 3 

10:50 - 11:30 pm Shiur 4 

11:30 - 12:15 pm Break, Dessert, Bourbon Tasting 

12:50 - 1:30 Shiur 5 

1:40 - 2:20 Shiur 6 

Classes will continue through to daybreak.

The Temple

The Temple-June 2024 Events

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.

Zoom Room:

Shabbat Schedule for June

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

Friday, June 7th ~ 6:00 pm- Shabbat Service

Friday, June 14th~ 6:00 pm- Sha-bonnaroo

Friday, June 21st~6:00 pm Services at Congregation Micah

Friday, June 28th ~ 6:00 pm Pride Shabbat with Congregation Micah at The Temple

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

Sha-Bonnaroo- Shabbat Service and Music Experience June 14h at 6:00pm

Did you miss out on buying your ticket to this year’s sold-out Bonnaroo music festival?! Never fear, because The Temple is bringing Sha-Bonnaroo to you! Now in its 8th year, Sha-Bonaroo has become one of our favorite Shabbat services of the year! On Friday, June 14th, we’ll join together for a groovy Shabbat experience featuring upbeat, contemporary music, and some of our Temple’s own musical rock stars. Come dressed in tie-dye and prepare for a rockin’ good time!

You can join us in person or via zoom from

Shabbat Morning Service

Join our Clergy as we gather for a Shabbat Morning Service

Saturday, June 21st at 11:00AM

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

Shavuot Charcuterie Board Making

Tuesday, June 4th at 6:00pm

$10 per person


Class taught by our own Jennie Zagnoev

Temple Shavuot Yizkor and Bagel Breakfast

10:00am Bagels

10:30am Yizkor Service

See for more information.

Temple Together (Jewish adults 35-50) is going to a Nashville Soccer Club game.

Saturday, June 1st at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $24. RSVP to Sheri (

Children are welcome

Pizza Party in Murfreesboro!

Thursday, June 13th at 6:00pm

Penne Pazze Murfreesboro (1430 Medical Center Pkwy)

Please RSVP to Sheri ( by June 10th

*Salad & Soda on The Temple*

Stop by The Temple Booth at the Franklin Pride or Nashville Pride Festivals and say, “Hi!”

Franklin- Saturday, June 1st at Harlinsdale Park

Nashville- Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd at the Bicentennial Mall
The Temple invites young families to join us for a Playground Playdate

Saturday, June 8th


Parmer Park-578 Leake Ave

Challah will be provide.

It will be a time for parents and children to meet and connect! (No RSVP required)
Golden Lunch Bunch

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

June 4Th: Mary Beth Stone

June 18th: Tantsova Grupa

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

Women's Torah Study
June 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

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 
June 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

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:

50’s & 60’s Social Club

Game Night & Potluck Dinner

June 2nd

Join our 50’s & 60’s Social Club, for a potluck and game night. Address on the west side and will be provided upon RSVP.


Monday Jongg with Canasta
Join Us for MAH JONGG Mondays at The Temple!
June 3rd, 10th, 17, 24th from 1:00pm
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.

West End Synagogue

West End Synagogue - June 2024

For links to the following online services or programs, please email or visit our website calendar for more information https://westendsyn.shulcloud.c...

6/1 – Eliana Sterling Bat Mitzvah

6/11-6/13 - Shavuot at WES

Join us at one or all our WES Shavuot services.
The WES Office will be closed all day June 12 and 13 in observance of Shavuot.
Communal Tikkun Leyl Shavuot Tuesday evening, June 11 at Sherith Israel.
Shavuot Day 1 Services Wednesday, June 12, at 9:30 a.m. Kiddush to follow.
Shavuot Day 2 Services & Yizkor Thursday, June 13, at 9:30 a.m. Kiddush to follow.

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
Guest Rabbi Ari Bursztein 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!

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 (on Zoom)
Join us for daily Mincha 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.
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!

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