August 2021

West End Synagogue 

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Join us beginning August 1st for in-person morning minyan! There will be no zoom meetings for morning minyans once we start in-person minyans.  

Sunday services will be at 9am and Monday-Friday will be at 7am 

Daily Mincha (afternoon service) 
Join us for daily Mincha on Zoom at 6:00 p.m. 

Kabbalat Shabbat You are invited to join. Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat on Fridays on Zoom at 6:00 p.m. 

Morning Shabbat services. You are invited to join by zoom on Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. 

Talmud class on Tuesdays
Rabbi Joshua Kullock teaches a Talmud class on Tuesdays at 8am.

Torah class on Thursdays 
Nechemya Rosenfeld teaches a Torah study class on Thursday mornings at 7:30 am.  

Torah class for Women (Book of Leviticus):
First Wednesday of each month at 11am. 

Torah class for Men (Second Book of Samuel): 
Second Thursday of each month at 12pm. 

The Temple  

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

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. 
Zoom Room: 
Meeting ID: 819 730 96738 
Dial in - Audio Only: 1 312 626 6799 

Lunch with the Rabbi 

Thursday, August 19th from 12:00-1:00 PM 

Bring your lunch and engage with Rabbi Schiftan and guests in a discussion of currents and important issues from a Jewish perspective. 
Zoom Room: 
Meeting ID: 572111637 
Dial in - Audio Only: 1 312 626 6799 

Women's Torah Study

Every Thursday from 12:00-1:00 PM 

Ongoing weekly women's Torah study led by Patty Marks. 
Zoom Room: 
Meeting ID: 392 595 616 
Dial in- Audio Only: 1 312 626-6799 

Shabbat Schedule for July 

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

Friday, August 6th ~ 6:00 pm  
Friday, August 13th ~ 6:00 pm -Confirmation
Friday, August 20th  ~ 6:00 pm
Friday, August 27th ~ 6:00 pm  

Chevrah Torah Study 

9:30a.m. on Saturdays via 

Join us for our weekly Torah study on the portion of the week, led by the clergy. 9:30 am on Saturdays.  

The Temple welcomes Dr. Ron Wolfson for a discussion on his book 

The 7 Questions You’re Asked in Heaven

Thursday, August 19th at 7:00pm 

Check for the zoom information.  

Understanding Apology and Forgiveness

Tuesdays, August 10th and 17th ~ 6:00-7:30 pm

Check for the zoom information.  

Rabbi Mark Schiftan, Dr. David Barton, and Lynn Barton, LCSW, will lead a two-part class on the subject of “Understanding Apology and Forgiveness.”  The overall goal of the class is to encourage thinking about ways to apologize and to grant forgiveness.  The first class will delve into traditional text study, discuss the concepts of apology and forgiveness, and focus on process. The second will present various vignettes to promote discussion about the area.  The program is open to the public. 

A very special Selichot gathering!

private tour and viewing of the National Museum of African American Music on Saturday, August 28th, 6:00-9:00 pm. 

 Check or for more information.  

Journey to Jubilee Program at The Temple – Presentation and Workshop

For too many years, the stories of the slaves at the Belle Meade Plantation have remained untold. This finally changed in 2019 when the mansion hired Brigette Janea Jones as their first director of African American Studies. During her tenure, Ms. Jones founded the groundbreaking "Journey to Jubilee” tour, which enables visitors of the plantation to now hear stories about those who were brought to and born in Belle Meade as slaves from 1807 through the years following Emancipation. 

Ms. Jones, whose work has been recognized by the Smithsonian Institute, NPR, The Tennessean, Conde Nast Traveler, Nashville Scene and The Commercial Appeal, was named one of “30 Southern Heroes” in 2019 by Garden and Gun Magazine and now serves as Curator of Social History at the Tennessee State Museum.  

Ms. Jones will speak at the Temple on Wednesday, August 11, and Wednesday, August 18 at 7 PM. Her presentation on August 11, entitled, "Tennessee Slavery: Parallels, Perspectives, and Psychology at the Belle Meade Plantation," is an emotional journey through the eyes of the enslaved, their descendants, and the repercussions of American chattel enslavement on modern day society. Her August 18 presentation will include a workshop that analyzes historical documents and literature so that participants can better understand the institution of slavery, the legacy of Jim Crow and the effects of systemic racism and injustice in today's world.  

These facilitated discussions are designed to be a truthful conversation about a difficult and painful subject and will include topics such as the legacy of lynching in America and police brutality. Just as we as Jews study the history of the Holocaust, our Temple Social Justice Committee is presenting this program because we feel the only way to move forward as a just world is to understand and explore all of our past.  


Tennessee Slavery: Parallels, Perspectives, and Psychology at the Belle Meade Plantation

Wednesday, August 11

7:00 PM in person at The Temple or on Zoom
RSVP for either in person or Zoom on 

Tennessee Slavery: A Workshop on the Effects of Systemic Racism & Injustice Today

Wednesday, August 18 

7:00 PM on Zoom

RSVP for the workshop on 

Jewish Learning on Your Own Schedule 

Look for podcasts and videos prepared by musicians, scholars and clergy! 13 Attributes of God, Jewish Cooking Demos, Clergy Chats, Inside Israel and Jewish Music Sessions.   Sessions will be posted on 

Sherith Israel 

Sherith Israel's Annual Back-to-School Barbecue 

Everyone is welcome. Reservations are required. 

Call the Shul office at 615 292 6614 or RSVP online. 

$12 adults. $5 children. $36 family max. 

Join us every Shabbat morning at 9 am for davening followed by Covid-safe Kiddush 

New children's programs beginning this fall 

Call the Shul for more information. 

Congregation Micah 

Yes, we are open! Judaism at Micah continues to evolve with courage, compassion and creativity. Stay updated! Go to, like us on our socials: Facebook; Instagram; @MicahNashville; sign up for our eblasts; learn and pray with us in person or on YouTube, Zoom and on our Livestream. In our tent, there is room for everyone! Access Micah’s programs – all free and open to the public - from the front page of our website. 

Want to take our relationship to the next level? Apply for Membership! For more information contact Mindy Drongowski at 

Programming at Micah - August 2021 

Sanctuary Shabbat Services - Fridays at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

At Micah we approach God in many ways: through the power of music and song, the inspiration of words, the beauty of sacred space, and the authenticity of our intention. To fully realize this core Jewish value, we invite you to join us for services that are as diverse as they are engaging, as moving as they are participatory. 

Book Club - Monday, August 2 @ 7:00 PM 

All are welcome for this zoom virtual discussion on the book The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson.  

Sports Trivia – Tuesday, August 3 at 10:30 AM 

Have you spent the last 25 yrs of your life wondering who was on 3rd base when Bobby Thompson of the New York Giants hit “the shot heard round the world” to defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers to get into the world series in 1951? Answers to this question and many more of little importance when you join Martin Light and other Micah members for an hour of a sports trivia contest to be held in the Micah library on the first Tuesday of every month. All are welcome. Any questions: contact 

A Woman’s Circle - Friday, August 20 at 12:00 PM 

Grow your soul, meet with other women, and engage with sacred text. Rabbi Laurie challenges your intellect through study and conversation on Jewish and other relevant topics. All are welcome. Bring a friend! 

Shabbat Shabbang! - Friday, August 20 

A Friday night designed to bring Micah’s family of families together. Get into your spiritual groove with Jewish music, storytelling, food-trucks, inflatables, friends – old and new. All are welcome! 

Red Cross Blood Drive - Sunday, August 29 

Save a life by giving blood. Visit our events page and sign up to donate. 

High Holy Days 5782/2021 at Congregation Micah 

Selichot: Opening our Hearts - Saturday, August 28 @ 7:30 PM

Available in person, on the Micah website, Facebook, & YouTube 

EREV ROSH HASHANAH: Remember us for life! - Monday, SEPTEMBER 6 @ 7:30 P.M. 

Available in person, on the Micah Website, Facebook & YouTube 

ROSH HASHANAH: the world as it ought to be - Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 7 

10:00 AM Morning Liturgy, Torah & Sermon 

11:30 AM Shofar & Children’s Blessing 

12:00 PM Tashlich & Family Picnic with Food Trucks 

SHABBAT SHUVAH: the sabbath of return- Friday, September 10 @ 6:00 PM  

Available in person, on the Micah Website, Facebook & YouTube 

Cemetery Service: Remember & reflect - SATurday. SEPTEMBER 11 @ 10:30 A.M.  

Available in person & Facebook Live 

KOL NIDRE: the masks jews wear- Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 15 @ 7:30 P.M.  

Available Livestream on Micah Website, Facebook, & YouTube 

YOM KIPPUR: and after the plague - Thursday, SEPTEMBER 16 

10:00 a.m. Morning Service 

12:30 p.m. Afternoon Panel 

2:00 p.m. Healing Service 

2:00 p.m. Schmooze & Views: Talk Politics 

2:00 p.m. Musar: Ethical Wisdom 

3:00 p.m. Jonah: Choice & Consequence with Rabbi Ethan Franzel (Zoom) 

3:00 p.m. Micah Minis Children's Service (Zoom) 

4:00 p.m. CHAI & MiTY Teen Service 

5:00 p.m. Yizkor: Remembering Our Loved Ones 

Following Yizkor - Neilah: Concluding Service  

Finish out the Holy Day Season with us: Celebrate SUKKOT & SIMCHAT TORAH! 

Check Our High Holy Days page on the Micah Website for more information. 

 Follow us: @MicahNashville 

Weekly Events 

Schmooze & Views - Thursdays at 10:30 AM 

Keeping the politics off the pulpit but not out of the building, share your views in a round-table discussion on current events facilitated by the rabbi and Dr. Bob Smith. Attendance includes both in-person and virtual options. 

Torah Study - Saturday Mornings at 9:00 AM 

Deep conversations with thoughtful and caring people. Led by the rabbi on zoom. 

Mah Jongg - Tuesday afternoons at 12:30 PM 

Chinese tile game with a Jewish twist in the Micah social hall. 

Chabad of Nashville 

CSI and CBT to join for the High Holiday Kickoff 

As a Kickoff for the High Holiday season, Congregation Sherith Israel will join Congregation Beit Tefilah for a joint Selichot service, on Saturday night, August 28, 11:30 PM, at Cong. Beit Tefilah, 95 Bellevue Road.  

The Selichot service will be preceded by a Chasidic Farbrengen - a gathering of souls, where stories of Chasidic Masters will be shared, together with a bit of L'Chaim to warm the soul for beginning the High Holiday season, and will led by Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel from Beit Tefilah Chabad, and Rabbi Shlomo Rothstein from Chabad at Vanderbilt. 

While most Jewish services are held during the day or early evening, the High Holiday Selichot are the exception, held in the wee hours of the morning. Drawing from a plethora of biblical verses and rabbinic teachings, they are a soul-stirring introduction to the Days of Awe. The actual Selichot are a collage of Torah verses and poetically written Hebrew works in which we ask G-d to forgive us on a personal and communal level. 

Cantor George Lieberman of Sherith Israel will lead the service, while Rabbi Saul Strosburg will play various of the Selichot melodies on the keyboard. This is the Seventh year that the two congregations are joining together for the Selichot service. The Selichot service will be with covid-19 precautions in place, and practice social distancing. 

For more information go to 


Chabad to host its 23rd annual New Year’s Eve Dinner 

Chabad of Nashville will be hosting its 21st annual New Year's Eve Dinner for the Nashville Jewish community, on Monday evening, September 6, at 6:30 PM. All are invited to join friends and meet new faces from the Nashville community, to welcome the Jewish New Year on the Eve of Rosh Hashanah. 

The dinner will be catered by one of Nashville's premiere chefs and will include a Festive Meal complete with Round Challah and the Apple ‘N’ Honey, all of the holiday trimmings, including Gefilte Fish, sweet roasted chicken, Bubby’s brisket, tzimmes, honey Cake and more. The traditions is too eat symbolic dishes that are sweet and round, symbolizing a sweet New Year that will be a full circle until next year Rosh Hashanah. 

Kindly RSVP for the New Year’s Eve Dinner by August 27,  at 

Order your Own Personal Lulav and Etrog Set 

"You shall take for yourselves...the fruit of a citron tree, the branches of date palms, twigs of a plaited tree, and brook willows." (Leviticus 23) During the Holiday of Sukkot, we observe the Mitzvah of the Lulav & Esrog (The Four Kinds). 

As this year some families will not be attending services in person due to COVID19 precautions, Chabad of Nashville is pleased to make this beautiful Mitzvah available to every family in the Nashville community. Chabad is offering a special opportunity of ordering your own Lulav and Etrog set from the Holy Land, Israel. These Lulav sets are available to order at All orders must be placed by September 3, 2021. 


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