Congreagations November 2023

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.




November Events:


Adult Hebrew: Sundays, November 5, 12, 19, & 26, at 10:30 AM. If you’ve found yourself saying, “someday I’m gonna learn Hebrew”, the New Year is the perfect time to start on that journey. Guest instructor Ethan Levin is leading this class which starts just after the High Holy Days. Don’t miss this chance to tick Hebrew off your bucket list!

Micah Reads: Monday, November 6, at 7 PM on Zoom Education Director Julie Greenberg leads the discussion on “The Flight Portfolio” by Julie Orringer on November 6 and “Kantika” by Elizabeth Kraver on December 4.

Micah-Nections Late Night Shabbat and Dinner: Friday, November 10, at 7:30 PM Our social group for adults in their 20s and 30s is hosting an evening of good food and conversation. Register now on the Micah-nections page of our website.

ReJewVenation: Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 28 at 6 PM Rabbi Laurie leads this educational opportunity to reconnect with you with your personal Judaism. Women’s Circle: Friday, November 17, at Noon Rabbi Laurie engages your intellect and inspires conversation on a variety of Jewish topics. All are welcome. Bring a friend. RSVP on Micah’s event page.


Room in the Inn: Sunday, November 19-20

Congregation Micah hosts overnight guests for dinner and breakfast one Sunday each month during the winter months (November - March). The goal of our partnership is to "provide safe shelter, warm meals, and fellowship for our neighbors struggling with homelessness during the coldest months of the year." Volunteer on our website’s social action page/

Grief Group with Rabbi Laurie: Thursday, November 30, at 12 PM

"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."

-Muriel Rukeyser, The Speed of Darkness

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



Open Mic Night For All Ages

Saturday Night, November 11

6 - 8 pm

Warm Pizza, Cold Drinks


Women's Rosh Chodesh Program

Sunday Night, November 17 For more information, reach out to


Beit Midrash with Nechemya Rosenfeld

Meeting at 8 pm the following nights in November

All levels welcome for text study and discussion

11.1 Lab Grown Meat: Kosher and Pareve?

11.8 Thirteen (Halachic) Reasons Why Mental Wellbeing Is Important

11.29 Dealing with Sibling Rivalry: From Sefer Breishit to Our Own Families


Tefillah Class with Cantor Dov Sundays 11/5, 11/12, 11/19

9:30am - 11am in the Shul Library and on Zoom Dive into a deeper understanding of our prayers, through the lens of songwriting.

Daveners of all levels are welcome.

Coffee and refreshments will be served.



The Temple

November 2023


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 November

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




Friday, November 10th~ 6:00 PM


Friday, November 17th~Family Service


Friday, November 24th ~ 6:00 PM – BLUE JEAN SHABBAT


Golden Lunch Bunch

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

November 7th: TBD

November 21st: Friendsgiving featuring Janet McMahan and the Meadowlarks 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


Women's Torah Study November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th

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 November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th 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!

November 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th


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.



Tot Shabbat -Gratitude

Saturday, November 18th at 10:00AM

For families with children up to age 5

Tot Shabbat offers families the chance to celebrate Shabbat with their young children in a creative way!


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 Jerry: 11/28, 12/5, 12/12 at 6:00pm at The Temple.


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





Hike & Havdallah at Percy Warner

Presented by The Temple’s Worship and Music Committee

Saturday, November 18th

Where and When for the Hike? Meet at the top of the steps at the end of Belle Meade Boulevard at 3:45 PM with the hike of the 2.5 mile white trail to begin at 4:00 PM. If you are not hiking, please meet us for Havdalah at the stone gate entrance to the park at 5:30 PM.

Who? All ages! Bring friends and family.

For more information or questions, please contact Anne Davenport at


Java & Jewish Learning

Be Strong and Good Courage: A Look into the Book of Joshua

Wednesday mornings in November at 8:30am*

*Excluding 11/22


The Tennessee Holocaust Commission and The Temple present

From the Roots of Hatred, The Seeds of Change

The Cure for Hate

Bearing Witness to Auschwitz

November 5th at The Temple

A Discussion on one Man’s Journey of Redemption

Tony McAleer, former Neo Nazi, author The Cure for Hate

6:30 Meet and Greet

7:00 Presentation

8:00 Book Signing


Torah & Tequila

November 4th at 6:00pm

A fun and delicious evening while we hear Rabbi Danziger delight us with what the Torah says about alcohol, sip margaritas, eat festive food and more, including door prizes.

$20 per person RSVP on For more information, contact The Temple.



Men’s Steak and Scotch Night

November 15th at 6:30pm at $25 a person

RSVP via




Thanksgiving Concert

Together in Gratitude, Together in Song: An interfaith Thanksgiving Concert

Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 4:00pm at The Temple

We are thrilled to gather together for a free concert of choral and liturgical music showcasing the shared ideologies of thanksgiving and gratitude. Please join us for this exciting and unique musical experience. A festive reception will be held at the conclusion of the concert.


Boulevard Bolt- Thanksgiving Day 2023-30th Anniversary

November 23 ~ Race Begins at 8:00 am

Imagine a world where Baptists, Jews, and Episcopalians pause from carving the Thanksgiving turkey and join hands to serve the homeless. No imagination is necessary - that’s actually what happens each Thanksgiving Day in Nashville as three congregations work together to put on the Boulevard Bolt, a 5-mile race on Belle Meade Boulevard. There is an amazing spirit and sense of cooperation among the volunteers from Immanuel Baptist Church, St. George’s Episcopal Church, and The Temple who make the Bolt happen each year.


Online registration is open. In-person race packet/t-shirt pickup will take place at The Temple. Please refer to website as the race approaches for more detailed information on location and times.


For more information go to

To volunteer to help with this year’s effort, call The Temple at 615-352-7620.


Vanderbilt and the Nashville Public Library Present

Then and Now: The History of Minority Communities in Nashville

The History of the Jewish Community

November 1, 2023


Nashville Public Library Conference Center- 615 Church Street Nashville, TN 37219



Behind the Scenes: the Abraham Accords with Adam Boehler

November 30 @ 7pm at the Temple

Adam was part of a small team that negotiated the Abraham Accords as well as the resolution of the Gulf Rift. Join us for an off-the-record discussion about the Accords and hear the behind the scenes stories of the participants including Bibi Netanyahu, Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MBZ), the King of Morocco, and the Emir of Qatar.



West End Synagogue - November 2023

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



USY Takeover and Potluck Shabbat Dinner

Friday, November 3rd, join us for a special Shabbat run by our WES USY’ers. Shabbat Services followed by a potluck dinner open to all ages.


Scholar in Residence with Professor Louis Newman

Join us as we welcome Prof. Louis Newman to West End Synagogue as a part of our Scholar in Residence program. He is speaking on “Complex Guidance for Challenging Times” Saturday, November 4th following Kiddush.



Scholar in Residence with Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer

Speaking on “Jewish Peoplehood in times of Crisis”. Open to the community. Thursday, November 9th at 6:30 p.m.


Social Action Shabbat

Saturday, November 11th, join us for Social Action Shabbat honoring The Michael Mehlman Volunteer of the Year award winner.


Thanksgiving Shabbat

Friday, November 17th. Join us as we honor our new members and enjoy a catered Thanksgiving themed Shabbat dinner following services. Reservations are required.


Women's Torah Group (on Zoom)

Join us on November 1st, at 11:00 a.m. Rabbi Joshua leads our study of the book of Deuteronomy.


Kid’ish Club, aka Jr. Congregation

Inviting all 2nd – 7th graders for Kid’ish Club Shabbat morning, Saturday November 4th from 10:15-11:15 a.m. Kiddush lunch to follow.


Music and Me

Inviting all parents of infants and/or toddlers for a morning of music and movement on Sunday, November 5th at 10:30 a.m. RSVP by emailing or


Learn and Lunch with Cantor Dov Rosenblatt

Wednesday, November 8th, at 11:00 a.m. Reservations required, catered lunch ($3) following the presentation.


Men’s Torah Group (in person)

Join us November 9th at noon for our Torah class for men. We are currently reading Elisha’s stories from the First Book of Kings and will be eating pizza.


It’s Shabbat Let’s Celebrate together Friday night, November 10th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Shabbat songs, blessings, and nosh. For families with young children. RSVP to


Kid’ish Club, aka Jr. Congregation

Inviting all 2nd – 7th graders to Kid’ish Club Shabbat morning, Saturday November 18th from 10:15-11:15 a.m. Kiddush lunch to follow.


Tot Shabbat

Let’s celebrate Shabbat together! Saturday November 18th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. T’filah led by Nili Friedman and Sharon Paz. Join us for the congregational Shabbat kiddush after services. For Families with Young Children 1st grade and under. Please RSVP to

Birthday Shabbat, Saturday morning, November 25th

Join us on Shabbat morning, November 25th, for a special celebration of our November birthdays. The main service begins at 9:30 a.m. and a kiddush lunch will follow. Everyone is welcome.

Learn and Lunch with Rabbi Daniel Hoffman

Wednesday, November 29th at 11:00 a.m. Reservations are required for the catered lunch. Lunch is ($3/person) following the presentation.


Sisterhood Wednesday Wind Down

Wednesday, November 1st. Snacks and games in the Internet Cafe from

4:30-5:30 p.m. No RSVP needed.


Starbucks & Shmooze

Sunday, November 5th, from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Hosted by Deena Prichard, join Beit Miriam parents and others outside (weather permitting) for coffee, muffins, and chat.


Wednesday Wind Down with a Book, November 8th - Virtual discussion of Golem Girl by Reva Lehrer from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Register here for the Zoom link


Sisterhood Latke Secrets

Sunday, November 12th from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a variety of latkes for breakfast, learn the tricks of creating the perfect latke from maven Helen

Crowley, and practice by helping make latkes for Chanukah. Suggested donation $5/person. RSVP to


Wednesday, November 15th - "Secrets of the Oy-Oy Sisterhood": Open board meeting of the Sisterhood Board, highlighting educational, ritual, and other resources of our parent organization.



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.


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.


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.


Mincha (on Zoom)

Join us for daily Mincha at 6:00 p.m., Sunday-Friday.


Kabbalat Shabbat

You are invited to join us every Friday for Kabbalat Shabbat in person or by Zoom 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.


Morning Shabbat 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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