Congregation May 23

Chabad of Nashville


Jewish Montessori preschool to offer four scholarships to new students

The Revere Jewish Montessori preschool will be presenting a one-time offer of four scholarships of forty percent off the annual tuition, for new students between the ages of 36 months and five years old, for the fall of 2023


This scholarship funding is made possible thanks to the support of an anonymous donor.

To apply for this scholarship, please call the Jewish Montessori preschool office at 615-646-5750 as soon as possible.




Chabad to host a Southern Style Lag B’Omer BBQ

Join the Nashville community for a delightful evening of a Lag B'Omer Southern Style Kosher BBQ and an Israeli Bonfire on Tuesday, May 9 at 5:30 PM on the outdoor patio of Chabad of Nashville.


Participants will also be celebrating the Jewish holiday of Lag B’Omer, specifically by gathering around a bonfire together for a kumzitz of Israeli music, in Chabad Park, which is on the nine-acre property of the Genesis Campus for Jewish Life. Participants will also be able to take part in the planting of an organic herb garden which will be used in preparing Shabbat dinners throughout the summer months for the Nashville community.


There is no charge to attend this event, but reservations are appreciated. The cost for the BBQ dinner is $15 per person. For further information or to make reservations got to



Celebrate the 3335th birthday of the Ten Commandments

Have you ever been to a 3335th birthday celebration? Chabad of Nashville invites the Nashville Jewish community to celebrate the 3335th birthday of the Jewish nation on Shavuot 2023.

The Holiday of Shavuot celebrating the Giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai 3335 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, men women and children. 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 May 25 through May 27. The Ten Commandments will be read at Chabad of Nashville, at 95 Bellevue Road, on Friday, May 26, 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, Yom Kippur and on Shmini Atzeret.

Congregation Beit Tefilah Chabad will hold the Shavuot Yizkor Memorial Service, on Shabbat, May 26, 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 G-d 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 loved 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 joyful 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 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, May 12 and 26, 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

May Observer

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 on YouTube, Zoom, and our Livestream. 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 hors d’oeuvres and refreshments are served.

Saturday Morning Torah Study: Saturdays at 9 AM on Zoom

Deep conversations about the text with thoughtful and caring people led by the clergy. Prerequisites: an open mind and an internet connection.

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 In-Person

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.



May Events:

Guest Speaker Rabbi David Ellenson: April 28 - 30

A joint Scholar-in-Residence between Congregation Micah and West End Synagogue April 28-30. Friday evening at 6 pm @ Micah and at Saturday morning @ 9:30 am @ WES. Kiddush lunch to follow. Topics include:

“The State of Israel and Modern American Jewish Discourse: Can there be Civil Communal Discussion?” and “Learning from Ethically Compromised Individuals – What Does Jewish Tradition Say?” or "Judaism and Cancel Culture!"

Thank you Jewish Federation of Middle Tennessee for generously sponsoring this event.

Micah Reads: Monday, May 1 and Monday, June 5, at 7 PM on Zoom

Education Director Julie Greenberg leads the discussion on the book The Tunnel by A.B. Yehoshua in May and The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman in June.

Caring for the Aging Parent: A Series: Tuesday, May 2, at 7 PM over Zoom Dive into the emotions of role reversal, navigating family conflict, and communication challenges. Build community with and gain support from others going through the same stage of life. Share. Learn from one another. No charge for members, $54 for guests. Registration is required. Register at

Sports Trivia: Tuesday, May 9, at 10:30 AM In-Person

Compete for an hour of sports trivia on the second Tuesday of every month. Questions? Contact Martin at Jewish Songwriters in the Round: Thursday, May 11th, at 7 PM at Congregation Micah Join three prolific Nashville Jewish singer-songwriters for an unforgettable night of music. Featuring Cantor Josh Goldberg of Congregation Micah, Dov Rosenblatt, Cantor-in-Residence at

Congregation Sherith Israel, and Ellie Flier, the co-founder of Nashville’s Jewsic City community, this event is open to all ages, and meant for the entire Nashville community! Suggested Donation: $15 Please RSVP on our Micah events page.

Micah Minis Saturday, May 13 at 9:30am In-Person Sing and Dance with our clergy. This family friendly Shabbat experience is aimed for ages 7 and younger.

Women’s Circle: May 19 at 12PM In-Person

Rabbi Laurie is looking to both engage your intellect and inspire conversation on a variety of Jewish topics with a feminine slant. Bring a friend to this inclusive event, we look forward to seeing you here!


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Sherith Israel


Thursday, May 25

Shavuot Services & Dinner Program

7:30 pm For more details, visit



The Temple-May 2023 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 May

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




Friday, May 12th~ 6:00 PM




Friday, May 26th ~ 6:00 PM – BLUE JEAN SHABBAT


Golden Lunch Bunch

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

May 2nd with Battle of the Bagels with Rabbi Danziger

May 16th with entertainment by Tantsova Grupa

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

May 20th

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


Women's Torah Study May 4th, 11th, 18th, 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 May 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

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 Morning Mah Jongg

Join Us for MAH JONGG Mondays at The Temple!

May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

from 10:00 AM - Noon+

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.



Writers of the Lost Ark

First Wednesday of the Month

May 3rd

7:00-8:00 PM

Are you looking for a creative outlet? Writers of the Lost Ark, our Temple writer’s group, meets the first Wednesday of each month currently via Zoom. This is a safe, supportive, and no pressure

environment to share your creative ideas whether they be stories, songs, poems, or praise. The group is open to all regardless of how little or how long you’ve been writing. Those curious to find their creative side are welcome as well.

For more information, please contact



It’s Not Easy Being Green

Join us for a lively discussion with Dr. Andrea George-Vanderbilt University Director of Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability

Thursday, May 4th 6:30-8:30pm at The Temple

A prominent local environmental engineer and a nationally recognized leader in the renewable energy, she guided Vanderbilt to become the #7 Top Green College in the US. Learn practical ways to apply sustainability, like solar energy in our town, our homes and our Temple.


The Jewish Federation of Greater Nashville presents People Love Dead Jews with Author Dara Horn

A shine a light on Antisemitism Event

May 16th @ 7:30 at The Temple

To RSVP go to



“Slices At Sinai” –Shavuot at The Temple

A casual pizza, and cheesecake or ice cream dinner for all ages, with brief teaching, singing. And table conversations.

A quick, casual, and tasty Shavuot celebration for all ages


Thursday, May 25th at The Temple

To RSVP for to



West End Synagogue - May 2023

For links to the following online services or programs, please email


Women's Torah Group (on Zoom)

Join us on Wednesday, May 3, at 11:00 a.m. Rabbi Joshua leads our study of the book of Deuteronomy.


Shabbat Nosh!

Join us for Shabbat services on Friday, May 5, at 6:00 p.m. followed by an Oneg reception. Everyone is welcome! It is also Young Professionals Shabbat. This is a great opportunity to meet friends and network while schmoozing after services at the Oneg.


Sisterhood Photography Exhibit

Join sisterhood members Wednesday, May 10 from noon- 2:00 p.m. for the photography exhibit “A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools that Changed America”. Gather at noon in the food hall of Nashville’s Farmers Market, then walk together to the TN State Museum at 1:00 p.m.


Learn and Lunch with Rabbi Saul Strosberg

Wednesday, May 10, at 11:00 a.m. Reservations required, catered lunch following the presentation.


Men’s Torah Group (in person)

Join us Thursday, May 11, at noon for our Torah class for men. We continue studying the Second Book of Kings and will enjoy lunch together.


Tot Shabbat

Friday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m. For families with children 1st grade or younger.


Sisterhood Shabbat at West End

Saturday, May 13 at 9:30 a.m. Save the date for Sisterhood Shabbat, a completely WES women-led Shabbat service with Sisterhood sponsored kiddush luncheon to follow! Email if you'd like to get involved. There are so many different roles available, from reading a Torah portion, to opening/closing the ark, to getting an Aliyah, to reciting your favorite prayers. See you there!


WES Annual Meeting

Friday, May 19 6 p.m. Annual Meeting and election of officers, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat, Maariv, and an Oneg reception.


High School Senior Graduation Shabbat

Saturday, May 20, at 9:30 a.m. Join us as we celebrate our graduating seniors and send them off on the next phase of their educational journeys.


Music and Me

Sunday, May 21, at 10:00 a.m. For parents with infants and/or toddlers. Join us for a morning of music and movement with song leader Hera Lynn Scher Zagier. Email by Friday, May 19 to RSVP.


Learn and Lunch with Nechemya Rosenfeld

Wednesday, May 24, at 11:00 a.m. Reservations required, catered lunch following the presentation.


Shavuot at WES

Join us on at all or any of our WES Shavuot services.

The WES Office will be closed all day May 26 in observance of Shavuot.

Erev Shavuot Service will be on Zoom on Thursday, May 25 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Shavuot Day 1 Services will be Friday, May 26 at 9:30 a.m. Kiddush to follow. Shavuot Shabbat will be Friday, May 26 at 6:00 p.m. Join us for a special DAIRY dinner in celebration of Shavuot and Shabbat followed by a class taught by Rabbi Joshua! More details TBA.

Saturday, May 27 at 9:30 a.m. Join us for Shabbat Morning and Shavuot Day 2 with the recitation of Yizkor. Kiddush luncheon to follow.


Birthday Shabbat

Join us on Shabbat morning, May 27, for a special celebration of our May birthdays. The main service begins at 9:30 a.m. and a kiddush sponsored by the synagogue will follow. Our 2nd -7th graders won’t want to miss Junior Congregation from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.


Junior Congregation (for 2nd-7th graders)

Saturday, May 6 and 27, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Followed by a congregational Kiddush lunch. The main service begins at 9:30 a.m.


Flower Power Mah-Jongg

A Mah-Jongg tournament with Michelle Tishler will be held at the Gordon JCC on Wednesday, May 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be noshes, coffee, lunch, and prizes! For more information go to:


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 8 challah rolls. Plain is $7/each, the rest are $8/each.


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.


Kabbalat Shabbat

You are invited to join us for Kabbalat Shabbat on Fridays in person (or on 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 Saturday mornings in person (or on Zoom) at 9:30 a.m. Great davening, insightful learning of the Torah portion and a yummy (and nutritious!) kiddush lunch once services are over!


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. We are exploring the tractate Sotah. Come and join us!


Torah study

Join us for breakfast and study of the weekly parasha with Nechemya Rosenfeld every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. following morning minyan at 7:00 a.m.

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