Congregations April 23

Chabad of Nashville

Congregation Beit Tefilah Chabad happenings in April 2023

Rabbi Tiechtel to complete Tractate of Talmud

There is an ancient and widespread custom for the firstborn to fast on the day before Passover. This fast commemorates G-d's kindness towards the Israelite firstborn; when G-d slew all the Egyptian firstborn males He spared their Jewish counterparts.

This fast is treated leniently. Thus, if there is a festive meal held that relates to a mitzvah, for example, the celebration of a circumcision or of a siyum (the completion of a tractate of the Talmud) the firstborn son participates in the meal rather than fasting.

It is therefore customary to arrange for a Siyum, which is the completion of the study of a tractate of the Talmud to take place in the synagogue after morning prayers on the fourteenth of Nissan. The firstborn sons who are present (and anyone else who is interested in enjoying some refreshments...) participate in this festive meal and, having broken their fast, are free to eat for the rest of the day.

On Wednesday morning, April 5, the morning before the Seder, Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel will be making a Siyum, celebrating the completion of 130 pages on the Talmud of Nazir, following the morning service at Congregation Beit Tefilah Chabad. It will be followed by a light breakfast snack thus giving the firstborns the opportunity to partake in a meal of a Mitzvah and permitting them to break the fast of the first born.

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A Cliff Note Seder at Chabad

Chabad of Nashville invites the Nashville Jewish community to its 23rd annual Community Passover Seders, which will take place in the magnificent ballroom of the Genesis Campus for Jewish Life

On Wednesday, April 5, at 7:00 PM, Chabad will host a A Cliff Notes Family Friendly Seder. It will be an interactive family Seder, a warm, fun and thought-provoking event, which includes a Passover Experience in a Royal setting, handmade Shmurah Matzah for each Seder participant, an abundance of exquisite wines for every pallete, an elegant royal dinner, which will include authentic gefilte fish, Bubby’s Passover Brisket, and array of salad and side dishes, catered by one of Nashville’s premiere chefs.

Reservation can be made at

A Chassidic Seder for the Inquisitive Mind

On Thursday, April 6, at 8:00 PM, Chabad will host “A Chassidic Seder for the Inquisitive Mind." This will be a full Chassidic Seder with many insights to the Haggadah and various Chassidic tales and melodies, and a exquisite Seder feast. This will be a learning Seder, where participants will delve into the deeper meaning and dimensions to the Passover Exodus and making it personal to their own lives.

This Seder will take place in the Bernard Ballroom at the Genesis Campus for Jewish Life, 95 Bellevue Road, and will be catered by one of Nashville’s premier chefs

There will be a limited number of seats and first come first serve. Reservations can be made at

Get your own personal Shmurah Matzah for your Seder

In honor of Passover, Chabad of Nashville is giving out a free Passover Shmurah Matzah for your Seder. All you need to do is email your name and contact information and you will receive your free Matzah gift box for your Seder.

For more information call Chabad at 615-646-5750.

Sell your Chametz with Chabad for Passover 2023

According to Jewish Law during Passover all types of Chametz (leavend foods) are prohibited to be owned any one of the Jewish faith.

So, what is one to do with all of the leavened food in their home during Passover? The rabbis in ancient biblical days have come up with a solution. One can authorize their rabbi before Passover to sell their Chametz to a non-Jew, who is permitted to own it during Passover. After the holiday is over, the Chametz is sold back to the rabbi, and one is permitted then to benefit from it.

Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel at Chabad of Nashville is offering to sell the Chametz of anyone wishing to fulfill this special tradition for Passover, thus taking Passover 2023 to the next level.

Go to by April 3, 2023 to fill out the online form to sell your Chametz for Passover.

Chabad to host the Moshiach Seudah

Passover begins with a meal and now ends with a meal. On the last night of Passover, on Thursday, April 13, at 7:00 PM, Chabad will host the Moshiach Seudah (the Messiah’s meal). All are invited for the traditional feast, inspirational stories, songs, matzah & four cups of wine. In anticipation of the future redemption with Moshiach.

Instituted by the Baal Shem Tov 300 years ago, the traditional Moshiach’s meal includes the eating matzah and the consumption of four glasses of wine, toasting to a futuristic era of redemption. The Baal Shemtov would make a festive meal at the close of the holiday, dedicated to the coming of Moshiach. Since then Jews throughout the world come together on the last day of Pesach to celebrate this unique custom. For more information go to

Chabad to host two TGIS celebrations in April

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, April 14, and on Friday, April 28, 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, 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.

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.

April Events:

A Night of Laughs: Congregation Micah’s Annual Fundraiser Featuring up-and-coming comedian and Jewish Southerner, Ariel Elias: Saturday, April 1, at 6:30 PM

Mel Brooks once said, “Humor is just another defense against the Universe.” In 2023, with antisemitism on the rise and much of the world at odds, there’s no doubt our community could use a little more humor. RSVP at

Micah Reads: Monday, April 3, and Monday, May 1, at 7 PM on Zoom

Education Director Julie Greenberg leads the discussion on the book The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict in April and The Tunnel by A.B. Yeoshua in May. All are welcome.

Second Night Seder: Thursday, April 6th, at 6 PM

Early bird pricing (through March 26): $50 for member adults, $70 for guest adults, and 20$ for children ages 4-12. Pricing March 26 – 31: 60$ for members, 80$ for guests, and 25$ for children ages 4-12. All children aged 3 or under are free. Kindly register by Friday, March 31. Register at *While we never want to turn anyone away from attending our Seder, we must make adequate plans for our meal service

Sports Trivia: Tuesday, April 11, at 10:30 AM In-Person

Have you ever wondered 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 in 1951? Find out the answer to this question and many more when you join Martin Light and other Micah members for an hour of sports trivia on the second Tuesday of every month. Questions? Contact Martin at

Caring for the Aging Parent: A Series: Tuesday, April 11th, 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

The Mindfulness of Stress Relief: Wednesday April 19th from 6-7 PM on Zoom

Judy Itzkowitz and Rabbi Laurie lead a guided session focused on improving how you balance stress in your life. RSVP at

Women’s Circle: Friday, April 21 at 12 PM

Rabbi Laurie challenges your intellect on Judaism and other relevant topics. All are welcome. Bring a friend. Lunch will be provided. RSVP at

Voices of the Generations: Thursday, April 27, at 11:30 AM

Julie Kohner speaks on her parents’ Holocaust story. RSVP at

Guest Speaker Rabbi David Ellenson: April 28 -30

Rabbi David Ellenson will be the Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Micah and West End Synagogue April 28-30. He will be at Congregation Micah on Friday evening, April 28th for Shabbat services at 6 pm and at West End Synagogue Saturday morning, April 29th for Shabbat

services at 9:30 am and kiddush lunch to follow. Rabbi Ellenson will speak on the following topics:

“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!"

Congregation Micah and West End Synagogue thank the Jewish Federation of Middle Tennessee for generously sponsoring this event.

Sherith Israel

Congregation Sherith Israel will once again be hosting i's annual community Pesach Seders. The“Traditional Seder” will take place on April 5 at 7:15 PM, led by Rabbi Saul Strosberg and friends, and the "Heimishe Seder” will take place on April 6 at 7:45 PM and will be led by Cantor Dov Rosenblatt and family. The meals will be prepared by Sova catering, and the cost is $40 adults, $24 children (5-12) $140 families. Reservations can be made online or through the Shul office. After March 27, cost is $45 adults $30 children.

The Temple-April 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 April

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

Friday, April 7th ~ 6:00 PM

Friday, April 14th~ 6:00 PM


Friday, April 28th ~ 6:00 PM – BLUE JEAN SHABBAT

Golden Lunch Bunch

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

April 4th with entertainment by Bill Schleuter

April 18th with entertainment by 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 15th

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 April 13th, 20th & 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 April 13th, 20th & 27th

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!

April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

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.

Temple Talent Show

Join us for an afternoon of talent and fun!

April 1st at 4:00pm with Havdallah to follow at The Temple

Hang out and Help, Temple Together, the new group for people 35-50, wants to hang out with you while doing some good for the community. Join us to wrap diapers at the Nashville Diaper Connection!

Saturday, April 1st from 12:30-2:30pm Email to reserve your sport.

Join The Temple for our Spring Sounds Fundraiser on April 30th at 5:30pm.

Cocktails, Farm to Table Dinner and Live Musical Performances by Nashville Songwriters.

Go to to purchase your ticket.

Writers of the Lost Ark

First Wednesday of the Month

April 12th

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

Passover at The Temple

· Congregational 2nd Night Seder on April 6th at 6:00pm. Led by our Temple Clergy.

$45 for adults • $10 for children (3-11) • $55 for all non-member guests. We hope you’ll join us for this festive, family-friendly evening. RSVP at or by mailing a check to The Temple. Go to or to access the Zoom link.


· LGBTQ+ and Allies Seder on Saturday, April 8th at 6:00pm. A fun, music-filled seder experience for the LGBTQ+ community and allies.

$36.00 per person. Seder Led by The Temple Clergy. RSVP by Monday, April 3, at or by mailing a check to: The Temple, 5015 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205

· Passover Shabbat Morning Study and Service with Yizkor on Saturday, April 8th- 9:30am Study Session and 11:00am Service and Yizkor. Both In-Person at The Temple or virtually via

For more information on all of our Passover programming & our updated Seder schedule, please visit or

West End Synagogue - April 2023 For links to the following online services or programs, please email

Erev Pesach Community Seder: Wednesday, April 5, at 6:00 p.m. Join us for a 6:00 p.m. service followed by a communal Passover Seder. All are welcome! Please RSVP by March 31.

SOCIAL ACTION DAY: April 16. Join WES members in volunteering at several sites around Nashville for Social Action Day. Register by March 31. RSVP here:

Dor L’Dor Concert for Israel’s 75th Birthday: Sunday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m. Join us at West End Synagogue as we celebrate Israel’s 75th birthday with a concert by Dor L’Dor, a “not your father’s klezmer band”. Tickets available at

Scholar in Residence

Join us on Shabbat, April 29, as we welcome Rabbi David Ellenson who will be lecturing about contemporary Jewish identity. Rabbi Ellenson is the Chancellor Emeritus of the HUC-JIR and is the author of several books and papers. He will share a sermon during services and then teach a class after kiddush lunch.

Beit Miriam 1st Grade Community Program for Israel’s 75th: Sunday, April 30.

Junior Congregation (for 2nd-7th graders)

Saturday, April 8, 22, and 29, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Followed by a congregational Kiddush lunch. The main service begins at 9:30 a.m.

Music and Me

Sunday, April 16, at 10:00 a.m. For parents with infants and/or toddlers. Join us for a morning or music and movement with song leader Hera Lynn Scher Zagier. Email by Friday, April 14 to RSVP.

Learn and Lunch with Moises Paz of Cura for Care and Steve Ringel on “To Everything a Season.”

Wednesday, April 19, at 11:00 a.m. Reservations required, catered lunch following the presentation.

Women's Torah Group (on Zoom)

Join us on Wednesday, April 19, at 11:00 a.m. Rabbi Joshua leads our study of the book of Deuteronomy.

Men’s Torah Group (in person)

Join us Thursday, April 20, at noon for our Torah class for men. We continue with our study of the Second Book of Kings and will enjoy lunch together.

Birthday Shabbat

Join us on Shabbat morning, April 29, for a special celebration of our April 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.

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!

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 a new 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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