Congregations December 2022

Chabad of Nashville

Pop Up Chanukah Gift Shop comes to Nashville

Candles, Gelt, menorahs, and gift items are all waiting for you at Chabad of Nashville’s POP UP

Chanukah Gift Shop. This will be “your one stop shop for all your Chanukah needs.”

At the pop-up gift shop will find a nice selection of Menorahs, candles, Chanukah gifts for all ages, decorations, dreidels, games, chocolate gelt, gift wrap and more.

The Chanukah Gift Pop Up Shop will be open from December 1 – 23, Monday thru Friday, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and is located at Chabad of Nashville, 95 Bellevue Road.

For more information call 615-646-5750.

Get Your Authentic Sufganiyot right here in Nashville

Jelly donuts are one of the most symbolic dishes of Chanukah, but have you ever wondered how that came to be? Of all the delicious fried foods to nosh on — fried pancakes, fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, schnitzel — how did the jelly donut, or sufganiyah , a.k.a. the Jelly Donut rise to popularity?

Every culinary culture has a doughy pastry fried in oil, a local version of the doughnut. Jews are no exception. Wherever Jews have lived throughout history, they’ve made a tradition of creating a special Chanukah version of fried dough to celebrate the Miracle of Oil. Ashkenazi Jews emigrating from Germany brought the Sufganiyot tradition to Israel in the 1930s.

This year Chabad of Nashville will be offering the opportunity to order Sufganiyot (authentic Jelly donuts) for your Chanukah celebration. All order can be placed at, and are to be made by December 15. Who can resist these fluffy pillows of dough this Chanukah. These always fly off the table. Make sure to get one before they’re gone!

Sufganiyot orders can be made online at

Chabad to host two TGIS celebration in November

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, December 9, at 6:30 PM at Chabad of Nashville.

On Friday, December 23, there will be a special Chanukah edition of the TGIS - Thank G-d It’s Shabbat celebration. The event will include a sit down festive Shabbat dinner, and will include all of the Chanukah trimmings, latkes, donuts, chocolate gelt and more.

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

Meet in Person for Prayer and Cholent

Chabad of Nashville is a happening place on Shabbat mornings. Join community and Friends for Shabbat morning services, replete with joyful prayer, kavanah, simcha and great energy.

Join Chabad on Shabbat mornings at 10:00 AM for prayer and Torah reading, inspiring learning and a weekly sermon, followed by a hot cholent, freshly baked Challah, a gourmet buffet lunch, and a weekly farbrengen with some friendly L’Chaim.

BLT – Bagels, Lox and Torah

Join friends for a morning of Bagels, Lox and Torah on Sunday, December 4, at 10:00 AM, in the Bernard Ballroom at Chabad of Nashville.

Partake in a delicious spread of bagels, lox, cream cheese, and freshly brewed coffee as you learn Chasidic insights into the weekly Torah portion. Nourish your Mind, Body and Soul with BLT at Chabad of Nashville. RSVP at

Congregation Micah

December 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 intention, 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, and as moving as they are participatory. Come early and schmooze with us starting at 5:15! Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments 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.

December Events:

Micah Reads: Monday, December 5, and Monday, January 9, at 7 PM on Zoom

Education Director Julie Greenberg leads the discussion on the book Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen in December and Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson in January. All are welcome.

The Courage to Kindle Flame: A Pre-Chanukah Yoga Practice with Rabbi Tara Feldman and Sharon Epstein of Lev Shalem Yoga: Thursday, December 8, at 6 PM at Congregation Micah

In the short, cold days of winter, Chanukah challenges us to access strength and vision. Darkness spurs us to connect with our inner flame—the light and energy of the body. So let’s burn off doubt and fear, deepen our breath and step into the courage of a Maccabee warrior. With strong and sustained poses, our Chanukah yoga practice will build heat and energy in body and spirit. Bring comfortable clothing, water and a yoga mat or towel. All yoga levels and abilities are welcome. This event is in partnership with Shakti Power Yoga. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase Sharon and Tara’s new book Into a Jewish Holiday Year: A Workbook and Guided Journey for Body, Mind and Soul.

Women’s Circle: Friday, December 9, at 12 PM In-Person

Rabbi Laurie challenges your intellect through study and conversation on Judaism and other relevant topics. All are welcome. Bring a friend!

Sports Trivia: Tuesday, December 13, 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

Chanukah Dinner: Friday, December 16, immediately following Shabbat Service

Join us for a celebratory meal, Chanukiah contest, and more! Find out more information and RSVP at

Save the Date! Serving our Seniors: “Jewsical Theatre”: Thursday, January 12, at 12:15 PM In-Person

Jews have long had an affection for musical theatre. So it’s no surprise that many of the greatest musical theatre composers, lyricists, and book writers happened to be Jewish! Cantor Goldberg will present a concert of classic Broadway songs written by Jewish composers. From Irving Berlin, Oscar Hammerstein, and Leonard Bernstein to Stephen Sondheim, Cantor Goldberg will give you a taste of all the greats! More details to come.

Sherith Israel

On December 9-10, the Sherith Israel community will welcome Rabbi Yosef and Rookie Shapiro to the community for a powerful Shabbaton weekend, where the Shapiros will give insight into the world of infertility, sharing their own personal struggle on their path to parenthood. Rabbi Yosef Shapiro is the Senior Rabbi of the Brookhaven Kollel, an outreach community founded by him and his wife that now services hundreds of young Jews. Rabbi Shapiro counsels couples from around the world who are struggling with infertility. Rabbi Shapiro will open people’ s eyes up to what is really going on within the world of infertility, which will hopefully increase awareness and sensitivity about this struggle that permeates the Jewish world. Rabbi and Rebbetzin Shapiro's unique perspective will be both informative and encouraging. For details, please visit or email the Shul office:

Sherith Israel Latke Dinner

Congregation Sherith Israel will once again be putting on its annual Latke Dinner and Chanukah celebration, on Sunday, December 18, 2022. The tradition began around the year 1910 and has continued to this day. The celebration will begin with the lighting of the Limor Menorah, at 5:45 pm, followed by a festive Chanukah dinner with latkes and other traditional foods. As always, the Sherith Israel house band will entertain guests.

The entire community is invited and reservations can be made through the Shul office. By phone, (615) 292-6614 or by email, Adults, $16, Kids $10. Families $50. Happy Chanukah!

The Temple December 2022 Events

All programming can be accessed via unless

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 December

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

Friday, December 2nd~ 6:00 PM

Friday, December 9th~ 6:00 PM



Friday, December 30th ~ 6:00 PM –BLUE JEAN SHABBAT

Golden Lunch Bunch

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

December 6th with entertainment by Bob Stevens

December 20th our Hanukkah Party 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

Tot Shabbat- (for families with children up to age 5) These opportunities offer families the chance to celebrate Shabbat with their young children in a creative way.

Saturday, December 3rd ~ 10:00 AM

Our theme is Chanukah

Women's Torah Study December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd 29th

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 December 1st, 8th & 15th

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:

Hike and Havdallah-December 17th

Where and When for the Hike? Meet at the top of the steps at the end of Belle Meade Boulevard at 2:45 PM with the hike of the 2.5 mile white trail to begin at 3:00 PM. If you are not hiking, please meet us for Havdalah at the stone gate entrance to the park at 4:30 PM.

Who?All ages! Bring friends and family.

For more information or questions, please contact Anne Davenport at

Monday Morning Mah Jongg

Join Us for MAH JONGG Mondays at The Temple!

December 5th, 12th, 29th

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

December 7th

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

Chanukah Schedule

To learn more about our Chanukah festivities go to

Date Night Event

Friday, December

16 Pre Chanukah Pre-Chanukah Family Service & Festive Oneg & Mazel Tones – 6:00 PM

Sunday, December

18 Parking Lot Lighting – 5:30 PM


December 19 1st Day Parking Lot Lighting – 5:30 PM


December 20 2nd Day Clergy in the Kitchen – 12:00 - Zoom Parking Lot Lighting – 5:30 PM Champion Hot Chicken & Latkes in the Lot

Wednesday, December 21 3rd Day Parking Lot Lighting – 5:30 PM Whiskey Wednesday for our Temple Together, Adults 35-50- Hot cider & whiskey tasting


December 22 4th Day Parking Lot Lighting – 5:30 PM

Friday, December

23 5th Day Parking Lot Lighting – 5:00 PM Chanukah & New Member Shabbat & Chinese Food Oneg – 6:00 PM


December 24 6th Day Parking Lot Lighting – 5:30 PM Candle Lighting & Havdalah

Sunday, December

25 7th Day Parking Lot Lighting – 5:30 PM

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

West End Synagogue

West End Synagogue - December 2022

For links to the following services or programs, please email


Join us for the only egalitarian in-person morning minyan in town!

Sunday services will be at 9 a.m. and Monday – Friday will be at 7 a.m.

Daily Maariv service on Zoom

Join us for daily Maariv at 6 p.m., Sunday – Thursday on Zoom. Email our office to get the link.

Kabbalat Shabbat You are invited to join us for Kabbalat Shabbat on Fridays in person or on Zoom at 6:00 p.m. We are devoting every Friday evening to deepen our understanding of Jewish Ethics through a careful reading of Pirkei Avot.

Morning Shabbat services You are invited to join us on Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. for Shabbat services and a meaningful conversation regarding the week’s Torah portion.

Talmud on Tuesdays Rabbi Joshua leads a lively Talmudic discussion at 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday, immediately after morning minyan. We are getting ready to finalize our fifth tractate (Makkot). In only a few weeks we will begin with a new one (Sotah).

Women's Torah Group This group will meet again (on Zoom) on December 7 at 11:00 a.m. Rabbi Joshua Kullock leads the study group. We are currently studying the last few chapters in the Book of Numbers.

Men’s Torah Group This group will meet again (in person) on December 8 at 12:00 p.m. Rabbi Joshua Kullock is in charge of the classes. We are currently studying the First Book of Kings, and in the next class we will begin analyzing the stories related to Prophet Elijah.

Torah study with Nachemya Rosenfeld on Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m. following morning minyan at 7:00 am.

Join us on the first Friday of the month, December 2, at 6:00 pm for our special Anniversary Shabbat celebrating all December wedding anniversaries. All our couples will receive a special acknowledgement. Junior Congregation for students in 2nd-7th grades will also be held @ 6:00 p.m. Both services will be followed by a special Shabbat Oneg.

Join us on Saturday December 3 for our annual Social Action Shabbat and the presentation of the Michael Mehlman Social Action Volunteer of the Year Award. This year’s award will be presented to Rick Schneider, for his outstanding volunteer service with Project Cure. Services begin at 9:30 a.m. and a special kiddush luncheon sponsored by the Social Action Committee will follow.

Sunday, December 4 is the Annual Sisterhood Torah Fund dinner. This year’s event is celebrating 80 years of strength for the Women’s League of Conservative Judaism and honoring all the past presidents of our very own Music City chapter.

Wednesday, December 7, Learn and Lunch at 11:00 a.m. with Cantor Lieberman. Reservations required, catered lunch following presentation.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 10:30-11:30 am Join us for Tot Shabbat for families with children first grade and under and/or Junior Congregation for students in 2nd-6th grades. Stay for kiddush lunch following Shabbat services. The main service begins at 9:30 am.

Join us on the 3rd Friday of the month, 12/16 for our new Young Professionals Shabbat. Services begin at 6 p.m. and a special pre-Chanukah oneg will follow.

Sunday, December 18 is the first night of Chanukah. Come celebrate with us at a special Menorah lighting followed by delicious Chanukah treats. Candle Lighting and minyan at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, December 21, Learn and Lunch at 11:00 a.m. with Jean Roseman. Reservations required, catered lunch following presentation.

Join us on the Fourth Saturday of the month, 12/24 for our special Birthday Shabbat celebrating all December birthdays. And since it is also Chanukah, Shabbat will be extra special as we read from Three Torahs! Services begin at 9:30 a.m. and a Chanukah kiddush sponsored by the synagogue to follow.

Holiday Dinner and a Movie! Join us on the last night of Chanukah for a special catered dinner and watch a movie on Sunday, December 25. Please check the synagogue website for more information and to make reservations (Reservations are required).

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