Congregations- February 2023



"Gourmet Hamantashen available Now in Nashville"

Leave it to the Jews to have a cookie inspired by cultural annihilation!

Hamantashen are the triangle-shaped filled cookies most associated with Purim, the most joyous of all Jewish holidays. Hamantashen, the classic Purim cookies, are eagerly awaited by everyone young and old. They are versatile and can be made from a good, sweet yeast dough, flaky dough or from a traditional cookie dough. The fillings can be mixed and matched.

The Hamantash cookie is eaten on Purim, when we read from the Book of Esther, the Megillah, and celebrate the Megillah, and celebrate the triumph of good (Esther) over evil (Haman, who planned to destroy the Jewish people.)

Chabad of Nashville is offering Covid Safe, delicious Hamantashen to share with family and friends, while celebrating the joyous holiday of Purim!

These gourmet Hamantaschen will be baked by an authentic Hamantash bakery in Brooklyn New York, and will be offered in three different flavors, Raspberry, Poppy Seed and chocolate chip, and will all be dipped in chocolate, to give a rich smooth taste.

Orders can be placed at, and need to be placed by February 20, for on time shipping before Purim. Purim will be celebrated this year on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.

For more information, feel free to call 615-646-5750

Chabad to host two TGIS celebration in February

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, February 10, and on February 24, 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

Craving Community? There is hope!

Craving Community? There is hope! Join people like yourself for our weekly Shabbat morning service. For the whole family. Come for all, come for part.

Join us for our weekly Shabbat service and community experience. Services are warm, welcoming, joyous, and friendly, and they will include some traditional prayers in Hebrew, explanations and English readings, Torah reading and inspirational talk.

The traditional service is designed to guide you step-by-step and will make you comfortable regardless of previous exposure and background. This, coupled with modern Jewish melodies and an easy-to-read prayer book translation will make Shabbat prayer services an enjoyable and meaningful experience for you.

Shabbat morning services are followed by social Kiddush buffet luncheon, including a hot gourmet cholent, and a spread of delicious dishes and freshly baked desserts.

The event is always capped off with Torah and Tea for women, and the Men’s Group weekly farbrengen with L’Chaim.


Join friends for a morning of bagels, lox and Tanya (Jewish mysticism) on Sunday, February 5, at 10:00 AM. Partake in a delicious spread of bagels, lox, cream cheese, and freshly brewed coffee as you learn from the Holy Book of the Tanya, and the Gates of Trust. Nourish your Mind, Body and Soul with BLT at Chabad of Nashville.

Torah Yoga for Kids on Shabbat mornings

Bring your youngsters on Shabbat mornings for Torah Yoga at Chabad of Nashville. These exciting new yoga sessions will be held the first and third Shabbat mornings of each month on Shabbat mornings from 11-12 for children ages 4-10 with Moms. Each session will incorporate; Breathing and stretching techniques, mastering a variety of fun yoga poses, singing, dancing, games, learning about the weekly torah portion and Tefila (prayer).

The sessions will aim to promote the many benefits of yoga including, increased flexibility and strength, and relaxation as well as teaching your child about the most special day of the week Shabbat - in a fun and health way.

Torah Yoga is free to attend, kindly RSVP at as space is limited.

Chabad Chicken Soup Squad Winter 2023

All about town people suffering from the common cold, strains of flu, or maybe a strain of Covid, and are looking up and feeling a bit apprehensive.

Never fear, The Chabad Chicken Soup Squad is here. Chabad is presenting the Winter 2023 Chicken Soup Squad, as various local chefs prepare authentic chicken soup, and a dedicated team of volunteers who deliver fresh heartwarming chicken soup to those under the weather or are not feeling well. This chicken soup broth has earned rave reviews -- it's the original Jewish penicillin.

For anyone who would like a free quart or two of this unique chicken soup broth, or would like to volunteer with delivering this soup to those who are under the weather, please call Chabad’s Chesed desk at 615-646-5750, or email

Congregation Micah

February 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, TikTok, 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.

February Events:

Sabbath of Song: A Shabbat Service in Memory of Debbie Friedman: Friday, February 3 at 6 PM: Friday, February 3rd is Shabbat Shira, which means the “Sabbath of Song.” Music has been an integral part of Jewish civilization since biblical times, but there is one name in particular whose influence is paramount to the sound and spirit of contemporary Jewish music in North America and beyond—none other than Debbie Friedman (Z”L). We will raise our voices together to celebrate the Sabbath of Song with the music of the late great Debbie Friedman.

Judaism for the Interfaith Couple: A 3-Part Series: Sunday Mornings, 10:30 AM, February 5, February 12, and February 19 In-Person

This 3-session course will focus on the subjects of Jewish ethics, practice, and peoplehood through the lens of the interfaith couple. Join Rabbi Laurie as we explore these topics through the study of Jewish text and conversation. No charge for members, $36/person for guests. RSVP at

Tu B’shevat Hike: Sunday, February 5 at 2:00 PM

Celebrate the beauty of nature with us. We will meet at Deep Wells off of Highway 100 and hike the White Trail. RSVP at

Micah Reads: Monday, February 6, and Monday, March 6, at 7 PM on Zoom

Education Director Julie Greenberg leads the discussion on the book What We Wish Were True by Tallu Schuyler Quinn in February and The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi in March. All are welcome. RSVP at

Caring for Aging Parents: A Series: Tuesday, February 7 at 7 PM

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 Om in Shalom: Mindfulness and Meditation: Thursday, February 9 at 6:00 PM

Join Rabbi Laurie Rice and Dr. Judy Itzkowitz to put the OM in Shalom, an evening of Jewish mindfulness and meditation at Congregation Micah. RSVP at

Didactic Service: Saturday, February 11, at 9:30 AM In-Person and on Livestream

Our clergy will lead us in our annual didactic - or “teaching” - service that will explore the meaning, structure, and choreography of the Shabbat service.

Sports Trivia: Tuesday, February 14, 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

American Jewish Identity with Rabbi Sharon Brous: Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 PM on Zoom

Rabbi Laurie Rice and Rabbi Joshua Kullock of West End Synagogue host a conversation with Rabbi Sharon Brous, founder and senior rabbi of IKAR in Los Angeles, CA. Register for the Zoom at

Women’s Circle: Friday, February 17, at 12 PM

Rabbi Laurie engages your intellect and inspires conversation on a variety of Jewish topics. All are welcome. Bring a friend. Lunch will be provided. RSVP at

Micah Minis: Saturday, February 18 at 9:30 AM

Sing and dance with Cantor Josh and Rabbi Laurie! This family-friendly Shabbat service is aimed at ages 7 and younger.

Micah Makers Charity Knit and Crochet Group: Sunday, February 19, at 10 AM

All experience levels welcome, including those who want to learn!

Sherith Israel

Sherith Israel's Open Mic Night - (Open to all ages)

Sat. night, FEB.18th - 6:45pm - 8:30pm

This event is a wonderful opportunity for kids and adults to get on stage and perform in front of an encouraging audience. Participants can play a song - original or cover - on an instrument, sing, perform magic, tell jokes, or read a poem. Hosted by Cantor Dov. Fresh pizza and snacks will be served. FREE event for the whole community!

Tefillah Workshop with Cantor Dov Sundays 2/12, 2/19 - 10am - 11:15am Join Cantor Dov for 2 workshops in February to delve into understanding some of the prayers we say each day, through the lens of songwriting.

Daveners of all levels are welcome.

Cake and coffee will be served.

The community is invited to join our adult learning series, the Nashville Bass Midrash, with Moreh Nehcemya Rosenfeld, at 8 pm on Wednesday nights in the Sherith Israel library. No prior experience necessary.

February topics are the following:

2/1 - Is it Permissible to Receive Compensation for Performance of a Mitzvah?

2/8 - Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel: Two Worldviews

2/15 - Pre Purim - Who are you, Esther? Lessons From the Talmud on Megilat Esther part 1

2/22 - Pre Purim - Who is Jewish? Lessons From the Talmud on Megilat Esther part 2

The Temple

The Temple February 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 February

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

Friday, February 3rd ~ 6:00 PM

Friday, February 10Th~ 6:00 PM

Friday, February 17th~6:00 PM- FAMILY SERVICE

Friday, February 24th ~ 6:00 PM

Shabbat Morning Schedule for February

Saturday, February 25th ~ 11:00 AM

Golden Lunch Bunch

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

February 7th with entertainment by Russ Davis

February 21st with entertainment by Nancy & Larry Mechem 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, February 4th ~ 10:00AM

Our theme is Tu B’shTOT- Tu’B’shevat

Women's Torah Study February 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd

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 February 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd

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!

February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

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

February 1st

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

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine Lectures

Signs and Wonders – Biblical Miracles & Modern Meanings

Tuesdays at 7:00 pm ~ In-Person at The Temple

January 24-Miracles of Food – From Symbolism to Sustainability

January 31-Miracles of Healing –

Health Care, Care Providers, and the Importance of Bodies

February 7-Miracles of Nature – From Stilling Storms to Natural Disaster

Dr. Levine is the Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies Hartford International University for Religion and Peace.

Temple Together (35-50 year old Jewish Adults) Bourbon Tasting

Led by Rabbi Michael Shulman

Certified Bourbon Steward

Wednesday, February 8th

6:00pm @ The Temple

Join us for this guided tasting and learn the bourbon basics and the Jewish connections with the whiskey industry in America.

Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided

RSVP to Rabbi Michael Shulman at

West End Synagogue

West End Synagogue - February 2023

For links to the following services or programs, please email

Scholar in Residence Weekend

Come and join us the last weekend of February as we welcome Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski to West End Synagogue. He will teach on Friday, February 24, after a catered Shabbat dinner by Goldie Shepard. Services begin at 6 p.m. Reservations required for dinner $25 pp, $15 children under 10 and no charge for children under 3, please RSVP on our website or by calling 615-269-4592 ext. 11. On Saturday, February 25, Rabbi Borodowski will speak following kiddush.

Friday night class: “The Science of Happiness. Can Judaism Make Us Happy?”

Saturday afternoon class: “Introverted Moses Vs. Extroverted Miriam: What Personality Type can tell us about our spirituality?”

Women's Torah Group (on Zoom)

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

Forum on Affordable Housing

Join us Thursday, February 2, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at West End Synagogue. This event is open to those in the community interested in learning how the lack of affordable housing affects us all! The forum will be moderated by Chas Sisk, WPLN News Director, with panelists: Metro Council Member Burkley Allen; Kay Bowers, of NOAH; Paulette Coleman, Commissioner on the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency; Randy Rayburn, Restaurant Owner and Hospitality

Consultant. Light refreshments to follow. For Information, contact Kitty Calhoon at or Judy Saks at

Shabbat Nosh!

Join us for Shabbat services on February 3, at 6:00 p.m. followed by an oneg reception. Everyone is welcome! This week, our 4th and 5th graders will lead Kabbalat Shabbat. It is also Young Professionals Shabbat. This is a great opportunity to meet friends and network while schmoozing after services at the oneg. Our 2nd and 3rd graders will lead us in a beautiful Havdalah service at 6:00 p.m. All are invited to attend.

Music City Sisterhood Book Club

Sunday, February 5, at 9:30 a.m. or on Zoom Tuesday, February 7, at 7:00 p.m. Join Music City Sisterhood's book club for a discussion of the book Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy by Letty Cotton Pogrrebin!

Learn and Lunch with Author Cathy Lewis

Wednesday, February 8, at 11:00 a.m. Reservations required, catered lunch following the presentation.

Men’s Torah Group (in person)

Join us on February 9, at noon for our Torah class for men. We are currently reading Elijah’s stories from the First Book of Kings

TOT Shabbat and Shabbat dinner

Friday Evening, February 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Open to families with young children first grade and under.

USY is baking Hamentashen!

Join USY and Gesher as we bake over 300 dozen delicious Hamantashen! We will start baking right Sunday school on Sunday, February 12, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided, and we will get to taste the delicious goodies we bake. The is event is open to grades 5 – 12 and parent help is always welcome. (Depending on how much we get done, we may also bake on Monday, February 16 from 10:00 a m.-2:00 p.m. Stay tuned!) If you have questions or to rsvp, email

Rabbis Joshua & Laurie inte

Join Rabbis Joshua (WES) and Laurie (Micah) on Tuesday, February 14, at 6:30 p.m., as they interview Rabbi Sharon Brous from IKAR in Los Angeles. They will discuss contemporary American Judaism, Anti-Semitism, and Israel. Music & Me for Families with young children under 3 years old Sunday, February 19 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Join us for Music, Munchies and Making friends. RSVP to

Learn and Lunch with Nechemya Rosenfeld

Wednesday, February 22, at 11:00 a.m. Reservations required, catered lunch following presentation.

Birthday Shabbat

Join us on Shabbat morning, February 25, for a special celebration of our February birthdays. The main service begins at 9:30 a.m. and a kiddush sponsored by the synagogue will follow. There will be free babysitting at this event. And our 2nd -7th graders won’t want to miss Junior Congregation from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Following services everyone is welcome to join us for a kiddush luncheon.

Shacharit (in person)

Join us for in-person morning minyan!

Sunday services will be at 9:00 a.m. and Monday-Friday will be at 7:00 a.m.

Maariv (on Zoom)

Join us for daily Maariv at 6:00 p.m., Sunday-Friday on Zoom only.

Kabbalat Shabbat

You are invited to join us for Kabbalat Shabbat on Fridays in person (or on Zoom) at 6:00 p.m.

Morning Shabbat services.

You are invited to join us Saturday mornings in person (or on Zoom) at 9:30 a.m.

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 have just began exploring a new tractate: Sotah. Come and join us!

Torah study

With Nechemya Rosenfeld every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. following morning minyan at 7:00 a.m.

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