Congregations- January 2023

Chabad of Nashville

2023 New Year Resolutions at Congregation Beit Tefilah Chabad

Looking for a New Year’s Resolution, one filled with meaning and purpose? Chabad of Nashville is offering various new and ongoing opportunities to nourish your Mind, Body and Soul. Pick one that suites your taste from this page, and make 2023 an even more meaningful year.

PARSHA PERSPECTIVES an All New Learning opportunity for 2023

Chabad of Nashville values a deep, rich learning experience and aims to provide this in an unequivocal way. Chabad presents an all new series of Parsha Perspectives, on Wednesday evenings in January and February 2023,

Parsha Perspectives will be taught by Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel, and will include a series of stimulating text and discussion based classes that take place on a weekly basis. The lessons will engage students in a multidimensional way by challenging them intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. These lessons will explore contemporary issues through a Torah perspective as well as tackling timeless questions in the Jewish tradition.

Each class introduces ideas and issues from the current weekly Torah portion and, through discussion and debate, creates a meaningful connection between the timeless wisdom of the Torah and modern-day living.

The purpose of Parsha Perspectives goes far beyond a mere discovery of knowledge. Every class creates an opportunity to truly understand how you can better your life today.

These classes are open to all, whatever your level of learning may be, and all are invited to participate. Register at

New Fall Course on Monday evening on Biblical Tales

During the winter and spring of 2022 Chabad of Nashville offered a most successful course on the Biblical Book of Samuel that was attended by many students from a cross spectrum of the Nashville community. Due the great success of this course and by a great demand from many participants, Chabad will be presenting a new series of Biblical Tales of Kings, Warriors and Prophets, on the Book of Kings. This will take place on Monday evenings during the months of January and February of 2023, on Monday evenings, beginning January 9, at 7:30 PM.

For more information or to register go to or call 615-646-5750

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, January 13 and Friday, January 27, at 6:30 PM at Chabad of Nashville. There will be a special guest cantor for the weekend at January 27- 28, 2023. (See article in this Observer about Cantor Aryeh Hurwitz visit to 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

Torah and Tea- A Weekly Jewish Women’s Study Group

The Five Books of Moses—the Torah—is quite simply the most widely-read, most influential literary work in all of human history. Since its first appearance in a blaze of Divine revelation on Mount Sinai over 3300 years ago, the Torah and its teachings have provoked inspired inquiry to discover its infinitely-layered designs and meanings.

Chabad of Nashville will host “Torah and Tea” an all women’s classical Jewish learning opportunity, in a series of clear and engaging weekly classes. Probing the ideas and issues related to the Jewish woman, these classes will offer timely lessons -from the most timeless of all texts.

Join Mrs. Esther Tiechtel together with fellow Jewish women in Nashville for inspiring Torah study, warm camaraderie, hot tea and delicious refreshments, on Shabbat afternoons at 1:00 PM, at Chabad of Nashville.

Enjoy a steaming cup of tea, a relevant Torah insight, inspired discussion and friendly interaction with Jewish women.

BLT – Bagels, Lox and Torah

Join friends for a morning of Bagels, Lox and Torah on Sunday, January 8, 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 from the Book of the Tanya. Nourish your Mind, Body and Soul with BLT at Chabad of Nashville. RSVP at

Meet in Person for Storah Telling and Cholent

Chabad of Nashville invites you to the Shabbat morning Storah-Telling. Participants will learn the story of the weekly Torah reading, as Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel tells the story and shares relevant insights for day to day living.

The Storah-Telling is followed by followed by a hot cholent, freshly baked Challah, a gourmet buffet lunch, and a weekly farbrengen with some friendly L’Chaim.

Participants will go home with nourishments for their Mind, Body and Soul.

Join your friends on Shabbat morning at 10:30 AM at Chabad, for warmth and companionship that emanate from the Chabad of Nashville community.

A Coin in Charity a Day Brings Blessings Your Way

It is a well-known Jewish tradition to give charity (Tzedakah) daily, as it draws down Divine energy of blessings and success in all of your endeavors.

Chabad of Nashville is offering a free Tzedakah box for your home or office, that can be used to fulfill the Mitzvah of giving Tzedakah daily.

The Tzedakah box is a free gift for the first 50 people to contact the Chabad of Nashville office 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, 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.

Micah Reads: Monday, January 9, and Monday, February 6 at 7 PM on Zoom

Education Director Julie Greenberg leads the discussion on the book Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson in January and What We Wish Were True by Tallu Schuyler Quinn in February. All are welcome.

Israel Mixer: Wednesday, January 11, at 6:30 PM on Zoom

Cantor Josh is leading a group on a Soulful Summer Israel Trip June 11-22, 2023. This intergenerational trip will immerse you in the rich history, culture, and sights of Israel. Highlights of the trip include traveling to the Dead Sea & Masada, exploring the Western Wall Tunnel, an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves, visiting Yad Vashem (the national Holocaust memorial), and so much more! Want to learn more about the trip, or have you already committed and want to meet the other families going? Join Rabbi Laurie and Cantor Josh for a special virtual mixer. RSVP at

Serving our Seniors: “Jewsical Theatre”: Thursday, January 12, at 11:45 AM In-Person

Jews have long had an affection for musical theatre. 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! Lunch will be served at 11:45 AM. The concert will begin at 12:15 PM. RSVP at

Sports Trivia: Tuesday, January 17, 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

Judaism for the Interfaith Couple: A 3-Part Series: Sunday Mornings, 10:30 AM, January 22, February 5, and February 12 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

Sherith Israel

Sherith Israel has created an Inclusion Committee that aims to work with the community to be more inclusive of people with disabilities and special needs, with the broader goal of instilling a sense of belonging. To further our goal of accommodation and supporting our community, we have created an email address to which anyone can direct questions, comments, or specific ideas/needs:

January 20-21 Winter Shabbaton

On the weekend of Parshat Vaera, January 20-21, the Shul will be hosting a Shabbaton, featuring a dinner Friday night, with guest speaker, Rabbi Shlomo Kimche, of Efrat. Rabbi Kimche is the Founder of the Orot Yehuda Yeshiva High-School and is the Vice Chairman of the Bnei Akiva Educational Network. The title of his talk is: What is so special about the Kuzari that the Vilna Gaon and Rav Kook considered it the Holy of Holies? The dinner will begin at 5:30 pm and the talk will take place around 6:30 pm.

On Shabbat morning, the Shul will host Rabbi Tamar Manassah, who is the first woman ordained to the Hebrew Israelite rabbinate at Chicago's Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation. As a rabbi and activist, she fights against gang violence in Chicago's south side. She will be speaking in Nashville about her Jewish journey, as well as the vital work she does to save young lives. Her talk will take place on Shabbat morning around 10:30 am.

And finally, Shabbat morning after services, will be the 7th annual Nashville cholent contest, featuring 5 teams competing for the tastiest cholent in the south, including one vegetarian team.

The community is invited for the entire weekend but reservations are required for the Friday night dinner program. Call the Shul office (615) 292 6614 or email for more information.

The Temple January 2023 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, January 6th ~ 6:00 PM


Friday, January 20th~6:00 PM- FAMILY SERVICE

Friday, January 27th ~ 6:00 PM

Golden Lunch Bunch

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

January 3rd with entertainment by John England

January 17th with entertainment by John Starbuck 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, January 7th ~ 4:00PM

Our theme is Shabbat-PJ Havdallah

Women's Torah Study January 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th

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 January 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th

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!

January 9th, 23rd, 30th

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

January 4th

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

Leaving a Legacy: A Workshop on Writing Your Own Ethical Will with Rabbi Shana Mackler and Felice Apolinsky, LCSW

Wednesdays ~ Noon-1:00 PM

January 11, 18, 25

Bring your own lunch

Ethical wills are a way to share your values, achievements, blessings, life lessons, hopes and dreams for the future, love, and forgiveness with your family, friends, and community

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.

W.E.L.L. & Caring Connection Committee Stock the Freezer with Soup and Shmooze

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 ~ Noon

Join us to stock our freezer with soup for congregants in need. You can bring your homemade soup to donate as well. We will cook, nosh, and discuss the meaningful memoir by Tallu Schuyler Quinn, “What We Wish Were True”

*Some copies are available to borrow.


West End Synagogue - January 2022

For links to the following services or programs, please email

Shacharit (in person)

Join us for in-person morning minyan!

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

Maariv (on Zoom)

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

Kabbalat Shabbat

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

Morning Shabbat services.

You are invited to join us Saturday mornings in person at 9:30 a.m.

Talmud on Tuesdays.

Rabbi Joshua leads a lively Talmudic discussion at 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday, immediately after morning minyan. In January we will begin exploring a new tractate: Sotah. Come and join us!

Women's Torah Group (on Zoom)

Join us on January 4, at 11:00 a.m. Rabbi Joshua leads the study group. We are currently studying the closing chapters in the Book of Numbers.

Men’s Torah Group (in person)

Join us in January 12, at noon for our Torah class for men. We are currently reading Elijah’s stories in the First Book of Kings

Torah study

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

Anniversary Kabbalat Shabbat

Join us on January 6, at 6:00 p.m. for our special Shabbat celebrating all January wedding anniversaries. Services will be followed by a special Oneg. Everyone is invited!

Newcomers Cookie Baking Event at WES

Join us Sunday, January 8 at 2:00 p.m. Contact Eitan Snyder at the Jewish Federation if you are interested in attending,

Learn and Lunch with Sherri Holzer

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

TOT Shabbat and Shabbat dinner

Friday Night January 13, 5:30-7:30 pm. For families with young children first grade and under.

Junior Congregation (for 2nd-7th graders)

Saturday, January 14 10:30-11:30 a.m. Followed by a congregational Kiddush lunch. The main service begins at 9:30 a.m.

Young Professionals Shabbat.

Join us on January 20 for this new opportunity to meet friends and network. Services begin at 6 p.m. with a special Oneg to follow.

Join USY and Gesher for a fun event on Saturday night, Jan 21 from 6:30 -9 pm at West End Synagogue. Starting with Havdala, ending with fun, and snacks in between, you don't want to miss out! This program is open to grades 6-12. RSVP to

Learn and Lunch with Rabbi Daniel Hoffman

Wednesday, January 25, at 11:00 a.m. Reservations required, catered lunch following presentation.

Birthday Shabbat

Join us on January 28, for our special Birthday Shabbat celebrating all January birthdays. Services begin at 9:30 a.m. and a kiddush sponsored by the synagogue to follow. There will be free babysitting at this event.

Sisterhood Program on Kids' Nutrition featuring Dani Lebovitz.

Sunday, January 29th from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

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