December 2021

Chabad of Nashville 


Join friends for a morning of bagels, lox, and Tanya (Jewish mysticism) on the first Sunday of every month, beginning on Sunday, December 5, 2021, at 10:00 AM. Partake in a delicious spread of bagels, lox, cream cheese, and freshly brewed coffee as you learn the weekly Torah portion and its relevance to your personal life. There is no cost to attend, however kindly RSVP at 

Chillin over Cholent 

Are you seeking a different kind of Shabbat morning service? Have you felt lost during one, or are looking for a meaningful experience? Chabad of Nashville has just what you are seeking, as it hosts a unique Shabbat service every Shabbat morning at 10:00 AM. 

The Shabbat services at Chabad are a place where “Judaism, is Done Joyfully.”  

They are filled with song and joy, and are led by Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel, and chanted by participants in the congregation. The highlight of the service is the Torah reading. The story of the weekly portion comes alive as Rabbi Tiechtel shares insights and wisdom as related to the participants in the service. The technique used is called, Storah Telling, where the rabbi teaches with stories and parables, and inspires the congregation to take the message to heart. 

According to Rabbi Tiechtel, “Each individual knows how he or she best communicates with Gd, and at Chabad the language you use or the pace you set for yourself are not of paramount importance.”  

The prayer books are written in both Hebrew and English, and the page numbers are announced continuously so one may always catch up if they prefer to meditate at a slower speed. Participants connect with the day, and with Gd, and with their own soul, in whatever personal manner suits them best.  

If you are seeking an enjoyable, meaningful, comprehensive, Shabbat Service, Chabad of Nashville is offering just that, every Shabbat morning, at 10:00 AM. 

Following the service all participants join a magnificent sit-down Shabbat lunch, replete with challah, cholent, salads, and a variety of Shabbat delicacies. It is a time for good conversation and great company—an opportunity to meet new people and make great friends!  


Chabad to host two TGIS celebration in December 

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 evenings, December 10, and 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 


Biblical Tales of Kings, Warriors and Prophets via Zoom 

 Chabad will be presenting a fall course on Biblical Tales of Kings, Warriors and Prophets, on the Book of Samuel, beginning on Wednesday, December 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2021, at 7:00 PM. These lessons will be taught via Zoom, on six Wednesday evenings, during November and December. 

 Participants will be immersed in the richness of the Jewish Scriptures and discover the hidden meanings that have been lost over centuries of translations, and delve into the fascinating world of the ancient prophets of Israel. This new learning opportunity explores the dramatic stories and powerful messages contained in the Book of Samuel II. 

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


Congregation Micah 

Judaism at Micah continues to evolve with courage, compassion and creativity. Stay updated! Go to, like us on our socials: Facebook; 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! Access Micah’s programs – all free and open to the public - from the front page of our website.  

Want to take our relationship to the next level? Apply for membership! For more information contact Mindy Drongowski at 


Programming at Micah - November 2021 

Sanctuary Shabbat Services - Fridays at 6:00 PM  

At Micah, we approach God in many ways: through the power of music and song, the inspiration of words, the beauty of sacred space, and the authenticity of our intention. To fully realize this core Jewish value, we invite you to join us for services that are as diverse as they are engaging, as moving as they are participatory. 

Micah Reads - Monday, December 6 at 7:00 PM 

All are welcome for a Zoom discussion on the book The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman. Join Education Director Julie Greenberg in conversation for this community event. 

Sports Trivia - Tuesday, December 7 at 10:30 AM 

Have you spent the last 25 years of your life wondering 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 to get into the world series in 1951? Answers to this question and many more of little importance when you join Martin Light and other Micah members for an hour of a sports trivia contest to be held in the Micah social hall on the first Tuesday of every month. All are welcome. Contact with any questions. 

ReJEWvenation - December 7 & 14 

A spiritual discipline focused on reNEWing and reJEWvenating the mind and heart with knowledge and understanding of Jewish traditions, theology, and history. Join us in a compassionate, virtual environment, and eradicate any inexperience, illiteracy, unfamiliarity, or complete obliviousness to Jewish customs and rituals. Be reminded of or learn traditions you never knew and, in the process, reJEWvenate your soul! 

This Introduction to Judaism class is a requirement for conversion at Micah. Meeting for 10 sessions, the course is virtual from 7:00 to 8:15 PM. $50 for Micah Members / $180 for non-members (includes all 10 sessions and the digital text). 

Weekly Events 

Schmooze & Views - Thursday mornings at 10:30 AM 

Keeping the politics off the pulpit but not out of the building, share your views in a round-table discussion on current events facilitated by the rabbi and Dr. Bob Smith. Attendance includes both in-person and virtual options. 

Torah Study - Saturday Mornings at 9:00 AM 

Deep conversations with thoughtful and caring people. Led by the rabbi on Zoom. 

Mah Jongg - Tuesday Afternoons from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM 

Join our players for an afternoon of mah jongg fun in the social hall! For more information, contact Paula at 

Chanukah at Micah: 

 The 8-day Festival of Lights commemorating the rededication of the ancient Temple that stood in Jerusalem affirms that we can fix things that are broken, we can heal, and we can rebuild. Additionally, the essence of the holiday is to publicize the miraculous. At Micah we intend to radiate light and hope all eight days as an act of holy defiance against darkness. Watch for special services, songs, candle lightings, events, gifts, videos and more! See below for a few examples. 

Holiday Oil Drive  

We will be collecting cooking oil for the Nashville Food Project, for our monthly Social Action drive.  

International Candle Lighting 

Our progressive partner and sister congregation in the United Kingdom - The Ark Synagogue – will join us in a special across the pond candle lighting. Thursday, December 2 at 10:30 AM. 

Shabbat Chanukah 

Two sets of candles, two very different traditions, yet the result is the same: a match kindles a flame and darkness diminishes. Friday, December 3 at 6:00 PM. 

Micah Minis: Chanukah Style! 

Sing and dance in this family-friendly Shabbat experience, led by Education Director Julie Greenberg and Ms. Lisa Silver. Saturday, December 4 at 9:30 AM on Zoom only. 

A Micah Movie: The Miracles of Chanukah - Sunday, December 5 at 5:00 PM 

With an all-star cast of congregants and candles, music and marvels, stories and songs, this feature film will keep your toes tapping and inspire YOU to bring more light to the world. 


Sherith Israel 

Sherith Israel will host a Melave Malka, a post Shabbat celebration, on Saturday night, December 11, at 7 pm. The evening will feature music with Cantor Dov Rosenblatt and friends, home made pizza, and games. All ages welcome. Cost per person $5. Email reservations to or call (615) 292 6614. 

Jewish Songwriting Workshop w/ Cantor Dov 

Sunday, December 12th / 11am-12:15pm / Sherith Israel 

Sherith Israel's Cantor-In-Residence, Dov Rosenblatt, has been a professional songwriter since his college band, Blue Fringe, and he has since written songs for tv & film projects as well as other artists. Come join an interactive workshop to create a song from scratch based on a source text from a Tefillah (prayer). Come ready to be collaborative and creative! No musical talent is necessary, only an open mind. 

Cholet Cook-off 

By Yuri Livshitz 

On the holy day of Shabbat, on December 11th, Shul sanctity and neighborly love will be put to the test as fierce competition breaks out under the once-peaceful canopy of the Sherith Israel tent. After kiddush, four teams from the West-side of the shul will kick off the 3-month-long Cholent Competition.  For those who don't know, Cholent is the traditional stew for the Sabbath day, prepared on Friday and left to cook overnight. Customs vary from community to community and from family to family as to what ingredients are included in the perfect Cholent. 

The East-side tournament will follow in January, and the championship round, where winners of the two conferences go head-to-head, will go down in February. In the spirit of offending everyone, both meat and vegetarian masterpieces will be presented at each round. 

 Beans will boil, spices and egos will simmer, and a Master of Cholent will be born. In addition to basking in the glory of their success, the winning team will get their names forever inscribed on the highly-vetted Trophy of Cholent. 

 Come one, come all.  Pray, eat, vote.  December 11. It’s bound to be a hot mess.  


The Temple  

December 2021 Events 

All programming can be accessed via unless noted to be in person 

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. 
Zoom Room: 

Lunch with the Rabbi  
Thursday, December 2nd, 9th, 16th from 12:00-1:00 PM 

Bring your lunch and engage with Rabbi Schiftan and guests in a discussion of current and important issues from a Jewish perspective. 

And be sure to attend Thursday, December 2nd* at Noon with Nashville Metro Police Chief John Drake 

Zoom Room: 


Women's Torah Study 
Every Thursday from 12:00-1:00 PM 

Ongoing weekly women's Torah study led by Patty Marks. 
Zoom Room: 

Shabbat Schedule for December 

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

Friday, December 3rd ~ 6:00 pm Chanukah Service and New Member Recognition 

Friday, December 10th ~ 6:00 pm  

Friday, December 17th  ~ 6:00 pm with Birthday Blessings 

Friday, December 24th ~ 6:00 pm 

Friday, December 31st ~ 4:00 pm- virtual only! 


Chevrah Torah Study*  

 9:30a.m. on Saturdays via 

Join us for our weekly Torah study on the portion of the week, led by the clergy. 9:30 am on Saturdays.  

Tot Shabbat Chanukah  

Saturday, December 4th @ 10:00a.m.  

(for families with children up to age 6) 
These opportunities offer families the chance to celebrate Shabbat with their young children in a creative way. 

For more information and to join in, please visit or 


Hike & Havdalah at Percy Warner 

Presented by The Temple’s Worship and Music Committee 

December 18th 

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. Why? For the fresh air and exercise, for connecting with each other, and to enjoy nature’s God. 

For more information or questions, please contact Anne Davenport at 


Are You Looking for a Creative Outlet? Join Writers of the Lost Ark!  

“Writers of the Lost Ark” 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 prose.  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. 

Public Showcase of Members’ Work via Zoom 
Wednesday, December 1st ~ 7:00-8:00 pm 

For more information, please contact 
Go to for Zoom info. 



Women Engaged in Living & Learning 

December 2nd ~ 5:30 pm 

Bringing Light: Chanukah Get Together & Lighting of The Temple’s Outdoor Menorah at The Temple  


Nefesh Mountain Concert 

Thanks to Nefesh Mountain’s manager and The Temple’s own Neal Spielberg, we will be able to sit together as a Temple group.  AFTER you’ve purchased your general admission ticket, please email Cantor Fishbein at to be added to our group section. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased at 
City Winery requires proof of Covid-19 vaccination AND the wearing of masks when not eating or drinking to gain admission to any performance they are hosting. 


Connect with your Temple family during this Chanukah season! 

Chanukah will be filled with opportunities for fun, learning, music, and connection. Every night of Chanukah, join us at The Temple parking lot at 5:30 pm for a drive-in menorah lighting.  Masks required and social distancing observed. 

We will kick off our Chanukah celebration on Sunday, November 28th at 4:30pm with an early candle lighting and special treats. 

From November 29-December 5th, join us nightly at 5:30 for our candle lighting.  

See for more information.  


Musical Chanukah Opportunities 

URJ Chanukah concert on Monday, November 29th @ 7:00pm via 

Dan Nichols Concert on Thursday, December 2nd @ 7:00pm via 


Clergy in the Kitchen Virtual Chanukah Cooking Class 

Wednesday, December 1st at Noon via  


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 – December 2021 

For links to the following services or programs, please email 


Join us for in-person morning minyan!  

Sunday services will be at 9am and Monday-Friday will be at 7am 

Daily Mincha (afternoon service) or Maariv (the evening service)  

depending on Daylight savings times 

Join us for daily Mincha/Maariv in person or on Zoom at 6:00 p.m. 


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 at 9:30 a.m. in person or by zoom. 

Talmud class on Tuesdays 

Rabbi Joshua Kullock teaches a Talmud class on Tuesdays at 7:30am. 

Torah class for Women: 

Join Rabbi Joshua on the first Wednesday of each month at 11am via Zoom  
(call for details) 

Torah class for Men: 
Join Rabbi Joshua the second Thursday of each month at 12pm. 

Miriam’s Torah Class: 
Wednesday, December 1 at Noon 

Lunch & Learn is Back! 
December 8th – Learn with WES, Director of Lifelong Learning, Sharon Paz 

December 22nd – Learn with Community Schlicha, Naom Harari 
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm 
12:00pm – 1:00pm Stay for lunch or take your lunch to go – Only $3.00! 


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