July 2021

Chabad of Nashville

Forty Percent Scholarship being offered at the Jewish Montessori Preschool

The Revere Jewish Montessori Preschool (JuMP) opens its doors for its 5th year for the academic year beginning in August 2021, as Tennessee’s only Jewish Montessori Preschool.

The Revere Jewish Montessori Preschool is committed to providing its students with an outstanding Jewish Montessori education, which will become their foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Beyond small class sizes, and being Three Stars certified by the DHS, it is a preschool that teaches its students based on the Montessori philosophy, to give each child a rich, Jewish foundation in a warm and nurturing environment.

In celebration of its success, an anonymous donor has stepped up to the plate, and is offering a one-time opportunity of granting a forty percent scholarship to any new families applying for the academic year, beginning in August of 2021. These scholarships are for children in the ages 42 months – 5 years old and are being granted on a first come first served basis. This scholarship will enable a child to register for a full day program, five days a week, for their first year attending the Jewish Montessori preschool and is available for the first three families who apply.

To apply for this special one-time scholarship, or to schedule a private tour of the Revere Jewish Montessori Preschool please call 615-646-5750.

Chabad to host START UP the TGIS Celebration in August

Chabad to reinaugurate it’s long standing classic TGIS, Thank G-d It’s Shabbat celebration, on Friday, August 13, at 6:30 PM. After 20 plus years of hosting the TGIS celebrations, Chabad had to stop these events due to Covid-19. 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, August 13, and 27, 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 chabadnashville@gmail.com

Congregation Beit Tefilah to hold a Tisha B'Av Memorial Service

The Jewish Memorial Day, The Fast of the Ninth of the Jewish month of Av, Tisha b'Av, marks the end of a three - week period of mourning during which our people remember the series of events that led to the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem and the destruction of our people's first Temple on that date in the year 586 BCE.

Tisha B'Av is on Shabbat this year, and the fast is therefore postponed for Sunday, the tenth of Av. The fast starts on sundown on Shabbat, the ninth of Av, July 17, 8:04 PM, and lasts until the following nightfall, Sunday August 11 at 8:11 PM. During this time-period we fast, eschew pleasurable activities, and lament the destruction of the Holy Temple and our nation’s exile.

On the eve of Tisha B’Av we gather in the synagogue to read the Book of Lamentations. Tallit and Tefillin are not worn during the morning prayers. After the morning prayers we recite Kinot (elegies). We put on the Tallit and Tefillin for the afternoon prayers. To commemorate this day, Congregation Beit Tefilah will hold a Tisha B’Av Memorial Service with the reading of the Book of Lamentations, known as the Book of Eicha by candlelight. This will take place on Saturday night, July 17, at 9:00 PM at Congregation Sherith Israel.

On Sunday, July 18, Congregation Beit Tefilah Chabad will have a Tisha B'Av Mincha Service and Torah reading at 7:00 PM and will be followed by a light break fast after dark. For more information or to learn more about Tisha B'Av go to chabadnashville.com.

Jumpstart Your Child's Jewish Life with a Gift for Your Newborn

As expectant women approach their due dates, a variety of emotions tend to surface. Some women are filled with excitement, anxiously anticipating the day that they will meet their baby face to face. Others get the jitters, nervous about the upcoming hours of labor. All women pray to G-d for a healthy baby. Many Jewish women would be thrilled to know that there is one special prayer that has been customary for centuries in our tradition to safeguard both the mother and the baby. This prayer is the Shir Hamalot (Song of Ascents, Psalms: 121). The verses of this psalm declare our dependence upon the Creator for our safety and wellbeing and His commitment to guard us at all times.

These holy words contain the power to protect the mother and baby throughout the birthing process and the recovery period that follows. That is why it is so imperative that, as an expectant mother packs up her overnight bag with all of the items she plans to take to the hospital, that she not forget the Shir Hamalot. Just having this prayer by her side throughout the delivery provides that extra dose of protection that any woman in labor would welcome!

Once the baby is born, it is customary to place the Shir Hamalot on the baby's cradle; this is a great way to safeguard your new little bundle. It is also the custom to hang the Shir Hamalot in the doorways of your home, especially in the doorway of the baby's room, before entering with the baby. It is important to realize that everything that surrounds a newborn has a spiritual effect. The Torah teaches us that what a baby sees and hears, even during the first day of life, will have an influence on the child for many years to come. Jewish parents are encouraged to expose their children to holy images as soon as they are born. The Shir Hamalot is a wonderful way to begin.

If you are expecting a child or know someone who is, Chabad of Nashville is offering a free, beautiful, full-color Shir Hamalot prayer card for any family in Middle Tennessee that requests one. They come in slightly different colors for boys and girls, designed with gorgeous artwork in pastel pink and baby blue. There is no greater gift to give yourself or your loved one at this precious time.

To receive your free Shir Hamalot blessing card, kindly email office@chabadnashville.com or call 615-646-5750

Congregation Micah

Yes, we are open! Judaism at Micah continues to evolve with courage, compassion and creativity. Stay updated! Go to www.congregationmicah.org, like us on our socials: Facebook; Instagram; @MicahNashville; sign up for our eblasts; learn and pray with us in person or on YouTube, Zoom and on 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 mindy@congregationmicah.org

Programming at Micah - July 2021

Book Club - Monday, July 5 at 6:00 PM

All are welcome for this zoom virtual discussion on the book Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan.

Sanctuary Shabbat Services - Fridays at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

As we return to our sacred space, registration for attending services will be available in our e-blast and on our website. Sign-ups will be available on the Monday prior to Friday night. Children 12 and under do not count toward your RSVP number. Number of permitted attendees will continue to be assessed.

Red Cross Blood Drive - Sunday, August 1

Save a life by giving blood. Visit our events page and sign up to donate.

Weekly Events

Schmooze & Views - Thursdays 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.

Virtual Mah Jongg - Tuesday afternoons at 12:30 PM.

Chinese tile game with a Jewish twist. Beginning in July, attendance will be in person.

Virtual Tai Chi Classes

Around the world millions of people are getting health benefits from learning this amazing art. Learn how to breathe and RELAX. Email Info@TaiChiRiver.com for more information.

Sherith Israel

Dov Rosenblatt Joining Sherith Israel as Shaliach Tzibur

Dov Rosenblatt will be joining Sherith Israel as Shaliach Tzibur, or Cantor in Residence, for eleven months beginning this July. In addition to leading davening on a regular basis, he will be responsible for new programs for both adults and youth, with a special focus on music. Among these programs, Rosenblatt will be leading a Tefilla Songwriting Workshop including exploring the meaning of the prayers and then writing songs expressing those themes. 

A graduate of Yeshiva University, Rosenblatt is an accomplished musician who has composed music for Netflix and Dreamworks. With Blue Fringe and The Wellspring Music LLC, he has performed for Jewish audiences internationally, including the United States, Israel, Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Canada. In addition to composing and performing, Rosenblatt has extensive teaching experience with elementary, middle, and high school students. In all of his teaching endeavors, he focuses on collaboration, creativity, and meaning.  

Evan Rittenberg, President of Sherith Israel, said, "As we move past the Covid shutdowns and Sherith Israel returns to in-person activity, we are delighted to have someone as talented and beloved as Dov for our Shaliach Tzibur. We are all looking forward to participating in new programs, learning new melodies, and enriching our daily and Shabbat services." 

Dov is married to Aura, and they are the proud parents of Kol, Nava, Shlomo, and Esther. The family is looking forward to being part of the Sherith Israel and Akiva families, engaging with the Nashville Jewish community, and enjoying the Nashville music scene. Dov is also looking forward to working with - and learning from - Sherith Israel's Cantor Emeritus, George Lieberman, who remains a beloved part of the Sherith Israel community and will continue to have an important role in the synagogue's services and educational programs.

The Temple

All programming can be accessed via thetemplehub.org 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:
Meeting ID: 819 730 96738
Dial in - Audio Only: 1 312 626 6799


Lunch with the Rabbi 
Thursday, July 29th from 12:00-1:00 PM

Bring your lunch and engage with Rabbi Schiftan and guests in a discussion of currents and important issues from a Jewish perspective.
Zoom Room: 
Meeting ID: 572111637
Dial in - Audio Only: 1 312 626 6799


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

Ongoing weekly women's Torah study led by Patty Marks.
Zoom Room:  
Meeting ID: 392 595 616
Dial in- Audio Only: 1 312 626-6799


Shabbat Schedule for July:

Our Shabbat Services will be held in person at The Temple. Please reserve your spot via thetemplehub.org.

You can also watch via zoom from thetemplehub.org.

·       Friday, July 2nd ~ 6:00 pm – Red, White & blue Jean Shabbat

·       Friday, July 9th ~ 6:00 pm

·       Friday, July 16th  ~ 6:00 pm

·       Friday, July 23rd ~ 6:00 pm –Song writers shabbat

·       Friday, July 30th ~ 6:00 pm – Shabbat Service honoring the Class of 2021
Graduating Seniors


Chevrah Torah Study

 9:30a.m. on Saturdays via thetemplehub.org

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


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 thetemplehub.org

A Taste of Judaism with Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Join Rabbi Shapiro online and learn everything you always wanted to know about Judaism in three easy lessons on the following Tuesdays in July.

July 6th • July 13th • July 20th at 6:00 pm

Check thetemplehub.org or templenashville.org for Zoom info

Special Programs for Young Adult Interfaith Couples

All of these sessions are open to interfaith couples regardless of affiliation, location,
sexual orientation, and gender identity.  Facilitated by Rabbi Michael Shulman, 18Doors Rukin Rabbinic Fellow in Nashville, TN.
For more information and to register, please email Rabbi Shulman at rabbishulman@templenashville.org

Couples and Conversations:

A 4-Week Workshop for Interfaith Couples to Discuss
What it Means to Come from Different Religious Backgrounds

Sundays, July 11th, 18th, 25th, & August 1st ~ 7:00 pm


West End Synagogue

For links to the following services or programs, please email office@westendsyn.org

Whether you're new to Judaism or have been practicing for years, we could all benefit from a review on how to Jew it! Through several isolated classes, guest speakers, and hands on simulations, we will explore the following topics and more!

  • How to experience Shabbat - exploring your Shabbat observance
  • Life Cycle Events - examining the rituals and customs
  • Keeping Kosher - how to, customs, and eating outside the home
  • Raising Jewish Kids - how to engage your children beyond Beit Miriam and shul; how to best support interfaith families, whether your own or your grandchildren
  • Baking Challah - hands on class to make Challah from scratch

Classes will meet in person at West End Synagogue in the East Chapel on Sunday mornings 10am - 11am and Wednesday evenings 6:30-7:30.

We hope you'll join us for our first July class on Wednesday July 7th at 6:30!

Classes are free. To register please email Director of Lifelong Learning; Sharon Paz at spaz@westendsyn.org


Join us Mondays & Thursdays for Shacharit service at 8:30 a.m. on Zoom.

Daily Mincha (afternoon service)

Join us for daily Mincha on Zoom at 6:00 p.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat

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

Morning Shabbat services.

You are invited to join by zoom on Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m.

Torah class on Thursdays

Nechemya Rosenfeld teaches a Torah study class on Thursday mornings at 7:30 am. The link is the same as Shacharit on Thursdays.

Torah class for Women (Book of Leviticus):

First Wednesday of each month at 11am.

Torah class for Men (Second Book of Samuel):

Second Thursday of each month at 12pm.

Save the date

August 8, 2021 Picnic at WES

details will be in the August Observer


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