May 2022

Congregations May 2022



 Kabbalah Coach Shimona to present FORGIVE FOR GOOD 

Chabad of Nashville will present an evening with Kabbalah Coach Shimona Tzukernik, on Tuesday, May 31, 7:30 PM on Zoom. Shimona will present a talk on, “Forgiving for Good,” as participants will learn when and how to let go and move on. 

Join us as we explore the inner dynamics and how-to’s of forgiveness and learn how we can get over the past and even transform it into a vital part of today. 

RSVP at to join this free seminar by Shimona. 

Chabad to offer a new course: Biblical Tales of Kings, Warriors and Prophets 

 During the winter of 2022 Chabad of Nashville offered a course on the Biblical Book of Samuel that was attended by students from across the spectrum of the Nashville community. Due to the great success of this course and by a great demand from many participants, Chabad will be presenting Biblical Tales of Kings, Warriors and Prophets, the final part of the Book of Samuel II. This will take place over five Wednesday evenings, beginning May 4, at 7:30 PM. 

 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 learning opportunity explores the dramatic stories and powerful messages contained in the Book of Samuel. 

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

Chabad to host two TGIS celebration in May 

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, May 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 

Chabad to host a Southern Style Lag B’Omer BBQ 

Join the Nashville community for a delightful evening of a Lag Ba’Omer Southern Style Kosher BBQ and an Israeli Bonfire on Thursday, May 19 at 6:00 PM. Participants will celebrate and learn about the Jewish holiday by gathering around a bonfire together for a kumzitz of Israeli music, in Chabad Park, which is on the nine-acre property of the Genesis Campus for Jewish Life. Participants will also be invited to take part in the planting of an organic herb garden to be used in preparing Shabbat dinners throughout the summer months for the Nashville community. 

There is no charge to attend this event, but reservations are appreciated. The cost for the BBQ dinner is $10 per person. For further information or to make reservations got to 

Jewish Montessori preschool to offer four scholarships to new students 

The Revere Jewish Montessori preschool is presenting a one-time offer of providing four scholarships of forty percent off the annual tuition, for new students between the ages of 36 months and five years old, for the fall of 2022. 

This scholarship funding is made possible thanks to the support of an anonymous donor. 

To apply for this scholarship, please call the Jewish Montessori preschool office at 615-646-5750 as soon as possible.  


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 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: 

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. 

Saturday Morning Torah Study: Saturdays at 9 AM on Zoom 

Deep conversations about the text with thoughtful and caring people led by Rabbi Flip. 

Sanctuary Shabbat Services: Fridays at 6 PM 

At Micah, we approach God in many ways: the inspiration of words, the beauty of sacred space, and the authenticity of our intention, and through the power of music and song. This spring, we feature Music Director and Cantorial Soloist Ms. Lisa Silver as she is set to retire this June. Join us in-person or virtually for services this month that will be as diverse as they are engaging, as moving as they are participatory. Come early and schmooze with us outdoors under our tent starting at 5:30! Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. 

May Events: 

Micah Reads: Monday, May 2nd, and Monday, June 6th, at 7 PM on Zoom 

All are welcome for a discussion on the book What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander in May and The Perfume Thief by Timothy Schaffert in June. Education Director Julie Greenberg leads the conversation for this community-wide event. 

Seventh-Grade Shabbat: Friday, May 6th at 6 PM 

Seventh grade students share their year-long advocacy efforts with the congregation. Discover how they are helping heal our world. 

Micah Minis: Saturday, May 21st at 9:30 AM \

Sing and dance in the chapel with Ms. Lisa and the Rabbi! This family-friendly Shabbat experience is aimed at ages 7 and younger. 

Sports Trivia: Tuesday, May 10th, 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

Graduation Shabbat: Friday, May 13th at 6 PM 

Celebrating our high school seniors through worship, song, and special parting gifts. 

Torah Wrap: Sunday, May 15th at 9:30 AM 

Annual End-of-Religious-School celebration. 

Women’s Circle on Friday, May 20th, 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! 

American Jewish Identity, Anti-Semitism, and Israel: Thursday, May 26th, 1 PM on Zoom 

Rabbi/Dr. Bradley Shavit "Brad" Artson – Dean and Vice President of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California – is as warm, articulate as rabbis come. Another in a series of collaborative learning endeavors between Congregation Micah and West End Synagogue, Rabbis Laurie Rice and Joshua Kullock engage Rabbi Artson in a conversation that is sure to touch your soul as provides fresh insights for us regarding American Jewish Identity and Israel. 

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


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Weekday Minyans:  

Shacharit - 6:30 am  

Maariv - 7:00 pm  

Shabbat Services  

Kabbalat Shabat - 5 minutes before sunset  

Cantor's Class - 8:00 am  

Shacharit - 9:00 am   

Babysitting and Groups - 9:15 am  

Kiddush Lunch - 11:15 am  

Study Programs  

Kids Cheder - Tuesdays at 4:00 pm  

Bass Medrish - Wednesday evenings at 8:00 pm  

Torah Class with Rabbi Saul - Thursday mornings at 9:00 am  

Visit for more information  


The Temple  

May 2022 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. 
Available in person and via zoom.  

Lunch with the Rabbi  
Thursday, May 5, 12, 19 from 12:00-1:00 PM 

Engage with Rabbi Schiftan and guests in a discussion of current and important issues from a Jewish perspective. Available in person and via zoom. Zoom Room: 

Women's Torah Study 

Every Thursday from 12:00-1:00 PM 

Ongoing weekly women's Torah study led by Patty Marks. Available in person and via zoom through 

Shabbat Schedule for May 

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

Friday, May 6th ~ 6:00 pm – Annual Meeting Shabbat  

Friday, May 13th ~ 6:00 pm  

Friday, May 20th  ~ 6:00 pm- Birthday Shabbat 

Friday, May 27th ~ 6:00 pm  

Chevrah Torah Study 

9:30a.m. 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 or via zoom from 

Golden Lunch Bunch 

Will meet at Temple from 11:30-1:00pm on May 3rd and 17th 

May 3 Entertainment: Janet McMahan & Anna Wilson 

May 17 Entertainment: Bryan Cumming 

RSVP to Anna Sir at 615-354-1686 or via email 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.  Wednesday, May 4th~ 7:00-8:00 pm. For more information, please contact Go to for Zoom info. 

Tot Shabbat – Tot Yom Ha'atzmaut! Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day!   

Saturday, May 7th @ 10:00a.m. (for families with children up to age 6) 

This event is taking place in person!  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 

Pre-K Graduation- Join The Temple in celebrating our youngest graduates.  

Wednesday, May 18th at 5:15p.m.  

Hike & Havdalah at Percy Warner 

Presented by The Temple’s Worship and Music Committee Join us on Saturday, May 21st 

Where and When for the Hike?

Meet at the top of the steps at the end of Belle Meade Boulevard at  3:45 PM with the hike of the 2.5-mile white trail to begin at 4:00 PM.  If you are not hiking, please meet us for Havdalah at the stone gate entrance to the park at 5:30 PM. 

Who? All ages! Bring friends and family.  

Why? For the fresh air, exercise and for connecting with each other. 

For more information or questions, please contact Anne Davenport at 

Help us Celebrate Rabbi Mark Schiftan’s Retirement on May 22, 2022 at 4:30pm at The Temple. Our way of thanking him for 23 years of dedicated service to The Temple and the Nashville Jewish Community. We would love the entire community to join us. The Temple is gathering tributes to create at “Tribute Book” which will be presented to Rabbi Schiftan at the reception. We invite the entire community to participate by submitting a tribute, sharing your reflections, photos and good wishes. For further instructions on how to submit a tribute, please go to  


West End Synagogue – May 2022 

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/Maariv service depending on Daylight savings times 

Join us for daily Mincha/Maariv 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 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. 

Seniors - Lunch & Learn Schedule 

May 11th – Learn with Sharon Paz, Director of Lifelong Learning 

May 25th – Learn with Cathy A. Lewis, Author of The Road We Took - 4 Days In Germany 1933 

Cathy discovered a tattered leather suitcase containing her deceased father’s journal documenting his 6-week trek through Europe in 1933 while traveling to the 4th Boy Scout World Jamboree held in Godollo, Hungary. The journey after the Jamboree took Lewis’ father and his troop through Nazi Germany on their way to the port at Bremen. Their quest didn’t end with the Jamboree; in reality, it had just begun. Cathy is a Jewish woman who spent her career as a chef.  She lives in Nashville, since moving from New York in 1996.  The Road We Took is Cathy’s first novel, partially conceived from her father’s journal of daily writings and documentations along with the narratives and tales he told Cathy as a young girl. This historical fiction novel returns you to 1933 covering four treacherous days in Germany during a time when Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party had already begun their murderous plans for European Jews and anyone that did not fit the Aryan "ideals." 




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