October 2021

Chabad of Nashville 


Shabbat Puppet Palooza on Shabbat Mornings at Chabad 

Jewish children's programming at Chabad of Nashville for Shabbat 5782 is off to a sweet start. Jewish storyteller, Jenny Nissenson, brings the weekly Parsha and Jewish Holidays to life through puppetry and song with Esther Tiechtel, in an engaging Shabbat service for young audiences. Teens are invited to take on leading roles in the Shabbat Kids programs. 

Jenny has been designing arts-enrichment curricula and creating educational programming for children for many years. She is dedicated to bringing the magical stories and traditions of Judaism to life through puppets, music, dance, and art. Her mission is to foster creativity, broaden imaginations and make learning fun. Esther has been involved in Jewish Education for over 25 years and has earned her certification from the Ohel Chana Werdiger Institute in Australia and from the International Montessori Council.  

The program at Chabad of Nashville will be available on Shabbat mornings, and all children from across Middle Tennessee are invited to participate. No membership or background knowledge is required to take part in the Shabbat Puppet Palooza. 

Shabbat Puppet Palooza will take place the second and fourth Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. Following the program, the children will sing Adon Olam with the congregation, and will then join a festive Shabbat lunch.  

The dates for Shabbat Puppet Palooza in the fall are: 


Saturday, October 9: Noach and the Ark 

Saturday, October 23:Avraham, Sarah & the tent 

Saturday, November 13: Jacob's ladder 

Saturday, November 27: the light of Chanukah 

Saturday, December 11: yosef and his brothers 

Saturday, December 25 : Jewish people in Egypt 


Debunking the Myths 

Chabad of Nashville will present Fascinating Facts: Exploring the Myths and Mysteries of Judaism; the four-session course will commence during the second week of November. 

Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel of Chabad of Nashville will conduct the four course sessions at 7:30 PM on Wednesdays, October 6, 23, 20 and 27, at Chabad of Nashville.  "As the People of the Book, we strongly believe Jews should know the richness of their Jewish heritage and that is what we hope to accomplish in Nashville with this entertaining new educational offering.” 

Spanning a wide range of intriguing subjects, Fascinating Facts includes sessions on Jewish myth and urban legend, biblical stories and events, Jewish foods, the Hebrew language, life cycle events, and mysteries of the occult. The course will address issues such as the Jewish view on Satan and the evil eye, whether angels have wings, and why pork is considered the quintessential non-kosher food. 

"This course has been designed as a fun and insightful overview of Jewish heritage to promote a Jewish cultural literacy within the community," says Rabbi Tiechtel, "We aim to enlighten even the most seasoned trivia buffs with a treasure trove of 'Who knew?' Jewish factoids." 

Fascinating Facts is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All adult education at Chabad courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship. 

The Fascinating Facts course will be presented via Zoom, due the Delta variant, and to protect the health and wellbeing of participants. Registration is required to participate, and can be done at chabdnashville.com/facts 


Chabad to host TWO TGIS Celebrations in October 

Chabad is reintroducing it’s long standing classic TGIS, Thank G-d It’s Shabbat celebration, after a sixteen-month hiatus. After more than 21 years of hosting the TGIS celebrations, Chabad had to stop these events due to COVID19.  

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, October 8, and 22, 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 Micah 

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 - October 2021 

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

ReJEWvenation - September 21 & 28, October 5, 19 & 26, November 2, 9 & 16, 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 class is virtual from 7 to 8:15 PM. $50 for Micah Members / $180 for non-members (includes all 10 sessions and the digital text) 

NOAH Shabbat Service - Friday, October 8 at 6:00 PM 

Micah Minis - Saturday, October 16 at 9:30 AM on Zoom 

Sing and dance in this family-friendly Shabbat experience. Led by education director Julie Greenberg and Ms. Lisa Silver.  

Welcoming the Stranger Shabbat Service - Friday, October 22 at 6:00 PM 

Red Cross Blood Drive - Sunday, October 24 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Give Blood. Save a life. Register at redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code: CHAI 

A Woman’s Circle - Friday, October 22 at 12:00 PM on Zoom 

Grow your soul, meet with other women, and engage with sacred text. Rabbi Laurie challenges your intellect through study and conversation on Jewish and other relevant topics. All are welcome.  

Rabbi Laurie in conversation with: 

October 22: Susan Weidman Schneider, Editor-in-Cheif of Lilith Magazine.  Lilith Magazine is an idependent, Jewish, and "frankly feminist" periodical featuring journalism from an assortment of dynamic Jewish female authors.  Since 1976, Lilith’s mission is to be the feminist change-agent in and for the Jewish community: amplifying Jewish feminist voices, creating an inclusive and positive Judaism, spurring gender consciousness in the Jewish world and empowering women, girls and trans and nonbinary people of every background to envision and enact change in their own lives and the larger community.  Join Rabbi Laurie in coversation with Susan Weidman Schneider about her passion for this work.  Every parrticpant in Women's Circle this month will receive a complimentary 1-year subscription to Lilith Magazine! 

November 19: Allison Schacter, Chair of the Dept. of Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University.  Allison Schachter specializes in modern Jewish literature and culture, with allied interests in modernism, transnationalism, and diaspora studies.She teaches an array of courses in modern Jewish literature, modernism, and literary theory.  Join Rabbi Laurie in converstaion with Allison Schachter as she does a reading from and discusses her newest book, a translation of the Yiddish writer, Fradl Shtok's short stories.  All particpants in Women's Circle this month will receive a copy of Allison's book! 

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. 

Mah Jongg - Tuesday afternoons at 12:30 PM 

Chinese tile game with a Jewish twist in the Micah social hall. 


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: thetemplehub.org 

Lunch with the Rabbi  
Thursday, October 7, 14, 21 & 28th 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: thetemplehub.org 

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

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

Shabbat Schedule for October 

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, October 1st: 6:00 pm –Simchat Torah Celebration 
Friday, October 8th: 6:00pm                                                                                                              Friday, October 15th: 6:00 pm.                                                                                                  Friday, October 22nd6:00 pm                                                                                                                                  Friday, October 29th6:00 pm- Habitat for Humanity Service 

Chevrah Torah Study: 9:30a.m.Saturdays via thetemplehub.org                                                            Join us for our weekly Torah study on the portion of the week, led by the clergy.

The Making of a Mensch through Jewish Texts                                                                                                         with Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield of the Pardes Institute                                                                                                      Tuesdays at 12:00 pm                                                                                                                                               October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th 

Using the Pardes technique of ‘hevruta” or partnership learning that engages participants in a dynamic style, Rabbi Hirschfield says, “The focus is not on extracting wisdom form the sources, but rather from one another.”  The technique includes two people grappling with the text together and bringing their individual perspectives into the discussion. 

Rabbi Hirschfield says the perfect study partner is someone who comes from a different viewpoint, particularly with the question of what makes a mensch. “The notion is that in theory, everyone wants to be good, but we all fall. We’ll explore why we fall and what it takes to cultivate goodness in our lives.” He says it is the diversity of opinion that creates opportunities for greater insight. 

The “Making of a Mensch” classes are open to the entire community.  For information about the Pardes/Temple program, or to attend the class, visit www.templehub.org. For information about Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield or Pardes Institute, visit www.pardes.org. Check TheTempleHub.org for more information. 


Torah Lessons x 2: Join Us this October & January with Rabbi Nechemya Rosenfeld 

Thursdays at 6:00 pm 

October 28th, November 4th, 11th, 18th 


Mini-series about Jewish Psychology: 
Looking at Torah Stories and Sages 

January 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th 
Mini-series about Jewish Medical Ethics 

Nechemya Rosenfeld hails from Jerusalem, where he taught general studies and Tanakh, Bible, at Keshet Talpaz Elementary School.  A graduate of Yeshivat Har Etzion, a seminary combining advanced Talmudic studies with military service, Nechemya has a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences from Ariel University and is completing a Masters of Arts in Jewish Education 
at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He became an educator through Teach First Israel, a program modeled on Teach For America to promote educational equality.   

Today, he teaches in Akiva Jewish Day School and the Jewish Middle School of Nashville.  He also teaches youth and adults at Congregation Sherith Israel and West End Synagogue.  An accomplished musician, Nechemya has served as a scholar in residence and cantor in Israel; Frankfurt, Germany; Sydney, Australia; and, Rhodes, Greece.  He is blessed to be sharing his Tennessee adventures with his wife and fellow educator, Batya, and Shmuli, their 2-year-old son. 

Check TheTempleHub.org for more information. 



Women Engaged in Living & Learning 

Give it a Rest! Reflecting on 5782 as a Shmitta Year* 

Shabbat Shabbaton: Resting and Reflecting Together 

October 16th ~ 10:00 am 

*Shmitta is the seventh year of a seven-year cycle, with biblical themes of rest and renewal for ourselves, our land, the remission of debts, and a reset for society. 

Check TheTempleHub.org for more information. 


Hike & Havdalah at Percy Warner 

Presented by The Temple’s Worship and Music Committee 

The following Saturdays this Fall:  October 16th • November 20th • 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 adavlaw@comcast.net 


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3rd: 2:00 - 5:00 pm 

$50 per Person • Limited space 

Open to vaccinated Nashville area residents only. Proof of vaccination is required. To register, go to bit.ly/TempleMahJongg 


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 



Congregation Sherith Israel 

 To find out about fall line-up, join our mailing list by visiting www.sherithisrael.com 

Weekday Services 

Shacharit: 6:30 AM (Sunday mornings at 8) 

Mincha/Maariv: 10 minutes before sunset 

Shabbat Services 

Kabbalat Shabbat: 10 minutes after candle lighting 

Shabbat Morning: 9:00 AM (followed by kiddush lunch in the tent) 

Babysitting and Children’ groups: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM 

Mincha/Maariv: 10 minutes before sunset 

Cheder – Afterschool program 

Begins October 5th 

For more information, email batya@akivanashville.net


West End Synagogue  

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


Join us for in-person morning minyan! There will be no zoom meetings for morning minyans once we start in-person minyans.  

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

Daily Mincha (afternoon service) 

Join us for daily Mincha in person 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 in person or by zoom on Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. 

Talmud class on Tuesdays 

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

Torah class for Women: 

First Wednesday of each month at 11am. 

Torah class for Men: 

Second Thursday of each month at 12pm. 

Miriam’s Torah Class: 

Wednesday, October 6th at Noon 

Lunch & Learn is Back! 

October 13th with Cantor Sarah Levine 

October 27th with Rabbi Joshua Kullock 

Time 11:00am - 12:00pm speaker 

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch 




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