Congregations August 2023

Chabad of Nashville


Congregation Beit Tefilah to hold 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 July 27. The fast starts on sundown on July 26 at 7:58 PM, the eve of the ninth of Av, and lasts until the following nightfall, July 27 at 8:26 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 July 26 at 8:45 PM.


On Thursday, July 27, 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 breakfast after dark. For more information or to learn more about Tisha B'Av go to



Meet in Person for Prayer and Cholent

Chabad of Nashville is a happening place on Shabbat mornings. Join community and Friends for Shabbat morning services, replete with joyful prayer, kavanah, simcha and great energy.


Join Chabad on Shabbat mornings at 10:00 AM for prayer and Torah reading, inspiring learning and a weekly sermon, followed by a hot cholent, freshly baked Challah, a gourmet buffet lunch, and a weekly farbrengen with some friendly L’Chaim.



Chabad to host two TGIS celebration in August


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, August 11 and 25, 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



Torah and Tea - for Women by Women

Join an all-woman’s Torah and Tea leadership study group every Shabbat, following the sit down lunch, at congregation Beit Tefilah Chabad, at 1:00 PM. The study group is led by Rebetzen Esther Tiechtel, who teaches with wisdom and wit, and embraces each participant with warmth and friendship.


Torah and Tea will bring you this tradition of classical Jewish learning in a series of clear and engaging weekly classes. Probing the ideas and issues related to the modern Jewish woman, these classes will offer timely lessons -from the most timeless of all texts.


Join with other women from the Nashville community, for inspiring Torah study, warm camaraderie, hot tea and delicious refreshments!



Looking for a Chavrutah study Partner?

Looking for a study partner? Wanted to learn with someone but don’t know where to turn to? Call Chabad of Nashville and we will set you up with your own personal study partner, where you choose the topic and text, and reach great heights in your spiritual journey of life.

Email, with your name and email address, and include the topics and text that you would like to study, and we will set you up with a study partner that will add to your purpose and meaning in life.



Congregation Micah


August Observer

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, Twitter, and Instagram @MicahNashville; sign up for our e-blasts; learn and pray with us in person, or livestream our services on our website, YouTube, or Facebook. 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 intentions, 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, as moving as they are participatory. Come early and schmooze with us starting at 5:30 PM! Light refreshments are served.

Saturday Morning Torah Study: 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

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.


August Events:


Micah Reads: Monday, August 7, at 7 PM on Zoom

Education Director Julie Greenberg leads the discussion on Signal Fires by Dani Shapiro in August and Who by Fire by Leonard Cohen in September.


Back to Shul - Country Shabbat and Pickin’ Party: Friday, August 11, at 6 PM

Back by popular demand, Country Shabbat returns to Micah! Put on your finest boots, jeans, and cowboy hats, and join us as we sing through the Shabbat liturgy to the tunes of the greatest classic country melodies. After the service, stick around for dinner and a pickin’ party- bring your instruments and voices to sing, strum, and play along!


Micah Minis: Saturday, August 12, at 9:30 AM in person

Sing and Dance with our clergy! This family friendly Shabbat experience is aimed at ages 7 and younger.


Women’s Circle: Friday, August 18 at Noon in person

Rabbi Laurie engages your intellect and inspires conversation on a variety of Jewish topics. All are welcome. Bring a friend. RSVP on Micah’s event page.


Grief Group with Rabbi Laurie: Thursday, Aug 24, at 12 PM in person

We all have stories of loss. Maybe a loved one died, a marriage ended, a relationship went sideways, a job slipped through our fingertips. Loss is often accompanied by grief, and grief is best explored and moved through by the sharing of stories in community. Rabbi Laurie will convene a grief circle monthly beginning in August. All are welcome to attend. This offering is in-person only.


Sherith Israel


August 20

Back to School Barbecue & Jam

5 pm - 8 pm $10 per person

RSVP with the Shul office


August 26

Adults Open Mic Night at Shul

8:45 pm FREE and Open to the Community


The Temple- August 2023 Events


Shabbat with East Side Tribe

East Side Tribe and The Temple invite you for Shabbat Morning Family Fun

Saturday, August 19th

Shelby Park-Picnic Shelter-Windmill Hill


Challah & Camp Snacks will be severed

All are welcome


Temple Together Progressive Dinner

Join Temple Together, the new group for people 35-50 for a Progressive Dinner on Saturday, August 19th at 6:00pm

Appetizers at The Temple

Dinner at a local restaurant in small groups

Dessert at a member’s home

The Temple provides appetizers and dessert, attendees pay for dinner Email by August 14th to reserve your seat.


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 August

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


Friday, August 4th ~ 6:00 PM


Friday, August 11th~ 6:00 PM




Friday, August 25th ~ 6:00 PM – BLUE JEAN SHABBAT

Golden Lunch Bunch

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

August 1: The Faded Blue Jeans

August 15: John England

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

Rabbi Rami Shapiro-Taste of Judaism –Rabbi Mackler to Provide Text

July 11th, 18th, 25th



Women's Torah Study August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

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 August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

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 Mah Jongg with Canasta

Join Us for MAH JONGG Mondays at The Temple!

August 7th, 14th, 21st , 28th


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

August 2nd

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. 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


West End Synagogue - August 2023

For links to the following online services or programs, please email


WES Annual Welcome Back Barbeque, Sunday, August 20.


Bat Mitzvah of Ella Gribben, Saturday morning, August 5.


Bar Mitzvah of Eli Cheng, Saturday morning, August 19.


Shabbat Potluck

Join us for a “Shabbat Potluck” Dairy/ Pareve Dinner on Friday, August 4 following Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv. Plan to bring food to share. RSVP to


Music and Me

Inviting all parents of infants and/or toddlers for an afternoon of music and movement on Sunday, August 13 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. RSVP by emailing or


It’s Shabbat

Families with young children, join us Friday, August 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for Shabbos schmoozing, candle lighting, Kiddush blessing, HaMotzi, and Shabbat songs. See you there!


Learn and Lunch with Rabbi Joshua Kullock

Learn and Lunch is back! Wednesday, August 30, at 11:00 a.m. Reservations required, catered lunch ($3) following the presentation.


Sisterhood TN State Museum Exhibit Outing

Join Music City Sisterhood on Wednesday, August 9th at the Tennessee State Museum for its second exhibit on the Rosenwald Schools, "Building a Bright Future: Black Communities and Rosenwald Schools in Tennessee". The community-focused exhibition highlights the work of descendants of students, Fisk University alumni, and various organizations to preserve the legacies of the 354 Rosenwald Schools across the state. We will meet at noon for lunch at Nashville Farmer's Market and walk to the museum at 1:00 pm. The event is free and open to the entire community. Email with questions; RSVP via the Google form:


Birthday Shabbat

Join us on Shabbat morning, August 26, for a special celebration of our August birthdays. The main service begins at 9:30 a.m. and a kiddush sponsored by the synagogue will follow. Everyone is welcome.


Women's Torah Group (on Zoom)

Join us on August 9, at 11:00 a.m. Rabbi Joshua leads our study of the book of Deuteronomy.


Men’s Torah Group (in person)

Join us on August 10, at noon for our Torah class for men. We are currently reading Elisha’s stories from the First Book of Kings and will be eating pizza.


Sisterhood Challah Sales made by Melissa Sostrin Sign up on the Google form linked below or text Jessica Kullock at 615-881-4455 by WEDNESDAY AT 9:00 p.m. each week to pre-order for pickup Friday during synagogue office hours. Flavors: Plain, chocolate, cinnamon, cinnamon raisin, zaatar, poppy seeds, sesame, bag of 6 challah rolls. Plain is $8/each, all challah with seeds toppings are $8.50, and the rest are $9/each.


Talmud on Tuesdays

Rabbi Joshua leads a lively Talmudic discussion at 7:30 a.m. in person and on Zoom every Tuesday, immediately after morning minyan. Come and join us!


Torah study

With Nechemya Rosenfeld every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. following morning minyan at 7:00 a.m.


Shacharit (in person)

Our minyanaires are always looking for more people to strengthen the only egalitarian minyan in town! Sunday services will be at 9:00 a.m. and Monday-Friday will be at 7:00 a.m. Monday and Thursday minyans to be followed by breakfast.


Mincha (on Zoom)

Join us for daily Mincha at 6:00 p.m., Sunday-Friday.


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 on Saturday mornings in person or by Zoom at 9:30 a.m. Great davening, insightful learning of the Torah portion and a yummy (and nutritious!) kiddush lun


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