November 2021

Chabad of Nashville

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, November 10, 2021, at 7:30 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


Join friends for a morning of bagels, lox and Tanya (Jewish mysticism) on the first Sunday of every month, beginning on Sunday November 7, 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

Chabad to host two TGIS celebration in November

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, November 12 and 26, 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

Get Your Authentic Sufganiyot in Nashville

Jelly donuts are one of the most symbolic dishes oanukah, but have you ever wondered how that came to be? Of all the delicious fried foods to nosh on — fried pancakes, fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, schnitzel — how did the jelly donut, or sufganiyah , a.k.a. the Jelly Donut rise to popularity?

Every culinary culture has a doughy pastry fried in oil, a local version of the doughnut. Jews are no exception. Wherever Jews have lived throughout history, they’ve made a tradition of creating a special Hanukah version of fried dough to celebrate the Miracle of Oil. Ashkenazi Jews emigrating from Germany brought the Sufganiyot tradition to Israel in the 1930s.

This year Chabad of Nashville will be offering the opportunity to order Sufganiyot for your Hanukah celebration. All order can be placed at and are to be made by November 11, 2021. Who can resist these fluffy pillows of dough this Hanukah. These always fly off the table. Make sure to get one before they’re gone!

Pop Up Hanukah Gift Shop comes to Nashville

Candles, Gelt, menorahs, and gift items are all waiting for you at Chabad of Nashville’s POP UP Hanukah Gift Shop. This will be “your one stop shop for all your Hanukah needs.”

Opening on November 18 thru December 8, at the pop-up gift shop will find a nice selection of Menorahs, candles, Hanukah decorations, dreidels, games, chocolate gelt, gift wrap and more.

The hours of the gift shop are Monday thru Friday, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and is located at Chabad of Nashville, 95 Bellevue Road. For more information 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.

Sports Trivia - Tuesday, November 2 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 - 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 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).

Equanimity and Contemplative Practice: How Jewish Spirituality brings Mindfulness, Balance, & Wholeness to Our Lives - November 3, 10, & 17 from 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

A three-part series on Wednesday nights this fall, taught by Rabbi Ethan Franzel.

Micah Reads - Monday, November 8 at 7:00 PM

All are welcome for a Zoom discussion on the book Apeirogon by Colum McCann. Join Education Director Julie Greenberg in conversation for this community event.

Next Micah Reads: Dec 6th – The Book of V. by Anna Solomon

A Woman’s Circle – Friday, November 19 at 12:00 PM on Zoom

Grow your soul, meet with other women and engage with the 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 Allison Schacter, Chair of the Dept. of Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University.  Allison 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 conversation with Allison Schachter as she reads from and discusses her newest book, a translation of the Yiddish writer, Fradl Shtok's short stories. All participants in Woman's Circle this month will receive a copy of Allison's book!

Micah Minis - Saturday, November 20 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.

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

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

Save the Date: Nov. 20 - Open Mic night at CSI hosted by Cantor Dov
















The Temple

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, November  4th, 11th, 18th 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.

Lunch with the Rabbi will continue to meet via Zoom in November and there will be an IN-PERSON session in the Temple Social Hall on Thursday, November 11th @ Noon.

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 October

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

Friday, November 5th ~ 6:00 pm with speaker Rabbi Rifat Sonsino
Friday, November 12th ~ 6:00 pm with Scholar & Residence Dr. Frank Boehm                                                        Friday, November 19th  ~ 6:00 pm with Birthday Blessings.                                                                                        Friday, November 26th ~ 6:00 pm

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.

*Chevrah Torah will continue to meet via Zoom in November and there will be an IN-PERSON session in the Temple Social Hall on Saturday, November 13th.


Torah Lessons with Rabbi Nechemya Rosenfeld

Thursdays at 6:00 pm

November 4th, 11th, 18th

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

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 for more information.

W.E.L.L.: Women Engaged in Living & Learning

Midday break with NJFF Monday Matinee
“The One and Only Jewish Miss America”

November 1st ~ noon

Check for more information.

Hike & Havdalah at Percy Warner

Presented by The Temple’s Worship and Music Committee

November 20th

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

Tot Shabbat Havdalah about Gratitude

Saturday, November 20th at 4:00 pm (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

“Words of Comfort, Courage, and Hope”

An in-depth look at three Psalms – Psalm 23, 51, and 121.

Drawing from the success of last winter’s study, Dr. Jon Roebuck of Belmont University and Rabbi Mark Schiftan will offer a three-week Bible study on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm on November 2nd, 9th, and 16th. For more information and to join in, please visit or


Rabbi Rifat Sonsino will join us on Friday, November 5th at our Shabbat Service and will share “Who Are Sephardic Jews?”: Learning about Jewish communities around the globe

Rabbi Rifat Sonsino is the Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, MA.

Born in Turkey, he received his law degree from the University of Istanbul (Faculty of Law, 1959), his rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati, 1966) and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, 1975) in the field of Bible and ancient Near Eastern Studies. In 1991 the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion bestowed upon him a D.D.

Before coming to Needham, Rabbi Sonsino served congregations in Buenos Aires, Philadelphia and Chicago. After his retirement from Beth Shalom, he volunteered his services in Bet Shalom, a nascent Reform Jewish congregation in Barcelona, Spain, and other small synagogues in the Iberian Peninsula.

Rabbi Sonsino has authored numerous books and articles, including Finding God and What Happens After I Die? (both with Daniel Syme), The Many Faces of God , Modern Judaism, And God Spoke These Words (commentary of the 10 Commandments), and Did Moses Really Have Horns?. He was the editor of the CCAR Journal (1997-2001). Throughout his career, Rabbi Sonsino has chaired various committees, both regionally and nationally. His blog postings (SONSINO’S BLOG) are found in, with over half a million viewers. In the past, Rabbi Sonsino taught at Boston College and at Framingham State University, and lectured in many parts of the country and around the world.

Rabbi and Mrs. Sonsino now live at the Willows in Westborough, MA.

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Writers of the Lost Ark

Are You Looking for a CreativeOutlet? 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.

Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 PM via Zoom

November 3rd

If you’d like to bring a story or poem to read, copies for the group to follow along are encouraged, but not mandatory. If you’ll be sharing music, please bring a device to play it on – live performances are also possible. Copies of lyrics for songs are again encouraged, but not mandatory. For more information and to join in , please contact


Welcoming Wellness Series

Coping with COVID-19: An Open and Honest Conversation

November 10, 2021in 7:00-8:00pm via Zoom

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting stress, anxiety, and isolation have affected our entire community in one way or another. Join us for an open and honest conversation about how the pandemic has impacted our wellbeing and learn how fellow community members across different generations have been coping to stay mentally healthy. Panelists will share about their experiences (both personally and professionally), offer tips for coping and adapting, and answer your questions. This event is proudly presented by The Temple in partnership with the Behavioral Health Foundation.

For more information and to join us, visit

Scholar in Residence Dr. Frank Boehm, author of Is Your Life Successful? Answers and Anecdotes from over 200 Everyday People

A Temple member, Dr. Frank H. Boehm is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was on the faculty for 47 years, specializing in the field of Maternal Fetal Medicine.  He is also the author of two other books that deal with patient physician relationships, “Doctors Cry, Too” and “Building Patient Doctor Trust,” which were based on his 18-year “Healing Words” bi-monthly, op-ed columns in The Tennessean.

Join Dr. Boehm during his weekend as Scholar-in-Residence.

Lunch with the Rabbi Thursday, November 11th ~ Noon

Shabbat Service on Friday, November 12th ~ 6:00 pm

For Religious School Parents & Friends, Sunday, November 14th ~ 10:00 am

Check for more information.

Connect with your Temple family during this Hanukah season!

Hanukah will be filled with opportunities for fun, learning, music, and connection. Every night of Hanukah, 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 Hanukah celebration on Sunday, November 28th at 4:30pm with an early candle lighting and special treats.

See for more information.

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 – November 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, November 3 at Noon

Lunch & Learn is Back!

November 10 – Learn with Rabbi Saul Strosberg
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
12:00pm – 1:00pm Stay for lunch or take your lunch to go



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