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Vanderbilt Chabad conquering Antisemitism through Unity

pictured l. to r. Rabbi Shlomo Rothstein, Max Perry, Steigmann, Sarah Fischer, Haley Gochnauer

Antisemitism is known as the oldest hate. If Antisemitism is considered old, why does society still battle Jewish hatred in today’s world? Vanderbilt University’s Jewish community has been a…

Knoxville couple continues their fight to adopt child in foster care

Liz and Gabe Rutan-Ram filed a lawsuit alleging religious discrimination in the state of Tennessee. Their appeal was heard last month.

It has been over a year since Liz and Gabe Rutan-Ram began their journey to becoming parents. The Knoxville couple located a child in foster care in anoth…

West End Synagogue Celebrates Israel's 75th Birthday with a Concert

On April 23, 2023, West End Synagogue will celebrate Israel's 75th Birthday with a concert by a multi-generational band - Dor L'Dor - from Knoxville that bills itself as "Not Your Father's Klezmer Band." The band is making its Nashville concert debut.

Israel, like the United States, is a "m…

Rae Hirsch & Ben Russ will be honored at JFS annual Chesed Dinner on May 11

Rae Hirsch and Ben Russ are recipients of Jewish Family Service’s 2023 Chesed Award. They will be honored on May 11 at the annual Chesed Dinner.

Rae Hirsch and Ben Russ are the recipients of Jewish Family Service’s 2023 Chesed Award, given each year to acknowledge the contributions th…

‘You’ve always got some kind of support’ with BRA

Nonprofit organization provides community for breast cancer survivors who meet in Gordon JCC

Members of Breast Cancer Recovery in Action meet at 11 locations, including at the Gordon Jewish Community Center.

After Mary Dono underwent a mastectomy and lumpectomy, she felt she had nowhere …

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