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Dear Esther June 2021

Dear Carrie,

I was surprised and delighted to see my name come up in your Kvetch in the City column last month. I was on the couch reading last month’s column and reacted with laughter and a big smile on my face. My 11-year-old granddaughter was close by and quickly inquired about the cau…

Jewish Federation Responds to the Crisis in Israel

The crisis in Israel has resulted in lives lost, injuries and catastrophic damage to property. The constant threat has left Israelis traumatized, including children and those newly arrived in the country hoping to make it their home. The Jewish Federations of North America is responding to t…

Boy Scout Troop 87: “We Remember”

By Richards Hills

As the Scoutmaster of Troop 87 of Belle Meade United Methodist Church, part of my job is to provide a program that follows the, “Methods of Scouting,” which emphasizes the building of values and character in these young men and women. Consistent with the program’s go…

Beit Miriam@ West End Synagogue Honors Students

By Sharon Paz

In a moving End of the Year Closing Ceremony on Sunday, May 2nd, West End Synagogue’s Beit Miriam student, Sawyer Stein was presented with the 2021 Simon and Alven Ghertner Award for Excellence in Hebrew. 

 Sawyer Benjamin Stein, son of Danielle and Bryan Stein and gran…

Akiva Graduates Host Annual JED Talks

By Elly Ebin

After a school year that has been anything but conventional, Akiva was proud to host an intimate in-person and COVID-safe graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021. As graduation drew near, students spent time reflecting on their years at the school and the skills they have dev…

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