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It’s that month again where love is in the air, and I am thinking about a different form of love that often gets overlooked. A love from a community that can be seen, heard and felt in the heart.

When I began working for JFS in December 2000, I distinctly remember the feeling of suspici…

Event to Discuss Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Vanderbilt Hillel and ‘Dores for Israel Speaker Event to Discuss Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

David Makovsky and Ghaith al-Omari to discuss peace, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at Vanderbilt Hillel.

Vanderbilt Hillel will be sponsoring a speaker event in partnership with the Isr…

Bet on Hillel-A Vanderbilt Hillel Event

Vanderbilt Hillel Young Alumni at last year’s Taste of Hillel Fundraiser

Photo Credit: Emily Allen

“Bet on Hillel” is this year’s theme for Vanderbilt Hillel’s annual fundraiser which will occur on Sunday, February 26th at 5:30 p.m. in the Vanderbilt Hillel building. Students w…

My Holocaust, Book Review

People of the Books: Reviews by Elyce Rae Helford

My Holocaust by Tova Reich (Harper, 2007)

It took me a long time to get around to reading Tova Reich’s My Holocaust. Fifteen years, to be precise. I knew the book was a satire, and reviews told me Reich held nothing back in her critique o…

Feb 2023 Newcomer Highlight

Meet this month’s newcomer, Alan Zagier

Welcome to the Observer's monthly Newcomer Column! Every month, we will be featuring one of our Nashville Jewish Newcomers so you can get to know them and their dynamic, engaging stories. One of my favorite parts of my job as the Federation's Newc…

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