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Larry and Carol Hyatt explore the new playground with the granddaughter Eliana, a first grader at Akiva.

Over one hundred students began the school year at Akiva this year and compounding their first-day-of-school excitement was the chance to see and experience the brand new kindergarten …

Jewish Family Service Provides Financial Assistance in Uncertain Times

Jewish Family Service will be placing informative postcards in are synagogues. Look for them this High Holiday season.

The Covid19 pandemic is still not in the rear-view mirror. And the financial fallout continues to unfold for many Americans. According to the Center for Budget Policy, re…


In his book When all you ever wanted isn’t enough, Rabbi Harold Kushner shares that, years ago, he “was sitting on a beach one summer day, watching two children, a boy and a girl, playing in the sand. They were hard at work building an elaborate sand castle by the water’s edge, with ga…

Writers of the Lost Ark

Writers of the Lost Ark, the Temple’s writer’s group, recently got a head start on the High Holy Days by sharing their works in a special showcase that focused on the season’s theme of peace and renewal. Here are two poems that were featured that night. The first is written by Frank Bo…

Hillel Anniversary

Vanderbilt University Hillel is kicking off its 20th Building Anniversary with a series of celebrations and events.


Vanderbilt Hillel 20th Building Anniversary

On October 13, 2002, the Vanderbilt Hillel building officially opened its doors. And starting this September, Hillel is kick…

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