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Akiva Welcomes New Students in Annual Sunflower Ceremony


Akiva Kindergarteners proudly hold up their sunflowers during the Sunflower Ceremony






Akiva students begin the year much like students across the country; fresh notebooks, sharpened pencils, and an excitement and readiness to be thoroughly inspired. But for kinderga…

Nashville Jewish Film Festivals Continues in November

The 2021 Nashville Jewish Film Festival began on October 14 and is continuing until November 11, so you still have time to watch entertaining, interesting, and informative films in the comfort of your own home. 

Seven films will be shown that are as varied as the Jewish world itself, rangi…

Welcoming the Stranger

Faith-based organizations are often among the first responders to help refugees fleeing their home during war and political upheaval, and the current crisis in Afghanistan is no exception.  Perhaps it is because of the over 30 references in the Torah, also referred to as the Old Testament i…

WES New Executive Director Finds His ‘Perfect Job’ in Nashville











By Judith A. Saks

A change of careers brought Jim Holzer from California to Nashville, and he is loving it here. The new West End Synagogue executive director moved from the private business sector in Los Angeles, where he owned an advertising/marke…

Kosher Takeout Comes to Nashville

On any typical day, several calls come into the office at Chabad of Nashville, all with the same question:

“Hi, I am going to be in Nashville next weekend, and I have no idea where I can get Kosher food.”

“I am coming for a conference, and I need kosher meals.”

“My family is vis…

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