Posts by Barbara Dab

Jewish Bluegrass Band Nefesh Mountain Closes out Hanukkah Tour

Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg, otherwise known as Nefesh Mountain, closed out their 2021 Hanukkah Tour at City Winery in Nashville. Performing Hanukkah hits by Woody Guthrie, as well as original music, with some James Taylor thrown in, the group played to a packed house. The Jewish Fede…

Inclusive Gym Focuses on Play for Kids of All Abilities

 

 

Samantha and Steven Komarnitsky, pictured with their children Nash and Coco, are owners of We Rock the Spectrum gym for kids of all abilities. 

 

 

 

The past couple of generations have seen the rise in popularity of indoor play gyms for children. Touting the virtues of …

Federation’s Inclusion Workshop to Focus on Ability and Belonging

 

Esther Tiechtel, Director of the Revere Montessori Preschool applied for and received a grant from the Lori Ann Fishel Special Needs Fund to provide reading materials for a student with severe vision difficulties. 

 When a young child at the Revere Montessori Preschool neede…

An Unexpected Spy Visits Nashville for Women’s Event

Author Tracy Walder peeled back the curtain on the CIA and FBI at this year’s first Women’s Jewish Philanthropy Event, sponsored by The Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. A former operative in counter intelligence, Walder discussed her exper…

Ethiopian National Project is Making an Impact from Israel to Nashville

 

Students at TSU visit with Ethiopian Israeli medical student, Orli Wube, center photo. Pictured in the pink is Khenedi Wright, pictured in the rear center is Jordan Riche 

 

 

 

Immigration, racism, and diversity. These issues and values are currently capturing headl…

Mission Possible 2022 Takes Flight!

Mission Possible, one of the signature programs of The Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, is ready for takeoff on zoom at 11:00 am on Sunday, February 6th. The mission is designed to introduce Nashville Jewish community members to the service pr…

Nashville Joins Together to Shine a Light on Antisemitism

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amidst rising antisemitism and antisemitic rhetoric in the news and online, The Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee is harnessing the power of the collective. On January 27th, neighbors from throughout Nashville, including bu…

Local High School Students Create Positive Response to Antisemitism

 

Brentwood High School Jewish Club leaders (l. to r.), Gabby Sandberg, Maia Prichard, Mya Schwartz, Morgan Kornblit, Kayla Liebeskind 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabby Sandberg relocated to Middle Tennessee with her family from California just after the COVID19 pand…

Update on Community Wide Efforts for Afghan Allies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee is coordinating community wide efforts to support newly arriving families of allies from Afghanistan. To date, approximately 100 volunteers are involved in trainings …

Update on Federation Aid to Haiti

This past summer, on August 14th, 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southern Haiti, killing over 2,200 people. Over 12,000 people were injured, and 130,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. This disaster struck at a time when Haiti was already reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, un…

Jewish Family Service Working to Make Mental Health Matter

A recent report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found over 100,000 people died from drug overdoses between May 2020 and April 2021. The finding highlights not only the growing opioid crisis, but also a crisis in mental health. And while the Biden administration is gett…

FBI Invites Jewish Federation onto Community Engagement Council

As part of an ongoing effort to engage and educate communities across the country, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is expanding its Community Engagement Councils (CEC) and The Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee is now a part of that effort. Ada…

New Jewish Community High School to Open Fall 2022

When Carson Pounds starts high school next Fall, he will grab his backpack and head off to a brand-new Jewish Community High School on the grounds of The Temple. The still unnamed school is the result of a collaboration between Rabbi Mark Schiftan of The Temple, and Rabbi Saul Strosb…

Nashville’s Jewish Community to Help Provide Aid to Afghan Allies

The United States is currently seeing tens of thousands of Afghans pour into the country as Humanitarian Parolees. After spending weeks or months on military bases while awaiting processing, they are now in need of assistance, and Nashville’s Jewish community is coordinating effort…

Local Lawyers Work to Bring Afghan Refugees to U.S.

The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan last summer came fast and furiously. Many Afghans fled or were evacuated immediately, leaving on overcrowded planes, buses, and trains. But hundreds of thousands remain in the country, including those who worked in cooperation with the United States Ar…