Posts by Barbara Dab

Is Social Media Amplifying Antisemitic Voices?

Nearly 40 years ago the internet was born and with it, the beginnings of online shopping, streaming services, social media, and much more that has come to define and document modern human interactions. Social media continues to proliferate daily life with a constant stream of information and…

Rebuilding Jewish Life and Providing Refuge

Last month, we read reflections from the participants of The Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s recent mission to Poland to provide humanitarian relief for Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion. We also read about efforts, in Warsaw, by the Jewish…

Tennessee Loves Children: New Initiative to Address Child Trauma

A local group of clergy and community members, growing alarmed by reports of increased gun violence, is taking action and is calling on the greater Nashville community to join the effort. Tennessee Loves Children (TLC), a new initiative focused on addressing the needs of children and other c…

Building Community, and Business, One Loaf at a Time

Melissa Sostrin, owner of Sweets Melissa and Sons, is one of two women-owned challah baking companies in Nashville.

Baking challah is a time-consuming endeavor. It takes planning, organization, and plain old elbow grease to create the mouth-watering, fragrant loaf that graces Shabbat and …

Report From Federation’s Second Mission to Poland

Delegates to Poland pictured l. to r. Observer editor Barbara Dab, Congregation Micah Rabbi Flip Rice, Federation Board Member Hayley Levy, Ned Jacobson, Denise Alper, Federation Past President Carol Hyatt, Larry Hyatt

In late August, The Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville…

The Film Three Minutes

Three Minutes: A Lengthening Explores Precious Moments Before the Holocaust

  

        Bianca Stitger, the film’s Director, answers questions after the film.

        Glen Kurtz, who found his grandfather’s Kodak film wrote the award-winning memoir,

        “Three …

Editor’s Note and Voter Information

Shanah Tova! I hope you all are enjoying a meaningful and satisfying holiday season. As we turn the Jewish calendar to a new year, it is also a time of reflection. The past couple of years have challenged our community, and ourselves, like none other in my memory. We have all learned to adap…

2022/23 Update on The Belmont University Initiative for Jewish Engagement

The Belmont University Initiative for Jewish Engagement program continues to develop relationships between Nashville’s Jewish and Christian communities. The initiative, now heading into its second year, is offering a full slate of lectures, workshops, book groups, and hands on travel exper…

Jewish Community Marks Six Months Welcoming Afghan Allies

Afghan Allies, l. to r. Salih, Wahida, Aisha, Behista, Husnia and Abdul

For the past six months teams of volunteers from Nashville’s Jewish community have been helping newly arrived Afghan allies adjust to life in the United States. From doctor appointments, to enrolling children in schoo…

MTSU Holocaust Studies Conference Returns After Four Year Absence

Middle Tennessee State University’s Biannual Holocaust Studies Conference returns September 22nd and 23rd. This year’s conference is the first since Covid interrupted plans in 2020. The event draws scholars from around the world from diverse disciplines to share their research with other…

Local College Student Spends Summer “Doing Good” in Poland

Most college students spend their summers working in entry level jobs or internships, hanging out at the beach or pool, or getting ahead by taking some classes. None of those things interested Eli Kirith. The rising sophomore at American University wanted to do something different, so he did…

Nashville Jewish Community Welcomes New Shaliach: Omer Shabat

        Omer Shabat is the new community Shaliach from Israel.

The Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee is pleased to welcome Omer Shabat as the new Shaliach (emissary) from Israel. Omer is the latest participant in the program of the Jewish Agency…

Federation Staff Helps Educate Metro’s High School Teachers

Deborah Oleshansky, Director of the JCRC at the Jewish Federation, and Kyle Alexander, M.Ed., NBCT District Lead Coach for Social Studies Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, during the annual in-service training for MNPS high school social studies teachers.

The new school year is now w…

Reflections from Partnership2Gether Trip to Israel by Local Teens

As previously reported, three Nashville area Jewish teens participated in The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Southeastern Consortium Hadera-Eiron Partnership2Gether trip to Israel. This was the first time the annual trip included teens from Nashville who spent a memorable two weeks touring and…

Antisemitism Darkens the Doorsteps of Nashville Area Homes

Early last month West Nashville neighborhoods surrounding the Gordon Jewish Community Center, and in Richland/Cherokee Park behind West End Synagogue and Congregation Sherith Israel, were littered with packets of antisemitic flyers. This is latest example of rising antisemitism around the co…