Posts by Barbara Dab

Tikkun Olam Makers Creates Solutions for People with Disabilities

Vanderbilt’s Tikkun Olam Makers Creates Solutions to Everyday Problems for People with Disabilities

Nine-year-old Lucy McGuire plays violin and flute. Like most budding musicians, she struggled to learn how to hold her violin in one hand and the bow in the other. But, unlike most children…

Editor's Note July 2022

Hello friends. I hope you all are enjoying the start of summer and looking forward to the longer days and hopefully, a vacation. As of this writing, I am preparing to attend my first in-person American Jewish Press Association conference, to be held in Atlanta. Fingers crossed my flights rem…

West End Synagogue Partners with Local Houses of Worship in Blood Drive

Mosh Koch gives his 71st unit of blood.

West End Synagogue member, Mosh Koch waits patiently in the synagogue’s social hall as a Red Cross worker assesses his ability to give blood. It would be his 17th gallon donated since he began the life-giving donations in 1961. “I was giving six…

Federation Announces 2022/23 Grants, Sees Increased Fundraising Dollars

The Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee plans to distribute over two million dollars in grants to both local and overseas organizations, individuals, congregations, and partners for the 2022/23 fiscal year. This year’s grants are reflective of the grow…

Local Volunteer Collaborates to Rescue Children in Ukraine

Dov Gelman is pictured with aid packages for Ukrainian children.

As war rages on in Ukraine, volunteers rush to aid some of the most vulnerable, children in the foster care system. Dov Gelman is the founder of My Brother’s Keeper International (MBKI), a humanitarian aid organization tha…

Leadership2Gether Builds Bridges Through People-to-People Connections

The Jewish Agency for Israel’s (JAFI) Partnerhip2Gether program is fast becoming the benchmark for bringing together communities throughout the world with those in Israel. JAFI has created 46 regional partnerships. Nashville’s Jewish community is part of the Southeast Partnership Conso…

Leslie Kirby Elected 2022/23 President of Federation Board

Leslie Kirby was elected as the 2022/23 Federation Board President

 

The Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee announces Leslie Kirby’s election as President of the Board of Directors. Leslie’s election is the culmination of years of involvement i…

Local Businessman Launches Nonprofit For Ukraine

Local Businessman Launches Nonprofit to Send Humanitarian Drones to Ukraine 

As the war in Ukraine rages on, the humanitarian crisis also continues to grow. And Nashville businessman, Joe Freedman, is working to address the mounting need for aid by launching a nonprofit organization that a…

Leadership2Gether Builds Bridges Between US and Israel

Leadership2Gether (L2G) is a six-month program that is part of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Partnership2Gether (P2G) initiative designed to connect Jews around the world with counterparts in Israel. After a two-year hiatus, the L2G group of Israelis from the Hadera-Eiron Region and Ameri…

Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebrates Israel’s Independence with Fun, Food, and Music

For the first time, The Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee partnered with the community Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, a celebration with the Gordon Jewish Community Center Jewish Food Festival – and the result was outstanding! Over 450 …

Legislative Report: Federations Efforts See Big Wins

The 2021/22 state legislative cycle ended with some big wins for the Jewish community. The success is the result of ramped up efforts by the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, in collaboration with the three other Jewish Federations in the state. Eric…

Pam Kelner Honored with Nashville Pride’s 2022 Ally Award

 

Pam Kelner, pictured with the Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, will receive the 2022 Nashville Pride Ally Award on June 25th.  

 

 

 

For nearly a decade, Pam Kelner has been a tireless advocate for Nashville’s LGBTQ community. She served on the Board of Nashville Pride for …

Jewish Community Day Brings Everyone Together

The Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee hosted the entire community in its first Jewish Community Day event. The in-person event highlighted all of the congregations, agencies, organizations, and local groups under one big tent. There were interactive ac…

Jewish Federation Participates in MNPD’s Faith-Based Police Initiative

The hostage crisis at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas earlier this year shined a light on the vulnerabilities that still exist for houses of worship. For Metro Nashville Police Department Chief John Drake, it was a wakeup call that more needed to be done to secure synagogues, churches, mo…

Lisa Silver Retires as Cantorial Soloist at Congregation Micah

 

 

 

Lisa Silver is a musician who is not defined by any one genre, style, or even by instrument. But at a recent concert at Congregation Micah honoring her 25 years of service, there was a distinctive sound that is unmistakably hers. From the charming Micah Song, sung by the Micah…