Posts by Zoe Bell

Local family business Gluck Orthodontics celebrates 40th anniversary

Jonathan Gluck treats the children and grandchildren of the very first patients of the local orthodontic practice his father founded in 1983. On Sept. 9, the Gluck family and community members will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Gluck Orthodontics, the only Jewish orthodontists currently …

Finding Jewish Identity, Adventure, and Connections in Israel

Teens from Nashville’s Jewish community participated in the Get Connected program in Israel. This year marks the program’s return following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rachel Duben, a 15-year-old Nashville native, toured Israel with the Jewish Federation’s Get Connected, a program design…

AvevA's soulful style influenced by family's immigrant experience

Aveva Dese did not begin sharing her music with the world until after a serious car accident left her home for over a year. Now, she is a celebrated singer-songwriter who sells out VIP concert tickets.

Dese, whose stage name is AvevA, said the car accident was a turning point for her.

 

Jewish Nashvillians celebrate pride amid anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in TN

‘We’re glad it’s pride, but it feels different this year’

LilyFish Gomberg backed into her parking space at Vanderbilt University for a few weeks in order to conceal her rainbow flag bumper sticker. Working as a fellow for the Vanderbilt Hillel team, Gomberg feared for her safety am…

Becca Groner to Receive 2023 Sandy Averbuch Young Leadership Award

Becca Groner is this year’s Sandy Averbuch Young Leadership award winner

Becca Groner moved to Nashville to pursue her dream of working in health care. In the six years since, she started the Nashville Moishe House, served as a leader for LGBTQ+ health at Vanderbilt Medical Center, help…

Local Federation Young Leader Visits Latvia, Hungary on Mission Trip

Erin Coleman, a member of the Jewish Federation of North America National Young Leadership Cabinet, traveled to Latvia and Hungary on a mission trip.

 

Erin Coleman was the only Nashville resident among 170 young Jewish professionals on a mission trip, but she felt right at home. Coleman,…

NowGen Hosts Blood Drive in Honor of 2-Year-Old’s Leukemia Diagnosis

When Courtney Bruns and her husband took their son, Jackson, to the clinic for a check-up, the two-year-old proudly showed off the custom-made red Converse on his feet. He told the desk receptionist that he had gotten new shoes. While Jackson may outwardly seem like any other happy toddler…

Creative Writing Corner

Sutton Korn, 14, is in the eighth grade. She wrote two poems about the Holocaust as part of a class assignment.

This month, in honor of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, we are featuring two pieces by a young poet. Sutton Korn, 14, is in the eighth grade at Ensworth School. She live…

Jewish Agency for Israel advocates for advancement of pluralism in Israel

To celebrate Israel’s upcoming 75th anniversary, executive members of the Jewish Agency for Israel hosted a webinar Feb. 26 to discuss the agency, the Jewish people, and the commitment to advance pluralism in Israel.

Yaron Shavit, the deputy chairman of the executive for JAFI, began the c…

‘You’ve always got some kind of support’ with BRA

Nonprofit organization provides community for breast cancer survivors who meet in Gordon JCC

Members of Breast Cancer Recovery in Action meet at 11 locations, including at the Gordon Jewish Community Center.

After Mary Dono underwent a mastectomy and lumpectomy, she felt she had nowhere …

There’s no race in Judaism

‘There’s no race in Judaism’: Jews Reflect on Diversity within Community Jewish Community Relations Committee hosts annual Passover seder March 30 with theme of social justice

Social justice may be the theme for the Jewish Federation of Greater Nashville’s annual Passover Seder on M…

Stan Kweller is the 3rd Jewish Judge Appointed to 20th Judicial Dist. Cir.

Stan Kweller is the Third Jewish Judge Appointed to the 20th Judicial District Circuit Court

Tennessee governor Bill Lee appointed Stan Kweller as circuit court judge for the 20th Judicial District Jan. 11, making him the second Jewish person ever appointed to the 20th judicial district cir…

Free speech advocate Ken Paulson to bring ‘unconventional approach’

Free speech advocate to bring ‘unconventional approach’ to discussion of free speech: Ken Paulson will speak at the Gordon JCC on Jan. 19

Only one in 50 Americans can name all five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, according to the Freedom For…

Vandy freshman receives leadership award for work in Holocaust education

Vanderbilt Freshman Max Perry received the StandWithUs 2022 “Leaders of Tomorrow” award.

Max Perry, the recipient of the StandWithUs 2022 “Leaders of Tomorrow” award, is used to being in the minority. He was the only Jewish student out of 2,200 students at his high school in Flore…

Former IDF Border Policeman Gives Gift of Music to Teen Ukrainian Refugee

Eddie Yasko, far right, pictured with his mother, Ludmila, and Dov Gelman, center, at Guitar Center in Tacoma, Washington.

Dov Gelman never pictured himself helping Ukrainian refugees in Poland. He hated “everything” about Ukraine since all but one of his relatives were killed in the …