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Community Relations Committee, April 2024

Last May, Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) hosted a book group discussion and program with author Dara Horn, related to her book, “People Love Dead Jews.”  The book has been awarded several honors and in his Jewish Book Council review of the book, Jonathan Fass writes:    “Horn ...

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JCRC: We Are All In This Together, March 2024

Jewish thought leaders have theorized that Jewish laws and traditions, specifically the commandment to honor Shabbat, are among the first time in human history that social justice constructs were created to provide equal access to leisure for all people, not only for the wealthy and powerful. Rabbi ...

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We Are All in This Together

For the past few months, Nashville has been home to six Israeli families whose homes in kibbutzim near the Gaza border were destroyed or so seriously damaged that they are unlivable. Through a joint effort by the Jewish Federation of Greater Nashville, Jewish Family Service, Delek Corporation, and the ...

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Education is the Key to Unlocking a Better Future for All

Julius Rosenwald, a visionary American businessman and philanthropist, once proclaimed, "Education is the key to unlocking a better future for all." This profound statement encapsulates the transformative power of education on individual lives and society. Rosenwald recognized that education empowers ...

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Don’t Forget to Smile

Very early in the morning of October 7 my WhatsApp was filling quickly with messages of the horror unfolding in Israel.  One message included words from my friend’s son, one of the young people at the music festival crying out, come save us they are slaughtering us.  At first, I couldn’t ...

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The Challenge of the Eight Decade

We in the Jewish community of Nashville are blessed with a wide array of options for Jewish holiday observance and celebration. Our local congregations represent different branches of Judaism, from strictly observant to more modern interpretations and practice, with diverse viewpoints from clergy leaders.  ...

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New Year’s Reflections from JCRC

The Jewish year is a magical combination of lively celebrations, feasts of traditional foods, glistening candlelight, sacred wine, raucous dancing and noisy parades, committing to the triumph of freedom, personal and communal mourning, fasting, and opportunities to reflect, atone, and renew.  We ...

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Remembering the March on Washington

August 28, 2023, will mark the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The original march was conceived by civil rights activist and labor leader, A. Philip Randolph. Randolph started his organizing in the 1930’s when he led efforts to help end both racial discrimination ...

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JCRC Report: Working to Build a Safer Community

Nashville is a growing city, but at times it can still feel like a small town. This small-town feel was palpable when news of the Covenant School shooting began to emerge. Some learned of the horror from personal text messages long before the official reporting of the incident was public. Many of us ...

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