Vanderbilt Hillel will honor the memory of Miriam Halachmi on Sunday, April 10 with a tribute program and the dedication of a memorial foundation stone on the new Dor L’Dore Donor Tree in the lounge of the Schulman Center for Jewish Life on Campus.
Halachmi served for three decades as education director at West End Synagogue, where the religious school has been named in her honor, and as a lecturer in modern Hebrew for Vanderbilt’s Jewish Studies Program.
Hillel Executive Director Ari Dubin called Halachmi “an inspirational leader of the Nashville Jewish community” and said she played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Ben Schulman Center and served for many years as a board member of Vanderbilt Hillel.
“Her love of the Hebrew language enthused many generations of Vanderbilt students, and her passion for Jewish life on campus was a key influence at Hillel,” Dubin said.
The tribute will take place on Rosh Chodesh, the start of the Jewish month, traditionally observed as a women’s holiday and a day of learning. It also coincides with Halachmi’s birthday anniversary on April 11.
The host committee includes her children, Alan and Andrea Halachmi and Shlomit Halachmi.
“Our mother cared deeply about the future of Vanderbilt’s Jewish community and the many students she taught there,” said Alan Halachmi. “This is a wonderful way for Hillel to honor her memory and impact on campus.”
For more information or to make a reservation, please call (615) 322-8376 or visit the website at www.vuhillel.org. •