Congregational News & Events – March 2017

Posted on: February 28th, 2017 by tgregory

@ Micah

Purim at Congregation Micah: A talk on Esther, potluck dinner and medieval carnival

Lecture on Esther and dinner

Vanderbilt University professor A-J Levine will present “Queen Esther’s Story: Politics, religions, identity, ethics, and gender relations” on Friday, March 10 following Shabbat service and potluck dinner. 

The Book of Esther is much more than a children’s story and Esther herself much more than an ancient beauty queen. 

The event is free and open to the public. The service begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the potluck dinner. Micah provides the main dish (poultry); those participating in the potluck should bring a non-dairy side dish. 

Please RSVP on the Micah website under “events” no later than March 5. In the spirit of Purim, those who attend are invited to wear your costume.

Medieval Purim carnival

Micah’s Purim Carnival will be from 12: 30-2 p.m. on Sunday, March 12. 

The event, which will follow religious school, is the annual fundraiser for Micah Temple Youth’s (MiTY). This year’s theme is “Medieval Micah.”

More information is on the Micah web site under Events.

Also in March at Micah… 

• A Women’s Circle hosted by Jackie Harrison and Ruth Feinberg on Friday, March 17 at Harrison’s home in Bellevue. Lunch will begin at noon and will be followed by learning and conversation led by Rabbi Laurie Rice from 12:45 – 2 p.m. The event is free and open to all women. RSVP by March 13 to Feinberg at

• The Micah Book Club meeting on March 3 following Shabbat Service will discuss The Aleppo Code by Terry Brennan. 

• Shabbat Shaband, Micah’s volunteer ensemble, accompanies cantorial soloist Lisa Silver with a blend of blessings and traditional klezmer offerings at the 6 p.m. service on Friday, March 17. 

• Wendy Sachs reads and signs copies of her new book, Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot – and Relaunch Their Careers, at the home of Ingrid Mayer from 7-8:30 p.m. on March 28. The reading is open to all women. Please RSVP on the Micah Events page at  •


@ Sherith Israel

CSI Purim party fundraiser will celebrate Persian culture

Congregation Sherith Israel’s annual fundraiser on March 12 will be a big Purim party celebrating Persian food, drink, music and culture. 

“An Evening in Persia” begins at 6 p.m. at the synagogue and is open to the entire community. 

“The evening will be a wonderful celebration of Persian culture with a sumptuous family-style Persian dinner catered by Sova, cocktails inspired by members of our Persian community, and music that will make people want to get up and dance,” said Pam Kelner, who is co-chair of the event with Daniella Pressner. 

“Weather permitting, we will have music outside on the new deck so that people can dance, and we’re working on a fun video ala Dave Letterman titled, “You know you’re Persian if…” with responses from various community members.”

Tickets are $140 each and are available in the Sherith Israel office or online at For more information, call the Sherith Israel office at (615) 292-6614 or go online to

 “Purim celebrates the physical survival of the Jewish people, and the best way to celebrate physical survival is by doing that which people need to do to survive: EAT,” said Rabbi Saul Strosberg. “So this happy event is really the perfect time to come together to celebrate and support Sherith Israel.” •


@ The Temple

Purim at The Temple: Mazel Tones, congregational dinner, carnival and more 

Purim service and dinner

The Temple will hold a special Purim service on Friday, March 10 at 6 p.m. featuring the Mazel Tones, the junior choir. The service will be preceded by an oneg at 5:15 and followed by a Topsy Turvey congregational dinner with activities for children. 

Preschool party and Tot Shabbat

The Purim festivities for young children begins at 10 a.m. on March 10 with The Temple Preschool celebration.  The next day Tot Shabbat will be a celebration of Purim with Rabbi Shana Mackler, Cantor Tracy Fishbein and Ms. Jan featuring songs, crafts, a story and treats 

Purim carnival 

The Temple’s annual Purim carnival will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 12. It will include a petting zoo, inflatable attractions, karaoke, a costume contest, trackless train, arts and crafts, lunch, sweet treats.

Call The Temple office for information about tickets and special family passes. 

Also in March at The Temple … 

• Dr. Frank Boehm and attorney Hal Hardin will present differing views on the issue of medical aid in dying in on March 1 as part of the ongoing Temple Town Hall series.  Their discussion begins at 7 p.m. and will be moderated by attorney Irwin Kuhn. A question-and-answer session will follow. 

• Dr.  Paulette Coleman, chair of NOAH Affordable Housing and Gentrification Task Force, will be the guest speaker at Shabbat service on March 3. 

• The Temple Bookclub will meet at 10 a.m. on March 5 to discuss Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

• Next Dor will host a Whole Foods cooking class at 6:30 p.m. on March 17. For details contact Rabbi Michael Shulman at

• Hike & Havdalah and March 18 at Percy Warner Park. Meet at the top of the steps at the end of Belle Meade Boulevard at 3:45 p.m. for a 2.5-mile on the white trail. Havdalah will be at 5:30 p.m. at the stone gate at the park entrance.  •


@ West End

Purim at WES: The Megillah – twice – with tacos and pizza 

Sudedat Shlishit 

West End’s Purim celebration begins after mincha on Saturday, March 11 with a free taco Sudedat Shlishit dinner at 5:45 p.m. Then, following ma’ariv, there will be an open bar (donations accepted) and the reading of the Megillah followed by dessert. 

A Purim pizza party

Following the 9 a.m. morning service on Sunday, March 12 there will be another Megillah reading and then a pizza party at 11:45 a.m. 

Also in March at WES

• A citywide forum, “Refugees: Straight Talk,” hosted by the WES Social Action Committee begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 9. A panel discussion and remarks from two refugees will be followed by a question-and-answer session and dessert. For information, contact the synagogue at (615) 269-4592 or office@westendsyn, or email Judy Saks at

• A senior dinner at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 24 following the evening service. The dinner, which will be catered by Bobbie Limor, is free for members, $10 for non-members. RSVP to


@ Chabad

Purim at Chabad: Hamantaschen, the Big Megillah, a Caribbean Purim and more 

Hamantaschen Bake 

Congregation Beit Tefilah will host the second Multigenerational Hamantashen Bake at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 5. The event is open to the entire community and along with Chabad is being co-sponsored by Hadassah, PJ Library, NowGen Nashville, BBYO.

Participants of all ages are invited to bake hamantashen of all varieties. Dough will be provided, and participants are asked to purchase fillings of their choice at the door for $5.  All participants are invited to take home a box of freshly baked hamantashen for Purim.  

Chabad will provide lunch for children, so that families are able to come straight from Sunday school. Please RSVP at

For additional information, contact Nili Friedman at or (615) 498-4564.

A Purim lesson on anti-Semitism

As part of its Purim activities, Chabad will offer a study session on how the story in the book of Esther offers a guide to fighting anti-Semitism and hatred. 

 “The Solution to Anti-Semitism: Combating Hatred with Jewish Pride” will be taught by Rebbetzen Esther Tiechtel at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 in the Oak Library at Chabad. 

Haman was neither the first nor the last to seek a “final solution” in regard to Jews, and this session will seeks to understand what lies behind the hate in order to address it. 

The Big Megillah

Chabad will celebrate Purim with the Big Megillah, the reading of the Purim story, on Saturday, March 11. Festivities begin at 7:15 with the booing of Haman and will continue with the reading of the Megillah and a hamantaschen-eating contest. All participants will receive a special Purim gift. 

Caribbean Purim celebration 

Chabad’s Purim festivities conclude on Sunday, March 12 with its annual Purim Around the World celebration, which this year has a Caribbean theme. 

The event will include the Megillah reading, a Caribbean dinner by executive chef Carlos Davis from Barbados who specializes in Caribbean cuisine, a hamantashen bar, a Caribbean steel drum band, Jamaican face painting, costume contest and a Purim gift for each participant.

The event is open to the public. There is a nominal fee to cover the cost of the dinner. RSVP is required by March 7,  at

Also in March at Chabad …

• A new course, “Joshua Uncovered,” will be offered on Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. during March, April and May. there is no cost for the course, although students are required to purchase the textbook. For more information or to register please or call (615) 646-5750.

• Chabad will host Hadassah Shabbat at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24 followed by a traditional Shabbat dinner and greetings from the Haddassah leadership. The dinner is free. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to •