Congregational News & Events – August 2017 issue

Posted on: August 1st, 2017 by tgregory

@ West End

BBS:  Brisket, Bird & Salmon

 Mark your calendars for the WES-BBS event on Sunday, Aug. 13. Minyan will be at 6 p.m. followed by dinner in the social hall. A $12 fee includes brisket and chicken or salmon with sides, drinks, and dessert. RSVP to or (615) 269-4592, extension 12, by Thursday, Aug. 10. Please specify if you would like salmon because salmon will be limited.


Williamson County and Bellevue Chavurah

A shabbat service and potluck dinner is set for Friday, Aug. 18 at 5:45 p.m. Services will be led by Rabbi Joshua Kullock. You do not have to be a WES member to attend. For more information, location and to RSVP, please contact Linda Sisselman at (615) 269-4592, extension 12, or


West End welcomes Cantor Sarah Levine

Cantor Sarah Levine

West End Synagogue is pleased to announce the addition of Cantor Sarah Levine as a member of our clergy as of July 1.

Cantor Levine comes to West End from Cherry Hill, N.J. She is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, where this May she was invested as a cantor and received Master of Arts degrees in sacred music and Jewish education. While at JTS, she held a number of positions including Jewish life director for graduate students and admissions intern for the cantorial school. She also was co-gabbai of Women’s League Seminary Synagogue for three years. 

Cantor Levine served as cantor/educator for Knesset Israel in Pittsfield, Mass., and hazzan sheni during High Holidays at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Md. Outside of school she interned at Congregation Beth El, B’nai Torah Congregation of Boca Raton, Fla., and North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, Ill. Cantor Levine also completed a unit of clinical pastoral education at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. in Jewish studies and a minor in music from Temple University. 

“We are delighted to have Cantor Levine as part of the WES family,” said Steve Hirsch, president of West End Synagogue.  

“Cantor Levine’s background in Jewish education and in musical training are outstanding.  Her experiences with congregations and with instruction of young people during her cantorial program will enable her to have an immediate impact.  We invite everyone to come to Shabbat services sometime during the summer to meet Cantor Levine and hear her sing.” 


@ The Temple

Summer Song Sessions set for Aug. 22

Hava Nashira – come, let us sing! Join with Cantor Tracy Fishbein for a series of casual, fun and informative song sessions to learn some of the newest music of the Reform movement.  All that’s required is a love of singing and a desire to learn more about these energizing and innovative Jewish tunes. The session takes place from 6-7 p.m. on Aug. 22.


Next Dor – Fun & Functional Home Decor Workshop

Do you like building things?  Like using power tools?  Join us Thursday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. at Kraft-It-Yourself Studio in West Meade for a workshop for young adult singles, couples and families. Power tools and all materials plus snacks, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks provided. All you need to bring is your creativity, your friends and yourself! 

Choose one project: Industrial Wine Rack (great for couples to work on together) or Personalized Farmhouse Tray. 

Cost:  Wine Rack – $50 per couple; Farmhouse Tray – $30 per person. 

RSVP by Aug. 11 to Rabbi Michael Shulman at (615) 352-7620 or Space is extremely limited!


Also at The Temple this month: 

• Lunch with the Rabbi Summer Session is set for Aug. 24, with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and discussion at noon.

• Golden Lunch Bunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 1 and 15. 


@ Micah

“What Feeds You” Workshop starts up

Danielle Gilbert will offer her workshop series titled “What Feeds You: Nourishing Yourself Through Food and a Healthy Lifestyle” at Micah. This workshop is open to 12 persons willing to commit to attending six bi-monthly sessions. Topics include diets versus healthy eating habits, building your immune system, healing your gut, calming inflammation, and much more. The information is presented in manageable and doable “bite-sized” pieces and the delivery of the information is nurturing and supportive. More information is available on the Micah Events webpage. 

Cost: $150 for the series. Each class is 1.5 hours long

Dates: This 6-class series will meet on the following dates from 11:30a.m. – 1:00p.m. Aug. 17, Aug. 31, Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Sept. 28, and Oct. 5.  


A Woman’s Circle meeting set 

Kathy Horn will host A Women’s Circle at her home in Franklin on Friday, Aug 18. The casual afternoon of lunch, learning, and conversation will be led by Rabbi Laurie Rice. 

The lunch will begin at noon and will be followed by learning and conversation from 12:45 – 2 p.m. The event is free and open to all women. RSVP directly to Kathy at by Aug. 15 to ensure a spot at the table. Her home is not handicap accessible. Convenient cul-de-sac parking is available.  


Tot Shabbat co-sponsored with Akiva  

Akiva School and Congregation Micah are co-hosting a special Tot Shabbat service in the Eden Room at Micah on Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. This event is free, open to the public, and includes dinner. Please RSVP on the Micah Events web page. 


High Holy Day Adult Choir

The Micah High Holy Days Adult Choir rehearsals begin Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary. Micah members interested in joining should contact Lisa Silver at


@ Sherith Israel

Young Israel Achva Bus Tour

Young Israel Achva bus tour visits Sherith Israel on Aug. 11 and 12. Fifty Jewish high-schoolers will be spending Shabbat with us and getting a flavor for our wonderful Southern hospitality. Hosts are needed.

Please email if you live near the shul and can help host. Meals will be eaten at the shul.


@ Chabad

Bertram and Beatrice King Chabad Hebrew School opens registration for fall

The Bertram and Beatrice King Chabad Hebrew School (CHS) has opened registration for the coming school year.

Directed by Mrs. Esther Tiechtel, the CHS has earned a 18-year reputation of being an innovative program in which students excel in their Hebrew reading, Jewish knowledge, and pride for their heritage.

CHS, located at the Genesis Campus for Jewish Life, meets weekly on Sunday mornings, and caters to students ages 5 through 13. The new academic year will begin on Sunday, Sept. 11 with a special program introducing this year’s theme, “Living Jewishly as a community of One.”

 “The Bertram and Beatrice King Chabad Hebrew School emphasizes exploring the Jewish heritage is a creative and fun way, putting the FUN in FUNdamentals, with special focus on not only accumulating knowledge, but applying those lessons to our everyday life,” said Educational Director Esther Tiechtel. She adds that through “art, drama, songs, contests, and interactive activities, Judaism become real and alive to the students.”

The Bertram and Beatrice King Chabad Hebrew School creates confident Jewish learners by giving them the tools to read Hebrew and participate in the davening/prayer services. The Alef Champ Program is famous for instilling a love as well as fluency in Hebrew reading. This year, students will be offering centers on Hebrew writing and language as well as interactive vocabulary. The children and teens are invited to Shabbat family dinners and have workshops around the holidays where they learn from talented craftsmen, teachers and artists. They have a correspondence program with their peers, and see the meaning in their Jewish roots and feel a part of the world Jewish community.

For more information and to request registration forms, contact Chabad at (615) 646-5750, or email


Jumpstart Your Child’s Jewish Life

As expectant women approach their due dates, a variety of emotions tend to surface. Some women are filled with excitement; others get the jitters. All women pray to G-d for a healthy baby. Many Jewish women would be thrilled to know that there is one special prayer that has been customary for centuries in our tradition to safeguard both the mother and the baby. This prayer is the Shir Hamalot (Song of Ascents, Psalms: 121). The verses of this psalm declare our dependence upon the Creator for our safety and well-being and His commitment to guard us at all times.

These holy words contain the power to protect the mother and baby throughout the birthing process and the recovery period that follows. That is why it is so imperative that, as an expectant mother packs up her overnight bag with all of the items she plans to take to the hospital, that she not forget the Shir Hamalot. Just having this prayer by her side throughout the delivery provides that extra dose of protection that any woman in labor would welcome!

Once the baby is born, it is customary to place the Shir Hamalot on the baby’s cradle; this is a great way to safeguard your new little bundle. It is also the custom to hang the Shir Hamalot in the doorways of your home, especially in the doorway of the baby’s room, before entering with the baby. It is important to realize that everything that surrounds a newborn has a spiritual effect. The Torah teaches us that what a baby sees and hears, even during the first day of life, will have an influence on the child for many years to come. Jewish parents are encouraged to expose their children to holy images as soon as they are born. The Shir Hamalot is a wonderful way to begin.

 If you are expecting a child or know someone who is, Chabad of Nashville is offering a free, beautiful, full-color Shir Hamalot prayer card for any family in Middle Tennessee that requests one. They come in slightly different colors for boys and girls, designed with gorgeous artwork in pastel pink and baby blue. There is no greater gift to give yourself or your loved one at this precious time.

To receive your free Shir Hamalot blessing card, kindly email or call (615) 646-5750