Congregational News & Events – September 2017

Posted on: August 31st, 2017 by tgregory

@ Chabad

Rosh Hashanah Mega Challah Bake with NowGen and Chabad 

Yearning to learn the secret of how to knead good dough and fill your home with the aroma of Shabbat? Wait no more! On Sunday, Sept. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., women and children from across Nashville will gather in the Bernard Ballroom at Chabad of Nashville at 95 Bellevue Road for a Rosh Hashanah Mega Challah Bake. 

The Mega Challah Bake has been presented in cities from Los Angeles to Miami and even internationally and was a big hit in Nashville last year. Due to popular demand, the Mega Challah Bake will come back once again, this time in partnership NowGen, the program of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee for young adults. 

Mrs. Esther Tiechtel, educator at Chabad, explains, “When we join in this tradition of kneading challah, all channels open for us to ask for all the blessings we need for our families and community. 

“There are many little-known customs that give layers of meaning to this tradition, like removing a piece of dough for the Kohanim with a blessing: Breaking off a piece of our dough symbolizes taking from everything we have and sharing with others,” she says. 

“Mothers and daughters are invited to come along together for this multigenerational challah bake, as there is so much unity and togetherness when all are kneading and braiding the challah together.” 

Each participant will go home with their own challah, a Challah Bake apron and the know-how to recreate the moment weekly in their homes. 

The Mega Challah Bake is presented for women and children. Tickets for participants ages 11 and up are $14 dollars in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets for children 10 and under are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For reservations, go to or call (615) 646-5750.


CSI and CBT to join for the High Holiday kickoff 

As a kickoff for the High Holiday season, Congregation Sherith Israel will join Congregation Beit Tefilah for a joint Selichot service, on Saturday, Sept. 16, 11:30 p.m., at Congregation Beit Tefilah, 95 Bellevue Road. The Selichot service will be preceded by a Chasidic Farbrengen – a gathering of souls, where stories of Chasidic masters will be shared, together with a bit of L’Chaim to warm the soul for the beginning of the High Holiday season, and will led by Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel from Beit Tefilah, and Rabbi Shlomo Rothstein from Chabad at Vanderbilt. 

While most Jewish services are held during the day or early evening, the High Holiday Selichot are the exception, held in the wee hours of the morning. Drawing from a plethora of biblical verses and rabbinic teachings, they are a soul-stirring introduction to the Days of Awe. 

The liturgy for Selichot is not found in most prayer books; rather, it is found in special Selichot booklets, with a different selection for each day. The actual Selichot are a collage of Torah verses and poetically written Hebrew works in which we ask G-d to forgive us on a personal and communal level. An oft-repeated phrase is the “13 Attributes of Mercy,” which G-d revealed to Moses at Sinai as the key to forgiveness. 

Cantor George Lieberman of Sherith Israel will lead the service, while Rabbi Saul Strosberg will play various of the Selichot melodies on the keyboard. This is the third year that the two congregations are joining together for the Selichot service. 

Ashkenazic communities start saying Selichot several days before Rosh Hashanah, while Sephardic communities recite Selichot throughout the entire month of Elul. 

For more information go to 


Chabad to host New Year’s Eve Dinner

Chabad of Nashville will be hosting its 19th annual New Year’s Eve Dinner for the Nashville Jewish community, on Wednesday evening, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m. All are invited to join friends and meet new faces from the Nashville community, to welcome the Jewish New Year on the Eve of Rosh Hashanah.

The dinner will be catered by one of Nashville’s premier chefs, and will include a four-course festive meal complete with round challah and the apple ‘n’ honey, all of the holiday trimmings, including gefilte fish, chicken soup, sweet roasted chicken, brisket, tzimmes, honey cake and more. The tradition is to eat symbolic dishes that are sweet and round, symbolizing a sweet New Year that will be a full circle until next year’s Rosh Hashanah.

To RSVP for the dinner go to


Cantor Yossele Kagan will lead High Holiday services at Chabad

Congregation Beit Tefilah is honored and pleased to welcome Cantor Yossele Kagan to lead the High Holiday services during the High Holiday season of 5778.

Cantor Kagan born in Montreal as number 10 in a large family with a long lineage of cantors. Shortly thereafter the Kagan family moved to Miami where Cantor Kagan grew up. From a young age, Cantor Kagan’s father used to put him to bed with tunes of famous cantorial music, and wake him up to the tunes of Modeh Ani sung by Chazen Yossele Rosenblatt.

Cantor Kagan chose to add to his family’s rich history of cantors, and has studied under the famous metropolitan singer Eugene Flam, and renowned chazan and voice instructor Cantor David Cabinet.

Cantor Kagan has davened and performed for audiences all over the world, including cantorial renditions as far as Melbourne, Australia and the Congo in Central Africa.

Cantor Kagan is happy to be coming to Nashville to lead the services at Congregation Beit Tefilah Chabad. One of the unique additions to the service by Cantor Kagan is to blend Chasidic melodies and various famous Jewish tunes into the liturgy of the High Holiday services. Also, during the services, stories and insights into the prayer will be shared by Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel.


@ The Temple

Hike & Havdalah on Sept. 23

At Percy Warner Park, presented by The Temple’s Worship and Music Committee: Meet at the top of the steps at the end of Belle Meade Boulevard at 3:45 p.m. with the hike of the 2.5-mile white trail to begin at 4 p.m. Meet at the stone gate entrance to the park at 5:30 p.m. for Havdalah. All ages welcome; bring friends and family. If you are not hiking, please meet us for Havdalah. 


Prayer, Poetry & Popular Music

Sessions are set for Sept. 6, 13 and 27 at 7 p.m. at The Temple. Join us for a fun and interactive study of our High Holy Day prayers old and new. 


Golden Lunch Bunch

This group meets at 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at The Temple. Join us for lunch, entertainment and fun! This month’s dates are Sept. 5 and 19. To RSVP, call Anna Sir at (615) 354-1686. 


Lunch with the Rabbi 

Next lunch takes place at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 7. 



@ Micah

‘Bring a Friend’ Shabbat, Friday, Sept. 8

All members who bring a guest will receive a special Shabbat gift bag! Weekly WINE-down begins at 5:30 p.m. with services to follow and an oneg. Share the “Micah Magic!”


Religious School Begins Sept. 10

The first day of Religious School is approaching quickly; have you registered your child? To learn more about our comprehensive program, contact Education Director Julie Greenberg,, and visit our website for information and registration. 


Childcare Shabbat each month through December 

For parents looking for a focused, contemplative Shabbat experience! For children six months through six years – no registration is necessary. Drop-off is during weekly WINE-down and pick-up follows services. Offered Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, and Dec. 22. As always, children are welcome at all services. 


A Women’s Circle Sept. 15 with Special Guest Leah Lax

Nicole Keller is hosting Leah Lax, author of “Uncovered,” as she shares her journey from Chasidic woman to Reform feminist Jew. RSVP to A Woman’s Circle is a monthly casual meeting of learning and conversation. Free and open to all women. See the Micah Events web page for R.S.V.P. and host information. Are you interested in hosting? Please contact Rabbi Laurie Rice at


Unique Selichot Program Saturday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m.

All are welcome to gather over bagels on the morning of the last Shabbos before the new year. Micah invites one and all to begin this sacred season by studying the texts prescribed by the Jewish tradition to help explore character. Additionally, the evening Selichot Service of Forgiveness will include guest speakers, music, a labyrinth walk, and a special oneg. 


Tashlich Paddle on Percy Priest Reservoir on Saturday, Sept. 23

Join us for a truly unique Tashlich experience! Pre-register with Nashville Paddle Company through the Micah Events or High Holy Days web pages. Free if you bring your own SUP/Kayak, $20 to rent – quantities limited! 2 p.m.


Women’s Spirituality Retreat in Arizona 

Join Rabbi Laurie Rich and Rabbi Sherre Hirsch Feb. 5-9, 2018. The all-inclusive package includes healthy gourmet meals, more than 40 complimentary fitness activities, a fully equipped spa, four pools, guided hikes, walks, and biking excursions for all levels, daily wellness presentations, creative arts, and cooking demonstrations, a personal program adviser, airport transfers to and from Tucson International Airport and all taxes. See the Micah Events web page and contact Rabbi Laurie Rice for more information at  


Visit Poland, Hungary with Rabbis Rice 

Rabbis Flip and Laurie Rice, along with veteran guide Mike Hollander, invite you to join them for a Jewish pilgrimage of remembrance and renewal. Based in Krakow and Budapest with an optional post-trip to Prague, The Auschwitz-Birkenau Complex, The Oscar Schindler Factory Museum, Wawel Royal Castle, Wielicza Salt Mines, and a dinner cruise on the Danube are just small sampling of included excursions. More information is available on the Micah Events web page at


@ West End

Women’s Torah Group

Please join the Women’s Torah group that meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. Rabbi Joshua Kullock leads the study group. The next session will be on September 6.

If you’d like more information, please contact Vickie Brod or call the WES office at (615) 269–4592.


Men’s Torah Group

Come join Rabbi Joshua for the Men’s Torah group which meets on the second Thursday of each month at noon. The next session will be Thursday, Sept. 14.

 The focus of the study is on Judges. Please let us know ( if you will attend so we can pick a room that will be large enough to accommodate the group.


Women’s Getaway

Join Sisterhood at Ramah Darom for a getaway Nov. 5–8. The focus for this trip will be “Finding Balance: Listening to our Authentic Selves.” Early registration is $370/cabin with hotel upgrades available. 

Register today at


2017 Sukkah Shout Out—Do You Want to Have a Sukkah?

Would you like to fulfill the Mitzvah of eating and celebrating in a sukkah for Sukkot but you live in Antioch, Clarksville, East Nashville, Fairview, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Spring Hill, etc.? We have a gift for you! Beit Miriam’s High School students are building four sukkot to be given to families in the outlying areas of Nashville. The sukkot will be delivered and set up by WES/Beit Miriam volunteers. 

If you are interested in having a sukkah for Sukkot this year, please contact Sharon Paz in the Beit Miriam Office (615) 269-4592, ext. 17 or email .


@ Sherith Israel

Sherith Israel Pre-Selichot Concert Sept. 16 will Channel High Holiday Spirit

The talented Rabbi Saul Strosberg and friends will kick start the high holiday season with an evening of music and song. The concert will begin at 8:15 p.m. at Sherith Israel on Sept. 16. There is no cost and the entire community is warmly welcomed to get into the high holiday spirit with us!   


Macabeenies Music Class and Play Space Returns to Sherith Israel

Macabeenies and their parents sing out at Congregation Sherith Israel.

Last year’s “Macabeenies” Music Class and Play Space was a success, as young families with children aged 6 months to pre-K sang, danced, creatively explored the Jewish calendar, and let out some energy bouncing on blow-up donkeys and playing under the parachute. This fall, Macabeenies is returning with a regular schedule, meeting every first and third Sunday from 10-11:30 a.m. Nashville singer/songwriter Karen Daniel will again be participating in Macabeenies, sharing her charming and catchy songs along with her love of Jewish music with kids and parents alike. The first Macabeenies will be on Sept. 17. Contact Cara Suvall at (or connect on Facebook) with any questions, or just show up! 


Rosh Hashanah Community Lunch @ Sherith

Continuing Sherith Israel’s tradition of bringing the Jewish community together over meals, the congregation will be hosting a special Rosh Hashanah lunch on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 21, immediately after services. The kosher meat lunch will be catered by Bobbie Limor. The cost of the lunch is $26/adult, $14/children age 5-12, free for children under 5, with a maximum cost of $110/family. RSVP and arrange payment with Janet at (615) 292-6614,, or through  •