Congregational News & Events – December 2017

Posted on: November 30th, 2017 by tgregory

@ Chabad

Pre-Chanukah Menorah Workshop 

Chabad of Nashville will be partnering with The Home Depot to offer a Pre-Chanukah Menorah Workshop at the Bellevue Home Depot, 7665 Highway 70 South, on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 4-5 p.m.  The event will unite children and their families from across the spectrum of the community in a joyous and interactive celebration of Chanukah.

Participants will receive a free workers apron and then craft their own unique menorah from wood and a host of other supplies available at The Home Depot and enter a raffle. Parents accompany their children and there is no charge for attending.

This workshop is sponsored by The Home Depot and coordinated by Chabad of Nashville. This event is free for all participants. Reservations can be made at

For more information call (615) 646-5750 or visit


Ice Menorah at Gaylord Opryland 

As the Opryland Resort will be hosting a Country Christmas with over two million bright lights, this year for only the second time, Chabad of Nashville will be hosting a Country Chanukah Menorah lighting, which will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.

Chanukah menorahs are made out of all kinds of materials, but few if any are ever made of ice, stand 6 feet in the air and weigh 500 pounds.

On Monday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m., there will be the lighting of the Ice Menorah that will be carved by one of Nashville’s premier ice carvers. The menorah will then be lit by former members of the IDF, the Israeli Defense Forces who protect the Land of Israel. The event is open to the public and will also feature the opportunity for ice skating at Gaylord Opryland’s 6,000-square-foot ice rink, the Skate Glacier Glide, with the purchase of tickets on site.

For more information go to or call (615) 646-5750


Jewish Heritage Night at the Predators 

Chanukah – the Festival of Lights – for many of us brings back fond memories of childhood years and serves to renew our sense of identity. The Chanukah lights provide us with warmth, joy, strength and inspiration. Such is the purpose of a communitywide celebration to be held at the Bridgestone Arena this Chanukah.

Chabad of Nashville and the Nashville Predators invite the entire community to celebrate the Festival of Lights at a public menorah kindling ceremony right before the Predators and the Winnipeg Jets game. The grand Chanukah celebration will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 6:40 p.m. at the Bridgestone Arena, downtown Nashville.

It’s anticipated that 16,000 fans will attend the ceremony and will the kindling of the giant “Menorah of Freedom.” Following the kindling, the program will feature Chanukah songs played from the jumbotron. 

Join the Nashville Jewish community in a public display of unity at this exciting menorah Lighting Ceremony. Bring the kids and make this your special Chanukah celebration.

For more information go to


Menorah to be erected at the state capitol

Since 2003, Chabad of Nashville has been erecting the state’s tallest menorah at the state capitol, near the six cedar trees planted in commemoration of the six million Jews that perished in the Holocaust.

The menorah has been lit over the years by many dignitaries including Gov. Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, House Speaker Beth Harwell, Metro Police West Precinct Commander Marlene Pardue, members of the IDF, and other dignitaries in the Nashville community.

The 17-foot steel menorah will be erected by crane on Capitol Hill, corner of 6th Avenue North and Charlotte, and will be lit daily throughout Chanukah. A special Chanukah celebration with dignitaries, music and Chanukah gifts will be held on one of the nights of Chanukah and all are invited to participate in this event of Jewish pride.

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@ Micah

Holiday bazaar set for Dec. 3

 Get all your holiday shopping done in one place! Come to the bazaar to visit and shop at local vendors’ booths. Free entry! Brunch and libations will be available. The bazaar runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3.


Journey for Justice takes place Dec. 8-10

Revisiting and rekindling the shared history of African-Americans and Jews, participants of both communities take a sacred pilgrimage to local historical sites. The program begins on Friday, Dec. 8, and  concludes with a joint dialogue, and a visit to church on Sunday morning. 


Micah offers a childcare Shabbat this month

For parents looking for a focused, contemplative Shabbat experience, childcare Shabbat will be offered on Friday, Dec. 22. Care is available for children six months through six years – no registration is necessary. Drop-off is during weekly WINE-down and pick-up follows services. As always, children are welcome at all services.  


Women’s spirituality retreat at Canyon Ranch 

Join Rabbi Laurie Rice and Rabbi Sherre Hirsch Feb. 5-9. This all-inclusive package includes healthy gourmet meals, more than 40 complimentary fitness activities, a fully equipped spa, four pools, guided hikes and walks, creative arts, as well as airport transfers to and from Tucson International Airport. See the Micah Events web page and contact Rabbi Laurie Rice for more information at  


Poland and Hungary with the 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 a small sampling of included excursions. More information is available on the Micah Events web page at


@ Sherith Israel

Macabeenies Music Class and Play Space

Macabeenies Music Class and Play Space goes back to its roots in December, with two fun sessions of free play and Chanukah-related songs and activities. Karen Daniels, local musician and songwriter, will share some Chanukah classics as well as her own catchy and creative songs. Kids will have time to get their energy out bouncing on toys, crawling through tunnels, playing with the parachute, and more. 

Families throughout the community with children age 6 months to pre-K are invited to sing, dance, bounce, and celebrate with us! Macabeenies will meet on two Sundays this month, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17, from 10-11:00 a.m., downstairs in the Playspace at Sherith Israel. Free! Email Cara at or connect on Facebook with any questions. 


Sisterhood Chanukah Latke Supper

The Sherith Israel Sisterhood will host its annual Latke Supper on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. The cost of this delicious dinner will be $12 for adults, $8 for children, with a maximum of $36 for a family of four or more. 


Sherith Community Melave Malke Series

A melave malka is a celebration that extends the joy of Shabbat for just a bit longer. What better way to do that than in the warm homes of our community members?

Our first monthly community melave malke dessert and social gathering will be hosted by Sherith Israel member Ruth Levitt on Dec. 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Contact Cara at or keep an eye out for details in the weekly Shabbos in Shul flyer. 


Cholent cook-off Shabbat

Join us for a cholent cook-off during Kiddush following Shabbat services. As the tastes, smells, and textures of this quintessential Shabbat food bring us together, they also bring out our competitive side! Come taste, schmooze, and judge with us on Saturday, Dec. 30. 


@ The Temple

Hike and Havdalah on Dec. 16 at the park 

Meet at the top of the steps at the end of Belle Meade Boulevard in Percy Warner Park at 2:45 p.m. with the hike of the 2.5-mile white trail to begin at 3 p.m. Meet at the stone gate entrance to the park at 4:30 p.m. for Havdalah. All ages welcome; bring friends and family; if you are not hiking, please meet us for Havdalah. The event is presented by The Temple’s worship and music committee.


Golden Lunch Bunch December dates

The Golden Lunch Bunch 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 Dec. 5 and 19. To RSVP, call Anna Sir at (615) 354-1686. The Temple Preschool will sing to help celebrate Chanukah with the Golden Lunch Bunch on Dec. 19. 


Chanukah service and latke Oneg 

Mark Dec. 15 on your calendar for our Chanukah service & latke oneg at 6 p.m. We will come together to light the candles and celebrate Chanukah with a latke oneg to follow Services. 


Learning about Abraham Joshua Heschel

Abraham Joshua Heschel – The Wonder of God’s Call: Piety, Faith, Holy Deeds, and Social Justice with David Barton. Additional commentary by Rabbi Mark Schiftan. Sundays at 9:45 a.m. on Dec. 3 and 10. 


Interfaith topic: December dilemma

Next Dor (Young Adults & Young Couples) Interfaith Conversations will take place on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. at The Temple.  The evening will offer informal, honest conversations about interfaith issues and the December dilemma. To RSVP, please email Rabbi Shulman or call The Temple office (615) 352-7620


Women’s Chanukah gift exchange

The Temple’s W.E.L.L. group (Women Engaged in Living & Learning) hosts a Chanukah Hooplah & Gift Exchange at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17. To RSVP, please contact Mitzie Russell at (615) 352-7620. 


Tot Shabbat celebrates Chanukah

A Chanukah-themed Tot Shabbat takes place on on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m.  Join us for music, stories, crafts and snacks with Rabbi Shana Mackler and Temple Preschool Associate Director Jan Huettner.


Mazel Tones present Chanukah concert

Our first Mazel Tones (junior choir) Mitzvah Concert of the year is coming up. We are very excited to perform a Chanukah-themed concert at The Cumberland at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10. This is a program supported by The Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. 


Preschool family Chanukah event

Join our Preschool families in the lighting of the menorah and the celebration of Chanukah on Thursday, Dec. 14 at  5:15 p.m.


Dinner for midweek Hebrew students, families 

After Hebrew school on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m.– join in for dinner, games and menorah lighting December 13th– Chanukah dinner for our Mid-Week Hebrew students and their families.  .


Symphony CEO to speak on Violins of Hope

Alan D. Valentine, President and CEO of the Nashville Symphony will be joining us at our 6 p.m. Shabbat service on Friday, Dec. 1 to share the story of the Violins of Hope, which will be coming to our community in 2018. Please join us for this special Shabbat Service. 


@ West End

Michael Mehlman Social Action Shabbat

Please join WES for the Michael Mehlman Social Action Shabbat and Kiddush luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 2. Judy Saks will be honored as WES Volunteer of the year. (Click here for separate article)


WES Sisterhood Torah Fund Dinner – Save the Date

Save Sunday, Dec., 3 for the WES Sisterhood annual Torah Fund dinner, featuring Cantor Sarah Levine and a musical program. Dinner is at 6 p.m. Cost is $25 per person, $40 per couple.

“Mah Tovu” is the 5778 Torah Fund theme; from Numbers 24:5, it means “how good!” It forms the basis of the opening prayer we sing when we enter the sanctuary. It features “100” in raised letters, recognizing the 100th anniversary of Women’s League. Pins are available in the Judaica Shop. Contact chair Marsha Raimi at to make reservations for the dinner or a donation.


USY event celebrates Chanukah

Join us on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 10:30 a.m.-noon for a Chanukah play, Chanukah songs, Chanukah Beit Miriam Family Feud; lots of latkes and children’s carnival stations run by USY.


Chanukah for Beit Miriam students, parents

Celebrate the 2nd night of Chanukah on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Beit Miriam. Parents are invited to join students at 6 p.m.


WES Chanukah Shabbat Latke Dinner

Enjoy a latke dinner on Friday, Dec. 15, after the 6 p.m. service. Cost: Adults – $18, children 7-11 – $10, children 3-6 – $5 and children 3 and under are free. There is a family maximum of $45.

RSVP for Dinner by Dec. 12 by emailing or calling (615) 269-4592, ext. 11.


Intro To Judaism (Part 1) returns in 2018

Once again, the West End Synagogue will be partnering with the American Jewish University hosting the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program. Rabbi Joshua Kullock will be teaching the four-month class and everyone is invited to join. This learning opportunity, which begins Jan. 7 and runs through May 6, is in partnership with the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program of the American Jewish University.  Classes will be held every Sunday from 9:30-11 a.m. 

The cost for WES members is $36 (couples $50) and for nonmembers it is $180. Members who have attended 2 previous classes are no charge, however, a donation is always encouraged. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn with Rabbi Joshua Kullock, make new friends and explore Judaism in new and deeper ways.

For more information, check out the website at We encourage you to please register at or call 269-4592, ext. 12, by Dec. 13, so that we can plan for materials and the room location of the class. We hope to see you soon!


AIPAC Policy Conference in March

Join Rabbi Joshua Kullock and fellow members of West End Synagogue in our nation’s capital for the most important days impacting the U.S.-Israel relationship.  The conference is March 4-6 in Washington. The cost is $499/person for conference registration (does not include hotel), but WES has a few discounted tickets that are $399. Please contact Marcia Stewart,, for more information.