Around The Town

Planning underway for second Akiva reunion on Thanksgiving weekend

Posted on: January 30th, 2017 by tgregory

Following a well-attended first reunion in 2015, a second all-class Akiva School reunion is being planned for the Saturday evening, Nov. 25, two days after Thanksgiving.  The event will be at the school, and all alumni are invited, no matter how long they attended. The reunion is not a fundraiser and there is no cost

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GJCC launches Jewish Author Series

Posted on: January 30th, 2017 by tgregory

The Gordon Jewish Community Center kicked off its Jewish Author Series on December 14 with chef and comedian, Robert Rosenthal. Rosenthal’s presentation included snacks from his cookbook and a comedic talk on all things food.  Afterwards, he signed books for guests. Upcoming speakers in the series include:  • Chef and restauranteur Joyce Goldstein, 1 p.m.

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Nashville Teen Selected for Core18 Fellowship in Israel

Posted on: December 31st, 2016 by tgregory

Samuel Jacobson, a 2016 graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy and congregant and former teacher’s aide at West End Synagogue, has been selected to participate in the JerusalemU Core18 Fellowship Program.  The Core18 Fellowship brings together natural leaders and ambitious thinkers to address the challenges currently facing Jewish students on college campuses today. Its goal is to

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Diabetes support group will hold first meeting at CSI

Posted on: December 31st, 2016 by tgregory

Now that challenges of holiday foods and rich desserts are over, a community-wide holistic diabetes support group is forming at Congregation Sherith Israel to help diabetics and their family members with matters related to food, menus, nutrition and more.   Headed by Polina Vorobeychik, a licensed dietitian nutritionist with a master’s degree in public health, the group will have

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Library Pete will help PJ Library celebrate Tu’Bishvat

Posted on: December 31st, 2016 by tgregory

Library Pete will help PJ Library celebrate Tu’Bishvat – the Jewish holiday known as the birthday of Trees – at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Cool Springs.   Library Pete is a puppeteer and storyteller with the Nashville Public Library.  He will be bringing his rainbow bus,

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Bible scholar Alter will visit Vanderbilt this month

Posted on: December 31st, 2016 by tgregory

Robert Alter, a renowned scholar of Hebrew and the Jewish Bible, will make a presentation this month at Vanderbilt University titled “The Challenge of Translating the Bible.”  Alter will speak at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 in the reading room at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Parking is available in the Wesley Place garage at

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National groups for temple and synagogue administrators holds joint conference in Nashville this month

Posted on: December 31st, 2016 by tgregory

Two associations representing administrators and directors of synagogues and temples around the world will hold a four-day conference this month in Nashville.  The theme of the joint conference of the National Association of Temple Administrators (NATA) and the North American Association of Synagogue Executives (NAASE) is Kulanu B’yachad, or coming together. The groups will be

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Panel on inflammatory bowel diseases set for Dec. 12 at the GJCC

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by tgregory

The Gordon Jewish Community Center will host a panel on inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) next month as part of a series on health and wellness.  “IBD: What Everyone Needs to Know,” will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 and is free and open to the public. The panel will include Dr. David A. Schwartz,

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BBYO alumni happy hour set for Dec. 28

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by tgregory

The Nashville BBYO chapter will hold happy hour for alumni of all ages from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 28 at Crow’s Nest in Green Hills. The cost is $18, which includes free appetizers and a drink.  “This is a great way for alumni to come together and socialize with one another,” said Sheri Rosenberg, local

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GJCC will hold Zumba sessions for special needs kids and teens

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by tgregory

The Gordon Jewish Community Center will hold free Zumba classes from 3-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 for special needs kids and teens ages 11-18.  This sessions is open to those of all abilities. Music City BBG, the local girls’ chapter of BBYO, will be participating. Parents are invited to come and stay while their

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