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Community Relations Seder celebrates the Jewish tradition of social justice

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 by tgregory
The Passover season got off to an early start on Tuesday, March 14 when more than 250 people attended the 10th annual Community Relations Seder sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee and cohosted this year by Vanderbilt Hillel and the Federation’s Community Relations Committee. The annual event is an effort to build relationships with the larger community and foster understanding about Judaism. (Photos by Rick Malkin)

“It shows how social justice values are reflected in traditional Jewish values.”


As Trump ban goes into effect, WES forum focuses on refugees

Posted on: March 10th, 2017 by tgregory
Taking part in the forum “Refugees: Straight Talk” at West End Synagogue were refugees Hinda Ahmed (from left) and Shenwar Hussein along with immigration lawyer Greg Siskind, Stephanie Teatro, co-executive director of Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, and Kellye Branson, director of refugee and immigration services for Catholic Charities of Tennessee. The panel was moderated by Metro Vice Mayor David Briley.

“Refugees: Straight Talk”


More than 200 attend Nashville forum for an update on telephone bomb threats

Posted on: March 9th, 2017 by tgregory
Matthew Espenshade, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Nashville office said the FBI speaks at a public forum at the Gordon Jewish Community about the ongoing wave of bomb threats directed at Jewish community centers across the country.

U.S. Senate unanimously urges action on anti-Semitism

Posted on: March 7th, 2017 by The Jewish Observer

The letter to the Trump administration came on same day as sixth wave of bomb threats against Jewish institutions


In wake of threats and vandalism, umbrella Jewish security group forms law enforcement advisory council

Posted on: March 2nd, 2017 by The Jewish Observer

Its purpose is to strengthen communication with law enforcement and provide expertise on security issues.


Mission to Israel engages interfaith couples with clear message: “We value you and respect your decisions”

Posted on: February 28th, 2017 by tgregory
Members of the Nashville Interfaith Couples Leadership Mission to Israel pose on a hill overlooking Jerusalem. Back row (from left): Van Robins, Eric Mirowitz, Hilary Mirowitz, Rabbi Mark Schiftan, Harriet Schiftan, Andi Simon, Abby Haitas, John Haitas, Alison Cowan and Chad Cowan. Middle row (from left): Jeff Greenfield, Jenny Robins, David Friedman and Amy Friedman. Front row (from left): Carolyn Greenfield, Rabbi Laurie Rice, Diana Landa, Jeremy Landa, Rabbi Philip “Flip” Rice, Jack Simon, Aaron Lerch and Celia Lerch.

“The best place to connect to Judaism is Israel.”


Hadassah fundraiser will honor inspirational Israeli Women

Posted on: February 28th, 2017 by tgregory
Among the women who will be featured by the Hadasah Players on April 2 are Lucy Aharish (left), first Arab-Israeli news anchor on Hebrew-language Israeli television; Hannah Rovina (center), the “First Lady of Hebrew Theater,” and Karnit Flug, economist and first female Governor of the Central Bank of Israel.

Happy Purim, Nashville

Posted on: February 28th, 2017 by tgregory
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Nashville festivities will begin a week earlier with two community wide events.


Congregational News & Events – March 2017

Posted on: February 28th, 2017 by tgregory
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Includes Purim Events


Original dramatic reading at GJCC this month will examine Moses’s influence on the story of America

Posted on: February 28th, 2017 by tgregory
Moses and the Ten Commandments