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Joint Statement of October 26

Posted on: October 27th, 2017 by The Jewish Observer

A STATEMENT FROM THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF NASHVILLE AND MIDDLE TENNESSEE AND ITS COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE, JEWISH CONGREGATIONS AND OTHER LOCAL JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS   On October 28 two communities near to Nashville, our neighbors in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro, will be the sites of rallies planned by several white supremacist hate groups. These groups promote a

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Mayor Carolyn Goodman: ‘Pray for Las Vegas’

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

Editor’s Note: At end of this story, see statement from Mark Freedman, executive director of Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. (JTA) — At least 58 people are dead and more than 500 wounded in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The attack took place at a

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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.


Knesset passes historic bill legalizing settlements built on Palestinian land

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

Israel’s attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, has said the bill violates local and international law and would likely be overturned by the Supreme Court.


Jerusalem’s Ramban Synagogue hires female spiritual leader

Posted on: August 23rd, 2016 by The Jewish Observer

The new rabbinit is a first for an Orthodox congregation in Israel


Accidental fire destroys GJCC pavilion

Posted on: April 18th, 2016 by The Jewish Observer

Plans are already underway to rebuilt the camp pavilion destroyed by fire Sunday, April 17 at The Gordon Jewish Community Center,  executive director Leslie Sax said. The blaze was reported about 10:40 p.m. after the GJCC campus had been cleared and the gates locked. The Metro Fire Department had the fire under control by midnight.

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New Pew study finds “deep gulf” between secular and religious Israelis

Posted on: March 8th, 2016 by The Jewish Observer

It also reveals differences between U.S. Jews and those in Israel, which together account for more than 80 percent of the world’s Jewish population. On the whole, American Jews are less religiously observant, more liberal politically and more optimistic about finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Why the Western Wall compromise matters – and doesn’t

Posted on: February 1st, 2016 by The Jewish Observer

By Ben Sales (JTA) – After decades of conflict, leaders of Judaism’s three major denominations reached a compromise on the future of prayer at the Western Wall, and got the Israeli government’s backing. The deal comes with a few important unknowns and will take a while to implement. Here’s why it matters, even though it might

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Several Jewish groups back Obama’s gun control effort

Posted on: January 6th, 2016 by The Jewish Observer

Among those praising the president is the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the umbrella body for Jewish public policy groups.