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West End Synagogue Conservative 3810 West End Avenue Nashville, Tennessee 37205 (615) 269-4592 Fax: (615) 269-4695 Rabbi Joshua Kullock Asst. Rabbi Josh Barton Marcia Stewart, executive director Sharon Paz, director of lifelong learning Miriam Halachmi, education director emerita, z’’l Barbara Dab, board president


est End Synagogue is Nashville’s traditional, egalitarian congregation. Our diverse community is united by the shared values of Torah (learning), avodah (prayer) and gemilut chasadim (kindness). Together, we strive to imbue ancient rituals with modern meaning. Torah Torah is our element and lifelong education is integral to the West End experience. Beit Miriam, our religious school led by Sharon Paz, enriches the lives of our children and teaches them Hebrew and Jewish values and rituals. We are proud to have so many students spend summers at Camp Ramah Darom in Georgia, where they are fully immersed in Jewish life and community. We offer ongoing opportunities for adults to study Torah in a broader sense, learning the weekly Torah portion, Talmud, Jewish mysticism and Bible on

West End Synagogue Sisterhood 3810 West End Avenue Nashville, TN 37205 (615) 269-4592 Fax: (615) 269-4695 Barbara Silberschein Herman, president



he West End Synagogue Sisterhood is involved in activities that enrich our congregation, support religious education and enhance our youth programs. Members span a wide range of interests, ages and backgrounds. The sisterhood was founded in 1903 and affiliated with the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism (WLCJ) in 1948. New female synagogue members receive a free one-year sisterhood membership. WES Sisterhood nourishes our religious school and congregation family – financially and literally with food. Through money raised by selling Purim bags (mishloach manot), the sisterhood pays for enhanced school programming and hosts a firstday-of-school brunch for religious school parents. The sisterhood prepares several Shabbat Kiddush meals and Friday night family dinners each year. We support our kosher kitchens and the Yom Kippur break-fast meal. WES Sisterhood supports our youth of all ages. We offer discounted babysitting during the High Holidays for infants and children through age 12. We fund transportation to conven-

Students await instructions at the beginning of “The Chanukah Games” at West End Synagogue’s religious school, Beit Miriam.

a weekly or monthly basis. We also host the special Learn and Lunch series for seniors. Guest scholars from Nashville and beyond teach us through our Pray, Eat, Learn series and our annual scholar-in-residence program. You can join dozens of students of all backgrounds for Introduction to Judaism, taught by Rabbi Joshua Kullock on Sundays from January-May.

Avodah Morning and evening minyans bring us together in prayer every day of the year. Minyannaires provide comfort for mourners who come to say Kaddish and offer blessings for families celebrating life-cycle events. Bagels and coffee fill our bellies after the morning minyan has fed our souls. Continued on page 26

tions for the congregations’ two youth groups, Kadima (middle school) and United Synagogue Youth (for high school students), and we send the USY young leader to the group’s annual leadership retreat. We help WES maintain its distinction as the Conservative congregation with the most children attending Camp Ramah Darom by providing scholarships to families in need. Finally, we send holiday gift packages to our college students so they remain connected to WES. As a member of WLCJ, we support the Conservative movement of Judaism via the annual Torah Fund campaign. This money helps educate our clergy and educational students at two seminaries in the United States, one in Israel and the one attended by our own Rabbi Joshua Kullock, Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires. We foster our personal Jewish education and spiritual growth through participation in Sisterhood Shabbat and a lively book club. We also operate the WES Judaica Shop, which is open on Wednesday afternoons until 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday mornings during the school year. Other hours are available by appointment through the synagogue office. Planned social and educational events this year include: • Paid up Membership Luncheon: January 29 • Sisterhood Shabbat: February 29 • Jewels for the Queen: March 8 • Passover Recipe Exchange: April 2 • Old/New board installation: May 21 • Opening meeting in September • Sisters Night Out at the Nashville Jewish Film Festival and other events to be announced The Guide to Jewish Nashville 2017 • 25

Guide to Jewish Nashville 2017  

Guide to Jewish Nashville 2017

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