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Shalom Nashville, This issue of the Guide to Jewish Nashville is unique. Along with the usual listing and description of all the Jewish congregations, organizations and services in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, the 2017 Guide includes a special 10-page section that provides a detailed profile of the vibrant Jewish community they serve. The information comes from a comprehensive demographic study conducted online and by telephone over a three-month period in 2015 by the Steinhardt Social Research Center, which is connected with Brandeis University’s Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies. It was funded by the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Harriet Schiftan, the Federation’s associate executive director, and Lisa Smith, the Federation’s marketing and communications specialist, have used the study’s results to paint a remarkable portrait of Jewish Nashville. Designed by Allison Parker, the easy-to-read package employs charts, graphs and photos to provide not only demographic details of Jewish Nashville but also information about synagogue affiliation and ritual practices, engagement in communal affairs, philanthropic activity and attitudes toward Israel. The study results are more than just interesting. The Federation and other Jewish organizations are already using it to improve their programs and services to fit the community's needs. For instance, the demographic feature begins on page 29, where you will find a map that shows the distribution of Jewish homes in the seven-county Metro area. It indicates that while our community is still largely concentrated along the West End Avenue-Harding-Highway 70 corridor where many of the large Jewish institutions are located, there are growing pockets of Jewish households in outlying areas too – especially in East Nashville and Williamson County. As a result, the Federation and congregations are looking to create new satellite programs to reach these families. Appropriately, this demographic picture of Jewish life in Nashville is presented in 18 segments. Eighteen, of course, is the numerical value of the Hebrew word chai – life – and is traditionally given mystical significance. Published by the Nashville Federation, the Guide to Jewish Nashville is intended to both introduce newcomers to our community and remind longtime residents what it has to offer. We urge everyone to look through the Guide. Whether you’re young or not so young, whether you’ve been here for a month or a lifetime, we think you’ll find information about Jewish Nashville you didn’t know as well as ways to become or remain active in Jewish life here. The Guide is sent to everyone who receives our sister publication, The Jewish Observer of Nashville. Copies also are distributed to synagogues and local businesses and provided to newcomers to the Nashville area and those contemplating a move here. Our advertisers help make this publication possible. As you look through it, you’ll see ads for places to eat and shop. You’ll find ads for businesses that offer professional services as well as recreational and cultural opportunities. We hope you will patronize these businesses, and when you do, please tell them you saw their ads in the Guide to Jewish Nashville.

Contents: Feature: 18 Unique Facts about Jewish life in Middle Tennessee ................................................... 29 Listings: Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee......................................................5 Jewish Foundation...................................................................11 Gordon Jewish Community Center................................12 Synagogues and Affiliate Organizations..................... 18 2017 B’nai Mitzvah................................................................. 26 Jewish Family Service.......................................................... 27 Jewish Education................................................................... 39 Youth Groups...........................................................................44 Young Adult Organizations............................................... 47 Cultural, Service and Social Organizations................ 51 Political Organizations......................................................... 59 Resources.................................................................................. 63

Publisher.................................................................... Mark S. Freedman Editor............................................................................... Charles Bernsen Designer................................................................................. Tim Gregory Copy Editor.............................................................................Abbie Wolf Advertising Manager.......................................................... Carrie Mills Editorial Contact ..........................................................(615) 354-1653 charles@jewishnashville.org Advertising Contact.................................................... (615) 354-1699 carrie@nashvillejcc.org

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