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Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee

The Nashville Israeli folk dancers lead a lively line dance during the 2016 celebration of Israel’s Independence Day in Bellevue’s Red Caboose Park. More than 500 people attended the annual Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration, one of many community events sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Malkin)

801 Percy Warner Blvd., Suite 102 Nashville, TN 37205 (615) 356-3242 Fax: (615) 352-0056 info@jewishnashville.org www.jewishnashville.org Lisa Perlen, president Mark S. Freedman, executive director

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hether you are a newcomer to Nashville or a longtime resident of what The New York Times has called one of America’s hottest cities, you will find it a great place to experience an active and vibrant Jewish life. And the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee is a big part of that experience. The Jewish Federation has been rapidly evolving its programs and services to appeal across the age spectrum and offer something for everyone. We are blessed with creative and thoughtful volun-

teer and professional leadership, and we’ve been able to channel high communal engagement to create new ways of doing business. Following up on a community-wide assessment process undertaken in 2010 to identify critical needs in the Jewish community dubbed Best Jewish Nashville, last year the Jewish Federation released the findings of the 2015 Nashville and Middle Tennessee Jewish Community Study. It revealed that many newcomers from larger communities are impressed by Jewish Nashville’s closeness and intimacy while newcomers from smaller cities and towns appreciate the diversity of our institutions and the significant resources that are available to sustain Jewish life. This is reinforced by the many anecdotal comments in the study that described Jewish Nashville’s cohesiveness and the willingness of Jewish institutions to collaborate in programming that is open to all. Even before the study’s release, the Jewish Federation launched its Welcoming Ambassadors and Newcomers Program. This unique outreach initiative matches longer-term residents of the Jewish community with individuals and families who are newcomers as well as those who have been in Nashville for a while and are looking to connect or re-engage in Jewish life. Quarterly meetings for newcomers are hosted in the homes of our ambassadors and they have been a tremendous success. Anyone interested in attending one of these gatherings is encouraged to contact Barbara Schwarcz at barbara@jewishnashville.org. Continued on page 6

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Guide to Jewish Nashville 2017  

Guide to Jewish Nashville 2017

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