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The Jewish Observer of Nashville 801 Percy Warner Blvd. Suite 102 Nashville, TN 37205 jewishobservernashville.org Mark S. Freedman, publisher (615) 356-3242 mark@jewishnashville.org Charles Bernsen, editor (615) 354-1653 charles@jewishnashville.org Carrie Mills, advertising manager (615) 354-1699 carrie@nashvillejcc.org

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he Jewish Observer of Nashville is 81 years old, and we like to say we’re getting better with age. Published by the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, the goal of The Observer is to be the primary source of information relevant to the Jewish community in the area. The newspaper is published on the first of every month and is mailed to every Jewish household in Middle Tennessee as well as to members of the Gordon Jewish Community Center. You can also find all of the stories and photos in the current issue online at jewishobservernashville.org. Our website also includes a searchable archive of back issues as well as regular updates of breaking news. In our pages you will find useful advances about upcoming events as well as interesting news and feature stories about people, organizations and trends in the Nashville Jewish community. Our regular Lifecycles column carries submissions about b’nai mitzvah celebrations, weddings, graduations, honors and obituaries. We also subscribe to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and other wire services that provide news and features from Israel and Jewish communities in the United States and around the world. Each issue of The Observer also includes a special section. Some focus on the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Passover and Chanukah while others are themed on topics such as travel, dining and planning simcha celebrations. As a community newspaper, we are eager to respond to the needs of our readers. Articles and digital photos, suggestions for stories or information about upcoming events may be submitted by email to the editor for consideration for publication. The Observer also includes a regular opinion page where we publish letters to the editor as well as local and national op-ed pieces that focus on Jewish themes and issues. We invite individuals and organizations to submit letters and op-ed columns, which are reviewed by an editorial board that consists of members from each of Nashville’s Jewish congregations. Advertising is a major source of revenue for The Observer, so please let our advertisers know that you saw their ads and appreciate their financial support for the newspaper. We also raise much-needed funds through our two-month Patrons Campaign each summer, which allows readers to show their support by making contributions. •

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The 2016 Community Relations Seder celebrated the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, a Vatican decree that changed the relationship between Catholics and Jews. Here Jews and Catholics link arms while singing “Hineh Ma Tov,” a traditional song whose lyrics express “how good and pleasant it is for brothers to sit together in unity.” (Photo by Rick Malkin)

Community Relations Committee The Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee Ron Galbraith, chair Leslie Kirby, vice chair Abbie Wolf, community relations director (615) 354-1637 abbie@jewishnashville.org

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he Community Relations Committee (CRC) is the public affairs arm of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. The CRC sponsors Israel advocacy programs and develops relationships with the broader Nashville community on social and public policy issues important to the Jewish community. The CRC has a broad membership that reflects the diversity of the Nashville Jewish community. In a continuing effort to be responsive to the needs of this diverse community and the challenges it faces, the CRC includes at-large members as well as representatives from synagogues and Jewish communal organizations. These representatives serve as liaisons between the CRC and their organizations. And to ensure the ongoing vitality of its volunteer board, the CRC has launched the Emerging Leaders Initiative to recruit and train young adults to be the next generation of CRC leaders. The CRC offers a broad range of programs for the Nashville Jewish community. It emphasizes Israel education by hosting a regular series of speakers on Israel and Israel advocacy. While CRC members may have different viewpoints, they all care passionately about Israel and its future. The CRC also is a participant in coalitions with interfaith and ethnic groups and social service agencies. In the education arena, the CRC is involved in issues affecting Jewish students in public and private schools, including religious accommodation and anti-Semitism. The CRC also works to ensure that textbooks and curriculum in Tennessee classrooms accurately and fairly portray Jews, Judaism and Israel. Additionally, each year the CRC hosts a Community Relations Seder. Past themes have included civil rights, education, immigration, and outreach to other communities, including the Latino and Catholic communities. The event has been attended by Nashville’s mayor and other government officials, clergy, social service agency directors, advocacy organization members and education leaders. Members of the community with interest in the work of the Community Relations Committee are invited to discuss membership with Community Relations Director Abbie Wolf, who can be contacted at abbie@jewishnashville.org or (615) 354-1637. •

Guide to Jewish Nashville 2017  

Guide to Jewish Nashville 2017

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