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Temple Programs


(What's Happening in August, September and October)


Continuing Study & Discussion:

The Temple’s ongoing  groups, offer the opportunity for continued study & discussion.

  • Lunch & Talk with the Rabbi

Meet with Rabbi Schiftan at The Temple for lunch and
stimulating analysis of current events from a Jewish perspective. Thursdays 11:30 a.m. - lunch ~12:00 p.m. discussion.

  • WRJ Study Circle

This group meets weekly (Thursday @ Noon) to study Torah with Patty Marks.

  • Chevrah Torah

This study group meets weekly on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

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The L'dor V'dor Project

Congregation Ohabai Sholom Generation to Generation Project

This is an opportunity for the Temple Family to leave an unprecedented legacy to our grandchildren and great grandchildren.  By your participation in this project you are perpetuating your own life for your descendants who may have never had the chance to know you. 

Just think how wonderful it would be to visit our Temple Archives and be handed a folder that contains your family tree, a questionnaire completed by your great grandparent in his or her own hand, and a letter written to you years before you were born! Click Here to visit the L'dor V'dor Project web site.

Jewish Film Festival

Click Here to visit the Film Festival web site.

The Boulevard Bolt

The Boulevard Bolt-Thanksgiving Day

Click Here to learn all about the Boulevard Bolt.

Click Here to visit The Boulevard Bolt web site.

The Golden Lunch Bunch

11:30 at The Temple First & Third Tuesday each month (except holidays!) Join us for lunch, entertainment and fun! Additional information to RSVP: Call Anna Sir (354-1686).

Stimulating subjects enhance this groups meetings, ranging from book reviews to key note speakers. Click Here to visit the Golden Lunch Bunch page.

Renew Each Day: changing behaviors, supporting 12 steps

(Formerly known as JACS)
JACS is entering its 13th year and renewing its mission. Committed to the needs of the entire spectrum of the Jewish Community. We hope you will join us each Wednesday at 6:00 pm at The Temple For more information call Robb (615)568-1786

Next Dor

Gathering frequently at the end of a busy day or for a much needed night out. The Temple Next Dor group welcomes those under 40 (and their spouses). Click Here to visit the Next Dor page.

Book Club

The Temple Book Club meets monthly at 10 a.m. on second Sundays to discuss contemporary books, sometimes with a Jewish theme and sometimes not. The members select the books, and there ensues lively discussions, arguments, even digressions. Click Here for more information.

Women's Torah Study

Led by Patty Marks meets on Thursdays at Temple at 12:00 p.m.

Mussar Mindfulness

“Striving for the Best Within Ourselves, Guided by Jewish Wisdom & Contemporary Practice.”

In 2009, we began our group with Everyday Holiness, by Alan Morinis. Then, we delved into Pirke Avot, the compendium of sayings from the Mishnah about how best to live one’s life. This year, we are working through A Code of Jewish Ethics: You Shall be Holy, by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

Reading from a Jewish text at each session facilitates our discussions and allows
us to hear personal reactions and varied perspectives of each other’s spiritual journeys. We welcome more participants for two reasons: First, the more people who
participate, the more our minds are stimulated with different stories and interpretive
directions. Secondly, expanding our group helps us practice sayings from Pirke Avot,
such as: "Who is wise? A person who learns from everyone he/she meets." Mussar teaches that nurturing our inner lives, a purpose of our monthly gatherings, enables us to better the world we live in. As a group, supporting each other with trust and respect, we gather to learn, to reflect, to guide one another, and to grow towards becoming the best persons we can be. Please join us! If you have questions, feel free
to call or email David Barton Phone: (615) 352-6442 - Email: or
Martin Sir - Phone: (615) 419-8325 - Email:

Weight Watchers

The Temple offers Weight Watchers meetings every Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. (Weigh-ins a half-hour earlier).

Adult Hebrew at The Temple

Want to help your child with Hebrew School? Want to better understand the prayers during Shabbat Services? Want to connect to the ancient language of our people? Did you goof off in Hebrew School and want a second chance? If your answer is ‘yes’ to any or all of these questions, consider taking Adult Hebrew This year we have 2 levels of Hebrew:

Hebrew for Beginners – Level 1 (no prior knowledge of Hebrew necessary)
Hebrew Prayer Fluency – Level 2 (ability to read some Hebrew words necessary)

Level 1 and Level 2
Thursdays, 10:45-11:30 a.m. starting October 20th (Before Lunch with the Rabbi and Women’s Torah Study Group). These classes will run through January.

If you are interested in any of these classes or want more information, please email/call or stop by and see for yourself.


What's Happening in August

Thursday, August 17th at 6:00 PM - Kraft-It-Yourself Studio in West Meade

Fun & Functional Home Decor Workshop

Power tools and all materials plus snacks, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks provided. All you need to bring is your creativity, your friends and yourself!
Choose one project:

Industrial Wine Rack (Great for couples to work on together!) or Personalized Farmhouse Tray

Cost: Wine Rack - $50 per couple; Farmhouse Tray - $30 per person

RSVP to Rabbi Shulman by August 11th at or (615)352-7620
Space is extremely limited.

Monday, August 21st at 5:30 PM - Stand With Us As We Stand With Women of the Wall

The Jewish community of Nashville —female and male—will join together to pray in solidarity with Women of the Wall. We will welcome in the new month of Elul with a meaningful hour-long prayer service led by leaders in our community.

Since 1988, Women of the Wall (Nashot Hakotel) has sought for the social and legal rights for women to wear prayer shawls, pray and read Torah collectively and out loud at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. This group, comprised of female and male supporters, is being subject to protest and widespread clashes with police and members of the ultra-Orthodox community, most recently at last month’s Rosh Chodesh (New Month) prayer service.

Today, more hostilities are aimed at progressive Jews in Israel. Join us as we pray, learn, and stand in solidarity with Women of the Wall. Wine & Cheese and steps for advocacy following the service.

Saturday, August 26th - Building and Anti-Racist Movement as Jews

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM - Jewish Historical Commitments to Racial Justice

In our first session, we will get to know each other and offer an interactive historical overview of racial justice movements in the United States from the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter.

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Envisioning an Anti-Racist Future

At our second session, we will continue to build community by engaging in creative activities to imagine dismantling white supremacy. We will continue the process of self-reflection and
consider action steps in working towards racial justice.

Presented by:

Claire Schwartz a poet and PhD Candidate in African American Studies at Yale. She loves using art as a means to explore avenues of anti-racist community-building.

Hannah Cornfield who is currently in graduate school for social work at the University of Chicago, where she is training in trauma-informed community organizing and program
development around intersectional issues of racial justice.


What's Happening in September

Click Here to view our High Holy Day Schedule of Services

Thursday, September 21st following the Morning Service - Rosh Hashanah Reception

Hosted by The Temple Officers and Clergy at The Temple. New members and long-time members alike are cordially invited to celebrate the New Year at the annual Rosh Hashanah gathering.

Wednesday, Sept 20th through November 20th - Kicks4Kids Shoe Drive

You can help on yom kippur by taking a paper shoe from the display that will be located in the pre function area of The Temple and buying a pair of new shoes and socks as specified. All such purchases must be returned to The Temple no later than November 20th. For additional information,
please email

Friday, September 29th and Saturday, September 30th - Yom Kippur Food Drive

Jews share a sacred duty to accept responsibility for the vulnerable people in our midst. Hunger exists in America and it exists right here in our own backyard. 1 in 4 children in the state of Tennessee are food insecure, and in Middle Tennessee alone, 31% of the people Second Harvest serves are children.

The Temple Social Action Committee is proud to sponsor our Yom Kippur Food Drive every year!
There are 2 ways to donate to our congregation’s drive:

1. Bring non-perishable food items in a bag or box on Yom Kippur.
2. Write a check to Second Harvest Food Bank and mail or bring it to Temple

Saturday, September 30th following Concluding Services - Break the Fast

Mark your calendars now & plan to Break the Fast with your Temple community. This has become a Temple tradition and is enjoyed by all who participate.The cost is $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. Reservations are required, please rsvp. Your check is your reservation (received by September 22nd) and should be mailed to: 5015 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205


What's Happening in October

October 20th - 30th - Coat and Warm Clothing Drive

This year we will again be collecting children’s coats, mittens, scarves and gloves, in addition to adult coats. Adult items will go to the Room in the Inn. children’s items will go to the Martha O’Bryan Center. Please bring your donations to the Temple any day during these dates

Sunday, October 29th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM - The Temple Blood Drive

Give blood. Give life. Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood About 44,000 pints of blood are needed in the U.S. every day. Almost everyone will know someone in their lifetime who has needed blood. From 9:00 AM ~ Last appointment 1:00 PM

Problems or questions? Contact: Peako at or (205)915-8505 or
Brian at or (847) 858-1088.


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