We moved to Nashville in the summer of 2013 from Oakland, CA. In addition to Oakland, we have lived in Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Brooklyn, Minsk, and Kharkov. Of all these places, Nashville is definitely our favorite.
We have been to many Jewish communities, and many shuls, and we really love Nashville’s community, and Sherith Israel.
Sherith is warm, welcoming. It is serious about traditional Judaism, but without being overbearing about it, so that a remarkably wide range of folks feel very comfortable being at Sherith regularly, from Lubavitch Hassidim to modern Orthodox, to the many who are just curious about Judaism and wish to find out more. Our family is very traditional, but we love interacting with everyone who comes: it’s just wonderful to be meeting people from all walks of life, with such an amazing range of professions and interests!
Our kids really love the shul as well. Actually, the number of kids at the shul has really grown even since we’ve been here: just a little while ago, I counted more than 10 kids just hanging out at Mincha/Seudat Shlishit (in most other shuls I’ve been to, that’s not an event that attracts many children…)BACK