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About Our Community

The Nashville Jewish community is small yet close-knit, vibrant, and proudly inclusive. Our community supports five synagogues, three preschools, a thriving day school, an innovative middle school, and a brand-new high school. There are three kosher restaurants, and kosher meat is available at several stores. Newcomers are welcomed with open arms and Southern hospitality, and there are ample opportunities to become involved as volunteers and leaders in local organizations.

Communal Organizations

The Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee raises funds for Jewish organizations active at the local level as well as internationally. In addition, the Federation publishes The Observer, providing news and opinions twice a month to the Nashville Jewish community. In addition, the Federation spearheads collaborative efforts in response to community needs, such as the Senior Services Committee, which oversees the provision of a wide variety of programs and services to senior adults by various organizations in the Nashville Jewish community. (www.jewishnashville.org)

The Gordon Jewish Community Center serves as the gathering place for many community events. The facility offers in-door and out-door pools, tennis courts, fitness facilities and exercise classes, youth and adult athletics, social and educational programming for seniors, art exhibitions, and a pre-school. The Federation and Jewish Family Service are housed in the GJCC building. Akiva School shares the campus, as does a poignant Holocaust memorial designed by Alex Limor, a community member as well as local artist and steel worker. (www.nashvillejcc.org)

Jewish Family Service of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide professional social services from Jewish perspectives that respond to and support individuals and families through life’s transitions.
It offers adoption services, senior-oriented programs, financial assistance, counseling (individual, couples and families), family life and community enrichment, and information and referral services. (http://jfsnashville.org)

Educational Institutions

The Nashville Jewish community provides fantastic Jewish educational opportunities for children from preschool through high school.

Preschool

The 3-star rated Gordon Jewish Community Center Preschool serves children ages six weeks to pre-kindergarten. Its curriculum uses a developmental, child-centered, constructivist and Reggio Emilia inspired approach to learning. Some of the components include Handwriting Without Tears (an easy-to-learn, hands-on approach to writing, fine motor development, and other crucial school readiness skills), Get Set for School (a developmentally appropriate curriculum that is a multisensory approach that addresses different learning styles in reading readiness, language, literacy, numbers, and math), TheMusicClass.com, Jewish Enrichment, Swim Lessons and Physical Education. (www.nashvillejcc.org/pre-k/)

The 3-star rated Micah Children’s Academy highlights a different traditional Jewish value each month. The program utilizes project-based learning and uses the Reggio Emilia model of instruction. In addition, Micah’s program includes Nature Class, KidSkills, Music, Spanish and Tot Shabbat. (www.micahchildrensacademy.org)

The 3-star rated Temple Preschool philosophy and curriculum are based on the National Association of the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) guidelines of developmentally appropriate practices and the TN. Dept. of Human Services Star-quality program. The Temple Preschool provides weekly experiences with Shabbat, symbols, Hebrew prayers, music and dance, celebrations and special foods, and its Judaica coordinator prepares enrichment activities such as baking Challahs, making prayer books, and a variety of holiday activities. In addition, the Temple Preschool offers multicultural education, programming with experts in a variety of fields, intergenerational experiences, and every day opportunities to celebrate the Jewish heritage as well as “MusicStar” (a multicultural music experience) and “Kidskills” (a creative movement class). (www.templenashville.org)

The 3-star rated Revere Jewish Montessori Preschool at Chabad uses The Montessori Method, a child-directed form of learning where children learn at their own pace through specially designed learning materials in multi age classrooms.  Often the children learn quickly since the materials are specifically designed to be engaging, fun and effective for their developmental level. The children also get the freedom of choice allowing them to find individual talents and interests (www.jewishmontessoripreschool.com).  

Elementary School

Akiva School offers kindergarten through sixth grades and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schoolsas well as a member of RAVSAK. The rigorous curriculum includes language arts, science, social studies, a STEM focus, Jewish Studies, Hebrew language, music, dance, art, and physical education. Many students graduate Akiva fluent in Hebrew and are able to seamlessly analyze and understand high-level texts in both Hebrew and English. Graduates are consistently accepted into the most selective private middle and high-schools, as well as the magnet options, and are recognized as leaders in both character and academic achievement. Akivastudents take part in extracurricular activities, in after school clubs, as well as sports teams. Akiva is also proud to host the annual Math Contest in Nashville, an event known to be one of the finest Middle School math competitions in Nashville. (www.akivanashville.net)

Middle School

Jewish Middle School of Nashville commenced operations in 2015 and serves grades six through nine. JMS integrates traditional classroom teaching, with online learning and cross-curricular study experiences in its daily schedule. The school is located on Nashville’s Jewish community campus and features a technology-based learning center equipped to deliver best practices in blended learning as well as a warm and intimate classroom setting where each student can be nurtured and supported. (jmsnashville.org)

High School

Nashville Jewish High School has recently commenced its inaugural 2022-23 academic year. Nashville Jewish High School builds on the success and high standards of Nashville’s current Jewish education system to provide much needed continuity in Jewish education during students’ formative high school years. (nashvillejhs.org)

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