Scholar in Residence Weekend

Date: February 8 - 10, 2019

Location: West End Synagogue
3810 West End Ave.
Nashville, TN 37205


The Heart of Jewish Spirituality
Scholar in Residence addresses Generosity & Gratitude

Singled out as “one of the next generation of Jewish Sages in the NY”,  Jewish Week Nov. 2018,  Rabbi Shai Held theologian, scholar and educator, will be the 2019 West End Synagogue Scholar in Residence.  The community is invited to explore and engage topics pertaining to Jewish Spirituality.  Learning with Rabbi Shai Held is a special treat! 

Rabbi Held serves as President, Dean and Chair in Jewish Thought at the Hadar Institute.  He holds a PhD. in Religion from Harvard University and an MA in Philosophy and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.  Rabbi Shai cofounded Mechon Hadar in 2006 with Rabbi Ethan Tucker and Rabbi Elie Kaunfer.   

Attendance is complimentary thanks to funding provided by the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, the WES Janet Levine March Fund for Cultural Arts and the Albert and Evelyn Stein Scholar-in-Residence Fund. 

Schedule of Lectures

Friday Evening, February 8th, 2019
Kabbalat Shabbat Services (6:00 - 7:00 pm)
Shabbat Dinner (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
Shabbat dinner $22/adult; $8/children 3-11 ; NC for children under 3 You must RSVP to 

Topic:  "The Gifts of God Flow Through You: Grace, Gratitude, Generosity and the Heart of Jewish Spirituality" (8:00 - 9:00 pm)

Shabbat Morning, February 9th, 2019
Dvar Torah “Waiting for God: On Living and Loving in a Godless World”

Shabbat Kiddush Luncheon followed by Lecture “Love Your Neighbor As Yourself': What Are We Actually Being Asked for?"  (12:45 - 2:00 pm)

Sunday Morning, February 10th, 2019
Bagels and Coffee after Minyan
Study Session (10:00 - 11:00 am) "The God of Judaism Is A God of Love: Undoing the Pernicious Stereotypes"

Babysitting available upon request