Nashville's Jewish community is small, friendly, and close-knit. Jews have been an integral part of the Middle Tennessee community since the 1840s, and Jewish life here is rich and multifaceted.

Jewish Learning

Preschool

The Early Childhood Learning Center at West End Synagogue, a program of the Gordon JCC, will open in August 2019.

The Gordon Jewish Community Center Early Learning Center serves children ages six weeks to pre-kindergarten. Its curriculum uses a developmental, child-centered, constructivist and Reggio Emilia inspired approach to learning.

The Micah Children’s Academy highlights a different traditional Jewish value each month. Their students enjoy a well-balanced curriculum based off some approaches from Reggio Emilia and a daily schedule which balances consistency in routine alongside a wide variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities.

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.

Elementary School

Akiva School is a pluralistic Jewish day school that serves kindergarten through sixth grades. The rigorous curriculum includes language arts, science, social studies, a STEM focus, Jewish Studies, Hebrew language, music, dance, art, and physical education. Students graduate Akiva fluent in Hebrew and are able to seamlessly analyze and understand high-level texts in both Hebrew and English.

Middle School

Jewish Middle School of Nashville serves grades six through nine. JMS offers small class sizes, an emphasis on project-based learning, and a uniquely creative and nurturing school environment. The school welcomes families from a wide range of beliefs, affiliations, and observances.

Jewish Organizations

The Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee raises funds for local and international Jewish organizations and spearheads programs to serve community needs.

The Gordon Jewish Community Center is a lively community hub. 

Jewish Family Services of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide professional social services from Jewish perspectives.

Keeping Kosher in Nashville

Fresh kosher chicken and meat as well as dairy products, grocery items and frozen foods are available at Kroger, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. There are two kosher restaurants, Grins Vegetarian Café at Vanderbilt Hillel, and AVO. A kosher food truck, Aryeh's Kitchen, travels around the Vanderbilt campus. There are multiple kosher caterers in town and the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza can also cater kosher events.