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"The Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee welcomes President's Trump formal recognition today of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. At the same time, we appreciate the President emphasizing that the final status of Jerusalem along with other matters related to a future peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians can only be determined through direct negotiations between the two parties. We are also encouraged by President’s Trump decision to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to do so in a measured way over a period of time that will ensure it will be as the President stated “a tribute to peace.”

The Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee has traveled on missions to Israel many times since the establishment of the modern State of Israel in 1948 and each and every time our delegations have heard Israeli leaders stress that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of  Israel and of the Jewish people. We have also witnessed firsthand how Israel has gone to great lengths to ensure that Jerusalem's religious holy places of the three faiths that share Jerusalem and the religious rights of Jews, Christians and Muslims are maintained in a respectful and appropriate manner.

Today's statement by President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and of his intention to move the U.S. embassy should not be exploited by extremist elements whose only goals are to foment violence against Israeli citizens, both Jews and Arab, and to challenge the legitimacy of the Jewish state. We call upon Arab and Muslim leaders throughout the Middle East to demonstrate a new maturity of leadership by appealing to their constituents to eschew violence and to work toward a meaningful peace agreement with their Israeli neighbors."


Mark S. Freedman, Executive Director


Adult Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator


The Adult Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator is a collaboration of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, the Gordon Jewish Community Center and Chai Mitzvah. This newly created collaborative initiative seeks to address a key recommendation from both  the 2015 Nashville and Middle Tennessee community-wide demographic study and 2016 Best Jewish Nashville 2.0 community planning project; to boost engagement and involvement of Jewish adults in their 40’s to 60’s with a special focus on newcomers and the under- involved. This three-year pilot project includes the hiring of a full-time professional engagement coordinator who will work with a volunteer leadership and partner agencies to create a variety of pathways to meaningful Jewish engagement and increased social connections.


Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Coordinate and manage all aspects of the Welcoming Ambassadors and Newcomers events including training and follow up with ambassadors, quarterly meetings with community membership directors and membership chairs, follow-up with and integration of newcomers.


  • Meet with new members/donors of the GJCC and Jewish Federation, newcomers, and those seeking to be more involved to build relationships and create a pipeline for engagement. Engage volunteers in this process.


  • Assemble and promote a menu of engagement opportunities in the Jewish community including Chai Mitzvah learning groups for target interest groups (congregations, geographic areas, interest areas, or age cohorts).


  • Promote and attend community-wide events to including but not limited to: Kosher Hot Chicken Festival, Nashville Jewish Film Festival, Global Day of Jewish Learning, Chanukah Festival, Art on the West Side, Yom Ha’azmaut. Create a visible presence where newcomers can discover ways to become involved in Jewish life, receive the  Jewish Observer and other event related communication, and meet new people.


  • Work with marketing staff (of both the GJCC and Federation) to create a highly visible and assertive marketing campaign in print and social media to outreach to those new to Nashville and  those newly available to become involved.


  • Offer a monthly column for those new to Nashville in the  Jewish Observer to include resources and opportunities to connect.


Secondary areas of responsibility:

  • Attend events and meetings in the wider community to boost the visibility of the Jewish organizations, to attract unaffiliated and under-affiliated Jews, and to inform community leaders about the range of programs and services offered by the Jewish community.


  • Aggregate, promote, and offer volunteer opportunities in the Jewish and wider community for groups by interest, geography, or life-stage.


  • Create a community-wide platform to promote all Jewish events.




  • Demonstrated track record of motivating and energizing others
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a love for connecting with people
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritizes work assignments
  • Experience recruiting and retaining volunteers
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Strong understanding of Microsoft office suite and donor management systems
  • College Graduate or higher


To apply send resume and cover letter to Harriet Schiftan harriet@jewishnashville.org

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