This service, begun in 1973 by the Nashville Section, provides transportation for senior adults, 62 or over. The service will take them door-to-door for any personal need such as medical appointments, organizational meetings, grocery shopping or shopping at local malls. The Nashville Section provides volunteers handling the administration of the project. The Nashville Jewish Federation provides some of the funding for this project.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
This project is designed to keep children from becoming lost in the foster care system. Volunteers are lay guardians ad litem appointed by the juvenile judge to monitor the court ordered placement of dependent and neglected children. The project was begun in 1983 by the Nashville Section in coalition with the Junior League of Nashville.
Kosher Food Box
The Kosher Food Box program is sponsored by Jewish Family Service. It is a monthly kosher food box for Jewish families in need. NCJW members are asked to volunteer by purchasing the food and packing the boxes for those in need to pick up at the JFS office.
Toni Jacobsen, JFS
Oral History of Jewish Nashville
This project was begun in 1980 in cooperation with the Archives Committee of the Jewish Federation. Volunteers from the Nashville Section interview and record local residents 62 and over who have been actively involved in the development of the Jewish community. The completed taped interviews are maintained as an Oral History and are kept as a part of the Jewish Archives.The Nashville Section has appropriated additional funds to provide for the transcription of all tapes making a catalogue of available interviews more accessible for study as a part of the history of our city.
Oral History Special Project
This project has developed as a natural outgrowth of the Section’s Oral History of Jewish Nashville. The Special Oral History will provide a recorded history of the Nashville Section. Taped interviews with past presidents of the Section will record their memories of Section activities, involvement, historical events, and the effects of these on their years in office. The completed interviews will serve as an ongoing history of the accomplishments of the Section and its contributions to the community of Nashville and the state of Tennessee.
The Annette Levy Ratkin Jewish Community Archives
PG 13 Teen Players
In coalition with Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee, Inc., NCJW is engaged in presentation of a creative drama program of peer guidance for the prevention of teen pregnancy. Volunteers are involved both in direct service and in an advisory role.
NCJW/REACH for Survivorship Program
Treatment of childhood cancer is one of modern medicine’s success stories. Thirty years ago few children with cancer lived, but now approximately 75% survive. However, the chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation used to treat children often causes physical, neurocognitive, &/or emotional late effects. The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center are developing a groundbreaking Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program and NCJW supports this program both with a bequest from former president Dianne Gilbert and with volunteer opportunities at Vanderbilt (interacting with children/families), at your home (coordinating mailings or collating materials), or in the community (raising awareness, advocating, or participating in community, educational or outreach events). Be inspired as you join this newly established program that focuses on children/families who have overcome great challenges and are now creating meaningful lives filled with hope for the future.
Renewal House is a rehabilitative home for mothers who are recovering from drug addiction, and their children. Our volunteers assist in stocking the children's library and playroom and in providing activities for the resident children.
For over fifty years this project has offered interest-free loans to worthy students who otherwise would not have been able to complete their education. The project receives its funding from contributions made to the Scholarship Fund, a yearly allocation from the Nashville Section, and repayments of loans by past recipients. The loans are granted and administered through the Scholarship Loan Committee and are offered to any qualified applicant as a loan of last resort.
NCJW and Jewish Family Service of Nashville and Middle Tennessee have formed a partnership to reach out to senior citizens in the Nashville Jewish community. NCJW members will purchase, assemble, and deliver traditional holiday items to seniors at Rosh Hashanah. NCJW members will visit more than 60 seniors who live in independent living facilities, nursing homes, and in their own homes, with JFS serving as the liaison.
Snack Box Program
Begun in 1990, NCJW provides hot and cold snacks to children attending the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic, “OUR KIDS”. Distribution is made by the social worker at the clinic.
Vanderbilt Hillel Shabbat Dinners
Each Shabbat on Vanderbilt's campus begins with a gathering of students for prayer at the Ben Schulman Center. Students experience prayer traditions from different Jewish movements, share in music from traditional and creative backgrounds, and learn from a d'var Torah prepared by various students. The Sabbath mood continues as students enjoy a Kosher vegetarian Shabbat dinner sponsored by NCJW and catered by Goldie Shepard. This project enables students to break bread together with their community, welcome new students, and delight in the company of old friends.
Barbara Mendel Mayden