Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Gov. Bill Lee attended a solidarity event at the Gordon Jewish Community Center in Nashville on Monday evening to show support for Israel.

WKRN, Oct. 9, 2023- The solidarity event, organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Nashville, had an overflow crowd of Jewish and non-Jewish residents of Davidson County in addition to Gov. Bill Lee (R-Tennessee), Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti, multiple Metro Nashville councilmembers, and members of the Tennessee General Assembly.

“We have seen once again the persecution of the nation of Israel, but we will see once again the steadfast resolve of the people of this state and this nation to stand alongside the Jewish people and the nation of Israel,” Lee told the crowd. (link

'Be strong and resolute': Jewish Nashvillians mourn together at Israel solidarity event

The Tennessean, Oct. 10, 2023- The crowd of hundreds harmonized and sang the Hatikvah’s verses in total synchronization on Monday night, even when the slow and sorrowful tempo quickened to a cantor with upbeat chords on the guitar.

Many began clapping and others were crying, but the voices singing Israel’s national anthem resounded as one through the Gordon Jewish Community Center auditorium.

Concluding a community solidarity rally for Israel, the Hatikvah encapsulated the larger message the rally sought to promote. That despite Jewish Nashvillians’ differences, they all are hurting for Israel right now and can find comfort in each other. (link)

“In this moment, despite their differences, the Israeli people are united as one,” said Rabbi Daniel Horwitz, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Nashville, in an address at the rally.

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