The Gordon JCC Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is the fundraising effort that supports every member of our community. Membership dues and program fees do not cover the full cost to fulfill the important mission of the J. When you give to the annual fund you are supporting growth of innovative programs and ongoing services that benefit the entire Jewish and greater Nashville community. Our 1902 Society honors Annual Fund donors over $360.

Your generosity to the J secures us as the place where Jewish identity is celebrated and lasting connections are made. We are a powerful influence on Jewish continuity. We actively engage people in Jewish life in ways they will remember forever. Invest in the future while treasuring the memories you are creating today. Please give generously to the J Annual Fund.

Your support powers:

  • Children to create their Jewish foundation through early childhood education, camp, enrichment classes and after school care.
  • Families to build community and connect through social programming and Family Shabbat.
  • Middle and high school teens to explore their Jewish identity, develop leadership skills and deepen relationships with each other.
  • A healthy lifestyle through state-of-the-art aquatics and fitness facilities, wellness programs & group and private classes.
  • Adults to expand their minds and hearts through classes, educational lectures and cultural programming.
  • Senior adults to live independently and improve their social well-being through weekly hot meals, transportation services and daily programming.

1902 Society

In 1902, twenty young men first gathered to create the Young Men’s Hebrew Association of Nashville. In more than a century since, the Gordon Jewish Community Center evolved and grew to serve the entire Jewish community and our friends and neighbors. In addition to membership dues, we rely on contributions from the community to ensure our potential for another hundred years and more. The YMHA’s original mission “for the maintenance of a literary and gymnasium club, for the advancement of its members in literature, sciences and art, and in athletic sports” remains at the core of what we do.

The J is pleased to honor a special group of individuals and families who provide annual leadership support that is essential to the continued strength and growth of our programs.* Join our 1902 Society.

1902 Society Donors as of August 2019



Visionary | $5,000+ Champion | $2,500+ Leader | $1,800+ Benefactor | $1,000+ Supporter | $500+ Friend | $360+
Frank and Gwen Gordon
Didi and Brian Biesman
Joel and Bernice Gordon
Julie and Bob Gordon
Bernard and Maria Pargh
Irvin and Beverly Small
Eisenwald Foundation: Nan Speller, Dan & Jill Eisenstein, Rachel & Ryan Hauber, Stephanie & Ted Townsend
Gail Gordon Jacobs
Andy Pargh
Donna and Jeffrey Eskind
Jamie and Billy Eskind
Scott and Louise Garfinkel
Mark and Carla Rosenthal
Leslie Sax
Arnold and Vivian Heiser
Dana and Greg Averbuch
David and Susan Berck
Tommy and Beth Ducklo
Steve and Laurie Eskind
James and Royce Fishel
Jack and Daniella Fleischer
Gil and Joyce Fox
Dara and Craig Freiberg
Lynn and Scott Ghertner
Cindee and Michael Gold
John and Heidi Hassenfeld
Steve and Ellen Hirsch
Bruce and Rae Hirsch
Doug and Melanie Hirt
Nancy and Raymond Jacobs
Howard and Leslie Kirshner
Meryl and Keith Kraft
Ms.Ellen E. Lehman, Lehman Family Advised Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
Barbara Grossman Levy
Barbara and Ted Mayden
Scott and Leslie Newman
Alan Perlman and Lana Axelrod
William and Sara Robin Philanthropic Fund
Missy and Phil Russ
Howard and Arlene Safer
James and Elise Straus
Kelly and Jacob Unger
Karen and Howard Weil
Fred and Karen Yazdian
Felicia and Kenneth Anchor
Lauren and Mike Cooper
David and Geralyn Heller
Pam and Saul Kelner
Dick and Janet Krebs
Larry and Caroline Levine
Martha and Bob Nemer
Bobby and Brenda Rosenblum
Joan Shayne
Patti and David Steine
Barry and Leslie Stillman
Don and Nancy Wilkes
Sally Wolkoff (in memory of Henry Wolkoff)
Teri Bernstein
Joyce E. Friedman
Dr. and Mrs. Fred Goldner
Amy and Daniel Goldstein
Anita Howards
Mary Loventhal Jones
Evelyn & Marvin Koch
Rae Levine
Elliot and Jessica Pinsly (in memory of Eugene Pargh)
Matt and Leeron Resnick (in memory of Lila Resnick)
Molly Schneider
Robert and Carol Stein
Ira and Leslie Stein
Marcia and Lee Stewart (in honor of Caleb Stewart)
Dana Strupp
Alyssa Trachtman (in memory of Diane Trachtman)
Erin and Greg Zagnoev

Our supporters at these levels are recognized in quarterly newsletters, on our Website, and at the annual meeting, and are invited to our yearly 1902 Society event. Benefactor donors and above are also recognized as sponsors of our annual fundraiser, Big Night Out, and receive two tickets to the event. Your gift the to the Gordon JCC is tax deductible.

For more information on the Annual Fund or 1902 Society, please contact Dara Freiberg Membership and Development Director at 615.354.1639


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