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Who We Are

West End Synagogue is the home for Conservative Judaism in Nashville and the surrounding region of middle Tennessee. With more than 140 years of history in Nashville, our congregation combines respect for our traditions with a contemporary approach to Jewish Life and learning. A diverse, egalitarian congregation, we welcome all who seek to learn Torah, observe our holidays and find spiritual meaning through our daily minyans and Shabbat services.

The celebration of family life-cycle events, intelligent, topical programming, adult education, community social action and our concert and cultural series make West End Synagogue more than just a place to worship. Our Beit Miriam Religious School provides a Jewish educational foundation for our children and takes students through B’nai Mitzvah and beyond.

We invite you to join us for a service, a class or an adult education program to meet some of our members and to experience first-hand The West End Synagogue Family.

OUR Team

RABBI JOSHUA KULLOCK

Rabbi Joshua Kullock was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he studied at The Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano (The JTS of the “Real South,” as he likes to describe it). He holds A B.A. Degree in Jewish Thought and Bible Studies from The University of Haifa and a M.A. Degree in Jewish Thought, Talmud and Halacha from The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He is also a graduate from The Senior Educators Program at The Melton Centre For Jewish Education (Hebrew University).

Before coming to Nashville, Rabbi Joshua served in Guadalajara, Mexico, for seven years. During his tenure there he became the Executive Director of The Union Of Jewish Congregations of Latin America and The Caribbean (UJCL) and took A leading role at The Executive Board Of The Latin American Rabbinical Assembly.

Rabbi Joshua likes to play the piano, is an avid soccer fan and spends part of his free time reading all kinds of books. He is married to Jessica and they are the proud parents of three wonderful girls.

DIRECTOR OF LIFELONG LEARNING SHARON PAZ

Sharon Paz, herself a graduate of West End Synagogue Religious School, spent a gap year, living and studying in Israel on The Young Judaea Year Course Program. Upon her return to The States she pursued her Interest In Judaism at The Jewish Theological Seminary in NY and at Spertus College of Judaica in Chicago where she received her B.S. in Jewish Studies, a Hebrew Teacher’s Certificate and a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education. Returning to Nashville after college, Sharon taught Hebrew and Jewish Studies in The WES Religious School and served as The Director Of The Nashville Jewish Resource Center and Director Of The CRC of The Nashville Jewish Federation. She was Principal of The Shalom School, a Joint Conservative-Reform Religious School in Savannah, GA, and, served as the Director Of The Savannah Jewish Federation for 12 years. In Scottsdale, Arizona, Sharon was the lead Judaic Studies Teacher for 4Th-8Th graders at The King David/Jess Schwartz Jewish Community Day School for three years and later served as Associate Director of Hebrew and Instruction at Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE), a supplementary school of 200 students in Park Slope (Brooklyn). Sharon is married to Moises Paz and between them they have 5 children and 12 grandchildren.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JIM HOLZER

Jim Holzer comes to West End Synagogue from Los Angeles, California.  Jim received his Bachelors Of Science Degree in Accounting from California State University, Northridge.  He later went on to earn his Masters Degree in Accounting from National University in La Jolla, California.  After spending a number of years with a Big-4 Accounting Firm, Jim held numerous roles in finance in the private sector.  In 1994, Jim was one of the founders of Turtle Ridge Media Group (TRMG), a national advertising and marketing agency. TRMG successfully served their nationally recognized client base for over 25 years.  In 2021, Jim, and his college sweetheart wife, Sherri Holzer, made the move to Nashville bringing with them, his Mother-In-Law Sally and their GoldenDoodle Ziggy.  Jim and Sherri have two amazing adult children, Lauren and Branden who are both living and working In NYC.  Jim is an avid baseball fan and spends most of his free time out on the diamond playing adult league baseball.

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LIEUTENANT JOHN BATTY

Lieutenant John Batty Is a Metro Nashville Police Officer. He
has been on the force for over 30 years and been with
West End Synagogue for over 15 years.

KKAI CEMETERY HOURS

A SECURITY GUARD IS PRESENT ON THE GROUNDS SUNDAYS 10 A.M. – 2 P.M. 
Cemetery Hours: Sunday – Thursday 9 A.M -5 P.M. Friday’s: 9 A.M. – 2 P.M.

(We Are Closed On All Jewish Holidays)

WES EXECUTIVE BOARD OFFICERS

President – Stephen Potash

Executive Vice President – Barry Allen

First Vice President – Ed Cheng

Second Vice President – Debby Wiston

Secretary – Batia Karabel

Treasurer – John Dab