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Courtesy of Julie Fortune

The rain may be cancelling many outdoor events, but not for the Jewish community in Middle Tennessee.

This week marks the harvest festival of Sukkot, where people build temporary structures that are very much not rainproof.

Courtsey of Gordon Jewish Community Center

It was the second time in nine days. On Wednesday at 9:25 a.m., the phone rang at the Gordon Jewish Community Center.

A voice — robotic or human, they’re not quite sure — was on the other end of the line: "There is a bomb in your building, we want to kill all the Jews," recalls Leslie Sax, the center’s executive director.

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The hot chicken tradition of Nashville was served with a cultural twist this weekend. The Jewish Community Center hosted the first Kosher Hot Chicken Festival, geared toward Jews whose religious dietary restrictions prevent them from eating standard meat.