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About Us

From Rabbi Ken

Kol Dodi, Hebrew for "voice of my beloved," is taken from Shir ha-Shirim (Song of Songs\Song of Solomon) 2:8.

We are a messianic community in the Nashville area, a home for Jewish believers to become grounded and grow in their faith in Yeshua (Jesus), for non-Jewish believers to recapture the roots of their faith, and for inter-faith families to raise their children with a Biblical Jewish heritage. Kol Dodi welcomes you!

There's nothing more exciting (and challenging) than for a Jew to find Yeshua! Each of us has our own extraordinary story,  how God in His love and faithfulness revealed the truth to us. Do you have a story? Come share it with us. Is yours incomplete? Perhaps we can help you find some answers.

With the goal of shaping talmidim (students, followers) of Yeshua who can impact the world with God's love and power, our vision extends nationally and internationally, far beyond our congregational borders.

Join us for one of our Saturday morning services or holiday observance celebrations. Enjoy worship in a contemporary and traditional Messianic style in a Jewish-Christian atmosphere, with relevant Biblical teaching from the Hebrew Scriptures.

The blessings of Yeshua the Messiah be with you,

Rabbi Ken Alpren



Congregational Leader

Rabbi Ken Alpren

Rabbi Ken Alpren has over 35 years in ministry. During his this time he has planted non-denominational and Messianic Jewish congregations in Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, and Tennessee. He extended outreach in those states at times by producing and hosting television and radio programs.

Rabbi Alpren also served as Chaplain of a medical mission ship in the Caribbean and led mission teams in the Middle East and Europe. He and his family resided in Israel for nearly a year.

On staff with Chosen People Ministries for ten years, he spent five of those years as Philadelphia Area Director, establishing a Fellowship in the Russian Jewish community. During this period he also served for a year as the President of the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship.

 Rabbi Alpren has been a guest speaker and worship musician in over 300 churches and educational institutions in the U.S., as well as abroad. He also served as the assistant director of a national Messianic Jewish Youth Camp.

Presently, Rabbi Alpren serves on the Board of Directors of the Operation Andrew Group.  Having taught Biblical classes and Hebrew at the college level, he recently became certified in Teaching English as a Second Language through the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute, after which he initiated and recruited a team to offer free English Conversational Classes at his congregation in Nashville.   He is a sought after leader in community events in the Middle Tennessee area, and takes pride in regularly serving as an Election Poll official.

Elder, Director of Kol Dodi Institute

Dr. Sean B. Bortz

Sean and his wife Eliza came to Kol Dodi in 2007. Sean graduated from Vanderbilt University Divinity School in 2009 and is currently a PhD candidate in History at Vanderbilt studying religion and politics in late medieval and Reformation England. Sean was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has been an avid Pirates and Steelers fan his entire life. He met Eliza at the University of Kentucky and they have been married for ten years. Sean teaches several courses at KDI, from history to biblical studies and theology, and loves learning and the life of the mind and believes those things can enrich one's spiritual life. Sean and Eliza love traveling, adventure and reading as well as their Basset Hound, Moses.