Carol Smith Chesed Spotlight


Carol Carney Smith is the fourth generation of her family to live in Nashville. Her parents were May Dell Tarkington Carney and Robert Carney. After graduating from Overton High School, Carol attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Earning a BA degree in mathematics, Carol worked in the field of computer science in both financial and manufacturing environments in Chicago and Louisville. Twenty years after first leaving, Carol returned “home” and began a new career as a community volunteer.

While serving as Vice-President of the National Council of Jewish Women, Nashville Section, Carol implemented the Silent Witness project, a traveling exhibit in conjunction with the YWCA, dealing with domestic violence. Carol served as Co-President of NCJW during the Nashville Section’s Centennial Celebration.

As a member of the Temple, Carol has served as a board member, chair of the Personnel Committee, co-chair of the Endowment Committee and most recently, took part in creating and co-chairing a new Leadership Temple program. In addition, Carol chaired the steering committee of the Boulevard Bolt raising money for agencies serving the homeless.

An admiration for the work of Jewish Family Service attracted Carol to become a member of the board. During her tenure as President of the Board, Jewish Family Service initiated its first ever major fundraising event. Carol served as President when JFS honored the first Chesed recipients in 1995, Annette Eskind and Felicia Anchor.

Carol is an alumni of Leadership Nashville and has worked as Interim Director of Jewish Family Service and Administrator of West End Synagogue.

Carol has been married to Roy Smith, her high school prom date, for 47 years. They agree that their greatest joy comes from daughters Lindsay and Katie and four-year old granddaughter Chloe.


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