Preschool through Grade 2
The Primary curriculum is built around holidays and mitzvot as well as special activity times for singing, dancing, crafts, and library. Hebrew words are integrated into the classes so children become familiar with the sounds.
Grade 3 to Middle School
Students learn to read and write Hebrew, to daven from the siddur, becoming familiar with the Synagogue services. They learn about all areas of Jewish life: ritual, ethics, life cycle, history, the Jewish calendar, and how this is meaningful to their lives.
Bar and Bat Mitzvah
Young people, age 13, may celebrate this rite of passage upon completion of Synagogue school requirements. Heska Amuna supplies personalized instruction with a tutor and the Rabbi. (Adults may also celebrate Bar and Bat Mitzvah upon consultation with the Rabbi.)
Students meet once a week for special classes geared to teenage interests, leading to confirmation, taught by the Rabbi, Prozdor Director, and other gifted teachers.
Anna Iroff-Bailey, Gan K’Tan and Tot Shabbat
Anna has been a life-long member of Heska Amuna and has held many different positions within the school: student, madricha, teacher, and director. She especially loves her current position working with our youngest learners in Gan K’tan and Tot Shabbat to share their love of Jewish life and learning. Outside the synagogue, Anna is a Speech-Language Pathologist with Maryville City Schools and is enjoying newly-married life with her husband Jared.
Martha Iroff, Gan K’Tan
Martha Iroff is excited to co-teach with Anna. She is married to Marty and has three daughters, Anna, Ellen, and Rachel. She taught Special Education for 30 plus years. She is happily retired and working on special projects like sewing, cooking, and gardening. Her favorite holiday is Passover because she loves the special time with family and friends.
Sharon Soleman, Hebrew 3rd – 6th Grades
Sharon is studying computer science at UT Knoxville. She is originally from Switzerland and her father is from Israel. She like animals, learning and computers.
Nathan Light, 7th & 8th Grades
Nathan is an English major at the university of Tennessee with minors in both Judaic studies and Education. He has worked at Camp Ramah Darom and with United Synagogue youth. Nathan is teaching our Middle schoolers again this year.
Lev Comstock, Prozdor
Lev is a professional photographer and music teacher. Raised in Louisville, KY, he studied music performance at UT and then received a BA in English and Judaic Studies as well as a BS in Photography and Philosophy from MTSU. Lev was a camper, counselor, songleader and faculty member at Goldman Union Camp Institute, and has spent more than 7 years teaching Sunday School and Hebrew School at various synagogues. Recently Lev spent the 2013 Summer in Israel as he was one of six American Jewish Photographers asked to photograph the Macabbi Games. Lev is very dedicated to Knoxville’s Jewish youth and very excited to be teaching Prozdor in the 2014-2015 school year.
Adam Rowe, Art
Adam’s background includes art education and art making. He is a native Knoxvillian always in search of ways to improve his city. His biggest educational goal is to promote creative problem solving through the medium of visual art. He also helped make this website.