We look forward to sharing Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur with you in-person and Rabbi Rayzel Raphael who is magnificently leading services for us this year..

Our services are open to everyone; no tickets required. If you are not a member, we do ask that you let us know you are coming by calling the office at 865-522-0701 or emailing info@heskaamuna.org.

To access all services via zoom: Click *here*. Meeting ID: 560 531 361, Passcode: 628641. Click *here* to access a copy of Mazhor Lev Shalem, the prayer book we will be using this year.

All services will be held at the synagogue and also streamed thanks to the efforts of Doug Weinstein and Marty Iroff.

We now have a chair lift in the foyer to ensure everyone can join us for:

  • much more from Rabbi Rayzel on meaningful ways to enter these holy days
  • Kol Nidre, beginning with a spiritually-infused musical arrangement by Michael Soloway leading into Josh Gettinger chanting Kol Nidre, 7 pm
  • a study session following Yom Kippur morning services led by William Thompson on how our Jewish theology can translate to increasing our spiritual lives
  • a meditative walk on Yom Kippur afternoon led by Peggy Littmann
  • Ellie Wood leading our closing Havdalah service
  • Ken Brown sounding the shofar
  • and of course, Frank Floyd’s quite famous Break-the-Fast.

Services This Week

  • Kabbalat Shabbat with Jack Love (zoom only – use this link), Friday, September 25, 6:30 pm
  • Shabbat Service in the Round with Rabbi Shush Carson, Saturday, September 26, 10 am (Pirkei Avot study – in-person only – at 9:15 before services begin)
  • Kol Nidre, Sunday, September 27, 7 pm
  • Kol Nidre Childcare, Sunday from 7 to 9 pm (no cost thanks to the support of the Heska Amuna Women’s League, reservations appreciated – RSVP to Education@HeskaAmuna.org)
  • Yom Kippur Morning Services, Monday, September 28, beginning at 10 am (Yizkor, approximately at noon)
  • Yom Kippur Children’s Services, Monday, in the Library and Small Chapel, Minyan Katan (ages 5 and younger) 10:30 am – 11:15; Junior Congregation (ages 6 and up) 11:15 – noon (no cost, reservations appreciated – RSVP to Education@HeskaAmuna.org)
  • Yom Kippur Childcare, Monday from 10 am to 1 pm and 5:30 pm to 8 pm (no cost thanks to the support of the Heska Amuna Women’s League, reservations appreciated – RSVP to Education@HeskaAmuna.org)
  • Yom Kippur Mincha (afternoon) Services, Monday, beginning at 5:30 pm (Gilya Schmidt will be chanting Neilah, approximately starting at 6:45 pm)
  • Shofar blowing, Havdallah, and Break-the-Fast, approximately 8:15 pm

Click *here* for information on Sukkot and Simchat Torah and *here* for Fall programs – Havdallah game nights, chevruta study groups, trekking group, media club, Talmud Chat with Jack Love & Raphe Panitz, and more.

To see more information about High Holy Day services, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah, click *here.*

Email the Rabbi and Religious Services committee (RRS@HeskaAmuna.org) with any ideas, concerns, or questions you would like to share or ask.

Heska Amuna Synagogue has served the Jewish community of Knoxville, Tennessee for over 130 years. We balance respect for tradition with openness to new ideas and practices. We come together as a family in the warmth of Shabbes, the spirituality of Jewish holy days, and the sharing of life’s important passages. We are small enough to be personal, but large enough to meet the needs of a diverse membership. We emphasize education and pride ourselves on the skills of our adult lay leadership and on the accomplishments of our youth. We welcome all to be a part of our family.

Our community connects in person for Shabbat Morning Services and on Zoom for services, adult learning classes and talks, podcasts, and meditations. Click *here* for our schedule of services and classes. (Please contact our office at 865-522-0701 or  info@heskaamuna.org for details.)

Ongoing Services and Classes

  • Tuesdays 8:00 pm – Minyan (Zoom) *
  • Wednesdays 6:30 pm – Minyan (Zoom) *
  • Wednesdays 7:00 pm – Daf Yomi Talmud Study (Zoom) *
  • Fridays 6:30 pm – Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Zoom) *
  • Saturdays 9:15 am – Pirke Avot (Jewish Ethics) Study **
  • Saturdays – Alternating Traditional (9:45 am) and Contemporary (10:00 am) Shabbat Morning Service (Zoom) ***
Click on Zoom next to a service or class above to join in at the indicated times.
* Zoom only – ** In person in synagogue only – *** Both in person in synagogue and Zoom

  • Heska Amuna Synagogue is a sacred home,
    animated by Jewish tradition:
  • • Finding purpose through reflection (Cheshbon HaNefesh);
  • • Healing lives through service (Chesed); and
  • • Celebrating God with awe and joy (Yirat Shamayim).