Upcoming November Programs

This is a November to Remember!

Please join us at the following events:

Scholar in Residence with Ori Soltes

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November 22-24th, 2019

Scholar-in-Residence weekend is free of charge and open to all ages. Please RSVP using the form at the bottom of the page or contact Heska Amuna’s office, 865-522-0701, to help with our planning.

Schedule of Scholar-in-Residence weekend:

Friday, Nov. 22nd, 7 pm: Shabbat Evening Services

Parashah: Hayyei Sarah. A d’var torah on Triumph and Tragedy in the Life of the First Matriarch. What pieces does the text of Genesis leave out and how have—or might—these pieces be relocated in understanding Sarah?

Temple Beth El; 3037 Kingston Pike, (865)524-3521

Saturday, Nov. 23rd, 9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services

Services begin at 9:30 am, with Torah Service beginning at 10:15 am, with the D’var Torah on From Sarah to Shekhinah: Hayyei Sarah, Gender, and Contradiction. What do we learn of gender complexity from explicit and hidden aspects of Sarah’s life, relationship to Abraham, Isaac, Hagar, and Ishmael, and her death?

Following Kiddush at 12:30 pm, a discussion on Transformative Moments as Hosts and Guests Across Jewish History: From Abraham and Sarah to Ourselves. Where have we been—from the time when Abraham and Sarah offered hospitality to three strangers to the era of the Holocaust and the shaping of the State of Israel—and where are we going as a people of time and space?

Heska Amuna Synagogue, 3811 Kingston Pike; (865)522-0701

Sunday, Nov. 24th, 2:00 pm: Lecture and Book Signing

Ceremonial art within the Question of Jewish art: from Solomon’s Temple to the Judaica of Arnold Schwarzbart. How do we define “Jewish art and architecture”? Where do houses of worship and ceremonial objects fit into this larger question—of style, subject, symbol, and of what we are and how we relate to each other and to God? Followed by a book signing.

Arnstein Jewish Community Center, 6800 Deane Hill Dr; (865)690-6343



**PLEASE USE THE FORM BELOW TO RSVP TO THE SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMS. If you have any questions just let us know. Thank you for your interest in our programs. Abraham Brietstein, Heska Amuna Synagogue Adult Education Vice Chair, abriet@aol.com


Poetry Workshop with Dr. Marilyn Kellet: Writing with the Mishpucha

We are pleased to host Dr. Marilyn Kallet, the Poet Laureate of Knoxville and Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Tennessee. This workshop will explore writing and Jewish identity with examples from her own work as well as offering an opportunity for participants to create their own poetry. Her poetry and writings have appeared in numerous publications and she has led many outstanding poetry workshops both here and abroad.

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Sunday, November 10th, 4-5:30 pm.

This workshop is free of charge and open to all ages. Please RSVP using the form at the bottom of the page or contact Heska Amuna’s office, 865-522-0701, to help with our planning.


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Heska Amuna Women’s League

Cooking Classes

For transportation and questions, please email womensleague@heskaamuna.org


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November 17th, 9:30-12:30 pm

Global Day of Jewish Learning schedule:

Adult program:

10:00-12:30 pm: Studying with Rabbi Boxt, Rabbi Ferency, and Rabbi Wilhelm

Student program:

9:30-12:30 pm: All students from Temple Beth El, Heska Amuna, Knoxville Jewish Day School, Jewish Community of Oak Ridge, and others who are interested are invited to an engaging learning experience

B’yachad program:

10:00-11:30 pm: Children 4-years-old and younger and their parents are invited to the fun and educational monthly program focusing on this year’s theme


HAWL Matzo Ball Diaries

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November 17th, 6:30 PM

Heska Amuna Women’s League Member’s event. Please see the mailed RSVP to reply.

For transportation and questions, please contact womensleague@heskaamuna.org