KNOXVILLE, TN – Nov. 20, 2019 – The Jewish observance of Hanukkah, also known as the “Festival of Lights,” will be celebrated during “Lights & L’Chaim,” a community-wide event to usher in the spirit of holiday celebrations 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Foundry.
“L’Chaim” means “To Life!” in Hebrew. “Lights & L’Chaim” will celebrate the many traditions with songs from Klezmer, gospel, soul, and Arabic traditions and a holiday-inspired menu.
Tickets are $45 for adults and $10 for children under 12 years old.
This year’s program offers a special treat: combining the musical experience of local Knoxville band Dor L’Dor with the jazz, gospel, and soul sounds of vocalist and ukulele player, Kelle Jolly and her multi-woodwind instrumentalist husband Will Boyd, two of the leading figures in Knoxville’s jazz scene.
How do these genres mix? Dor L’Dor, (which means “generation to generation” in Hebrew), characterizes the music and the makeup of the band, originally comprised of Ken and Susan Brown and their three children, all now professional musicians.
Also joining the program this year will be members of Sawt al-Wadi (“Voice of the Valley,” formerly known as the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble) directed by Dr. Lillie Gordon and members of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Praise Team.
Proceeds from the event will support Heska Amuna Synagogue’s new community outreach initiative slated to begin in 2020 to revitalize the inspirational efforts of Gene Rosenberg, a congregant who died last year. Rosenberg single-handedly engaged thousands of children, teens, and adults through his “traveling trunk” program. He filled trunks with artifacts from hate crimes – shackles, a piece of the World Trade Center, a charred cross – to encourage dialogue on promoting acceptance for all people. Funds will provide educator stipends to share this program across our community.
For more information and tickets, visit https://heskaamuna.org.
About the Heska Amuna Synagogue
Heska Amuna Synagogue has served the Jewish community of Knoxville, Tennessee for over 100 years. It balances a respect for Jewish tradition with an openness to new ideas and practices. It is small enough to be personal, but large enough to meet the many needs of its diverse membership. Heska Amuna emphasizes education and prides itself on the skills of its adult leadership and the accomplishments of its youth. All are welcome to be a part of the Heska Amuna family.
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