Norma’s HaKol Article

Temple Beth El Religious School April/May 2019 Update

Norma James

Sleepover for 4th – 7th grade at Temple on Saturday, April 6th: Join us for a special event for our 4th-7th graders. We will have a bowling night at Family Bowl 6:00-8:00 after bowling we head to Temple for Havdalah, ice cream sundaes, and more fun before lights out.  I am excited to invite our current 4th graders to their first Temple sleepover.


April 7th B’yachad will be at Temple Beth El.  The Anna Iroff’s theme for this month is Passover. The time is 10:00-11:30 and will be in the Preschool classroom. B’yachad is sponsored by Temple Beth El, Heska Amuna, and KJDS at no charge to members and nonmembers.  It is open to all children age four and under. Every session includes stories, crafts, songs, activities, and the sweetest T’filah you will ever experience. For more information contact Norma 865-719-2614 or email Anna Iroff at You can also find us on FaceBook. For feedback on the program, ask any family who attends.  We have a blast!

Evie Braude becomes Bat Mitzvah Saturday, April 13th at 10:00: We are delighted to announce that Evie Braude will be called to the Torah this month.  Evie is the daughter of Adam and Julie Braude and sister of Millie. Evie has worked very hard preparing for this important service. Her Torah and chanting coach is Liz Gassel, and Rabbi Boxt will work with Evie on her D’var and final preparation. For her Mitzvah Project, Evie is collecting items for the Refugee Support Project.  She is also using her love of art and her Spanish skills to design an original greeting card of support to be given to the refugees as they pass through Knoxville.  Evie will share a D’var that teaches all of us about the lessons of her Torah portion and how her Mitzvah Project connects to these lessons.  I hope you will join the entire Braude family in this beautiful life cycle simcha.

RS Model Passover Seder April 14th.  Our students always look forward to our Passover Seder. We had a very exciting Walk-thru Seder last year.  This year we will return to our traditional Seder led by Rabbi Boxt and the Chai Class.  We will have school as usual at 9:30 with the model Seder beginning at 11:00.  Parents will sign up to bring items for the Seder and will help with set up, serving, and clean up.  Parents and grandparents may attend with your children if you like.  Just let Norma know, so that we can have places set for you.  We usually have full attendance at our Seder, so put it on your calendar now!

Last Day of Religious School is Sunday, May 5th 9:30-11:00.

  • B’yachad and grades PreK through 6th will meet at Pump It Up! 
  • 7th -10th graders will play teambuilding games at the AJCC.

We urge all of you to come to Knoshville at the AJCC for a wonderful lunch!  See Norma James for more details.

Lilly Stanley will be called to the Torah on Saturday, May 11th at 10:30: Lilly is a second generation TBE Bat Mitzvah.  Her mother Jeannine Mill was called to this same bima!  Lilly is the daughter of Brett Stanley and Jeannine and David Mill.  Deborah Roberts is her Torah coach and Norma is her chanting Coach. She will prepare her D’var with Rabbi Boxt, who will officiate. Because Lilly loves music, she will be singing and chanting most of the service.  We hope that all of you will support this family by attending this Shabbat morning service.


Confirmation Friday, May 31st. Rabbi Boxt has three wonderful students for Confirmation this year.  Reuben Margulies, Ryan Gibbons, and Nathanael Laing have all been long time TBE Religious School students.  They have become the best of friends! All of these young men are outstanding students with a strong Judaic background and a firm commitment to Judaism.  It is our tradition that our Confirmands become madrichim in our Religious School.  I cannot think of better candidates for this job than then three.  We congratulate their parents, Aaron and Imelda Margulies, Tony and Melinda Gibbons, and Geoffrey and Heather Laing.  Please show these young people that you appreciate their study and their service to TBE by attending this life cycle event.