Norma’s HaKol Article

Temple Beth El Religious School January 2019 Update

Norma James

Midweek Class Resumes January 9th and Religious School resumes January 13th.


B’yachad returns to TBE January 13th. Temple Beth El host B’yachad for second semester. The time is still 10:00-11:30 and the program is still done by the amazing Anna Iroff. Anna’s theme will be “Our Torah.” 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!


RS will celebrate Tu Bishvat and the importance of social justice on MLK weekend January 20th. The theme of Tikkum Olam is perfect for a Tu Bishvat/MLK program. As Jews we are taught to take care of our world and the people in it. Our students will have a powerful day of learning through art, study, and action! Don’t miss it!


Friday, January 25th Chai Class conducts Shabbat service: Tara Bain’s post B’nei Mitzvah class had a great year so far. We are looking forward to seeing these veteran service leaders conduct our Shabbat service. This group always takes a deeper look at Torah and the meaning of prayer. You will be amazed at the skills these young people have. Parents of the Chai class will host the Oneg.


Carlie Boxt is called to the Torah 10:00 on Saturday, February 2nd. Please join Carlie to celebrate our first Bat Mitzvah of 2019. Carlie’s father, Rabbi Boxt, and her aunt, Cantor Rosalie Boxt, will be officiating as Carlie conducts the service. She has been working very hard for many months. Because of her love of all things musical, Carlie has chosen to chant her Torah and participate is much of the singing of the service. Carlie’s Torah coach is Norma James. She is the daughter of Rabbi Erin and Batya Boxt and the sister of Danika and Akiva. On behalf of the Boxt family, we encourage all of our community to share in this simcha.