About Us

Our History

Coming together to serve the Greater Knoxville Jewish Community

The Knoxville Jewish Alliance is a single organization that oversees both the Arnstein Jewish Community Center and our local Jewish Federations of North America affiliate. The Knoxville Jewish Alliance serves to promote a better world. We provide assistance for those in need, enhance community relations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and serve the Jewish community in the Greater Knoxville area, in Tennessee, and throughout the world.

We serve our local Jewish community through a variety of events and programs including classes, cultural programs, opportunities for charitable work, social groups, and holiday celebrations. Our programs for children and families includes a preschool, summer day camp, and youth organizations. Through Jewish Family Services, we provide a variety of resources to support individuals and families.  Our 25,000 square foot facility on 13 acres in West Knoxville houses the Allen Rosen Aquatic Center with tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and a fenced baby pool; a gymnasium, meeting rooms, preschool classrooms, a stage, archives and offices. The AJCC facility is home to our local BBYO, Hadassah, Greater Knoxville Jewish Men's Club, and the Knoxville Jewish Community Family of Funds. The Knoxville Jewish Alliance supports Israel and teaches our community about Israeli culture, art, history and society through different events, programs and initiatives. 


Our Mission

A Welcoming & Dynamic Space for Jewish Community LIfe

The mission of the Knoxville Jewish Alliance (KJA) is to serve the Jewish people locally, in Israel, and throughout the world.  Through coordinated fundraising, community-wide programming, social services, educational, and other activities, the KJA seeks to:

  • Build community;
  • Provide assistance for those in need;
  • Promote Jewish culture and identity;
  • Develop effective Jewish leaders;
  • Enhance community relations locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally;
  • Operate and maintain the Arnstein Jewish Community Center (AJCC).

Our Team

Meet our Knoxville Jewish Alliance Staff

Contacting a KJA staff member is an easy way to get connected with the Knoxville Jewish Community. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or ideas!

Laura Sadler

Senior Director of Development & Jewish Community Services

Louise Lindsay

Preschool at AJCC

Tara Bain

Director of Community Engagement &
Director of Hillel at UTK

Anna Iroff-Bailey

Director of Jewish Life &
PJ Library Knoxville

Andrea Martindale 

Office Administrator

Erin Gaines 

Assistant Director, Preschool at AJCC

Ed Hunter 

Director of Finance

Nicki Russler


KJA Board of Directors


President: Bryan Goldberg

President-Elect: vacant

Vice-President Campaign: Renee' Hyatt

Vice-President Administration: vacant

Vice-President Children & Youth: Martha Iroff

Vice-President Community Engagement: Noa Barak

Vice-President Jewish Community Services: Rosalie Nagler

Secretary: Debbie Abrams-Cohen

Treasurer: Bernard Bendriem

Immediate Past President: Chip Rayman


Allocations: vacant

Budget: Eric Mayer

Children's Programs: vacant

Communications: vacant

Community Relations Committee: Karen Robinson

Facilities: vacant

Hillel at UTK: vacant 

Israel Committee: Marc Forman

Jewish Family Services: Nancy Becker

Long Range Planning: Scott Hahn

Programs: Virginia Kessler


Karen Ferency

Scott Jacobson

Stephanie Kodish



Michael Zemel, Advisory Committee Chairman, Chabad of Knoxville

Barbara Mintz, President, Hadassah Knoxville-Oak Ridge

Mark Siegel, Chairman of the Board, Heska Amuna Synagogue

Jim Bogard, President, Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge

Stephen Rosen, President, Knoxville Jewish Community Family of Funds

Ellen Markman, President, Knoxville Jewish Day School

Kathy Young, President, Temple Beth El



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