KJA Happenings for the week of November 19, 2017

 Preschool CLOSED Wed. 11/22 - Fri. 11/24
KJA Offices CLOSED Thu. 11/23 - Fri. 11/24
MCDC & AJCC Preschool Reunion
Saturday December 2
6:30 - 9:00 p.m. @ the AJCC


  • Veggie Petro's superhero dinner
  • Superhero fruit trays
  • Superhero cake
  • Kids bug juice and "adult" bug juice
  • Cash bar for beer and wine
The AJCC Preschool thanks. . .
Fain Perrin
Brian DeBolt
Bryan Goldberg
. . .for their hard work and wonderful job on planning and building the new retaining wall for the AJCC playground.  
Thank you for helping to keep our little ones safe and happy.
MCDC Camp Photo
circa 1984/1985
Please start collecting your Preschool and Camp photos to share at the December 2 Reunion event.
Send photos to:  office@jewishknoxville.org
Pizza & Premier Athletics
Sunday November 19
4:45 - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday November 19
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge
101 West Madison Lane
Event is free
- Learn to make traditional potato latkes
- Israeli dancing
- Hanukah music
- Activities for children 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- JCOR Gift Shop grand opening
- Dr. Lawrence Dresner Lecture History of Hanukah and the Maccabees Noon - 12:30
- Learn more about the JCOR Sisterhood The Blossom Center 
T H I S   W E E K ' S  H A P P E N I N G S
TODAY 11/19
  • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Pickleball Open Play - AJCC Caller Auditorium - CANCELLED
  • 4:45 - 6:30 p.m. - BBYO Connect Pizza & Premier Athletics - AJCC BBYO Room
  • 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Seeds of Abraham Poetry Slam - AJCC Caller Auditorium
Monday 11/20
  • 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. - Fencing - AJCC Caller Auditorium
Tuesday 11/21
  • 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. - Fencing - AJCC Caller Auditorium
  • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Martial Arts Class - AJCC Orwitz Room - CANCELLED
Wednesday 11/22
  • AJCC Preschool - CLOSED
  • 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. - Fencing - AJCC Caller Auditorium
Thursday 11/23
  • AJCC Preschool - CLOSED
  • KJA Offices/AJCC - CLOSED 
  • 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. - Israeli Dancing - AJCC Caller Auditorium - CANCELLED
Friday 11/24
  • AJCC Preschool - 


  • KJA Offices/AJCC 


Saturday 11/25


Sunday 11/26
  • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Pickleball Open Play - AJCC Caller Auditorium - CANCELLED 
Click the link below for details on all Knoxville Jewish Community Events: 
Please note: 
The November 30th Share Your Dream 
meeting at Temple Beth El has been postponed.
Wednesday November 29
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
AJCC Orwitz Room
Brian Berkowitz- Professor Earth and Planetary Sciences, the Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel
Lecture Topic: "Water Everywhere: Is There Enough to Drink?"
December 4
7:30 p.m.
AJCC Orwitz Room
Arguably, fresh water is becoming our most valuable commodity. Where once we could expect to turn on the tap and receive a never-ending supply of fresh, clean, safe water - climate and contamination are threatening to upend this reliability. Prof. Brian Berkowitz's research centers around the experimental analysis and computer modeling of fluid and chemical transport with particular emphasis on groundwater systems. He and his colleagues are developing methods for environmentally-friendly treatment of contaminated water and industrial contaminants.
Prof. Berkowitzwho was born in Canada, received his BSc and MSc degrees in Applied Mathematics in 1980 and 1982, respectively, from the University of Alberta. He completed his DSc at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty of the Weizmann Institute in 1993.
Sahar Saleem, Cairo University
Scanning the Pharaohs:  CT Imaging of the New Kingdom of Royal Mummies
Monday November 27
12:20 p.m.
HHS Room 104 
David Drews Releases Novel:  
Wrap Your Body in Time

Purchase at Amazon.com
I hope you will consider my novel WRAP YOUR BODY IN TIME, which has both literary and commercial elements. This story is set in New York City, the southeastern United States, the Amazon basin, and Tzfat, Israel. Readers who are haunted and emotionally trapped by aspects of their childhood will relate to my protagonist's fears and desires. Aaron Lortz is a single, Jewish, forty-five-year-old Wall Street banker with a stage four malignant tumor. This critical diagnosis triggers a series of showdowns between Aaron and the demons at the root of a peculiar anxiety that has plagued him since childhood.
Aaron is unable to experience joy, mourning happiness the very instant it arrives. Since Aaron was a young child, joy has been a "benevolent trespasser as ephemeral as a snowflake landing on the sea." Determined to rid himself of this torturous condition, Aaron refuses chemotherapy and, instead, employs mind-body therapies while embarking on a journey to find emotional peace. A centenarian mystic and carnival strongman, an imprisoned childhood friend, and Aaron's schizophrenic grandfather all help him navigate his tumultuous search for serenity. However, he has no compass or map for this quest, and he must contend with his deteriorating health, several encounters with his dead father, talking wolves, an immortal whale, and frightful nighttime bike rides throughout the city's five boroughs.
Like Conroy's The Prince of Tides, my novel alternates between the past and present and explores themes of middle-aged rebirth, self-identity, and redemption. Wrap Your Body in Time colors these themes with vibrant settings, charged and distinct conflicts, uncommon characters, and magic realism.
For this novel, I have drawn from my experiences as a native New Yorker, a banker at a French bank in Manhattan, and a resident of Tennessee and North Carolina. My childhood experiences, Jewish background, and travel to Israel are all at the core of this story. I have a degree in English Literature; I have been writing fiction for several years and teaching English in a variety of settings for 18 years. I co-published a journal article on Walt Whitman, and I write live music previews and music press releases for Knoxville area musicians and shows. Thank you for your consideration.
David Neil Drews



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