This year’s program offers a special treat: combining the energizing musical experience of local Knoxville klezmer band (Eastern European folk music) Dor L’Dor with the outstanding jazz, gospel, and soul sounds of vocalist (and ukulele player extraordinaire) Kelle Jolly and her multi-woodwind instrumentalist husband Will Boyd, two of the leading figures in Knoxville’s jazz scene.
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) and members of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Praise Team.
Proceeds 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. Gene 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 tolerance for all people. Funds will provide educator stipends to share this program across our community.