liberate German concentration camps in World War II, will speak at an open
forum of the National Conference of Christians and Jews at noon on Thursday,
April 2, at Ramsey's Cafeteria.
Leon Bass, a retired high school principal from Philadelphia, will be
in Knoxville as part of the citywide celebration of Israel's 50th anniversary.
Music, dance, poetry, art, theater and other events are scheduled through
the end of May. Most are free, and open to the public.
On April 2 to 5, Norman Magden of the UT art department will present
Phantoms, a dance performance of visual illusions, with the Creative
Performance Ensemble and Circle Modern Dance at 7 p.m. on April 2, at 2
and 8 p.m. on April 4, and 3 p.m. on April 5 at the Knoxville Museum of
The multimedia show also will include poetry readings by Marilyn Kallet
of the UT English department and Rabbi Howard Simon of Temple Beth El. Aaron
Feldman, an attorney who plays with the klezmer band, Tennessee Schmaltz,
will provide music.
On April 5, the Outdoor Israeli Festival will be held downtown at the
Dogwood Arts Festival from noon to 4 p.m. in Market Square. The program
will include children's choirs from Oak Ridge, Oneida, Temple Beth El and
Community School of the Arts; Israeli dancers; Beaumont Elementary School's
dance group, the Polka Dots; Heska Amuna Synagogue Quartet, the Oak Ridge
klezmer band and Knoxville's klezmer band, Tennessee Schmaltz.
A film festival will also be held from April 6 to 8 dealing with contemporary
issues in Israeli society. The festival will be held at the Hodges Library
Auditorium at 7:30 each night. Showings include Nadia on April 5,
Atalia on April 6 and Summer of Aviya on April 7.
On April 8, Lee Humpreys of the department of religious studies will
speak on "A God in the Process of Becoming," in the McClung Museum
Knoxville's Israel Celebration in headed by Gilya Schmidt, chair of the
Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies at UT.
More information about the events can be found at sunsite.utk.edu/Israel-50-jubilee,
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