Knoxville Jewish Alliance 


KJA is a single organization that runs both our local Arnstein Jewish Community Center and our local Jewish Federations of North America affiliate. In a very creative move several years ago, as one of the smallest organized Jewish communities in the USA, we merged our community's non-religious organizations for efficiency and improved communication. We share funds, office staff, boards of directors, committee leaders and lots of other resources and as a result more effectively serve the needs of our active, committed Jewish community in a coordinated manner.

The Arnstein Jewish Community Center (AJCC) was founded in 1929 by Max & Lalla Arnstein. Membership is open to all. Programs include a highly-rated preschool, an American Camping Association-accredited summer day camp, after-school and children's activities, swim team, classes, cultural programs and holiday celebrations. Our 25,000 square foot facility on 13 acres in West Knoxville has four-lighted tennis courts, a recently renovated swimming pool, a fenced wading pool, a gym, meeting rooms, preschool rooms, a stage, archives and offices. The AJCC facility is home to our local BBYOHadassah, the Knoxville Jewish Alliance (JFNA Federation), Jewish Family Services and the Knoxville Jewish Community Family of Funds.

When possible, the KJA allocates funds to other social service agencies in Knoxville, the United States, Israel, and around the world which can further our goals of Tikkun Olam (healing the world).


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 full bylaws can be viewed here.