Book Discussion Group Meets June 19

Book Discussion Group Meets June 19

May 28, 2008

Temple’s Book Discussion Group meets on Thursday June 19th at 7:00 pm. Summer has finally arrived so now we have the time to catch up on some of the reading we did not have time for earlier in the year. It is always fun to read a good book, and then talk about it with friends.

The book we will be reading is entitled The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. The story Ackerman wrote is true, but reads like a thrilling novel. Publisher’s Weekly says of the book, “Ackerman (A Natural History of the Senses) tells the remarkable WWII story of Jan Zabinski, the director of the Warsaw Zoo, and his wife, Antonina, who, with courage and cool-headed ingenuity, sheltered 300 Jews as well as Polish resisters in their villa and in animal cages and sheds. Using Antonina’s diaries, other contemporary sources and her own research in Poland, Ackerman takes us into the Warsaw ghetto and the 1943 Jewish uprising and also describes the Poles’ revolt against the Nazi occupiers in 1944…… Ackerman’s writing is viscerally evocative, as in her description of the effects of the German bombing of the zoo area: …the sky broke open and whistling fire hurtled down, cages exploded, moats rained upward, iron bars squealed as they wrenched apart. This suspenseful beautifully crafted story deserves a wide readership.”

The Zookeeper’s Wife is available at Dothan’s Barnes and Noble. Enjoy a good book and then join with friends at Temple to drink some coffee and talk it over.


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Confirmation is June 6th

Confirmation is June 6th

May 28, 2008

We are very pleased and excitied that, for the first time since 1999, Temple Emanu-El will be holding Confirmation.

Luana Banker and Daniel Bauman will be confirmed at Shabbat services,7:00 pm on June 6th. Luana and Daniel served as madrichim in our religious school this past year and studied intensively with Rabbi Lynne as well. They have prepared their own service for this auspicious event and will be conducting it as well.

Please make every effort to attend this special Shabbat service as our two confirmands enter Jewish adulthood.


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Brotherhood Sponsors Congressman Everett

Brotherhood Sponsors Congressman Everett

May 28, 2008

On Wednesday, May 28, the Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood sponsored an evening with the the area’s retiring United States Congressman Terry Everett. Having served with distinction for sixteen years, we were pleased to hear Mr. Everett’s thoughts about Israel: the issues, challenges and prospects for peace.
The audience of sixty included members of the congregation as well as our interfaith community friends from First United Methodist, St. Columba Catholic Church, Evergreen Presbyterian, Triumphant Cross Lutheran, and Episcopal Church of the Nativity.

After the Congressman’s speech and a question/answer session, Brotherhood President Robert Goldsmith and Vice President for Community Affairs Jarrod Blumberg presented to Mr. Everett a framed Jewish National Fund Certificate celebrating the planting of two trees in Israel honoring Terry and Barbara Everett.


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The Hazelwood’s – Honorable Mensches

The Hazelwood’s – Honorable Mensches

May 28, 2008

A special thank you to Frank and Bess Hazelwood who donated a 1977 historic poster commemorating 10 years of reunification of Jerusalem.

Many people, including Jews do not remember or appreciate that a portion of Jerusalem, including the Western Wall was under Jordanian control from 1948 until 1967 when it was captured during the 1967 Six Day War.

During the Jordanian occupation, Jews were not allowed to visit the Western Wall.

It is perhaps fitting that we received this poster so close to the holiday of Yom Yerushaliyim which will be celebrated on June 2nd. This holiday commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem on June 7, 1967.

The poster has been framed with funds from the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund and will be hung in one of the Religious School classrooms, so future generations may appreciate that Jerusalem was not always united during modern times.


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Congratulations

Congratulations

May 28, 2008

Lisa and Mark Lewis whose son, Daniel, graduated from University of Alabama on May 10 with a B.S. in Hospitality and Hotel Management. He’ll begin an internship at Disney World this summer.

Sarah Bauman, daughter of Marie and Jeff, who graduated on Sunday, May 18 from Birmingham Southern College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology.


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Brotherhood Trip to Montgomery Biscuits Baseball

Brotherhood Trip to Montgomery Biscuits Baseball

June 2, 2008

On Sunday, June 1, twenty-three members/family/friends of Temple’s Brotherhood traveled to Montgomery to attend a Class A professional baseball game, as the Montgmery Biscuits lost to the Carolina Mudcats, 5 to 3 in front of 3,000 fans. Despite the 95 degree heat, we all enjoyed the good company, cold lemonade, and dinner afterwards at a local deli. Let’s do this again, next year !


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Discovered – Journal of Temple’s History

Discovered – Journal of Temple’s History

June 4, 2008

The Seder at Camp Rucker was attended by approximately one thousand persons.

In addition to the personnel of Camp Rucker and their families, the majority of the members of Congregation Emanu-el and the personnel of Napier Field attended this service. Chaplain (Rabbi) Samuel M. Silver and Mr. Mistovsky of the JWB were in charge of the service and had to cope with a number of difficulties. They provided and supervised the preparation of a vast amount of food. They cleaned an unused mess hall.

It was, perhaps, poetic justice that German prisoners of war were placed at their disposal for the celebration of our Festival of Freedom……Moving farewells took place last Sunday and today. In spite of restrictions, Chaplain Silver was able to bring “his” boys to the Temple in special buses for the brunch. The parting between the Congregation and the men of the 98th division was the parting of good friends.

The quotation above is from the handwritten history of the synagogue that was recently rediscovered by our President, Dr. Barbara Minsky in a Temple office cupboard. This history was written into the volume by C. Davis Turner, an early congregational leader, at the encouragement of the first Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El, Rabbi Alfred Wolf. These two men have provided us with an invaluable gift; the gift of knowledge of our congregation’s early history.

The book not only chronicles our beginnings, but provides us with an incredible and vivid account of the synagogue and its activities during the World War II years. Can we even imagine a Seder for 1,000 people, or the fear and trepidation as men of the 98th division who had become part of the synagogue family were alerted that they were being shipped out?

Knowledge of our local Jewish community’s history can help us understand where we are today, and more importantly, help us to plan for the future. Rabbi Wolf and Mr. Turner have given us an incredible gift, and I for one, am astonished and grateful that this treasure was found. We will be referring to it often in the months and years ahead.

There is an interesting piece of history/coincidence that is not recorded in this book. On June 27, 1974, in Simsbury, CT, Rabbi Samuel M. Silver, the same Rabbi Silver mentioned in this book of history and who served as an army chaplain at Camp Rucker, officiated at the marriage of Robert Goldsmith and Lynne Downey.

God surely works in mysterious ways.

Rabbi Lynne Downey Goldsmith

 


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Temple Celebration at Rabbi’s Home

Temple Celebration at Rabbi’s Home

June 9, 2008

On Saturday night, June 7, Rabbi Lynne and Robert Goldsmith welcomed approx. 40 members of the congregation to their Dothan home to celebrate Havdalah and to affix a Mezuzah to the doorpost of the home’s front door. It was a very special celebration, a time to enjoy our Jewish community’s extended family, as well as coffee and dessert.


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