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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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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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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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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