Annual Auction – Totally Successful

Annual Auction – Totally Successful

December 21, 2009

On Sunday night December 13th, Temple Emanu-El hosted the Annual Bill Nomberg Memorial – Hadassah Goods and Services Auction benefiting both Hadassah and the congregation.

After enjoying a relaxed dinner together, the thirty or so families in attendance raised their hands to bid on the 110 items up for auction.

Truly, this was a very successful Dothan Jewish community event, high spirited and great fun !


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Hanukah at Dothan’s Synagogue

Hanukah at Dothan’s Synagogue

December 21, 2009

On Friday, December 11th, seventy-five members of Dothan’s Jewish Community celebrated Hanukah at Temple Emanu-El.

During the afternoon, volunteers cooked over 300 latkes and prepared the social hall.

At sundown, Rabbi Goldsmith lead a short Shabbat Evening Service, followed by candle-lightings, and a fabulous potluck meal.

It was a fantastic afternoon and evening experience. Temple Emanu-El truly is both a house of worship and place of celebration.


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Dothan’s Second Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Dothan’s Second Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

November 25, 2009

On Tuesday evening November 24th, Dothan’s First United Methodist Church hosted the city’s second annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. The local faith community’s congregations participating in the service included: Buddhist, Presbyterian, United Methodist, Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Lutheran, Muslim, and the Spiritual Enrichment Center.

Dothan’s Mayor Mike Schmitz welcomed the 250 attendees, then each congregation’s leader read from his/her faith’s sacred texts, and a community offering was collected on behalf of the Wiregrass United Way Food Bank.

St. Columba Catholic Church’s Father Patrick Gallagher was honored to provide the sermon. The service ended with a community Prayer of Thanksgiving, then all in attendance enjoyed a warm and wonderful coffee/dessert.

Truly, this was an awesome event; the church’s sanctuary was filled with music, words of respect and inclusion, as well as a celebration of our community’s differences and commonalities.

Please click here to access a Dothan Eagle newspaper article detailing the event:

http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/article_cfb6ba2c-a35f-5124-8a2e-d6718ccf5051.html


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Business Week Names Dothan Number One

Business Week Names Dothan Number One

November 19, 2009

On November 17, 2009, Business Week Magazine published their annual list of America’s top cities to raise a family for the year 2010 — fifty cities, one per state.

Please join us in celebrating their selecting Dothan as Alabama’s number one place to raise a family !

Paraphrasing the published article, here is how and why Dothan was afforded this honor:

1. Business Week used the same criteria to rank the cities, data used included school performance, number of schools, household expenditures, crime rates, air quality, job growth, family income, museums, parks, theaters, other amenities, and diversity.

2. Affordability, safety, and school test scores were given the greatest weight.

3. In particlular, school performance was based on state reading and math test scores and came from Great Schools. Museum, theater, park, and recreation information came from InfoUSA. Air quality information came from the Environmental Protection Agency, household expenditures and diversity data were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, and job growth data came from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Please click here to access the entire wonderful story:

http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/11/1117_best_places_to_raise_kids/index.htm


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Panama City Congregation’s Religious School Visits Dothan

Panama City Congregation’s Religious School Visits Dothan

November 10, 2009

On Sunday November 8th, students and teachers from Temple B’nai Israel of Panama City spent the day at Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El.

The two congregations continue to work closely together to produce top quality joint educational programming twice each year (autumn in Dothan and spring in Panama City).

Sunday’s religious school day in Dothan was awesome, attended by an aggregate of 20 students and 4 teachers as well as this region’s two education fellows from the Institute for Southern Jewish Living, Alli Goldman and Molly Glazer.

The educational program revolved around the theme of Jewish Literacy, in honor of Jewish Literacy Month. After the program, we all enjoyed a delicious pizza luncheon and cake for those who were celebrating birthdays in November.

No leftovers !

This initiative is proving to be an important opportunity for the two congregations’ continued cooperation, mutual support, quality education, and fun.


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Torah Dedication

Torah Dedication

October 22, 2009

A very rare and special community experience, indeed.

On Wednesday, October 21st, Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith was honored to officiate at the dedication of a new Torah for the US Army’s Fort Rucker Chapel.

Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El has a long and rich history of supporting the spiritual needs of Fort Rucker’s Jewish soldiers, civilian employees, and their families. We are very proud and appreciative of their service to our country.

Please click the link below to view a front page story about this important event, published in the October 22nd edition of the Dothan Eagle newspaper.

http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/article_cc363857-3932-57ac-a5b3-0e171502058b.html


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Temple Gathers 1719 Pounds of Food For Those In Need

Temple Gathers 1719 Pounds of Food For Those In Need

October 16, 2009

During the past two years, Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El congregation has
carried out an annual food drive via a focused effort during each fall and spring.

The congregation’s overall annual food drive objective is to gather at least a ton of food for donation to the Wiregrass United Way Food Bank. Since its founding, the Food Bank has distributed almost 40 million meals to folks in-need throughout our five county area.

Given our nation’s current recession, and the terrible impact we see on our neighbors and their families, Dothan’s Jewish community committed itself to collecting just as much as we could for the fall, 2009 food drive.

The congregation’s fall food drive has just been completed, gathering a whopping total of 1,719 pounds of food for the Food Bank.

Congratulations to our “small but mighty” congregation, 55 members strong, this achievement calculates to each family donating over 31 pounds of food.

WOW !


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Succot Celebration

Succot Celebration

October 5, 2009

On Friday October 2, congregants of Temple Emanu-El celebrated the holiday of Succot.

During the afternoon, members of Brotherhood gathered greenery at a local farm and then erected the synagogue’s two succot — one inside our sanctuary and one outside in the Temple garden.

Families then gathered during the late afternoon to decorate the two succot, worship Shabbat evening services, and enjoy our annual succot potluck dinner.

Worship and a meal shared with extended family — it doesn’t get any better than that !


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Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

September 15, 2009

With the summer coming to an end, Dothan’s Jewish community is energized about what promises to be a fantastic 2009-2010 program year.

Our truly beautiful facilities at Temple Emanu-El have been a beehive of activity: a new roof on the entire complex; major interior improvements funded by Sisterhood (you have to love the smell of fresh paint); new exterior doors; and soon the outside of the synagogue will be scraped and painted.

Sisterhood (36 members) opened its program year with a glorious September luncheon. The guest speaker was Dothan’s Mayor elect Mike Schmitz.

Brotherhood (26 members) held its annual membership bagel breakfast meeting adopting an ambitious schedule of thirteen events for 2009-2010 including the second annual “Deli Day” (April 29, 2010) when the congregation will prepare/sell 1,200 corned beef sandwich bag lunches and fundraise $6,000 in support of Temple’s operating budget.

We invite you to visit this website on a regular basis to enjoy articles about the congregation’s events and accomplishments as the year moves forward. Major initiatives include:

    • the BFJCS moving several new families to Dothan
    • continued growth in Temple’s membership (only a couple of years
      ago, we stood at 43 families, we are now at 56 and seek to reach 60
      families by the end of this program year)
    • rebirth and reinvigoration of our Temple’s Youth Group (“NFTY”)
    • and our first-ever congregational trip to Israel (set for June, 2010)

Now, please enjoy the photos below of our most recent three activities: last weeks Tot Shabbat, the opening session of Religious School (only a couple of years ago, we had 5 students enrolled, now we have 17), as well as pictures from a two-session community education event on Israel’s past and present taught by Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith and Reverend Joseph Johnson.


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