2009 Temple Annual Meeting

2009 Temple Annual Meeting

June 18, 2009

On Wednesday night June 17th, thirty-one congregants of Temple Emanu-El attended the congregation’s Annual Meeting.

After a social hour of wine and cheese, the meeting was called to order by President Dr. Barbara Minsky.

The meeting’s agenda included:

> President’s Report and Rabbi’s Report – both celebrated the long and rich list of interesting and successful congregational events this past year including: worship, lifelong education, outreach to the greater community, b’nai mitzvah, tikkun olam, and our array of social and fundraising events.

> Treasurer’s Report – included presentation of the 2009/2010 Temple budget, it was unanimously approved.

> Reports from the Temple’s Board of Trustees, Committee’s, and Organizations – were presented and discussed. President Minsky thanked all the congregants who served in these vitally important roles this past year. Temple Emanu-El is truly blessed with very active, committed, and high-energy lay leadership.

> Slate of Board of Trustees Members and Officers for next year – was discussed and the slate as presented was approved unanimously.

> Finally – the congregation unanimously approved extending Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith’s employment contract for three additional years, to July 31, 2012. Congratulations Rabbi !


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Temple Celebrates End of the 2008-09 Religious School Year

Temple Celebrates End of the 2008-09 Religious School Year

May 28, 2009

On Sunday, May 17th, the congregation of Temple Emanu-El celebrated the end of the 2008-09 Religious School year.

The day’s activities included:

> the students discussed and decided what charities would be receiving this year’s Tzedakah money that was collected

> all students received lots of appreciation, recognition, and awards from lead teacher Angela Banker and Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith

> then the Temple Brotherhood was pleased and proud to cook-up and serve a picnic lunch for the children and their families

See you next fall !


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Two Neighboring Synagogue’s Enjoy a Social Event

Two Neighboring Synagogue’s Enjoy a Social Event

May 28, 2009

It’s always fun when congregants of neighboring synagogues meet each other, renew and/or establish positive relationships, play “Jewish Geography,” and, of course, eat and laugh together.

So it was on Saturday May 2, 2009 when 20 congregants of Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El and 40 members of Temple B’nai Israel of Albany, GA enjoyed the day together essentially half-way in between at The Quail Country Plantation in Arlington, GA.

The mixer and sit-down dinner was arranged by Dothan’s President Dr. Barbara Minsky and Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith in partnership with Albany’s President David Prisant and Rabbi Dana Kaplan.

The 3500 acre plantation/wildlife habitat, and its 14,000 square foot lodge, was the perfect setting for a glorious celebration.


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Deli Day Returns to Dothan!

Deli Day Returns to Dothan!

May 27, 2009

For many years, Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El produced an annual event named Deli Day, preparing and selling to the greater Dothan community corned beef sandwiches presented in a bagged lunch. Due to variety of reasons, the event did not take place for the past five years.

On Thursday April 30th, Deli Day returned and was “1000 per cent successful.”

An army of Temple volunteers and their community friends, of all ages, prepared and sold 1000 bagged lunches. We sold every bagged lunch that was prepared and raised several thousand dollars for the synagogue.

The secrets of our success included: good organization; great team work among the volunteer army; we secured top quality corned beef and crisp kosher pickles from Maxi’s Deli of Birmingham, AL; as well as fantastic Jewish rye bread and ooey gooey chocolate cookies from The Atlanta Bread Company.

For 2010, Deli Day will be bigger and better – our objective is to sell
1200 lunches.


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Temple Brotherhood Trip to Montgomery Biscuits Baseball Game

Temple Brotherhood Trip to Montgomery Biscuits Baseball Game

May 27, 2009

On Sunday April 26th, thirty-one members of the Temple Emanu-El congregation drove in a carvan the ninety miles to Montgomery to attend a Montgomery Biscuits baseball game.

This second annual event was produced by Temple’s Brotherhood. It was a picture perfect day for the game and the fresh-squeezed lemonade was really tasty !

After the game, the caravan moved on to Jason’s Deli for a fabulous feast.

This was a wonderful, extended family experience – maybe next year the Biscuits will win ?


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Holocaust Survivor Visits Dothan

Holocaust Survivor Visits Dothan

May 27, 2009

Ann Rosenheck visited Dothan to participate in the community’s recognition of Yom Ha Shoah.

On April 24th, Ms. Rosenheck was our honored speaker at Temple Emanu-El’s Shabbat Evening Service. The next day, she spoke to 250 members of the greater Dothan community at Troy University’s Sony Room.

At both events, Ann told her riveting story in detail, describing her Holocaust experiences in the Nazi death camps as a 13 year old.

Truly, this was very touching and vitally important community event.


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Jewish Community Services on NPR

Jewish Community Services on NPR

April 10, 2009

On Thursday, April 9th, a five-minute story about Dothan’s Jewish community, Temple Emanu-El, Blumberg Family Jewish Community Services (BFJCS), and the Family Relocation Project was broadcast nationally on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

NPR’s National Correspondent Kathy Lohr visited Dothan twice during March and April, working closely with BFJCS Executive Director Rob Goldsmith to carry-out her background research, tour the area, and interview key local folks.

Ms. Lohr interviewed Larry Blumberg, Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith, Dothan’s Mayor Pat Thomas as well as the first family moved to Dothan via the Family Relocation Project: Matthew, Michelle, Ayden and Samuel Reed.

Please click on the link below to read the story and to enjoy the photographs.

To listen to the audio file of the entire NPR news story, click at the top of the page where you see the red icon of a speaker along with the words “Listen Now.”

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102844596


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Temple’s 2009 Seder

Temple’s 2009 Seder

April 9, 2009

Temple Emanu-El’s Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith lead one hundred and eight congregants in first Seder on Wednesday evening, April 8th.

There wasn’t an empty seat in Temple’s beautiful social hall as we enjoyed the very creative Siddur, lots of singing, and a magnificent catered meal.

As we enjoy such times together we also count our blessings, recognizing that many of our neighbors are hungry and in-need. Consequently, at this Seder the congregation committed to collect 1000 pounds of food for donation to the area’s food bank by the end of Passover.

Chag Sameach and congratulations to Emily for finding the Aficoman !


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Interfaith Community Event – Islam

Interfaith Community Event – Islam

March 18, 2009

On Tuesday evening March 17th, seventy five folks attended an interfaith community event at Dothan’s Evergreen Presbyterian Church. This is the first of a two part series on Islam: its history, liturgy and tenets. The audience included members of Dothan’s Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu communities.

This very important activity is lead by a team: Presbyterian Minister Joseph Johnson, Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith and Mr. Aslam Rana. The team is presenting information in a lecture format (describing our similarities and differences) and facilitating small group break-out discussions.


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