Purim 2009 at Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El

Purim 2009 at Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El

March 16, 2009

On Friday evening March 13, sixty congregants celebrated Purim at Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El with a pot luck dinner, Shabbat Evening Service, and reading of the Magillah.

It doesn’t get any better than this — lots of great food and family fun as well as the very special experience of celebrating Shabbat as a Temple family.

Please enjoy the photographs below !


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Associated Press Visits Dothan – Welcome to the Reed family

Associated Press Visits Dothan – Welcome to the Reed family

March 3, 2009

On February 18, 2009, Dothan was visited by the Associated Press (AP) to interview the first family moved to Dothan under Blumberg Family Jewish Community Services (BFJCS) Family Relocation Project.

Correspondent Jay Reeves, photographer Dave Martin, and AP Television News Network reporter/videographer Jason Bronis spent the morning interviewing Matthew and Michelle Reed as well as their two young boys, Ayden and Samuel.

During the afternoon, the AP visitors interviewed Larry Blumberg (BFJCS Chair) and Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith at Dothans synagogue, Temple Emanu-El.

Dothans Jewish community and the BFJCS is honored and excited to receive this continued international attention — proof positive that our family relocation project is a truly distinctive, vital and most worthy initiative.


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Temple Hosts 2009 Neighbor Night

Temple Hosts 2009 Neighbor Night

February 20, 2009

On Friday, February 13, 2009, Temple Emanu-El was pleased to open its doors to the general Dothan community as we hosted our annual Neighbor Night.

The 150 attendees included members of our congregation as well as our friends in the Christian, Buddhist, and Moslem community.

During the Shabbat Evening Service, Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith paused several times to explain the context, nature, history, and significance of the various portions of the Service.

When the Service ended, Rabbi Goldsmith lead an informative question and answer session from the pulpit and then we all enjoyed an awesome Oneg.


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Temple Emanu-El Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Temple Emanu-El Celebrates 80th Anniversary

February 6, 2009

Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El celebrated its 80th anniversary with a very special Shabbat evening service on Friday, January 30, 2009.

Members of several founding and long-standing families attended the service. Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith’s sermon was a fascinating and entertaining look back. After the service, the congregation enjoyed an awesome Oneg.

Here’s a summary of the Temple’s history:

Dothan’s synagogue was organized on January 30, 1929, meeting and worshipping in rented space. The dedicated group of families completed a new building on September 14, 1941, served by the congregation’s first full-time Rabbi, Alfred Wolfe.

A major building addition (social hall, large kitchen, and classrooms) was completed in 1963 followed in 1998 by a comprehensive remodeling/upgrading of the entire synagogue facility.

For 80 years, our synagogue has maintained an active, dedicated congregation without the comforting security of a large Jewish community. We have not missed a Shabbat evening service in 80 years.

Temple Emanu-El has successfully weathered the Great Depression, played a significant and meaningful part in the spiritual lives of our military service families and, overall, enjoys a special place in southern Jewish history.

Our congregation regards and respects each of its members as family. Although modest in number, we consider ourselves “small but mighty,” proud of our spirit, positive energy, rich history, and commitment to excellence.


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2009 Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood Art Auction

2009 Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood Art Auction

January 26, 2009

On Saturday evening, January 24th, Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood’s Annual Art Auction was a roaring success !

The Temple’s Social Hall was packed with an audience of over 200, consisting of members of our congregation as well as the general Dothan community.

After a reception that included champagne, wonderful hors d’oeurves, and desserts, the audience enjoyed almost three hours of auction entertainment.

A huge catalog of top quality pieces was sold and we were honored to host a very prominent artist (Jim Buckels). Jim autographed his art and brought a very personal touch to this truly magnificent Temple Sisterhood fundraising event.

A portion of the proceeds from our annual art auction will be used to provide philanthropic donations to vitally important Dothan community organizations and are also used in support of our Temple.


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Dothan Community Hanukah Celebration

Dothan Community Hanukah Celebration

January 9, 2009

On Friday, December 26th, seventy members of Dothan’s Jewish Community celebrated Hanukah at Temple Emanu-El. During the afternoon, volunteers cooked over 250 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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