Welcome Graciela, Newest Member of Dothan’s Jewish Community

Welcome Graciela, Newest Member of Dothan’s Jewish Community

December 10, 2010

On Wednesday, December 8th, Temple Emanu-El congregants Dany Gonzalez and Lisa Greenman-Gonzalez were blessed with the birth of their daughter Graciela.

Everyone is “happy and healthy” – Gracie weighs 7 pounds and is 20 inches long.

Mazel Tov to Dany, Lisa, and big brother Enrique !


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Hanukah 2010 at Temple Emanu-El

Hanukah 2010 at Temple Emanu-El

December 6, 2010

On Friday, December 3rd, seventy-five members of Dothan’s Jewish Community celebrated Hanukah at Temple Emanu-El.

During the afternoon, volunteers cooked 240 latkes and prepared the social hall for the big event.

At sundown, Rabbi Lynne 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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Dothans Third Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Dothan’s Third Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

November 24, 2010

On Tuesday evening November 23rd, Dothan’s Evergreen Presbyterian Church hosted the city’s third annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. The local faith community’s congregations participating in the service included: Buddhist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, United Methodist, Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Lutheran, and Muslim.

Dothan’s Mayor Mike Schmitz welcomed the 120+ attendees, then each congregation’s leader read from his/her faith tradition’s sacred texts. The service concluded with a community offering on behalf of the Wiregrass United Way Food Bank.

We then enjoyed a warm and wonderful coffee/dessert hour.

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


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Our Newest Congregant – Juliet Paquin’s Baby Naming

Our Newest Congregant – Juliet Paquin’s Baby Naming

November 4, 2010

Mazel Tov Juliet – and to your parents Jeremy and Jessica, your sisters Lillian and Natalie.

On Friday night, October 29th, the congregation welcomed its newest member with Juliet’s baby naming.

Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith performed this wonderful ceremony, and after Shabbat Services, we celebrated a delicious Oneg in Juliet’s honor.


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Tikkun Olam at its Best – Feeding the Hungry

Tikkun Olam at its Best – Feeding the Hungry

October 6, 2010

During the past three years, Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El has carried-out a food drive in two components, fall and spring, on behalf of the Wiregrass United Way Food Bank.

Since its founding, the Food Bank has distributed 43 million meals to folks in-need throughout our five county area.

Given the nation’s continuing recession, and the awful impact that 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, 2010 food drive.

The congregation’s fall 2010 food drive has just been completed, gathering a whopping total of 2,270 pounds of food for the Food Bank. The 2,270 pounds represents 1,770 meals and is a 33% increase over the Temple’s record fall 2009 collection of 1,719 pounds of food.

Congratulations to our ‘small but mighty’ congregation, 56 members strong, this achievement calculates to each family donating over 41 pounds of food.

WOW !


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Succoth 2010 at Temple Emanu-El

Succoth 2010 at Temple Emanu-El

September 27, 2010

It was a very special Shabbat and Succoth, on Friday September 24th, when our congregation celebrated its annual Succoth dinner followed by Shabbat evening worship services.

After services, many of us joined Rabbi Goldsmith for the mitzvah of blessing the four species inside the sanctuary’s succah.


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Travel in Israel – From Three Faith Perspectives

Travel in Israel – From Three Faith Perspectives

September 22, 2010

As it has come to pass, three Dothan houses of worship have traveled throughout Israel during the past six months: Temple Emanu-El;
St. Columba Catholic Church, and; Evergreen Presbyterian Church.

On Tuesday night, September 21st, Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith, Sister Miriam, and Pastor Joseph Johnson presented their congregation’s travel stories and impressions of Israel from three faith perspectives to an audience of fifty folks, at St. Columba’s O’Hara Hall.

This was a very engaging evening and a most interesting opportunity for interfaith dialogue.


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Building the Succah – Oh, and there’s Pizza

Building the Succah – Oh, and there’s Pizza

September 20, 2010

On Sunday afternoon, September 19th, forty congregants, adults and kids, built and decorated Temple Emanu-El’s two Succot.

Everyone had a great time, then we enjoyed a pizza and soda lunch.

The entire facility, inside and out (the sanctuary, classrooms, and social hall) was wild and crazy !


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Tot Shabbat at Temple Emanu-El is a (Shofar) Blast!

Tot Shabbat at Temple Emanu-El is a (Shofar) Blast!

September 13, 2010

Friday night, September 10th was our synagogue’s monthly Tot Shabbat.

Lots and lots of kids of all ages enjoyed a quick overview of Rosh Hashanah in the sanctuary with Rabbi Lynne.

Everybody had the opportunity to blow the shofar, we did a really fun art project, and of course there was apples and honey !


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Tashlicht Service at Dothans Emerald Lake

Tashlicht Service at Dothan’s Emerald Lake

September 10, 2010

After our congregation’s Rosh Hashanah services and luncheon, twenty members of Temple Emanu-El reconvened at Emerald Lake for the Tashlicht Service.

We find this to be a very moving prayer service and a particluarly Jewish experience.

Again, we wish visitors to our website a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year.


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