Brotherhood Breakfast – Guest – Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz

Brotherhood Breakfast – Guest – Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz

December 12, 2011

On Sunday morning, December 11th, Temple Emanu-El’s Brotherhood held a truly splendid Bagel Breakfast, open to the entire congregation.

We were honored to have as our guest Dothan’s Mayor, Mike Schmitz.

The 30+ attendees enjoyed an excellent bagel breakfast followed by the Mayor’s presentation and an open question/answer session.

After the proceedings, Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith provided the Mayor a personal tour of the Temple’s Sanctuary, especially our stained glass windows and Holocaust Torah.


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Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

November 23, 2011

On Tuesday evening November 22nd, Dothan’s St. Columba Catholic Church hosted the city’s fourth annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. The local faith community’s congregations participating in the service included: Buddhist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, United Methodist, Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, and Muslim.

Dothan’s Mayor Mike Schmitz welcomed the 350+ 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; 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.


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There’s Nothing Like the Aroma of Fresh Baked Challah

There’s Nothing Like the Aroma of Fresh Baked Challah

November 14, 2011

On Sunday, November 13th, the students of Temple Emanu-El’s Religious School actively participated (“hands-on”) as congregant Lisa Priddle presented a class on the history, symbolism, and preparation/baking of challah.

If your family is considering applying for admission into the BFJCS Family Relocation Project …. imagine your kids enjoying this kind of warm and wonderful learning experience …. every Sunday.

So, what are you waiting for !


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Temple Annual Bill Nomberg Memorial Hadassah Auction

Temple Annual Bill Nomberg Memorial Hadassah Auction

November 14, 2011

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

After enjoying a relaxed dinner together, the seventy-five attendees from both the synagogue and greater community raised their hands to bid on the many items up for auction.

The results ? This was our best-ever goods and services auction; a fabulously successful fundraiser.

High spirited and great fun !


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Dan Nichols and His Band Eighteen Perform in Dothan

Dan Nichols and His Band Eighteen Perform in Dothan

October 14, 2011

Talk about a fantastic event for our “small but mighty” Dothan congregation and Jewish community ! Sukkot with Dan Nichols and his music !

On Thursday night, October 13th, an audience of over 100, including our friends from synagogues in Panama City, Florida and Albany, Georgia, enjoyed dinner together, then a Sukkot worship service (both in the Sanctuary and outdoor Sukkah).

Then, Dan his band Eighteen rocked the night away with their awesome and inspiring music.

It was truly a special night for all.


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Hadassah Southern Region President Visits Dothan

Hadassah Southern Region President Visits Dothan

August 24, 2011

Dothan’s Jewish Community was honored to host Hadassah’s Southern Region President, Mrs. Dana Waxler, and her husband Richard, on Tuesday August 23rd, for a dinner at the home of Dr. Barbara and Leon Minsky.

The twenty-five attendees listened intently to Dana’s fascinating presentaton about Hasdassah’s history and good works, especially current construction of the fourteen-story Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem.

After that presentation, the group enjoyed a warm and wonderful “southern style” dinner.


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Dr. Ken Kanter: Jews and the Music of Tin Pan Alley

Dr. Ken Kanter: Jews and the Music of Tin Pan Alley

August 22, 2011

On Saturday night, August 20th, Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El was very pleased to host a presentation by Dr. Ken Kanter: “Jews and the Music of Tin Pan Alley,” in cooperation with Troy University’s Dothan Campus Library.

Rabbi Kanter is Director of the Rabbinical School at the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

This very special event’s large audience consisted of members of the congregation as well the Dothan community. After the presentation, the attendees enjoyed a fabulous dessert/coffee in the Temple’s Social Hall.

Following are two photographs: Dr. Kanter and Temple Emanu-El’s Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith, and a photo of Rabbi Kanter during his presentation.


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Shalom and Roll Tide!

Shalom and Roll Tide !

June 2, 2011

As your family seriously considers entering our organization’s relocation project, we undertsand and appreciate any concerns that you might have about being a Jewish student at our premier state university.

Know that Tuscaloosa is a great place for Jewish students to live and learn ! Enjoy the following article reprinted from the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s email listserve.


One of the ways that we at The Birmingham Jewish Federation are building for the future is by encouraging high school students, both in state and out of state, to consider attending college in Alabama.

The more young people who choose one of Alabama’s excellent schools, the more who will stay here, our reasoning goes, and they will help us build an even stronger Jewish community and state of Alabama in the years ahead.

BJF staff members Joyce Spielberger and Caren Seligman do most of this work in different and complementary ways. And their work pays off.

Joyce recently got an email from out of town parents whose child has decided to enroll at the University of Alabama. “We just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the introductions you made before our initial visit to Alabama. After a lengthy search our daughter decided to attend,” they wrote to Joyce.

Joyce, of course, wrote back immediately. “That is terrific!!!! YEA!” she answered. “I am copying Kathy Merrell, who is our fabulous Hillel director, as well as my good friends, student leaders Renee Sharon and Alex Grodner, who are Hillel co-presidents. They will make sure your daughter gets on their radar so they can give her and y’all a great BAMA welcome!”

“Your daughter will love it!” added Joyce, who has two sons attending the University of Alabama. “Let me know if I can do anything to help y’all with the next step! ROLL TIDE!”

We thank these parents for writing and wish their daughter well. Our efforts at the University of Alabama, in partnership with the school’s president Dr. Robert Witt, his administration and the Jewish students themselves, have strengthened Jewish life considerably on the Tuscaloosa campus.

The Birmingham Jewish Federation and Foundation have provided funding to Hillel (the Jewish student organization) and Joyce has provided staff support. Over the past few years, the estimated number of Jewish students at Alabama has more than doubled — from approximately 350 to 750 — and, as the above story indicates, the number continues to grow!


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