Congregation Enjoys its Annual Goods and Services Auction

Congregation Enjoys its Annual Goods and Services Auction

May 26, 2011

On Monday evening May 23rd, Temple Emanu-El hosted the annual goods and services auction benefitting both Hadassah and the congregation.

After enjoying a relaxed dinner together, the 60+ attendees raised their hands with gusto to bid on the dozens of items up for auction, raising funds for both Hadassah and Temple Emanu-El.

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


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Interfaith Learning: Women in the Bible

Interfaith Learning: Women in the Bible

May 25, 2011

Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith and her colleague Reverend Lynn Nesbitt of Dothan’s United Methodist Church, presented a two-part interfaith learning experience, May 18 and 25, entitled Women in the Bible.

On each of two evenings, the approx. 60 attendees enjoyed dinner together followed by the team-taught presentations and a very engaging question and answer session.


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Temple Brotherhoods End of the Religious School Year Picnic

Temple Brotherhood’s End of the Religious School Year Picnic

May 25, 2011

On Sunday, May 22nd, the congregation celebrated the last day of this year’s Religious School.

We enjoyed games and fun. Brotherhood provided a simply fantastic picnic, lots of good food.

Three years ago, Temple had 5 kids in Religious School. This year, we tripled that !

Wow !

Talk about a vibrant and growing congregation !


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Congregation Hosts The Dothan String Quartet

Congregation Hosts The Dothan String Quartet

May 11, 2011

On Sunday May 8th, Temple Emanu-El hosted a concert, free and open to our friends in the greater Dothan community, featuring The Dothan String Quartet.

The 80+ attendees were welcomed by Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith, enjoyed eight selections ranging from Baroque to Hava Nagila, and then a warm and wonderful reception in Temple’s Social Hall.


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Temple’s Deli Day 2011 – Wow!

Temple’s Deli Day 2011 – Wow!

May 11, 2011

April 28th was “Deli Day” at Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El.

An army of congregants joined with restauranteur Steve Dubrinsky of Birmingham’s “Max’s Deli” to build and sell 1433 bagged lunches consisting of a kosher corned beef sandwich on rye, spicy deli mustard, chips, half a kosher pcikle, and an ooey gooey chocolate chip cookie.

Steve was on-site and really enjoyed being in the Temple kitchen with 30 volunteers cutting pickles and making sandwiches at dawn.

Deli Day was a fabulous fundraising success for the Temple. We are truly amazed by the greater Dothan community’s support of the event and look forward to an even bigger and better Deli Day 2012.


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Temple Emanu-El First Seder, 2011

Temple Emanu-El First Seder, 2011

May 11, 2011

Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith lead approximately ninety five congregants in first Seder on Monday evening, April 18th.

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 completed collecting almost 1400 pounds of food for donation to the area’s food bank.

Chag Sameach !


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Tot Shabbat at Temple Emanu-El

Tot Shabbat at Temple Emanu-El

May 9, 2011

At Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El, on the first Friday of each month, we celebrate Tot Shabbat at 6 pm, followed by Shabbat Evening Services for all at 7 pm.

Tot Shabbat is really fun for the parents and kids.

Typically, the kids do a project, have a lesson with Rabbi Lynne, and finish the hour with Kiddush and Motzi.


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Fidel, Bugs Bunny, and Bob the Magician Visit Dothan!

Fidel, Bugs Bunny, and Bob the Magician Visit Dothan!

March 22, 2011

On Friday evening March 18th, sixty-five congregants celebrated Purim at Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El with a super duper pot luck dinner followed by Shabbat evening worship services.

As services ended, we were then treated to the world premier of Rabbi Lynne’s fantastic Purim Speil play starring Bob the Magician as Haman, Stephanie as Esther, and Rob as both the King and Mordecai. The acting troupe was assisted by Isaac, Eli, and Liana.

Our evening concluded, whew, with a fun-filled Oneg featuring what seemed like hundreds of Hamentashen.

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 and Purim as a Temple family.

Please enjoy the photographs below !


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