Temple Emanu-El Hosts its Annual

Temple Emanu-El Hosts its Annual

February 21, 2011

On Friday, February 18th, 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 Catholic, Protestant, 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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A Commentary Published on HUC Cincy.Org

A Commentary Published on HUC Cincy.Org

February 1, 2011

Today, Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith of Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El was honored by her colleagues at Hebrew Union College’s Cincinnati campus, to write and post a personal commentary on the institution’s alumni website.

Entitled “What Rabbinic School Never Taught Me,” Rabbi Goldsmith speaks from the heart about her rich and deeply rewarding experiences serving Temple Emanu-El, its families and children.

[Article at http://huc.edu/ is unfortunately no longer available.]


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Dothan & The BFJCS – In the News

Dothan & The BFJCS – In the News

February 1, 2011

Today, the worldwide Jewish news service, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, published journalist Sue Fishkoff’s wonderful article focused on Dothan, our organization’s family relocation project, and Temple Emanu-El.

Dothan’s very distinctive and successful initiative continues to enjoy a most positive “buzz” throughout the Jewish world !

Please click below to access the JTA.org story:

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/01/31/2742784/congregations-offer-loans-grants-to-lure-young-families


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Annual Art Auction 2011

Annual Art Auction 2011

January 24, 2011

On Saturday evening, January 22nd, Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood’s Annual Art Auction was a total success !

Our guest auctioneer, Eric Steiner, from the firm State of the Art, told us at the closing of the festivities that this year’s auction “was probably the best he has experienced in Dothan for the past 19 years.”

Temple’s Social Hall was packed with over 300 members of our congregation as well as the general Dothan community, by far the largest such audience in many years.

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 at the more formal Saturday night event as well as the informal Sunday morning activity.

A portion of the proceeds from this annual art auction will be donated by Sisterhood to vitally important Dothan community organizations and to support our synagogue.


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Looking Forward to the Annual Temple Sisterhood Art Auction

Looking Forward to the Annual Temple Sisterhood Art Auction

January 14, 2011

(Published 1/14/11 in The Dothan Eagle Newspaper)

Where can you go to receive an education in art appreciation, purchase quality art and enjoy socializing with friends and neighbors over a heavenly dessert table ?

If you attend Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood’s Annual Art Auction on Saturday, Jan. 22, you can do all of that and more and not even leave Dothan. A preview of the art work to be auctioned begins at 6 p.m. The auction begins at 7 p.m.

“You will have an evening of fun and meet new people while enjoying the art,” said Kay Podem, publicity chair for the event. “This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase quality art at a local event.”

And, Podem noted, auctioneer Eric Steiner of State of the Art is a crowd favorite.

“He’s very educational. He provides wonderful information about the art and the artist,” Podem said. “In addition, he always introduces us to new artists each year.”

During the preview, guests will be provided a catalog listing art available during the auction.

“The preview is a great opportunity for our guests to pick out the pieces of art that they would like to bid on,” Podem said. “At the same time, they can enjoy champagne or punch and the hors d’oeuvres and desserts.”

The Temple Sisterhood has sponsored the art auction for more than 30 years. During that time, numerous nonprofit agencies have benefited from a portion of the proceeds.

Recipients change from year to year. In 2010, the Temple Sisterhood donated money to House of Ruth, Wiregrass Humane Society, Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank, Houston-Love Memorial Library, Wiregrass Hospice, Wiregrass United Way 211 and Vaughn-Blumberg Services.

While the Temple Sisterhood sponsors the art auction, Podem says the temple’s youth group and other members pitch in to help with the event.

For those who can’t attend the art auction, the Temple Sisterhood hosts a Take a Second Look event on Sunday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They even serve bagels and coffee.

“This event is very casual, very low key,” Podem said. “It’s a great opportunity for people to come in and browse … Because of its casual nature, our guests have the opportunity to have some one-on-one time with the auctioneer.”

By attending the art auction or the “second chance,” Podem said guests will have a unique opportunity to either start a collection of art or to add to an existing collection. Some of the artists whose works will be in the art auction include Agam, Kinkade, Scott, Dali, Erte, Rockwell, Chagall, Neiman, Raad, Ebgi, Miro, Delacroix, Behrens, McKnight, Vasarely and Picasso.

“The art comes already matted and framed,” Podem said. “The buyer does not have to bother with having it done later.”


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Volunteer Christmas Gift Wrappers

Volunteer Christmas Gift Wrappers

January 3, 2011

For the past several years, members of Temple Emanu-El have volunteered all day (from 9 am to 6 pm) on Christmas Eve, to relieve members of the Christian community from their commitment to wrap holiday presents, at a very special gift wrapping table inside Dothan’s Wiregrass Mall, so that our neighbors can be with their families that day.

On December 24, 2010, twenty members of our congregation were honored to volunteer at this wrapping table, helping to raise several thousand dollars for The House of Ruth, a vitally important local non-profit agency that provides a shelter and supportive services for battered adults and their children escaping such abuse.

Giving back to and serving our greater local community – this is a key value of Dothan’s Jewish community.


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