Happy Chanukah 2013

Happy Chanukah 2013

December 5, 2013

On Wednesday, December 4th, a great turnout of 70+ members of Dothan’s Jewish Community celebrated Chanukah at Temple Emanu-El.

During the afternoon, volunteers cooked 250 latkes and prepared the social hall for the big event.

At sundown, Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith lead a short service, everyone brought their menorahs for the (eighth) candle lighting blessings.

Then we enjoyed the 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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Sixth Annual Dothan Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Sixth Annual Dothan Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

November 27, 2013

On Wednesday evening November 27th, Dothan’s sixth annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service was celebrated at First United Methodist Church.

The local faith community’s congregations participating in the service included: Buddhist, Presbyterian, United Methodist, Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, and Muslim.

Mayor Mike Schmitz welcomed the large audience of several hundred attendees, then each congregation’s leader read from his/her faith tradition’s sacred texts. The service concluded with a community offering, collecting donations for the Wiregrass United Way Food Bank.

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

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.

Please click here to access the Dothan Eagle’s front page story:

http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/article_39253914-571d-11e3-9018-001a4bcf6878.html


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Temple Auction Raises Funds for Hadassah

Temple Auction Raises Funds for Hadassah

November 27, 2013

On Sunday night November 10, Temple Emanu-El celebrated its Annual Bill Nomberg Memorial Hadassah Goods and Services Auction that benefits both Hadassah and the congregation.

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

The results ? Again, another fabulous, successful fundraiser.

High spirited and great fun !


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Seriously ? Deep Fried Snickers Bars ?

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Seriously ? Deep Fried Snickers Bars?

November 6, 2013

Dothan’s Annual National Peanut Festival can be best described as a state fair: live entertainment; big time carnival rides; the huge midway; agricultural events; a demolition derby, and; lots and lots of fun food, attended by tens of thousands over a week-long celebration.

Here’s an article and video from today’s newspaper:

http://www.dothaneagle.com/lifestyles/article_83e38ed0-464f-11e3-ab73-0019bb30f31a.html

Oh, and BTW, I enjoyed a deep fried Twinkie while Rabbi Lynne very clearly enjoyed her elephant ear (fried dough sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon).

Rob


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Associated Press Publishes Dothan Story

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Associated Press Publishes Dothan Story

October 14, 2013

We are so honored and excited to see the very positive, worldwide impact
of, and reaction to, this story published by the Associated Press:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/14/us/an-alabama-synagogue-once-struggling-for-congregants-stretches-out-its-hand.html?_r=0

as well as the video that accompanied AP Journalist Jay Reeves’ story:

http://on.aol.com/video/alabama-synagogue-renewed-by–1m-recruitment-plan-517969292

Please click below to access a story published by The Jewish Telegraphic Agency directly after the AP story was distributed:

http://www.jta.org/2013/10/16/life-religion/measuring-success-of-dothans-50000-program

Blumberg Family Jewish Community Services, and its truly distinctive and successful Family Relocation Project, has a wonderful story to tell as we support the continued re-invigoration of our synagogue !


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Associated Press Visits Dothan

Associated Press Visits Dothan

October 14, 2013

Two weeks ago, Associated Press Journalist Jay Reeves and his photographer David Martin visited Dothan to gather interviews and video to craft a story about the BFJCS, the Family Relocation Project, and Temple Emanu-El’s on-going reinvigoration.

Jay and David interviewed BFJCS visionary and philanthropist Larry Blumberg, as well as Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith, one of the families that we have relocated to Dothan (The Butler’s), and BFJCS executive director Rob Goldsmith.


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Dan Nichols Visits Dothan

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Dan Nichols Visits Dothan

October 14, 2013

On Sunday evening October 13th, Dothan’s Jewish Community welcomed Dan Nichols and Doug Passon to a very special event.

Doug Passon is the producer of Road to Eden, a movie that tells the wonderful story of a series of concerts, throughout the south during Succoth 2011, starring Dan Nichols and his band Eighteen.

One of the stops along the way was Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El.

The October 13th event took place in The Sony Theatre at the Dothan campus of Troy University.

After a wine and cheese reception, the audience viewed The Road to Eden followed by a question and answer session. Then, Dan Nichols treated us to an intimate acoustic concert.


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Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at Dothans Synagogue

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at Dothan’s Synagogue

September 16, 2013

From our extended family to your family, we wish you a sweet new year. Here’s a sampling of photos from Temple’s annual congregational Rosh Hashanah luncheon, Tashlich service, children’s Yom Kippur service/activity, and break the fast.

As you can see, at Temple Emanu-El, we’re all about celebrating together and engaging with each other.


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Family Relocation Project In the News!

Family Relocation Project In the News!

September 3, 2013

During the past several weeks, we have been working with USA Today journalist Alison Bath, as she prepared both a video and written story about the family relocation project.

This is a rather significant opportunity to promote our achievements because of the size and scope of USA Today and the other components of the Gannett media enterprise.

We’re so pleased and proud to share the video, recorded by USA Today’s videographer this past Friday evening after services, that posted late last night on line across the nation.

Please click here:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/03/communities-preserve-jewish-identity-in-south/2759453/


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