WOW – A Very Special Shabbat at Camp Jacobs

WOW – A Very Special Shabbat at Camp Jacobs

July 23, 2013

Camp Henry S. Jacobs is the URJ’s summer camp serving Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Western Tennessee, and the Florida Panhandle.

Opened in 1970, Jacobs has provided almost 400 campers per summer with a profound, caring, and professional program and experience.

One of thirteen URJ camps, the staff incorporates learning, recreation, and fun in a safe, healthy environment of Jewish living.

During the Shabbat weekend of July 19 to 21, Dothan’s Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith was on-staff when two very exciting guests visited the camp:

> Rabbi Rick Jabobs – President of the Union for Reform Judaism

> Dan Nichols – all campers know who Dan is !

The pictures below include images of Rabbi Lynne with Camp Director Jonathan Cohen and Rabbi Rick; Rabbi Lynne and Rabbi Rick with campers from Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El; Dan Nichols with Dothan’s campers; as well as some shots from Dan’s concert.

WOW !


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Huge Step Forward For Dothan

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Huge Step Forward For Dothan

July 23, 2013

On July 29th, a brand new medical school opens in Dothan at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

The $40 million Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine will open with 162 students in the inaugural class as it ramps up over four years to 600+ students.

Some factoids:

  • 57% of the incoming students are from the southeast
  • 8% from the northeast
  • 14% from the midwest
  • 10% from the southwest
  • and 11% from the west

We anticipate that several of the medical students and families will be Jewish, adding even more “sparkle” to the growing, exciting, local Jewish community !

Click here to access today’s Dothan Eagle front page article:

http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/article_0a0a9052-f345-11e2-95cf-001a4bcf6878.html


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End of the Year Religious School Picnic

End of the Year Religious School Picnic

May 20, 2013

On Sunday, May 19th, fifty congregants of Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El celebrated the end of the 2012-2013 Religious School year with a super fun magic show followed by a picnic lunch.

Congregant “Bob the Magician” presented a really great, one-hour show for kids (of all ages).

Then, Temple’s Brotherhood prepared and served a delicious hot dogs + all of the extra’s picnic lunch.

It was a truly fun and special way to end the year – have a great summer !


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Earning the Cub Scout’s Aleph Medal

Earning the Cub Scout’s Aleph Medal

May 13, 2013

This truly is “a big deal.”

Temple Emanu-El honored Asa on Friday night, May 10th, upon the occasion of his receiving the Cub Scout’s Aleph Medal. Researching the congregation’s records, evidently this is the first such award earned by one of our children.

The Aleph Medal is worn over the scout’s heart (the uniform’s left pocket). It has a Torah and Ner Tamid on it. Cub Scout law requires that “once a scout has earned this award, others will depend on him to teach them.”

In order to earn The Aleph, the National Jewish Committee on Scouting requires that Asa keep a notebook documenting projects/activities as follows:

    • Torah – 5 tasks
    • Prayer – 3 items
    • Religious Holidays – 12 activities
    • Bible Hero – 2 essays
    • Famous American Jews – 2 reports
    • The Synagogue – 2 tasks
    • The Jewish Home – 2 projects
    • The Land of Israel – 3 activities

Mazel Tov Asa !


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Deli Day 2013 at Temple Emanu-El

Deli Day 2013 at Temple Emanu-El

May 7, 2013

Wow !

Another great success !

Forty-five volunteers sold, prepared, and delivered 1825 kosher style corned beef on rye sandwich bagged lunches on Deli Day, May 2nd.

Deli Day is fun, delicious, our big spring fundraiser, plus the entire Dothan area community is involved. We were honored to donate 370 of the meals to nine local area non-profits who feed citizens in-need.


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Purim 2013 at Temple Emanu-El

Purim 2013 at Temple Emanu-El

March 11, 2013

On Friday evening February 22nd, congregants celebrated Purim at Temple Emanu-El with a great pot luck dinner followed by Shabbat evening worship services.

As services ended, all were treated to the world premier of a fantastic Purim play !

Our evening concluded, whew, with a fun-filled Oneg featuring what seemed like hundreds of Hamentashen baked by our Religious School kids.

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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Temple’s Neighbor Night, 2013

Temple’s Neighbor Night, 2013

February 18, 2013

On Friday, February 15th, Temple Emanu-El was pleased to open its doors to the general Dothan community as we hosted our eighteenth annual Neighbor Night.

The 115 attendees included members of our congregation as well as our friends in the Catholic, Protestant, Christian, 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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Sisterhood Art Auction, 2013

Sisterhood Art Auction, 2013

January 28, 2013

On Saturday evening, January 26th, Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood’s Annual Art Auction was a fabulous success !

The Temple’s Social Hall was packed with an audience of 200 – members of our congregation as well as the general Dothan community.

After a reception that included champagne, wonderful hors d’oeurves, and desserts, the audience enjoyed two hours of auction entertainment.

A huge catalog of top quality pieces was sold by the prominent national art auction firm “State of the Art” at this truly magnificent Temple Sisterhood fundraising event.

A portion of the proceeds from our annual art auction will be used to provide philanthropic donations to vitally important Dothan community organizations and are also used to support the Temple.


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