Temple Brotherhood Serves Dinner and Leads Services

Temple Brotherhood Serves Dinner and Leads Services

February 17, 2014

Friday February 14th was a very special evening at Temple Emanu-El in Dothan.

Brotherhood prepared for, and served dinner to, our Valentine Sweethearts. The 60+ attendees truly enjoyed the italian fare served in style.

After the meal, Brotherhood was honored to lead Shabbat Services in the Sanctuary, followed by an amazing Oneg.

As our sweethearts left for the evening, each received a bouquet of flowers.


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Dothan Cuts the Ribbon on Two New Libraries

Dothan Cuts the Ribbon on Two New Libraries

February 3, 2014

On February 3rd, our city cut the ribbon on two new libraries
fully replacing the 23,000 square foot main branch downtown and establishing a new 13,000 square foot branch library in Westgate Park.

Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith lead the ceremony’s Invocation.

The new libraries are the result of a two-year campaign kicked off in September 2010 with a survey of what residents want their libraries to offer. Survey feedback led to a strategic planning process and resulting service priorities. An expanded, re-energized library board, advised by a nationally-renowned library consultant, met one-on-one with elected officials, community leaders and potential donors. The responding overwhelming financial support has been gratifying and shows a concerted effort to improve the quality of life in Dothan.

The Library Board quickly met the challenge by fundraising $4,500,000 from public and private sources to match a $3,000,000 contribution from the Wiregrass Foundation. The Dothan City Commission voted to support the project with $2,500,000. Houston County Commissioners are contributing $1,000,000 in cash and in-kind services and the Library Board has received donations and pledges of more than $1,000,000 to bring the $7,500,000 project to fruition.

This unprecedented partnership between the City of Dothan, Houston County, the Wiregrass Foundation and generous individuals and corporations is testament to the importance of education in our community, both for residents and for economic development and recruitment. The new spaces will improve access to technology, expand library services and enhance materials and programming available. Fundraising efforts continue to establish an endowment for support of ongoing operations.


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Family Education Event at Temple

Family Education Event at Temple

February 3, 2014

On Saturday evening February 1st, Temple’s Religious School teachers and families gathered for a special family education event.

First we enjoyed a great pot luck dinner followed by break-out sessions on topics related to Havdalah.

The evening ended as we came back together to celebrate a warm and wonderful Havdalah Service.


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Sold: Temple Art Auction!

Sold: Temple Art Auction!

January 27, 2014

On Saturday evening, January 25th, Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood’s Annual Art Auction was a fabulous success !

The Temple’s Social Hall was packed with an audience of 215 – 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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Dothan Cutting the Ribbon on Two New Libraries

Dothan Cutting the Ribbon on Two New Libraries

January 20, 2014

On February 3rd, our city will cut the ribbon on two new libraries:
fully replacing the 23,000 square foot main branch downtown and establishing a new 13,000 square foot branch library in Westgate Park.
Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith will lead the ceremony’s invocation.

The new libraries are the result of a two-year campaign kicked off in September 2010 with a survey of what residents want their libraries to offer. Survey feedback led to a strategic planning process and resulting service priorities. An expanded, re-energized library board, advised by a nationally-renowned library consultant, met one-on-one with elected officials, community leaders and potential donors. The responding overwhelming financial support has been gratifying and shows a concerted effort to improve the quality of life in Dothan.

The Library Board quickly met the challenge by fundraising $4,500,000 from public and private sources to match a $3,000,000 contribution from the Wiregrass Foundation. The Dothan City Commission voted to support the project with $2,500,000. Houston County Commissioners are contributing $1,000,000 in cash and in-kind services and the Library Board has received donations and pledges of more than $1,000,000 to bring the $7,500,000 project to fruition.

This unprecedented partnership between the City of Dothan, Houston County, the Wiregrass Foundation and generous individuals and corporations is testament to the importance of education in our community, both for residents and for economic development and recruitment. The new spaces will improve access to technology, expand library services and enhance materials and programming available. Fundraising efforts continue to establish an endowment for support of ongoing operations.

Here’s a link to an informative Dothan Eagle article:

http://www.dothaneagle.com/lifestyles/article_716a22a0-7fc5-11e3-a2cf-001a4bcf6878.html


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Interfaith Seminar

Interfaith Seminar

January 16, 2014

Last evening, Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith (Temple Emanu-El) and Reverend Lynn Nesbitt (United Methodist Church) opened a three-part seminar on the acclaimed CBS documentary “In God’s Name.”

The thirty attendees watched one-third of the documentary and then engaged in a wide-ranging interfaith conversation that was both informative and thought-provoking. More to come !


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