Great News, Play Ball?

Great News, Play Ball?

June 25, 2015

Dothan Chamber And CVB Pursue Feasibility
Study Of Minor League Baseball In Dothan

DOTHAN, Ala. – The Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and the Dothan Area
Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today that they have retained the leading sports advisory and planning firm in the nation – Conventions, Sports and Leisure International – to conduct a feasibility study on the possibility of a new minor league baseball stadium and team in Dothan.

Based out of Plano, Texas, CSL is the industry’s leading market and financial feasibility study provider to the sports, entertainment, tourism and leisure facility industries.

Matt Parker, DACC president, and Bob Hendrix, CVB director, jointly stated, “Pursuing a study on the possibility of a minor league baseball stadium and team in Dothan is about three things: 1) creating jobs and enhancing economic development opportunities; 2)
improving the quality of life; and 3) providing a facility/venue that can attract additional recreational, cultural and social opportunities to our area which could include concerts,family-friendly amusements, high school, college and university events, charity events and special events including weddings, office and holiday parties and celebrations.”

Parker and Hendrix continued, “An independent and outside analysis will provide the information and data needed to make a fully informed decision on market demand,financial operations, project financing and economic development opportunities associated with a minor league stadium and team in Dothan. This is the business community uniting together to help keep our great area moving forward with vision and
purpose. We are excited to get started with this report, and we welcome citizens input and ideas as this process moves forward.”

Once the feasibility study has begun, there will be a survey that interested citizens and businesses can participate in. In addition, a “Minor League Baseball in Dothan” Facebook page is being created to help keep followers up-to-date on the latest developments.

CSL’s consultants have 150 years of combined experience and have been involved in over 1,000 engagements for sports and other public assembly developments throughout the country. CSL has recently consulted on numerous ballpark projects such as Regions Field in Birmingham, Pensacola Bayfront Stadium and Coolray Field in Lawrenceville,Georgia. They have also served as advisors to two-thirds of Major League Baseball’s ballparks including the New York Yankees stadium, Wrigley Field and Marlins Ballpark in Miami.

The feasibility study is expected to be completed in 12 weeks. Cost of the study could total $50,000, depending on the multiple faced approach, which will be paid by the Dothan business community and CVB.


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Deli Day 2015 at Temple Emanu-El

Deli Day 2015 at Temple Emanu-El

May 4, 2015

Wow !

Another smashing success !

Fifty volunteers sold, prepared, and delivered a record 2,141 kosher corned beef on rye bagged lunches on Deli Day, April 30th.

Deli Day is fun, delicious, our big spring fundraiser, plus the entire Dothan area community is involved. We were pleased to donate 439 of the meals to eight local area non-profits who feed citizens in-need.


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Dr. Joel Hoffman Visits Dothan’s Synagogue

Dr. Joel Hoffman Visits Dothan’s Synagogue

April 1, 2015

On March 31, Dr. Joel M. Hoffman visited Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El to present and discuss his latest book entitled “The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor: The Holy Scriptures Missing From Your Bible.”

His visit was sponsored by Troy University and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

Dr. Hoffman is an expert on the Bible, Hebrew, and translation; a much sought-after speaker who presents to dozens of popular and academic audiences each year. His earned degrees are: BA (Summa Cum Laude) from Brandeis University; MS in Computer Science from Israel’s Technion Institute, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Maryland.

He is a noted author and has served on the faculties of Brandeis University and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Dr. Hoffman made a excellent presentation to the attendees — fascinating information, history, and some great humor — all clearly portraying his passion, intellect and command of the subject matter. He then took some audience questions, followed by “an oneg”celebration and book signing.


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Neighbor Night

Neighbor Night

February 26, 2015

On Friday, February 20th, Temple Emanu-El was pleased to open its doors to the general Dothan community as we hosted our twentieth annual Neighbor Night.

The 100+ attendees included members of our congregation as well as our friends in the Catholic and Protestant 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 in the Social Hall.


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Sold!

Sold!

January 27, 2015

On Saturday evening, January 24th, Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood’s Annual Art Auction was a fabulous success !

The Temple’s Social Hall was packed with an audience of 165 – 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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Temple Volunteers ~ Christmas Wrapping

Temple Volunteers ~ Christmas Wrapping

January 5, 2015

For many years, members of Temple Emanu-El have volunteered all day (from 9 am to 5 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, 2014, 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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