Temple Emanu-El Celebrates 79th Annual Meeting
June 17, 2008
On Monday June 16, Temple Emanu-El held its 79th Annual Congregational Meeting. Speaking to those assembled, President Dr. Barbara Minsky expressed her appreciation to the Board of Trustees and Officers for their dedication, long hours and diligence during the past year.
Dr. Minsky listed several major congregational accomplishments as “proof positive that Temple Emanu-El is an exciting, vibrant, and growing religious community.”
During this past year, Temple Emanu-El was honored to recruit Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith as our fifteenth Rabbi. The congregation and the greater Dothan community have been impressed and enriched by her leadership and positive energy.
Our Sisterhood and Hadassah had another fabulous year and we thank them for their quality programming and significant fundraising support. The Second Annual Bill Nomberg Goods and Services Auction and the Annual Hadassah Art Auction were, both, a first class success. Brotherhood was reestablished this year, producing several great events and now has 23 members.
The Temple enjoyed an ambitious adult education program this year including “Taste of Judaism, “Judaism 101,” and Adult Hebrew. Saturday morning Torah Study was vibrant and well-attended. In addition, Rabbi Goldsmith presented a series of excellent interfaith community educational events.
Concluding her remarks, Dr. Minsky celebrated that four new families joined our synagogue this past year and that “we look forward to even bigger and better things next year.”
Rabbi Goldsmith then spoke to the audience outlining what she feels was “a truly wonderful year for herself and the congregation.” Our “small but mighty congregation” had two baby namings, a wedding, three B’nei Mitzvah, Consecration, the first Confirmation since 1999, and several conversions. During the upcoming months, our Temple family is looking forward to another baby naming, three more B’nei Mitzvah and several conversions.
Concluding her remarks, Rabbi Goldsmith said “Truly, we are on a roll. I mean it when I say that I won the pulpit lottery in my Hebrew Union College Rabbinical Class of 2006. May we strive not only to continue the congregation’s commitment to our covenant with God and Torah, but also to further strengthen it with action and love.”