Temple Emanu-El’s Annual Deli Day Fundraiser

Temple Emanu-El’s Annual Deli Day Fundraiser

May 4, 2012

May 3rd was “Deli Day” at Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El.

An army of congregants joined with restauranteur Steve Dubrinsky of Birmingham’s “Max’s Deli” to build and sell 1630 bagged lunches consisting of a quarter-pound kosher corned beef sandwich on rye, spicy deli mustard, bag of chips, a kosher half-sour pickle, and an ooey gooey chocolate chip cookie.

Steve was on-site and really enjoyed being in the Temple kitchen with 30 volunteers cutting pickles and making sandwiches – yikes, beginning at 6:30 am !

Deli Day was a fabulous fundraising success for the Temple plus we were honored to donate, pack-up, and deliver 300 lunches to area
non-profits that help feed our neighbors in-need.

We are truly amazed by the greater Dothan community’s support of the event and look forward to an even bigger and better Deli Day 2013.

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Temple’s Deli Day 2012 – In the News

Temple’s Deli Day 2012 – In the News

April 18, 2012

“Deli Day Event Serving Lunches to Needy”

By: Peggy Ussery | Dothan Eagle

Published: April 18, 2012


Temple Emanu-El’s Deli Day with its corned beef sandwiches has been satisfying hunger for years.

But this year, the synagogue hopes to also help feed those who have difficulty feeding themselves by asking people to donate the cost of a lunch to be delivered to others in need.

“It’s just another way of enhancing this as a community event,” said Rob Goldsmith, who chairs the annual Deli Day.

The idea came out of suggestions from people who in the past have wanted to donate lunches to others because they did not care for corned beef but still wanted to give to a good cause. In Judaism, such anonymous acts of kindness are called “tzedakah,” Goldsmith said. The synagogue contacted Wiregrass United Way 2-1-1 for suggestions of organizations that could help them connect with people in need. The synagogue will deliver lunches through Grace Applied Ministries, Living Hope Community Center, Love in Action Ministries, the Ark, Momma Tina’s Mission House, Dothan Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity, and Glen East Senior Housing.

Of the 400 pre-orders Temple Emanu-El has received for its bagged lunches, more than 50 are for donated lunches.

“It really is loving kindness,” Goldsmith said. “… We expect at least 250 of the 1,500 lunches will be donated to our friends in the community.”

Since it was reinvigorated four years ago, the number of Deli Day lunches sold has climbed from 1,000 lunches to this year’s anticipated 1,500 lunches. The corned beef actually comes from Detroit and is prepared by Max’s Deli in Birmingham. Individuals come each year to eat lunch at the synagogue and employers often treat their employees, Goldsmith said. The event, he said, has moved beyond a fundraiser for the synagogue to become a community event.

“It’s the cultural thing,” Goldsmith said. “Food is very important to Jewish people, and it’s a source of celebration. And it tastes good … if it’s prepared correctly.”

During Deli Day, volunteers gather at the synagogue that morning to assemble the sandwiches and bag lunches that include chips, a cookie and a kosher pickle. The sandwich is piled high with a ¼ pound of corned beef.

“There are no calories I’m sure,” Goldsmith joked. “Maybe a couple.”

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Hadassah Celebrates 100

Hadassah Celebrates 100

March 26, 2012

On Thursday night, March 22nd, congregants of Temple Emanu-El and our friends celebrated Hadassah’s 100th anniversary at a gala dinner at downtown Dothan’s beautiful venue named “The Grand.”

The evening featured excellent food, warm company, fine music, and important words from chapter president (Dr. Barbara Minsky) concerning Hadassah – its mission, accomplishments, and current projects.

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Purim 2012 at Dothans Synagogue

Purim 2012 at Dothan’s Synagogue

March 13, 2012

On Friday evening March 9th, sixty-five congregants celebrated Purim at Temple Emanu-El with a super duper pot luck dinner followed by Shabbat evening worship services.

As services ended, all were treated to the “second annual world premier” of Rabbi Lynne’s fantastic Purim Speil play starring Bob the Magician as Haman, Stephanie as Esther, and Rob as both the King and Mordecai. The acting troupe was assisted by several up and coming child actors.

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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Synagogues Annual Neighbor Night

Synagogue’s Annual Neighbor Night

February 21, 2012

On Friday, February 17th, Temple Emanu-El was pleased to open its doors to the general Dothan community as we hosted our annual Neighbor Night.

The 110 attendees included members of our congregation as well as our friends in the Catholic, Protestant, Christian, Buddhist, 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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Temple Sisterhood Art Auction – SOLD!

Temple Sisterhood Art Auction – SOLD!

January 23, 2012

On Saturday evening, January 21st, Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood’s Annual Art Auction was a fabulous success !

The Temple’s Social Hall was packed with an audience of 230 – 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 in support of our Temple.

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