Interfaith Service & Goldsmiths Honored with key to the city
November 23, 2016
At last night’s Community Interfaith Service, Rabbi Lynne and Rob Goldsmith were given a key to the city by Dothan’s Mayor Mike Schmitz. They were honored for their many good works on behalf of, not only the Jewish community, but of the people of Dothan.
Read more about the event from the Dothan Eagle below:
Interfaith service brings Dothan faith community together
Nov 23, 2016.
Barriers of faith and identity fell for at least one night Tuesday as local residents filled Temple Emanu-El in Dothan for the ninth annual Dothan Area Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.
The event brings members of Dothan’s various faith communities together each year to interact with one another and to express their thanks.
“If six faiths can come together and share coffee and cookies that should give us hope that this can be accomplished in a larger way throughout the country,” Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith said.
Rev. Dr. Sam Persons Parkes delivered a message concerning the artificial boundaries people tend to erect between each other and how God and various adversities can break down those divides.
“I believe the divine intentionally haunts the border between them and us,” he said.
In addition to Parkes’ message, the event also including readings from Buddhist, Christian, Hebrew, Hindu, Muslim and New Thought texts.
Brian Seidman, president of Temple Emanu-El said the annual service spoke well of Dothan residents’ commitment to diversity and inclusion. Seidman said several interfaith events are held throughout the year, and that more awareness of these events could foster a greater spirit of community among local residents.
Karen Nanning attends the Dothan Area Interfaith Thankgiving Service each year.
“It’s heartwarming and uplifting, especially after this year,” she said.
Kris Doss said he enjoys how the service brings people who may not ordinarily socialize with one another together.
“Sunday is one of the most segregated days of the week,” he said. “This brings people together and encourages respect for one another’s beliefs.”
During the event, Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz recognized the contributions Goldsmith and her husband, Rob, have made to the community. The Goldsmiths will soon move to Colorado to be closer to family.