Temple Emanu-El Celebrates 80th Anniversary
February 6, 2009
Dothan’s Temple Emanu-El celebrated its 80th anniversary with a very special Shabbat evening service on Friday, January 30, 2009.
Members of several founding and long-standing families attended the service. Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith’s sermon was a fascinating and entertaining look back. After the service, the congregation enjoyed an awesome Oneg.
Here’s a summary of the Temple’s history:
Dothan’s synagogue was organized on January 30, 1929, meeting and worshipping in rented space. The dedicated group of families completed a new building on September 14, 1941, served by the congregation’s first full-time Rabbi, Alfred Wolfe.
A major building addition (social hall, large kitchen, and classrooms) was completed in 1963 followed in 1998 by a comprehensive remodeling/upgrading of the entire synagogue facility.
For 80 years, our synagogue has maintained an active, dedicated congregation without the comforting security of a large Jewish community. We have not missed a Shabbat evening service in 80 years.
Temple Emanu-El has successfully weathered the Great Depression, played a significant and meaningful part in the spiritual lives of our military service families and, overall, enjoys a special place in southern Jewish history.
Our congregation regards and respects each of its members as family. Although modest in number, we consider ourselves “small but mighty,” proud of our spirit, positive energy, rich history, and commitment to excellence.