September 15, 2009
With the summer coming to an end, Dothan’s Jewish community is energized about what promises to be a fantastic 2009-2010 program year.
Our truly beautiful facilities at Temple Emanu-El have been a beehive of activity: a new roof on the entire complex; major interior improvements funded by Sisterhood (you have to love the smell of fresh paint); new exterior doors; and soon the outside of the synagogue will be scraped and painted.
Sisterhood (36 members) opened its program year with a glorious September luncheon. The guest speaker was Dothan’s Mayor elect Mike Schmitz.
Brotherhood (26 members) held its annual membership bagel breakfast meeting adopting an ambitious schedule of thirteen events for 2009-2010 including the second annual “Deli Day” (April 29, 2010) when the congregation will prepare/sell 1,200 corned beef sandwich bag lunches and fundraise $6,000 in support of Temple’s operating budget.
We invite you to visit this website on a regular basis to enjoy articles about the congregation’s events and accomplishments as the year moves forward. Major initiatives include:
- the BFJCS moving several new families to Dothan
- continued growth in Temple’s membership (only a couple of years
ago, we stood at 43 families, we are now at 56 and seek to reach 60
families by the end of this program year)
- rebirth and reinvigoration of our Temple’s Youth Group (“NFTY”)
- and our first-ever congregational trip to Israel (set for June, 2010)
Now, please enjoy the photos below of our most recent three activities: last weeks Tot Shabbat, the opening session of Religious School (only a couple of years ago, we had 5 students enrolled, now we have 17), as well as pictures from a two-session community education event on Israel’s past and present taught by Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith and Reverend Joseph Johnson.