Weekly Update – 23 November 2016

PLEASE NOTE: The Temple office will be closed November 24th and November 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Shabbat services will be held beginning at 7:00 on Friday night. This will not only be Simchat Shabbat, where we honor those who have birthdays and anniversaries in the month of October, but we will also celebrate the Adult Bat Mitzvah of Kortney. If you are in town, this is a service you will not want to miss.

There will be no Torah Study or Religious School this weekend as we all enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend with our families.

In honor of Kortney’s Bat Mitzvah, Kortney is collecting needed items for Kitty Kottage which is dedicated to the rescue of kittens. They need clumping cat litter, kitten food, regular cat food, rice cereal for babies, and jars of baby food meat, and baby wipes. You can leave your donation on the stage, or if you wish you can make your tax deductible check payable to Kitty Kottage and send it to Tammy. They are collecting through the month of November.

Also, the Religious School is coordinating a food drive for the Backpack for Kids project. Many children in our schools go home over the weekend or vacations to empty kitchens and refrigerators. Backpacks with easy to prepare foods are provided to children so they can feed themselves. Items like granola bars, single serving microwavable meals, individual cans of fruit, individual raisen packages, individual containers of cereal. Think like a kid! The religious school will be collecting through December 18th so we can get the food to the food bank before the winter break.

Friday, December 2nd there will be a Shabbat Service and Potluck held at Fort Rucker beginning at 6:00 at the Spiritual Life Center. Please contact Nathan if you have any questions and/or wish to attend.

There will be a Shabbat Morning Service on Saturday, December 3rd beginning promptly at 9:30. It will be followed by our normal Torah Study.

On Sunday December 4th, our monthly session on Jewish identity will be a potluck and a movie beginning at 5:00. Please bring a main or side dish to share; dessert and drinks will be provided. The movie is the oldie, but goodie, Frisco Kid. There will be a short discussion at the end of the movie.

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Weekly Update – 17 November 2016

Shabbat services will be held beginning at 7:00 on Friday night.
Torah Study will be held on Saturday beginning at 10:00. We will be discussing this week’s Torah portion Vayera (Genesis 18:1 – 22:24) while we clean our Torahs.

The first of monthly events exploring our Jewish identity will be held on Saturday November 19th at 11:00. (Following Torah Study) Among other things, we will be looking at the book Why Be Jewish by Rabbi David Wolpe.

Religious School will be held on Sunday beginning at 10:00.

Kortney will be celebrating her Bat Mitzvah on Friday, November 25th. Her husband, Justin had planned on celebrating his Bar Mitzvah at the same time. He began a new teaching job in September which involved more work than he had planned and in addition required a daily two hour commute. There are only 24 hours in a day, and Justin found that he did not have the time to do the kind of job he wanted to for his Bar Mitzvah at this time. He is doing everything he can to support his wife in this effort.

In honor of Kortney’s Bat Mitzvah, Kortney and Justin are collecting needed items for Kitty Kottage which is dedicated to the rescue of kittens. They need clumping cat litter, kitten food, regular cat food, rice cereal for babies, and jars of baby food meat, and baby wipes. You can leave your donation on the stage, or if you wish you can make your tax deductible check payable to Kitty Kottage and send it to Tammy. They are collecting through the month of November.

Mark your calendars for the eighth annual interfaith Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, November 22nd beginning at 6:30 at our synagogue. Please plan on attending so we can show our famous Temple Emanu-el warmth and hospitality. Also, if you can remain afterwards, we will need to clean the social hall and prepare it for the Bat Mitzvah Friday night.

PLEASE NOTE: The Temple office will be closed November 24th and November 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

In concert with the Interfaith Thanksgiving service, the Sisterhood is asking those who wish to help with the reception after the service to bring finger foods sweet or salted, plated on disposable plates to the temple on Tuesday, November 22nd around 10:00.

Finally, the Religious School is coordinating a food drive for the Backpack for Kids project. Many children in our schools go home over the weekend or vacations to empty kitchens and refrigerators. Backpacks with easy to prepare foods are provided to children so they can feed themselves. Items like granola bars, single serving microwavable meals, individual cans of fruit, individual raisen packages, individual containers of cereal. Think like a kid! The religious school will be collecting through December 18th so we can get the food to the food bank before the winter break.

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Weekly Update – 3 November 2016

​Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night!!!!!!!
Shabbat services will be held beginning at 7:00 on Friday night. This will be our first ordinary service since the first week in October. We will also be hosting the women from the Methodist Church in Ozark.  
Torah Study will be held on Saturday. Please arrive between 9:45 and 10:00. We will begin our study promptly at 10:00, and will adjourn at 11:00. We will be looking at the second Torah portion in our Torah, Noah. Genesis 6:9-11:32.
Religious School will be held on Sunday beginning at 10:00.
LAST CHANCE!! You have all received invitations to the Hadassah fundraiser the No Show Peanut Festival Day. Please mail your donations made payable to Hadassah to the no show event to Kortney. The deadline is Friday, November 4th.
The Sisterhood will be holding a luncheon meeting on Thursday November 10th in the Myer Blumberg Social Hall at noon. We will be making doing a social action project, Stars for the Troops during the luncheon. If attending the luncheon, please bring tape, double-sided tape and scissors for cutting the stars.
Kortney id celebrating her Bat Mitzvah on November 25th. In honor of her simcha they are collecting needed items for Kitty Kottage which is dedicated to the rescue of kittens. They need clumping cat litter, kitten food, regular cat food, rice cereal for babies, and jars of baby food meat, and baby wipes. You can leave your donation on the stage, or if you wish you can make your tax deductible check payable to Kitty Kottage and send it to Tammy. They are collecting through the month of November.  

On Wednesday, November 16th beginning at 6:00 at the First United Methodist Church, Reverend Lynn Nesbitt and Rabbi Lynne will be teaching the second session on Prayer. You do not have to have attended the first session to participate in the second session. As they have in the past, the Methodists have invited us to share their Wednesday night supper. It begins at 4:45 for a cost of $7.00, and will not have any pork or shellfish. If you would like to join the Methodists for dinner, please tell Rabbi Lynne by Monday, November 14th so she can let the church know how many of us to expect.  

The first of monthly events exploring our Jewish identity will be held on Saturday November 19th at 11:00. Among other things, we will be looking at the book Why Be Jewish by Rabbi David Wolpe. The book is available on Amazon. The book is not long, but is quite profound.

Mark your calendars for the eighth annual interfaith Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, November 22nd beginning at 6:30 at our synagogue. If you wish to bake or bring a finger food type dessert to serve at the reception afterwards, please bring it plated to the Temple before noon on the 22nd. And please plan on attending so we can show our famous Temple Emanu-el warmth and hospitality.

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Weekly Update – 27 October 2016

We will be celebrating Simchat Torah this Friday night. We will take all our Torahs out of the ark and parade around the synagogue with our most prized possession; a gift from God. We will also be welcoming our newest Religious School students, Ephriam and Lucas . And as if that was not enough, we will celebrate with a make your own sundae Oneg!

Torah Study will be held on Saturday. Please arrive between 9:45 and 10:00. We will begin our study promptly at 10:00, and will adjourn at 11:00. We will be looking at the First Torah portion in our Torah, Bereshit. Genesis 1:1-6:8.

Religious School will be held on Sunday beginning at 10:00.

On Wednesday, November 2nd beginning at 6:00 at the First United Methodist Church, Reverend Lynn Nesbitt and Rabbi Lynne will be teaching the first of two sessions on Prayer. As they have in the past, the Methodists have invited us to share their Wednesday night supper. It begins at 4:45 for a cost of $7.00, and will not have any pork or shellfish. If you would like to join the Methodists for dinner, please tell Rabbi Lynne by Monday, October 31 so she can let the church know how many of us to expect. The second session of the class will be held on Wednesday, October 16th.

A reminder from our Treasurer, Les. If you have not sent in your dues pledge form, please do so at your earliest convenience. And if you have not received a dues letter, please contact Barbara so she can send you one.

You have all received invitations to the Hadassah fundraiser the No Show Peanut Festival Day. Please mail your donations made payable to Hadassah to the no show event to Kortney.

The Sisterhood Board will meet at noon, Thursday, November 3rd at the synagogue. There will be a meeting of the full Sisterhood including a luncheon on Thursday, November 10th at noon in the Myer Blumberg Social Hall.

The first of monthly events exploring our Jewish identity will be held on Saturday November 19th at 11:00. Among other things, we will be looking at the book Why Be Jewish by Rabbi David Wolpe. The book is available on Amazon. The book is not long, but is quite profound.

Mark your calendars for the eighth annual interfaith Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, November 22nd beginning at 6:30 at our synagogue. If you wish to bake or bring a finger food type dessert to serve at the reception afterwards, please bring it plated to the Temple before noon on the 22nd. And please plan on attending so we can show our famous Temple Emanu-el warmth and hospitality.

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Weekly Update – 20 October 2016

We will be celebrating Sukkot and Shabbat on Friday night beginning at 6:00 with a potluck dinner. Please bring a main or side dish. Dessert and drinks will be provided. Dinner will be followed by a short Sukkot service and then our usual Oneg. We will also be saying a special goodbye to Arlene who will be moving out of state this Saturday. LAST CALL for reservations for our Sukkot potluck which will be held on Friday at 6:00pm. We need to know how many places to set.

Torah Study will be held on Saturday. Please arrive between 9:45 and 10:00. We will begin our study promptly at 10:00, and will adjourn at 11:00. We will be looking at the final Torah portion in our Torah, Vzot HaBracha. Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12.

Religious School will be held on Sunday beginning at 10:00.

What goes up must come down. Please join us this Sunday, October 23rd to take the sukkah down at noon immediately following religious school. Many hands make light work, so please join us.

The temple book club will be meeting on Sunday, October 23rd at 5:00 at the home of Russ and Karen. This will be a potluck dinner meeting, so bring a dish to share. We will not need dessert as a cake is being baked to celebrate Karen’s birthday. The book we will be discussing is Echoes by Danielle Steele.

We are in the final two weeks of our annual food drive and are collecting food and checks made payable to the Wiregrass Area Food Bank. Please don’t forget to make your donation if you have not donated already.

A reminder from our Treasurer, Les: If you have not sent in your dues pledge form, please do so at your earliest convenience. And if you have not received a dues letter, please contact Barbara so she can send you one.

You have all received invitations to the Hadassah fundraiser the No Show Peanut Festival Day. Please mail your donations made payable to Hadassah to the no show event to Kortney.

Sisterhood is participating in the Empty Bowls project on Wednesday, October 26th at 6:00pm.

The first of monthly events exploring our Jewish identity will be held on Saturday November 19th at 11:00. Among other things, we will be looking at the book Why Be Jewish by Rabbi David Wolpe. The book is available on Amazon. The book is not long, but is quite profound.

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Weekly Update – 13 October 2016

Shabbat services will be held at 7:00 on Friday night.

Torah Study will be held on Saturday. Please arrive between 9:45 and 10:00. We will begin our study promptly at 10:00, and will adjourn at 11:00. Our Torah portion is Haazinu Deuteronomy 32:1-52.

There will be no religious school this week.

On Saturday, October 15th, at 5:30, we will decorate our outdoor sukkah. Please bring greens to make it look festive. And all congregants young and old are invited to participate. We will do Havdalah and enjoy pizza together.

What goes up must come down. Please join us the following week on Sunday, October 23rd to take the sukkah down at noon immediately following religious school. Many hands make light work, so please join us.

Make sure you send in your reservations for our Sukkot potluck which will be held on October 21st at 6:00pm. We need to know how many places to set.

The temple book club will be meeting on Sunday, October 23rd at 5:00 at the home of Russ and Karen. This will be a potluck dinner meeting, so bring a dish to share. We will not need dessert as a cake is being baked to celebrate Karen’s birthday. The book we will be discussing is Echoes by Danielle Steele.

We have begun our annual food drive and will be collecting food and checks made payable to the Wiregrass Area Food Bank through the month of October. Please don’t forget to make your donation.

A Reminder from our Treasurer, Les. If you have not sent in your dues pledge form, please do so at your earliest convenience. And if you have not received a dues letter, please contact Barbara Minsky so she can send you one.

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Weekly Update – 22 September 2016

Services will be held on Friday evening beginning at the normal 7:00 time. It is Simchat Shabbat and we will be honoring people who have birthdays or anniversaries in the month of October.
Torah Study will be held on Saturday. Please note that the group voted a new meeting time. Please arrive at 9:45 so you can grab a cup of coffee and maybe a nosh, and get settled. We will begin Torah study promptly at 10:00. We ask if you come in, and we have begun our discussion, that you come in quietly and find a seat. Sound really carries in the Social Hall. We will dismiss at 11:00. We will continue our study of the weekly Torah portion. This week it is Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8.  
Mark your calendar for the first event in the High Holy Day season, Selichot which will be celebrated this Saturday, September 24th. We will begin at 5:00 with the showing of the movie School Ties. Bring a dish to share; drinks and dessert will be provided. Following the movie and a short havdalah service, we will have our annual Selichot service. The Selichot service itself is quite short, and somber. But we do remind ourselves of God’s positive attributes and God’s power to forgive those who are sincere about their repentance. And we usher in the High Holy Day season by changing the mantles on the Torah from their everyday blue ones to their white holiday covers.  
Religious School will begin at 10:00 on Sunday.
Reservations for the Rosh Hashanah Luncheon and the Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast are due by the end of the month. Don’t wait to the last minute! And don’t forget your New Year’s greetings as well.  
We have begun our annual food drive and will be collecting food and checks made payable to the Wiregrass Area Food Bank through the month of October. Please don’t forget to make your donation.
Our Temple book group will be holding its first meeting on Wednesday, September 28th at 7:00 at the home of Russ and Karen. The book we are discussing is The Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Khizhnik. Please bring a snack to share.
The Mitzvah Misfits will be bowling on Saturday, October 1st beginning at 5:00. Anyone is invited to join us, ability is not a prerequisite! Please call Steve by noon on the first to reserve a spot to play.
Rosh Hashanah is right around the corner. We will be worshipping on Erev Rosh Hashanah on Sunday, October 2nd beginning at 8:00. Services will resume the next morning beginning at 10:00. Morning services will be followed by our annual Rosh Hashanah luncheon. (Have you made your reservations yet?). After lunch we will caravan as a congregation to Emerald Lake where we will observe the short Tashlich service.

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Weekly Update – 15 September 2016

Services will be held on Friday evening beginning at the normal 7:00 time.  
Torah Study will be held on Saturday. Please note that the group voted a new meeting time. Please arrive at 9:45 so you can grab a cup of coffee and maybe a nosh, and get settled. We will begin Torah study promptly at 10:00. We ask if you come in, and we have begun our discussion, that you come in quietly and find a seat. Sound really carries in the Social Hall. We will dismiss at 11:00. We will continue our study of the weekly Torah portion. This week it is Ki Teitzei, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19.  
There will be NO Religious School this week.
The Brotherhood is kicking off its years activities with a Bagel Breakfast and meeting on Sunday, September 18th. The breakfast will begin at 9:30am and the business meeting will begin at 10:00. Hope to see you there.
Just a reminder, if you would like to read Torah during the High Holy Days, please contact Rabbi Lynne by the end of next week. (9/23)
Reservations for the Rosh Hashanah Luncheon and the Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast are due by the end of the month. Don’t wait to the last minute! And don’t forget your New Year’s greetings as well.  
We have begun our annual food drive and will be collecting food and checks made payable to the Wiregrass Area Food Bank through the month of October. Please don’t forget to make your donation.
Mark your calendar for the first event in the High Holy Day season, Selichot which will be celebrated on Saturday, September 24th. We will begin at 5:00 with the showing of the movie School Ties. Bring a dish to share; drinks and dessert will be provided. Following the movie and a short havdalah service, we will have our annual Selichot service. The Selichot service itself is quite short, and somber. But we do remind ourselves of God’s positive attributes and God’s power to forgive those who are sincere about their repentance. And we usher in the High Holy Day season by changing the mantles on the Torah from their everyday blue ones to their white holiday covers.  

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Weekly Update – 1 September 2016

Services will be held on Friday evening beginning at the normal 7:00 time.  
There will be no Torah Study or Religious School this weekend in observance of the Labor Day holiday.
On September 2nd, the Cumming family will host a Shabbat potluck and service at the Spiritual Life Center on Fort Rucker beginning at 6:00. Contact Nathan for more information.
The Mitzvah Misfits are bowling again! Steve has graciously offered to coordinate our bowling since the Priddles have moved to Jacksonville. He asks that if you wish to bowl you e-mail him at melsteven900@gmail.com by noon of the day we will be bowling so he can reserve a sufficient number of lanes. And Steve requests you contact him by e-mail. (Don’t tell him at the Oneg the Friday before we bowl!) Anyone is welcome to join us. You most definitely do not need to be a good bowler to join us. We will be bowling once a month. We will begin on Saturday September 3rd and will be meeting at the Dothan Bowling Lanes at 5:00. The cost is $10.00 per person which includes shoe rental if you need them. Many of the bowlers go out to dinner after we bowl which is also a lot of fun.
There are tee shirts available to those who bowl and anyone else who would like to show their support of the Mitzvah Misfits. The price is $15.00 for a good quality Gildan tee-shirt. Contact Rob if you would like to purchase one. The deadline for placing an order is September 2nd.  
There will be a Sisterhood Board Meeting on September 1st at noon at Temple Emanu-El and on September 8th they will have a Sisterhood Luncheon also at noon at Temple Emanu-El. Please note the new lunch committee: The September Luncheon is chaired by Jo Ann. The committee members are: Pat, Susan, Charnene, Debra, Laura, and Ann.
 On Sunday, September 11th, beginning at 9:45 we are asking for volunteers for the annual Pew Patrol to make the sanctuary shine and sparkle for the upcoming High Holy Days. All you need to bring with you is a willingness to clean the pews, the woodwork or the silver and some elbow grease. 

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Weekly Update – 25 August 2016

Services will be held on Friday evening beginning at the normal 7:00 time. It is Simchat Shabbat where we will honor those with birthdays and anniversaries in the month of August.
Torah Study will take place beginning at 10:45 on Saturday. We will be looking at this weeks Torah portion Ekev, 7:12-11:25 for those of you who like to read ahead.
Religious School will meet on Sunday beginning at 10:00.
Do you have some magazines you don’t want? Religious school teachers need magazines preferably with colorful pictures to be used for craft projects. We thank you in advance.
On September 2nd, the Cumming family will host a Shabbat potluck and service at the Spiritual Life Center on Fort Rucker beginning at 6:00. Contact Nathan for more information.
The Mitzvah Misfits are bowling again! Steve has graciously offered to coordinate our bowling since the Priddles have moved to Jacksonville. He asks that if you wish to bowl you e-mail him by noon of the day we will be bowling so he can reserve a sufficient number of lanes. And Steve requests you contact him by e-mail. (Don’t tell him at the Oneg the Friday before we bowl!) Anyone is welcome to join us. You most definitely do not need to be a good bowler to join us. We will be bowling once a month. We will begin on Saturday September 3rd and will be meeting at the Dothan Bowling Lanes at 5:00. The cost is $10.00 per person which includes shoe rental if you need them. Many of the bowlers go out to dinner after we bowl which is also a lot of fun.
There are tee shirts available to those who bowl and anyone else who would like to show their support of the Mitzvah Misfits. The price is $15.00 for a good quality Gildan tee-shirt. Contact Rob Goldsmith if you would like to purchase one. The deadline for placing an order is September 2nd.  

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