Weekly Update – 19 January 2017

Shabbat Services will be held as usual on Friday beginning at 7:00. As part of our Shabbat Services, we will be discussing anti-Semetism, the Holocaust and how it shapes our Jewish identity.
There will be no Torah Study or Religious School this weekend.
Just a reminder that the Sisterhood Art Auction is scheduled for THIS WEEKEND. We will need everyone’s help for this annual fund raiser. When you are called, please say yes to the caller. Please sell your tickets, plan on attending, and bring lots of friends.
Those of you who are working on plating food, or cutting fruit and vegetables in Saturday morning, please be at the temple by 9:30.
The Brotherhood reminds its members that muscles are needed at noon to unload the artwork on Saturday, and also at 2:00pm on Sunday to load the art that has not been sold back onto the truck.  
Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds saved the lives of over 200 Jewish soldiers in a POW camp in Germany and was awarded the Righteous Among the Nations award from Israel and Yad Vashem. His son, Pastor Chris Edmonds will be here in Dothan at Temple Emanu-el at 7:00 on Saturday January 28th to talk about his father. His talk will be followed by light refreshments and a chance to talk to Pastor Edmonds. On Friday evening, January 20th , Please plan on attending both events.
The Sisterhood Board will meet at noon on Thursday, February 2nd at the temple.

 The Sisterhood would like to invite the congregation to attend a soup and salad lunch at noon on Thursday February 9th. We will be hosting Shelly Rose from the ADL in Atlanta who will discussing the rise of anti-Semitism. The Sisterhood does need to know how much food to prepare, so please call Tammy in the Temple Office if you are planning on attending. This should be an enlightening program and one that you will not want to miss.

Weekly Update – 12 January 2017

Shabbat Services will be held as usual on Friday beginning at 7:00.

Torah Study will meet as usual this week beginning at 10:00 on Saturday morning.

Religious School is back and session and will meet on Sunday beginning at 10:00.

Our intrepid librarian, Jean Cooper has done another cleaning in our library and once again there are books available for free on a table in the Social Hall.

The current membership roster is available for pickup during office hours or whenever you are in the temple. Please remember that if you need to have your copy mailed, please contact Tammy in our office.

Just a reminder that the Sisterhood Art Auction is scheduled for January 21st and 22nd. We will need everyone’s help for this annual fundraiser. When you are called, please say yes to the caller. And sell your tickets and plan on bringing a friend.

Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds saved the lives of over 200 Jewish soldiers in a POW camp in Germany and was awarded the Righteous Among the Nations award from Israel and Yad Vashem. His son, Pastor Chris Edmonds will be here in Dothan at Temple Emanu-El at 7:00 on Saturday, January 28th to talk about his father. His talk will be followed by light refreshments and a chance to talk to Pastor Edmonds. On Friday evening, January 20th, as part of our Shabbat Services, we will be discussing the Holocaust and how it shapes our Jewish identity. Please plan on attending both events.

The Sisterhood Board will meet at noon on Thursday, February 2 nd at the temple.

The Sisterhood would like to invite the congregation to attend a soup and salad lunch at noon on Thursday, February 9th. We will be hosting Shelly Rose from the ADL in Atlanta who will discuss the rise of anti-Semitism. The Sisterhood does need to know how much food to prepare, so please call Tammy in the Temple Office if you are planning on attending. This should be an enlightening program and one that you will not want to miss.

Weekly Update – 5 January 2017

Shabbat Services will be held as usual on Friday beginning at 7:00.
Torah Study resumes this week beginning at 10:00 on Saturday morning. Please note that the originally scheduled Shabbat Service will NOT take place as was noted on the temple calendar.  
Religious School is back and session and will meet on Sunday beginning at 10:00.
Our intrepid librarian, Jean Cooper has done another cleaning in our library and once again there are books available for free on a table in the Social Hall.
The current membership roster is available for pickup during office hours or whenever you are in the temple. Please remember that if you need to have your copy mailed, please contact Tammy in our office.
The Mitvah Misfits are bowling on Saturday evening!! We will meet at Dothan Bowling Lanes at 5:00. Please contact Steve Jacobson by e-mail, if you wish to bowl. And remember that experience is not necessary.
Just a reminder that the Sisterhood Art Auction is scheduled for January 21st and 22nd. We will need everyone’s help for this annual fund raiser. When you are called, please say yes to the caller. And sell your tickets and plan on bringing a friend.  

Weekly update – 22 Dec 2016

The Temple Office will be closed on Friday, December 23rd.

Shabbat services will be held beginning at 7:00 on Friday night. We will be saying good bye to the Lindley family who will be leaving at the end of the month to move to Korea. It is also Simchat Shabbat where we will honor all those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries in the month of December.

There will be no Torah Study this week. It will resume on January 7th.

Religious School is on winter break and will resume on January 8th.

Please remember to make your reservations for the annual Hanukkah service and potluck dinner to be held on December 30th. Reservations need to be in by December 28th. And Just a reminder that we are asking that everyone bring a side dish that will feed 8-10 people. Dessert, latkes and drinks will be provided.

The Fort Rucker Jewish Community invites everyone to a menorah lighting at 4:30 each day from December 24th-December 30th in front of the Main Post Chapel.

Just a reminder that the first Hanukkah candle will be lit at sundown on Saturday, December 24th.

Weekly Update – 8 December 2016

Shabbat services will be held beginning at 7:00 on Friday night. Lynne Tures will be reading from the Torah.

Torah Study will be held on Saturday beginning at 10:00. We will be looking at this week’s Torah portion, Vayetze.

On Sunday, the Religious School students will have a chance to shop in the gift shop for Hanukkah presents for their family. Religious School parents, please remember to send some funds in with your children to purchase gifts, and we are also requesting help from 10:00-12:00 with gift wrapping.

Because Christmas Eve falls on Shabbat this year, we will be doing the annual mitzvah of wrapping gifts for the House of Ruth on Sunday, December 18th from 12 noon to 7pm at Wiregrass Commons Mall. All you need is some ability to wrap gifts; they do not need to be a work of art. You also need to be able to stand for fairly long periods of time. Please contact Loretta Shapiro at lshapiro@servisfirstbank.com this week if you are able to help with this important mitzvah if you can work a 2 hour shift or even longer. We need 2-4 wrappers for each shift. Looking forward to seeing all the wonderful people who volunteer for this important project.

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 raisin 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. This is the final week, so please bring food in if you have not already.

Please remember to make your reservations for the annual Hanukkah service and potluck dinner to be held on December 30th. Details are in the bulletin.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.