Weekly Update – 23 March 2017

This Friday, March 24th, is Simchat Shabbat where we will recognize those who have birthdays or anniversaries in the month of March. We will also be treated to Michael’s reading of the Torah portion which happens to be the last one in the book of Exodus.

Torah Study WILL meet on Saturday beginning at 10:00. We will be reading this week’s Torah portion is Vayak’heil Pekudei, Exodus 35:1-40:38.

Religious School will not meet as we will be on Spring Break.

Rabbi Washofsky was planning on discussing Reform Judaism and Halacha or Jewish law but had to cancel. In lieu of his visit, we will be discussing Jewish law at Shabbat services on Friday, March 31st, and on Saturday morning April 1st, we will continue the discussion. Bagels and cream cheese will be provided.

The synagogue has received a request for members of our synagogue to reply to a survey from Sam Richardson who is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia. He needs to have replies by March 31st. If you so desire, go to the link and take the survey. Here is what he said, “To help build the case for the importance of small Jewish communities in America their historical significance, enduring vitality, and unique contributions to American Jewry the Small Jewish Communities Project has launched a first-of-its-kind survey specifically for residents of small Jewish communities to express their voice and make their presence known. The survey link is available from our website at http://www.smalljewishcommunities.org/. Please be sure to use the unique community ID of DOTAL03. Most people will be able to complete the survey in 10 – 15 minutes. Your assistance in this project is greatly appreciated.”

The Mitzvah Misfits, the Temple Bowling league will be bowling on Saturday, April 1st at 5:00 at the Dothan Bowling Lanes. Remember, anyone can bowl, and no experience is necessary.

The Temple Book Club will meet at the house of Russ and Karen on Wednesday, April 5th beginning at 7:00. We will be discussing the book The Ladies’ Auxiliary by Tovah Mirvis. Please bring a snack to share. This is an engaging group, so don’t be afraid to join at any time.

Sisterhood Board will meet on Thursday, April 6th beginning at noon at the temple. A general Sisterhood Luncheon meeting will be held on Thursday, April 13th beginning at noon in the Myer Blumberg Social Hall.

Weekly Update – 16 March 2017

This Friday, March 17th , our Religious School will be leading our worship service. You will not want to miss this service. Our students have worked very hard to learn the prayers and lead the service. Come and qvell with them.

Torah Study WILL meet on Saturday beginning at 10:00. Rabbi Lynne is out of town, but our ISJL Fellow, Leah Wittenberg will be leading the group.

Religious School will meet at the normal time of 10:00 on Sunday. Our ISJL Fellow, Leah Wittenberg will be here to learn with our students.

Reverend Lynn Nesbitt and Rabbi Lynne will be offering two classes in March entitled The Jewishness of Jesus. The second class will meet on March 22nd. As in the past, we are invited to share in the meal with the Methodists before our class. They will ensure that there will be no pork or shellfish served the nights we are present. You will need to let Rabbi Lynne know the Monday the 20th if you plan on coming to the dinner. The cost is $7.00 per adult. If you did not attend the session last week, there is no problem with you attending the 2nd session. However, there is a reading, so if you plan on attending, contact Rabbi Lynne to get a copy of the reading.

At noon on Wednesday, March 22nd, at noon at the Evergreen Presbyterian Church, the Interfaith Group will be meeting. Bring your lunch and enjoy the good conversation that always accompanies our lunches together.

Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts the weekend with Rabbi Mark Washofsky is cancelled, including the Brotherhood Breakfast. We regret the inconvenience, and are sorry that this happened.

Weekly Update – 16 February 2017

We will once again be hosting Neighbor Night this Friday, February 17th at 7:00. We are inviting our neighbors to share our worship with us and join us for a wonderful Oneg Shabbat sponsored by the Temple Board. Please plan on joining us that night. We will need as many people as possible to attend to welcome the many neighbors who show up for this popular event.

Reminder for all Temple Board members to bring their goodies to the temple plated and ready to be served on Friday, February 17th before 10:00 if at all possible. Food can also be brought to the temple that night, but for set up purposes, it would be easier to receive the goodies in the morning.
 
We do need volunteers to help with setting up the Oneg at 10:00 on Friday and also volunteers to help clean up once the service is complete. Remember this is a very important service both for us and for our community.

Torah Study will meet on Saturday at 10:00

Religious School will NOT meet this week.

Temple Book Club will reschedule and we will let you know the date when we know.

Attention Sisterhood Members: If you did not get your new Sisterhood Yearbook at the meeting last week, you may pick it up in the temple office.  ASAP 

Weekly Update – 9 February 2017

Shabbat Services will be held as usual on Friday beginning at 7:00.
Torah Study will meet on Saturday at 10:00

Religious School will meet on Sunday beginning at 10:00.

As Jews, we know historically what it has meant to be seen as “the other.” Over the past year, we have seen an unprecedented surge of anti-Semitic incidents. Swastikas have spread like wildfire across Jewish and other institutions.  Jewish families have been threatened and marginalized such as the high profile case in Montana that some of you may have heard about. There have also been coordinated bomb threats called into Jewish Community Centers and Jewish Day Schools. The Anti-Defamation League Southeast Regional Interim Director Shelley Rose will speak to us noon on Thursday, February 9th about the current state of anti-Semitism and what we as a community can do to respond at. The Sisterhood is providing a Soup and Salad lunch for those who made reservations by the deadline. This should be an enlightening program and one that you will not want to miss.

We will once again be hosting Neighbor Night on Friday, February 17th at 7:00. We are inviting our neighbors to share our worship with us and join us for a wonderful Oneg Shabbat sponsored by the Temple Board. Please plan on joining us that night. We will need as many people as possible to attend to welcome the many neighbors who show up for this popular event.

The Book Club is meeting on Wednesday, February 22nd at the home of Russ and Karen at 7:00. They will be discussing Michael Chabon’s book, The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay. Please bring a snack to share.

Weekly Update – 2 February 2017

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

There will be a Shabbat service and potluck dinner at Fort Rucker this Friday beginning at 5:30 at the Spiritual Life Center, Building 8939. If you have any questions, please contact Nathan.

We will be having a Shabbat morning service beginning at 9:00 Saturday morning. It will be followed by Torah study. We will be finished by 10:30 in order to accommodate those who wish to attend Empty Bowls.

Religious School will meet on Sunday beginning at 10:00.

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

For those who made bowls earlier for the Empty Bowls project and those who want to support it, on Saturday, February 4th @ 11am-1pm the Empty Bowls and soup will be on sale at The Cultural Arts Center, 909 St. Andrews St.

As Jews, we know historically what it has meant to be seen as “the other.” Over the past year, we have seen an unprecedented surge of anti-Semitic incidents. Swastikas have spread like wildfire across Jewish and other institutions.  Jewish families have been threatened and marginalized such as the high profile case in Montana that some of you may have heard about. Just last week, ADL worked with the FBI and other law enforcement authorities to respond to a series of coordinated bomb threats called into more than 24 Jewish Community Centers including in Alabama and Georgia. The Anti-Defamation League Southeast Regional Interim Director Shelley Rose will speak to us noon on Thursday, February 9th about the current state of anti-Semitism and what we as a community can do to respond at. The Sisterhood has graciously agreed to host the congregation at a soup and salad lunch in concert with Shelly Rose’s talk. The Sisterhood does need to know how much food to prepare, so it is imperative that you call Tammy in the Temple Office by Friday, February 3rd if you are planning on attending. This should be an enlightening program and one that you will not want to miss.

We will once again be hosting Neighbor Night on Friday, February 17th at 7:00. We are inviting our neighbors to share our worship with us and join us for a wonderful Oneg Shabbat sponsored by the Temple Board. Please plan on joining us that night. We will need as many people as possible to attend to welcome the many neighbors who show up for this popular event.

Weekly Update – 26 January 2017

Shabbat Services will be held as usual on Friday beginning at 7:00. This Friday is Simchat Shabbat where we will celebrate those who have birthdays and anniversaries in the month of January.

Torah Study will meet at 10:00 on Saturday. We will be looking at this week’s parasha, Vayeira, Exodus 6:2-9:35.

Religious School will meet on Sunday beginning at 10:00.

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. Please plan on attending to welcome our friends and neighbors.

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

For those who made bowls earlier for the Empty Bowls project and those who want to support it, on Saturday, February 4th @ 11am-1pm the Empty Bowls and soup will be on sale at The Cultural Arts Center, 909 St. Andrews St.

As Jews, we know historically what it has meant to be seen as “the other.” Over the past year, we have seen an unprecedented surge of anti-Semitic incidents. Swastikas have spread like wildfire across Jewish and other institutions.  Jewish families have been threatened and marginalized such as the high profile case in Montana that some of you may have heard about. Just last week, ADL worked with the FBI and other law enforcement authorities to respond to a series of coordinated bomb threats called into more than 24 Jewish Community Centers including in Alabama and Georgia. The Anti-Defamation League Southeast Regional Interim Director Shelley Rose will speak to us noon on Thursday, February 9th about the current state of anti-Semitism and what we as a community can do to respond at. The Sisterhood has graciously agreed to host the congregation at a soup and salad lunch in concert with Shelly Rose’s talk. The Sisterhood does need to know how much food to prepare, so it is imperative that you 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 – 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.