Religious School Named for Rudderman
In December, 1941, Edward Frank Rudderman became the first Bar
Mitzvah of Temple Emanu-El.
Eighty years later, in December, 2021, the congregation recognized
that special Shehecheyanu moment in our community's history by
naming the Religious School in his honor.
The Edward F. Rudderman Religious School at Temple Emanu-El
serves as an important reminder of our rich and cherished history in
Dothan and southeast Alabama.
Edward F. Rudderman, At-A-Glance
Edward Rudderman was born December 28, 1928 in Birmingham,
Alabama to Abraham Morris Rudderman and Jennie (Turner)
In 1934, Edward moved from Bainbridge, Georgia to Eufaula,
Alabama with his parents and younger brother, Philip, to establish
Ruddy's Department Store.
After completing Eufaula High School, Rudderman graduated from
the Georgia Military Academy. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on
September 6, 1946. Rudderman was first assigned to Fort Benning,
Georgia and later served in Japan.
Following the completion of his service, Rudderman attended the
Georgia Institute of Technology.
Edward Rudderman married Zipporah (Chippy) Gilmore of
Blackshear, Georgia on February 15, 1953.
Together, they had four daughters: Angela Jester (Prattville, AL);
Marcia Eubanks (Albany, GA); Deana Shoupe (Lancaster, TX); and
Pamela Rudderman (Albany, GA).
Employment took him and his family through much of
southeast Alabama and southwest Georgia.
Edward worked in the dry good business and sold insurance.
Edward F. Rudderman died September 4, 1991, and was buried
in the family plot in Fairview Cemetery in Eufaula, Alabama.
67 Years Later
In 2008, Abbey Lewis, daughter of Lisa and Mark Lewis, and
grand daughter of Sandra Gulledge, was Bat Mitzvah at Temple
Emanu-El under the guidance of Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith.
Abbey is Edward F. Rudderman's great niece.
A special thank you to Temple Emanu-El members, Sandra Gulledge
and Debra Lisa Lewis, for their support, recollections, and personal
photographs of their Uncle Eddie.
The Georgia Tech. class photograph was provided by The Blue Print,
1949 Annual, Georgia Institute of Technology, Ancestry.com.