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Temple Emanu-El Mission & Vision
Temple Emanu-El is a Reform Jewish congregation upholding the traditions of Judaism, including Hebrew language, Tanakh, T'fillot, Mitzvot, holidays, customs, Jewish history and Israel, while empowering members to cultivate their relationships with God and Torah.
The mission of Temple Emanu-El is to cultivate and nurture the love and understanding of Judaism; provide a warm and caring environment to promote Judaism and ensure the future of our Jewish community; uphold the commitment to Tikkun Olam; and to strengthen and serve our members.
Temple Emanu-El's mission will be accomplished through the following values:
Worship: uphold Jewish rituals and traditions.
Education & Torah Study: the study of Torah is the foundation of our tradition and teaches us the Jewish way to live our lives individually and as a community in an ever changing world. We are dedicated to building and maintaining an understanding with other faith communities through education, study, communication and a respectful exchange of ideas.
Social Action/Advocacy: striving towards Tikkun Olam.
Community: to be a warm, caring and welcoming community that offers support and friendship to the Jewish and non-Jewish community.
Community Fellowship - May 2011 Mother's Day Concert
On Sunday May 8th, Mother's Day, Temple Emanu-El hosted a concert, free and open to our friends in the greater Dothan community, featuring The Dothan Chamber Quartet.
The 80+ attendees were welcomed by Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith, enjoyed eight selections ranging from Baroque to Hava Nagila, and then a warm and wonderful reception in Temple's Social Hall.
Temple Emanu-El in the News!
See a brief video clip about Blumberg Family Jewish Community Services on WTVY Dothan.
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