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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.
by Michele Gelman and Sheila Gold Michele Gelman is a native of New Orleans. By comparison, Sheila Gold is a relative “newcomer,” having been actively involved with her congregation for only 23 years. Despite this difference, these two women share many things: friendship, commitment to their respective synagogues, devotion to the Jewish community, and a love of pedicures. Michele: We met nearly seven years ago. We were both enrolled in a two-year leadership development program through the New Orleans Federation and a mutual friend, before we enrolled in the Federation program, invited us to dinner at the Chef’s Table at [...]
The Union for Reform Judaism is accepting donations to assist in the wake of the deadly tornado in Oklahoma. The URJ will allocate funding received to agencies on the ground that are best equipped to respond to this disaster. We’re also working closely with our congregations in the affected region to assure the safety of their congregants, their neighbors, and their structures and to determine next steps in relief work. URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs said in a statement released today, “We are numb with grief, and yet inspired by the heroic resilience of the people of Oklahoma. Our thoughts [...]
by Sharon Mann Editor’s Note: This post is the first of two about Congregation Emet VeShalom. The complementary post will appear tomorrow. Reform Judaism and religious pluralism, which are taken for granted in the United States, are not axiomatic in Israel. As a member of Emet VeShalom—a Reform congregation in Nahariya, a peripheral area of Israel eight miles from Lebanon’s border—I know maintaining a non-Orthodox congregation is fraught with challenges. At present, one major challenge facing ours is that we do not have a rabbi serving as spiritual leader of our community. Our members are facing this challenge by stepping [...]
“Camp Newman helps us feel closer to God”. This is how I opened my dialogue with our 2013 leadership staff at our annual Spring retreat. You could have imagined the response. Even some of our Rabbinic students felt uneasy about this language and its timing (opening conversation). “God” talk is scary for many of us.