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Stephanie Butler


Young girl learning to shake the lulav

There aren’t many people out there willing to uproot their entire lives to relocate to Dothan, Alabama. Although Dothan is a wonderful, modern city, just minutes from both Florida and Georgia, most people who hear about the Jewish Community Services (JCS) Relocation Project generally respond with something along the lines of “Move to rural Alabama? Are they serious?!?”

By offering relocation grants of up to $50,000 to Jewish families who move here, JCS of Dothan seeks to “build, sustain, and assure the continuity of a vibrant Jewish community” in southeast Alabama. According to the...

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heart comprised of different size and color pebbles

With the winter holidays approaching, many Jewish parents – in our community and others – face the annual task of reminding our children’s teachers that not all students celebrate Christmas. Last year, when I expressed concerns about this issue to our local school superintendent, he responded with the heart of a teacher, offering me an opportunity to highlight this issue at a specially created program this year for the school district’s administrators and representatives from numerous faith communities in our area.

I jumped at the opportunity and quickly formed a small planning...

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