“Our goals are tied directly to those elaborated on by the Rabbis so many years ago in Pirkei Avot, “The world stands on three things:  Torah, worship, and deeds of loving-kindness”



January – February 2016 Tevet – Shevat – Adar I 5776


Interfaith Weekend Friday, January 15 – Monday, January 18

In the spirit of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the days of January 15-18 will be filled with opportunities for our Temple Emanuel community to gather in deep connection with people of many faiths. Join us for any or all of the following events:

Friday, January 15

1:00 p.m. Friday Afternoon Worship at the Community Mosque with Imam Khalid Griggs 7:30 p.m. Social Action Shabbat: Kabbalat Shabbat Service with readings from our Social Action Committee and inspiration from Bishop Todd Fulton and the Mt. Moriah Outreach Center choir

Sunday, January 17 at Green Street United Methodist Church

9:30 a.m. Combined learning with our Religious School and children from Green Street 11:00 a.m. Worship with discussion led by Reverend Kelly Carpenter, Imam Khalid Griggs, Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn

Monday, January 18

10:30 a.m. Martin Luther King, Jr. Walk Benton Convention Center

7:00 p.m. Community Service remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.


A little teaching and an appeal from Rabbi Mark
Did you know that only Orthodox synagogues are funded by the State of Israel?

The following quote comes from the website of a wonderful Reform Synagogue just outside Jerusalem. In the town of Mevasseret Tziyyon sits “Kamatz” a synagogue we have visited on Temple Emanuel trips to Israel from the time they met in a junior high school to their finished building that overlooks the Holy City. In order to highlight a different community each week as I near my Ride4Reform in Israel, I share with you a different, though familiar for us, vision of Israel:

“A Reform Jewish presence is crucial for the future of Israel. Between a fully secular Israel completely detached from its religious roots and values, and an uncompromising Halachic state, lies a middle ground, a third way- an Israel rooted in the prophetic Jewish values of social justice, equal rights, compassion, pluralism and tolerance. This is our Jewish and Zionist vision. Our egalitarian, upbeat and joyous services create the sacred moments necessary to balance the tensions inherent in Israeli life and offer you, our friends and partners from around the world, a home away from home whenever you are visiting Israel.”

My bike ride will help congregations like Kamatz and many others throughout Israel. Won’t you join me?

CLICK To support Kamatz and/or learn more about their community

To support my ride by donating to my goal (all funds will go directly to the Israel Movement

We are roughly 270 families …


… which adds up to about 600 people who have committed themselves to assuring a Jewish place in our fine city of Winston-Salem. We are identifiably connected with the Reform Jewish movement of North America (http://www.urj.org/) but as the sole synagogue in Winston-Salem, we stretch to fill a myriad of faith and community needs. Our services are filled with music, teaching, and invited participation.
All ages are always welcome and we look forward to worshiping together.

Temple Emanuel
201 Oakwood Dr
Winston Salem, NC 27103
(336) 722-6640