Temple Emanuel is a Jewish home of worship, study and gathering, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Worship Times

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Shavuot: Receiving and studying about a Justice  Ruth

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7:00-10:00 PM.  Tikkun Leil Shavuot 

Come for any or all parts of the evening! 

  • Temple Emanuel Sanctuary and Social Hall

7:00 PM Receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai and welcoming into our Sanctuary a North African Torah Scroll dating back over 200 years, donated by Tommy Thompson in memory of his beloved wife, Robbie (z”l).

7:30 PM Discussing the life and influence of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG). Led by Courtney Anthony, Kate Irwin-Smiler, and Nancy Schneider.

8:30 PM. Potluck Dairy Oneg with coffee and beer provided (after all, we need to stay up all night AND we are celebrating the barley harvest).  Click here to sign up your Dairy Oneg contribution.

9:00 PM  Moses brought the Law from Sinai and appears on the eastern pediment of the Supreme Court Building. In those hallowed halls, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has argued cases and sat to hear many, many more. Counselor David Freedman and Judge Richard Gottlieb will lead a discussion on four of her famous cases, which reflect her career as a lawyer, judge, and justice.

Torah (literally!) Notorious Lawgiver, Bader Ginsburg

Sunday, May 20, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Come for any or all parts of the day!

  • Temple Emanuel Sanctuary and Social Hall

 9:30 AM Shavuot Morning Service and Yizkor

11:30 AM Kiddush lunch

12:15 PM Shavuot Learning. From Moses to RBG: People and principles who influence our behavior. Looking at role models and the people we try to emulate.

We are encouraging all ages to attend.

Call the temple office 336-722-6640 to register or Click to register for Sunday Kiddush Lunch and/or Learning by May 17 (deadline extended)

First Friday Shabbat and Potluck Dinner

  • First Friday of Each Month  •  6:00 PM 
  • Temple Sanctuary

Called our monthly “ShabbatLuck,” we gather for an hour-long Kabbalat Shabbat (receiving the Sabbath) service and a Torah service, followed by a dairy/parve potluck dinner and Oneg.


Friday Shabbat

  • All other Fridays  •  7:30 PM
  • September through May
  • Temple Sanctuary

Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat (receiving the Sabbath) service, filled with music, prayer, a Torah service and an opportunity to celebrate creation.  The service will be followed by an Oneg, providing refreshments and another opportunity to build relationships with members, guests and visitors.

Summer Friday Shabbat

  • Every Friday (except First Friday “ShabbatLuck”)
  • Pre-service Oneg  •  5:30 PM
  • Kabbalat Shabbat  •  6:00 PM
  • June, July and August
  • Temple Sanctuary

During the summer time, we gather at 5:30 PM for a Pre-service “wine-and-cheese” Oneg, followed by Shabbat service “in the round” at 6:00 PM, with a Torah reading service.

Saturday Shabbat Worship

Shabbat morning services will be held when we have a bar or bat mitzvah or when there is a special program.  Upcoming Shabbat Morning Services at 10:00 AM in the Temple Sanctuary:

  • Saturday, May 26, 2018 – Bar Mitzvah of Ryan Thiel
  • Saturday, September 22, 2018 – Bat Mitzvah of Sasha Emmerich
  • Saturday, October 6, 2018 – Bar Mitzvah of Nolan Terlecki
  • Saturday, January 5, 2019 – Bar Mitzvah of Joel Friedman
  • Saturday, January 19, 2018 – Bat Mitzvah of Emma Peterson

Shabbat in the Woods

  • Third Saturday of the month • 4:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Location:  Bethania Black Walnut Trail

Beginning on Saturday, August 19, 2017.  We will walk, meditate, sing, pray, hear a story and mark Havdalah – outdoors in nature.  This Shabbat celebration is appropriate for all ages.

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From the rabbi

Jews set up three things when they establish a community: a cemetery, a school, and a synagogue. One is to handle the inevitable, one is to provide for the future and one is to gather. And gather is what we do. For all of the cycles of life and the holy days and moments of our communal life.

We are very proud of our Jewish history and community here in Winston-Salem. We welcome you to our website and would love to welcome you to our physical site as well if you are in search of exploring Jewish life here in the Twin City.

–Rabbi Mark Cohn

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We would love to welcome you to our congregational family. Please read more about joining Temple Emanuel, contact our membership chair, or call the temple office at (336) 722-6640.