Covid-19 Update, as of December 27, 2021.

The Temple Emanuel COVID-19 Recovery Task Force consults with immunologist Dr. Steve Mizel and other medical professionals to develop our safety measures in response to COVID-19. Please note the following: Starting January 7, 2022, we will require a one-time proof of full vaccination (this includes the booster)—either your CDC vaccination card or a photo of the card—or a negative rapid test taken on the day of the event. We have reinstated mask-wearing at all temple events, inside the Education Building and administrative offices, and at all outdoor events when children are present. At Services, we welcome an unlimited number of fully-vaccinated Temple Emanuel members and visitors, but please be aware that physical distancing is required indoors. Pre-registration for Services is no longer required. You will still be able to join us virtually on LiveStream.

Questions, please contact our office at 336-722-6640 or by email.


Lifelong Learning

Who is wise? The one who learns from everyone.Pirkei Avot: 4:1

Teaching and learning, guiding and studying: These are integral to Judaism, essential to the life of a Jew. According to our tradition, God is “HaM’lamed Torah, the One Who teaches Torah. Moses is “Rabbeinu, our teacher.”

Learning is not confined to any particular stage of life, but is an ongoing process to be pursued throughout one’s life. This is the core belief behind Lifelong Learning at Temple Emanuel. Our mission is to provide all congregants opportunities for connecting to the 3,000 year tradition of Jewish learning, exploring what it means to be a Jew in the 21st century, heightening personal spirituality and confronting the self-imposed limitations that prevent us from fully inhabiting our Jewishness. We do this through text study, art, music, films, mindfulness training, inculcating “middot, Jewish soul traits,” and through any and all stimulating learning vehicles.

Listed below are just some of the programs we have offered at Temple Emanuel over the past few years. In the year to come, we will be providing additional opportunities for learning, always with the goal of presenting in an open, respectful, and congenial atmosphere. We hope you will find something that appeals to you and that you will join your fellow explorers in the holy task of “Talmud Torah, Jewish Learning.”

Previous Programs


  • “Ilustrations of the Book of Ruth”: Rabbi Lewis Warshauer
  • The Healing Power of Music”: Art Bloom
  • “Mindfulness” and Jewish “Soul Traits (Middot)”: Institute for Jewish Spirituality
  • “iEngage: Together & Apart: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood”: The Hartmann Institute
  • “Pirkei Avot” through Movies”


  • “The Forever Letter Workshop”: Rabbi Elana Zaiman
  • “Paper Midrash”: Isaac and Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik
  • “Vaccinations”: Dr. Steve Mizel
  • “Havdalah and a Movie”: BlacKKKlansman
  • “What the Prayers Really Mean”: Dr. Joel Hoffman


Ongoing and Future Programs


  • “Adult B’Not Mitzvah
  • “Eva and Eve: Julie Metz”
  • “Exploring the Tanakh: The Megillot”
  • Temple Teachers
  • Torah Study
  • More to come?


For more information about Lifelong Learning at Temple Emanuel, please contact Lifelong Learning Committee Chair, Mike Backfield by email, or by calling (336) 624-5390



Lifelong Learning Presents: Temple Teachers with Debbie Rubin Wednesday, February 9, 2022 • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM via Zoom

Join Debbie Rubin as she shares her story about being one of the only white teachers in an all-bl...

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ECAS - Conversion Class Thursday, February 17, 2022 • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Rabbi Mark Cohn leads the class of conversion candidates. Pre-registration required.

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Lifelong Learning Presents: Temple Teachers (Speaker TBA) Wednesday, March 9, 2022 • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM via Zoom

Temple Emanuel's Lifelong Learning presents Temple Teachers, a monthly virtual event where temple...

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