Covid-19 Update, as of March 9, 2022.

Masks are now optional for services and events in the Sanctuary Building, but are still required in the Education Building (Office, Preschool, Religious School). Please visit the COVID-19 Resources page for the latest COVID guidelines for Temple Emanuel.

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

Spring Events 2022

Temple Emanuel 2022/5782 Spring Events

Spring is finally here, and with it come holidays and events galore! Join us as we celebrate Passover, the Omer, Shavuot, and everything in between. We will also be celebrating Rabbi Mark Cohn’s 20 years of service here at Temple Emanuel as we say goodbye to him in June. There’s something for everyone here at Temple Emanuel!

RSVP Links will be posted as they become available. Please contact the office for more information, or if you have any questions.

*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, events are subject to change. Be sure to check the weekly Staying Connected email for any announcements.

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Count the Omer with Homer!

Movies with a Side of Torah

Click here to view the flyer.

Saturdays, May 7, 14; June 4, during Shabbat Morning Moadon (10 AM – 11:30 AM)
It is customary on the Shabbatot of the Omer (between Pesach and Shavuot) to study from the Pirkei Avot (ethical teachings of the Rabbis of Old). We will spend the morning looking at selections from a designated film in light of relevant teachings from the Pirkei Avot. Taught by Rabbi Mark Cohn, and Renata Jackson, Professor of Cinema Studies at UNCSA. On May 7, there will be a special teaching by artist Naomi Greenberg.
Films will include: To Kill a Mockingbird (4/23), Golda (4/30), Chariots of Fire (5/14), and The Ten Commandments (6/4).

Friday, May 20

7 PM—Musical Shabbat & Celebration of Rabbi Mark Cohn
Come share in a Shabbat service honoring Rabbi Mark. We will be joined by special guest musician Yoel Sykes (of Nava Tehila fame) and TE’s very own Levitical Choir as we look back on the last twenty years of our temple’s history and how Rabbi Mark has shaped so much of it. A special oneg will follow. RSVP Here.

Saturday, May 21

5 – 8 PM —We will celebrate Rabbi Mark Cohn with a dinner and “Family Southern Hoedown” at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons. Come on down for Havdalah, games, and a dinner for the whole family! RSVP Here.

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Paper Midrash Residency at Temple Emanuel

We celebrate God’s giving us Torah and our receiving these holy words, with study during Leil Tikkun Shavuot.

Saturday, June 4

6:00 PM Bring Your Own Dairy Dinner & Dessert
7:00 PM Havdalah, Welcome Shavuot
7:15 PM “Revelation and the Hero Code” – led by Isaac and Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik of Paper Midrash
8:15 PM “Torah Study with Knives” (30 people maximum, high school age and older). RSVP is Required. RSVP Here


Sunday, June 5

10:00 AM Shavuot Morning Service with Yizkor, reading the Ten Commandments from the Tablets.
11:00 AM Bagels & Nosh — RSVP is required. Register here.
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM It’ll be a BANNER day. Creating three “Fingerprint Mosaic” banners with Paper Midrash. During this intergenerational program, individuals and families are invited to do as much (or as little) as they like – all materials included – we just need YOU! This is a formatted as a “drop-in” experience.


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Temple Emanuel is proud to offer a wide variety of small groups this Spring. Groups marked with an asterisk are proposed groups that will need to meet its minimum number of registrants before scheduling can happen. If you would like to lead a small group, or if you have any questions, please contact our Engagement Coordinator or call the office at (336) 722-6640.

Current Small Groups:

  • TE Plays Bridge with Margot Lobree — Mondays at 2 PM in the Social Hall, or at Margot’s house (depending on number of players). Experienced players only, please.
  • Women Supporting Women with Barbara Lipton — One Thursday night per month at 7PM, at the temple or Barbara’s house.
    The TE WSW (Women Supporting Women) group is a fun group of active women who are either going through a transition in their life or are looking for a connection to other women. If you are experiencing a life change (birth, death, retirement, empty nest, divorce, new job), are new to Winston-Salem and TE, or are simply looking for the support and camaraderie of other women as you navigate life….join us! WSW will meet monthly with an interesting and varied 1 hour program followed by social interaction (lunch, coffee, cocktails)! All TE Covid protocols will be followed. On and off campus locations will be utilized.
  • TE Plays Mah Jongg — Currently online but looking for in-person opportunities. If you are interested in hosting a “How to Play”/beginners class, please let us know.

Sign Up Here

New Small Groups:

  • Hiking with Karen Bruestle-Wallace
    Come join our outdoor group for local and semi-local moderate intensity hikes, and other outdoor activities. We will gather on weekend mornings, some Saturdays and Sundays as long as the weather cooperates. Spend a relaxing Saturday Shabbat or Sunday morning socializing and bonding with other TE members. Frequency will be 1-2 times per month depending on the weather and group availability, at trails and parks around the Winston-Salem area.
  • Pickleball with Vivian Smith
    Pickleball is a fun game that is a combination between tennis and wiffle ball that is becoming very popular because it is easy to learn and play. Think of slow motion tennis where a wiffle ball is used to slow down the experience of tennis!
  • Empty Nesters with Lori Baydush and Katherine Mahler
    Have you recently found yourselves with fewer people in your home? Maybe you need some new adventures to fill your time? Come join our Empty Nesters group for friendship, group dinners, community outings, holiday celebrations and many more ways to fill the voids. Couples and singles welcome.
  • Photography with Lindsey Lobree — Second Sunday of each month at 7 PM.
    We are congregants of Temple Emanuel, Winston-Salem, NC interested in photography. The purpose of the group is to share photographic images and learn from each other’s techniques and visual perspectives. We will take a subject from a current portion of the Torah as our subject as a springboard to create the photograph we intend to share with the group. This group is not intended to be a formal judging or critiquing of each other’s photographs but more to appreciate each others imagination regarding Jewish themes. We will be meeting in person, following Covid guidelines.

Sign Up Here

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Monday, April 18

7:30 PM—Temple Emanuel Teachers: “Rabbi Dr. Andrew Ettin on the Song of Songs (A Passover Tradition)” Watch Archived Stream on YouTube.
In addition to the Megillat Esther, there are four other megillot (scrolls) that are read on various holidays. On Passover, we read Shir HaShirim, The Song of Songs. What is Shir HaShirim? Why was this book of love poetry included in the Hebrew Bible? Why is it read at Passover? How has the Jewish tradition read this book? How have modern readers interpreted it? Why should we read it now? Join Rabbi Dr. Andrew Ettin, Emeritus Professor of English and Professor of the Study of Religions at WFU, Rabbi of Temple Israel in Salisbury and formerly at Temple Emanuel, as he explores these and many other topics. This is the perfect opportunity to discover a piece of our literary tradition that deserves to be better known in our community.

Friday, April 22

10 AM—Last Day of Passover Morning Service with Yizkor, including artwork from the David Moss Haggadah. Click here to watch the archived stream.

Wednesday, April 27

Yom HaShoah v’HaG’veurah Service and Program. Watch the archived recording here. Service starts 11 minutes in, music starts 38 minutes in.
7 PM—Service in remembrance of the Shoah victims and those who served in the Resistance.
7:30 PM—Musical presentation with Jason and Karon McKinney, accompanied by professional local musicians.
We ask that you donate to the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, in memory of Guy Blynn (z”l), temple member and Holocaust educator.

Thursday, April 28

7 PM—Tribute to Rabbi Mark Cohn with Mike Backfield and Bobby Stern, in-person in the Lamed Center
Join us for a presentation of a special tribute video to Rabbi Mark from the B’nei Mitzvah students who studied under him. Mike Backfield and Bobby Stern will present the video to Rabbi Mark and say a few words about the Rabbi as well.
View the video here.

Saturday, April 30

6:30 PM—TEMPLE EMANUEL FUNDRAISING PRESENTS: Dinner & a Movie Night, Featuring Shrek.
In-person at Black Diamond Farm (4235 Spainhour Mill Road, Tobaccoville, NC). RSVP Here.
Come on down to Black Diamond Farm for hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, followed by a screening of everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek! Tickets are $40 per adult at $15 per child (12 and under). All proceeds go to Temple Emanuel. Sponsored by Hilary and Daryl Kosloske.

Friday, May 13

6 PM—Celebration of Education Shabbat
Join us as we celebrate our teachers, educators, and faculty with a special Shabbat service. We will welcome the Sabbath Bride with song, prayer, and Torah. View the archived recording here.

Sunday, May 15

9 AM – 12 PM—Religious School End-of-Year Celebration and Sisterhood Bingo. Ask yourself: when was the last time you played bingo? Sisterhood wants to help you scratch that itch! Join Religious School families and the rest of our Jewish community as we celebrate the end of the school year with a Family Bingo Bonanza! $2 gets you a reusable bingo card for the event, with pizza and prizes for all! Religious School families do not need to pay to play. RSVP here.


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