Temple Emanuel, located at the corner of Hobbs and Jefferson, is a dynamic place every day of the week; however, this is especially true on Saturdays. Here we see people coming and going from Shabbat services yesterday. Additionally, the foyer was full of teenagers preparing to attend their friend's bar mitzvah. In warmer months, the fountain in the foreground is a joyful attraction for children who love to run around the perimeter.
Greensboro's dynamic Jewish community dates back to the 1890's and the burgeoning Jewish community of the early 20th century founded the Temple Emanuel congregation in 1907. Its first services were humbly held above a grocery store on South Elm Street in Downtown Greensboro. Over the next century, our Jewish community grew, built new facilities, and diverged into conservative and reformed congregations (more here). The Jefferson Road campus of Temple Emanuel, a reformed congregation, opened its doors in 2002 and currently has close to 600 families as members. Rabbi Fred Guttman has led the congregation since 1995. At 5:00 pm today, Temple Emanuel will host a festive Chanukah (Festival of Lights) Party.
If you are interested in learning more about the temple's history, their 2007 Centennial Book, entitled "Temple Emanuel Greensboro: One Hundred Years of a Unique Jewish Experience in the South" is a great place to start. To see other religious photos taken and published on Greensboro Daily Photo, over the last two years, look here.