Sanctuary Tours & Ask the Rabbi
Go on a Sanctuary Tour & Ask the Rabbi
Temple Emanuel and its sanctuary are rich in symbolism and ancient traditions. Enjoy a rabbi-led 30-minute tour to learn more about Jewish symbols and religion, and then get a chance to ask all those questions you’ve been so curious about.
What is the symbolism of twelve windows in the sanctuary?
Why is there an 18-foot stone wall on the bima (podium)?
The small light above the ark is always on. Why?
What do the gold letters mean that run around the wall at the top of the sanctuary? Why are two of the letters bigger than the others?
What are the pictures in the stained glass windows and what do they mean?
Clergy of Temple Emanuel
RABBI FRED GUTTMAN
Rabbi Fred Guttman has served as the rabbi of Temple Emanuel from 1995 to the present. From 1979 to 1991, Rabbi Guttman lived in Israel and served as the rabbi and principal of Alexander Muss High School in Israel.
In addition to his Rabbinical Ordination from Hebrew Union College in 1979, he has a Masters Degree in Hebrew Literature from Hebrew Union College and a Masters of Education from the University of North Florida. His undergraduate education was at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. In 2004, he was awarded a Doctorate of Divinity from Hebrew Union College.
He has been the chair of the Israel/Foreign Affairs subcommittee of the Commission of Social Action for Reform Judaism and has been instrumental in helping draft several significant Union for Reform Judaism resolutions, including resolutions on torture and human rights.
Locally, he is a frequent contributor to the Greensboro News and Record.
Rabbi Guttman has been involved in numerous interfaith activities. These include being a board member of the NCCJ.
In 1998, he helped organize 66 members of the Interfaith Clergy community to intervene on behalf of our children when the school boards and the local county commissioners sued each other over the school budget. Together with other clergy, behind the scenes negotiations were held which resulted in the settlement of this lawsuit, the approval of a school budget and the opening of schools in a timely fashion.
Rabbi Guttman, along with Claudette Burroughs White, of blessed memory, had the distinct honor of co-chairing Greensboro's celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Greensboro Civil Rights Sit-In movement.
He organized an Interfaith Clergy trip to Israel which took 23 clergy from Guilford County to Israel.
On November 5, 2009, Rabbi Gutman along with Rev. Mark Sills of FaithAction International, an organization which works primarily with immigrants in Guilford County, were awarded the prestigious NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award.
RABBI ANDY KOREN
Rabbi Koren majored in International Relations and focused on Middle Eastern Studies and Israeli Foreign Policy at Tufts University. He was also active in Hillel on the local, regional, and national levels. Rabbi Koren has been to Israel many times since first traveling there as a student on the Alexander Muss High School in Israel program.
In 1993 Rabbi Koren received his ordination from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. He has been the Director of North Carolina Hillel and as the Campus Rabbi for the Hillel at the University of Florida. He also spent three years in Columbus, Ohio as the Program Associate for the Wexner Foundation.
In 2003, Rabbi Koren became the Rabbi/Director of Religious Education for Temple Emanuel.