Clergy and Staff of Temple Emanuel
Rabbi Fred Guttman
Rabbi Fred Guttman has served as the rabbi of Temple Emanuel in Greensboro,
North Carolina 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
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.
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
Last Fall, he organized an Interfaith Clergy trip to
Israel which took 23 clergy from Guilford County to Israel for learning and
fellowship and whose long term effects will hopefully be an increase of the
social capital among clergy here in Greensboro.
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.
music and plays both the guitar and keyboard. He is married to Nancy and has
three children, Ilan, Maital and Yoav, of whom he is very proud.
Rabbi Andy Koren
Rabbi Andy Koren is a native of North Miami, Florida. As a college
student at Tufts University, Rabbi Koren majored in International Relations and
focused on Middle Eastern Studies and Israeli Foreign Policy. 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. For the past 10 years,
he worked primarily with the campus Jewish community, as the Director of North Carolina Hillel and for
the past five years 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
In 2003, Rabbi Koren took his first congregational
position as the Rabbi/Director of Religious Education for Temple Emanuel in
Greensboro, North Carolina where he currently lives with his wife Michal and
their children Avishai & Shiri.