The Social Action Committee

The Social Action Committee addresses issues that have a social, political, environmental or religious impact on us as Jews and citizens of the community.  In keeping with URJ resolutions and guidelines, the committee works to provide opportunities for Temple members of all ages and abilities to work toward making a positive difference locally and fulfilling our mission of Tikkun Olam, repairing and healing the world.

To become involved or for more information on the committee or any of our projects, please contact committee chair Terri Goldberg at [email protected] or Brenda Henley in the Temple office, [email protected].

REsolution on Immigration  

This past year, a subcommittee of the Social Action Committee spearheaded a drive to bring attention to issues on immigration. 

For many Jews, the Passover story communicates the essence of Jewish identity: it is the Jewish people's responsibility to love and care for strangers, as we too were once strangers in the land of Egypt.  Over the centuries, the face of the stranger has changed, while our responsibility to care for those living in the shadows has not.  In Greensboro in 2017, we might identify the immigrants living in our midst--and especially undocumented immigrants--as those most in need of our support and care.  In the spirit of this Jewish teaching, we offer you this Resolution, which was approved by the Board of Trustees on August 14, 2017.  

Please see the Resolution for the ways that our Temple intends to support our immigrant neighbors.  In response to a question we have received from a few members, we would like to clarify that we are not planning to house families at Temple through the practice called 'sanctuary.'  We plan, however, to help in many other ways.  We welcome your support and participation.  Please contact Karen Spira at [email protected] if you would like to get involved.

Click here to read our resolution in immigration.


Bags containing non-perishable food & other necessities that can be kept in your car and given to people on the streets are now available for purchase in the Temple office during the week and during religious school on Sundays.  A minimum donation of $3 per bag covers the cost of making them.


North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light recently published an article about Temple Emanuel's Solar Panels.  Read it here

If you're interested in being part of Teva's goal of environmental sustainability, contact chair Terri Goldberg, [email protected]


The Out of the Garden Project is a 501c(3) which provides food to students in need and their families at 31 Guilford County Schools.  They are in need of the following items:

  • canned chicken or tuna
  • canned vegetables
  • soups
  • cereal
  • oatmeal
  • peanut butter
  • crackers
  • granola/fruit/healthy bars
  • rice
  • snack items for children

Donations can be left in the blue food collection bin outside of the office.


Food Collection - Place food donations in the blue collection box outside of the office.  Food is given to Greensboro Urban Ministry, WE Shelter, and the Out of the Garden Project. 

Mitzvah Garden - Food from the corners of our fields goes to feed the hungry in Greensboro.  Volunteers of all ages can help plant, weed, water & harvest.  Contact Malinda Coleman at [email protected] for more information or to volunteer. 

Mitzvah Crib - Donate your gently used books, toys & childrens' clothes to local families in need. 

Refugee Support Team - Sign up to help acclimate a new refugee family.  Training will be provided, and the hours are flexible.  (This is a non-financial commitment) 

Hot Dish & Hope - Join us at First Presbyterian on the third Thursday and fifth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 to serve a hot meal to the hungry.  RSVPs to Kevin Thurm at [email protected] are encouraged.


Tzedakah given to the Temple's Social Action Fund

supports these and other projects of the Social Action Committee.  To make a donation, contact Brenda Henley at 292-7899 or mail a check to Temple Emanuel, 1129 Jefferson Road, Greensboro NC 27410 with "Social Action Fund" on the memo line.