Meet Our Clergy
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 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.
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.
He loves 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.
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RABBI ANDY KOREN
Rabbi Andy Koren came to Greensboro in 2003 with his wife Michal and their children Avishai and Shiri.
As Temple Emanuel’s Assistant Rabbi and Director of Religious Education, Rabbi Koren directs many programs which have impacted a generation of our community’s youth, including a highly successful high school track where upwards of 80% of B’nai Mitzvah continue their involvement through the end of 12th grade. He has presented on this issue at URJ Biennials and is regularly consulted by congregations looking to retain meaningful teen involvement through the end of high school. He has served on the Rabbinic faculty at URJ camps (Camp Coleman from 2004-2009 and 6 Points Sports Academy from 2010-2015). He is an advocate for Jewish camping and the need for increased communal funding to get more of our youth to Jewish non-profit overnight camps as a way to keep our youth connected to their Jewish heritage.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he developed an annual work/mitzvah trip to New Orleans for high school juniors and seniors. The six trips he led to New Orleans resulted in thousands of hours of service learning for more than 125 teen volunteers, including projects such as house construction, environmental restoration, and providing meals for the hungry. This program received the Fain Award in 2011 from the Reform movement’s Commissions on Social Action.
Rabbi Koren has led numerous trips to Washington, DC over the years. He has traveled with dozens of teens to the Religious Action Center’s annual L’Taken Social Justice Seminar, bringing them to our nation’s capital to learn about public policy issues, Jewish values, and the importance of advocacy. He has been an AIPAC activist since the mid-1980s and has introduced our high school teens to Israel advocacy through AIPAC programs such as the High School Summit and the annual AIPAC Policy Conference.
Over the years, Rabbi Koren has maintained a strong connection with Israel, most recently leading a congregational trip to Israel in February 2016. His two children are alumni of the URJ’s EIE semester High School in Israel program.
Rabbi Koren has lent his voice to some of the most critical social justice and civil rights concerns of our times. He marched in the NCAAP’s Journey for Justice in the summer of 2015. He has also been the Co-chair of the Greensboro Faith Leaders’ Council (2014-present), convening monthly gatherings of leaders from across the religious spectrum to work on key issues facing our city, region, and state.
In December of 2015, he teamed up with the Islamic Center of Greensboro and NCCJ of the Triad for an evening of dialogue with Jewish and Muslim teens. This gathering took place at a critical time in our country as anti-Muslim sentiments were increasingly becoming part of the Presidential campaign.
For many years, Rabbi Koren has volunteered with the Children’s Home Society (CHS), a state-wide organization that facilitates foster care placement as well as adoptions, and offers numerous programs to strengthen families. He is currently a board member of CHS’s Greensboro Community Leadership Council.
Rabbi Koren has taught in numerous settings in Greensboro. He has been an instructor at the B’nai Shalom Day School, as well as at the American Hebrew Academy. For five years, he directed and taught classes for Greensboro’s Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. He has also taught Temple’s Adult B’nai Mitzvah Program and has blessed numerous adult learners as they have reached this important milestone in their Jewish journeys.
Rabbi Koren is a native of North Miami, Florida, a graduate of Tufts University (1988), and was ordained from HUC’s Cincinnati campus in 1993. While at HUC, he was a recipient of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. He spent his first 10 years as a Rabbi working with college students, serving as the Director of North Carolina Hillel from 1993 to 1995 and as the Rabbi for the Hillel Foundation at the University of Florida from 1998 to 2003. From 1995 through 1998, he served as Program Associate for the Wexner Foundation in Columbus, OH concentrating on Jewish leadership development as well as recruitment for the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program and the fields of Jewish professional service.
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Amy Thompson - President
Amy Epstein - President-Elect
Elisa Liss - V.P. of Programs
Kim Freedman - V.P. of Education
Paul Benson - V.P. of Operations
Robert Goldstein - Treasurer
Brian Goldberg - Secretary
Neil Belenky - Trustee
Scott Cooper - Brotherhood President
David Delman - Trustee
Terri Flam-Goldberg - Trustee
Sue Klau - Trustee
Eve Knapp - Trustee
Emily Kranz - Trustee
David Levine - Trustee
Erika Levitan-Browne - ECEC Chair
Barb Boyette - Education Chair
Erica Levy-Ringel - Sisterhood Co-President
Paul Mengert - Immediate Past President
Ron Milstein - Trustee
Jerry Plovsky - Membership Co-Chair
Barry Romberg - Trustee
Susan Ross - Sisterhood Co-President
Raffi Simel - Finance Chair
Karen Spira - Trustee
Gary Wolf - Trustee