Congregation Emanuel is a warm synagogue family devoted to lifelong learning, meaningful prayer, and acts of loving kindness. As an egalitarian and inclusive Conservative Jewish congregation, we help each person connect with the beauty of our tradition as it evolves. Inspired by the diversity of our paths, we stand with one another in times of joy and sadness as we build a sacred community of caring.
Congregation Emanuel is located in Statesville, North Carolina, nestled in the heart of the North Carolina Piedmont. The Congregation was established in 1883. We are affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, through Temple Israel in Charlotte, NC. We have a small but active congregation that welcomes all visitors with Jewish hospitality and a warm Southern flair.
As our most recent Legacy Heritage Fund Rabbinic Fellow, Dahlia Bernstein has reminded us,
Hillel, the sage taught: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?” ~ Pirkei Avot 1:14
"Every day we balance self care and the care we give others, our children, parents, friends, and community members. Sometimes it feels like there are not enough hours in the day to be both for ourselves and others, but Hillel the sage tells us that each is a must. How do we balance the two? The answer lies in the last saying. It seems tangential but Hillel urges us to act now, and be proactive, telling us that we can be for ourselves and for others all at the same time.
I believe in a tradition that gives us a blueprint for how we can simultaneously be for ourselves and for others. It tells us to do so in communal prayer, Torah study, shared meals, and in acts of repairing the world. It happens when we celebrate each other’s simchas (happy occasions), and when we mourn each other’s losses. My mother always says: “sorrows shared are halved, joys shared are doubled.” We live in community because it gives us the opportunity to nourish our own souls while we nourish the souls of our neighbors."
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