Down Home: Jewish Life in Greensboro, North Carolina


April 3 – September 18, 2011

Greensboro is an ordinary place resounding with extraordinary voices.

Hear from Jewish people who have called Greensboro home since childhood.

Hear from newcomers who now call Greensboro, down home.

Here you will meet people holding tight to traditions of faith, family, community and learning. You will also see visions for change.

Our friends, our neighbors, our relatives.

Hear their legacies. Imagine our future.

Down Home Exhibition

Select Timeline of Jewish History in Greensboro, North Carolina

  • 1852 Mr. Einstein opens a clothing store
  • 1895-99 Cone and Sternberger brothers launch textile mills
  • 1907 Temple Emanuel founded
  • 1910 Hebrew Cemetery established
  • 1917 Laura Weill Cone first woman on school board
  • 1940 Greensboro Jewish Federation created
  • 1944 Beth David Synagogue founded
  • 1949 Benjamin Cone becomes mayor
  • 1961 Sheldon Morgenstern founds Eastern Music Festival
  • 1964 Greensboro Public Library designed by Edward Loewenstein
  • 1970 B’Nai Shalom Day School established
  • 1991 Jewish Family Services founded
  • 1996 Jewish Foundation of Greensboro established
  • 1998 Jewish Studies Program created at UNCG
  • 2001 American Hebrew Academy opens
  • 2007 First Greensboro Jewish Festival