Greensboro, located at the state’s center, has an active Jewish community with two flourishing congregations and a day school. In 1895 Ceasar and Moses Cone opened their first mill, creating a textile empire. The prominence of Jewish industrialists, along with the city’s Quaker heritage, has made the city especially welcoming for Jews. Nearby High Point, famous for its furniture industry, has supported its own community. Greensboro was put on the global Jewish map in 2001 with the opening of the American Hebrew Academy, the world’s first “Jewish pluralistic college prep boarding school.”

The American Hebrew Academy is the only international Jewish college prep boarding school in the world. Its students have come from 31 states and 38 countries. Coeducational and religiously pluralistic, the students are reform, conservative, orthodox, and everything in between. The 100 acre campus features innovative architecture by Aaron Green, a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Institute of Southern Jewish Life highlights the diversity of Greensboro’s Jewish community. Jews appeared in antebellum days, but the Jewish community grew with industrialization led by the Cones, Sternbergers, and Benjamins. The Greensboro Hebrew Congregation, founded in 1907, housed both Reform and Orthodox services until 1944 when Conservative Beth David formed.

For a community its size, Greensboro Jewry is especially active with diverse programming for Jews of all ages. GJF sponsors The Triad Jewish Film FestivalGesher GreensboroJ Triad Young AdultsPJ Library and more. Its building houses both Federation offices and Jewish Family Services.