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A Reform Jewish Community for all of Tucson
225 North Country Club • Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 327-4501 • Fax: (520) 327-4504
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Yom Shabbat, 16 Av 5775

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Welcome to Temple Emanu-El!

Our synagogue is an exciting and extraordinarily active place of prayer, study, creativity, and social justice. We are a warm and caring community, and we'd love to help you become a part of our congregational family.

Temple Emanu-El is many things for our congregants: a holy place to worship God, a center to learn about and experience our amazingly rich Jewish tradition, a comfortable location to meet and make friends, a working center of living Judaism. It is also a place of creative exploration, where we can seek that which moves and excites us religiously and intellectually.

At Temple Emanu-El, we honor the tradition of lifelong learning, from our NAEYC-accredited award-winning Olga and Bob Strauss Center for Early Childhood Education, to the Sam and Jane Kurn Religious School, to our outstanding award-winning Adult Education Academy. We offer a wide variety of worship services, music and spiritual experiences. Our congregants are engaged in living Judaism through meaningful social action, community outreach, at the annual congregational retreat, active Women of Reform Judaism and Men's Club auxiliaries, innovative programming and a wide variety of social events. Temple Emanu-El was the first synagogue in Arizona, and we remain energetic pioneers of Jewish life in Arizona.

Interested in becoming a member of our family?  Click here for membership information.

Monsoon Membership Madness

Monsoon Membership Madness
 Kickoff Cookout - Friday, July 31st 

Wine & Cheese Pre-Oneg 5:00 pm
Chadonnay Shabbat Services 5:45 pm
BBQ Cookout 7:15 pm

We invite you to bring a non-member, too!

Kosher hot dogs, hamburgers, veggies burgers, and sides
RSVP by Wednesday, July 29th by calling the Temple office at 327-4501

FREE for all


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Upcoming Events


Aug.02.2015 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Aug.09.2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Aug.16.2015 9:00am - 12:00pm


Sep.05.2015 7:30pm - 10:30pm

Live Streaming

Every service held in the Rubin Family Sanctuary is now streamed live! Click here to join a stream in progress, see our schedule of broadcasts, or view a previously recorded service.

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon's Sabbatical Blog

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon's Sabbatical journey has begun! Click here to follow his adventures and learnings on his travel blog, "The Holiest Places on Earth."

Get Connected

Hot Off the Presses

SAMUEL COHEN TALITREAD Samuel M. Cohon's featured article based on his Sabbatical travel blog in the Arizona Daily Star:
"Finding Sacred Meaning on Easter Island"
March 31, 2015

Rabbi Appel 09 2014WATCH Rabbi Batsheva Appel's appearance on 
The Morning Blend
"Passover with Temple Emanu-El and Rabbi Appel"
March 31, 2015

And CLICK HERE to see the recipe for Caramel Matzo Cruch, as demonstrated.

Ahavah with BonnieAn Arizona Congregation Forms a New Kind of "Israel Bonds"

by Bonnie J. Golden

August 31, 2014

... Our rabbi arranged for us to visit five of the 43 Israeli Reform congregations, allowing us to create congregational bonds with progressive synagogoues in Israel.  READ MORE


Rabbis' Corner

samuel cohen talitRabbi Appel 09 2014Weekly Torah Talk:
Listen in Order to Love: Va'etchanan 5775

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
July 29, 2015

You are all familiar with the most important text in this week’s Torah portion of Va’etchanan. It might be the very first Hebrew words you ever learned: Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad – Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One. READ MORE

Tribute for Dr. Steve and Ruth Dickstein

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

May 16, 2015

My friends, it is a special honor to speak about the manifold contributions that Dr. Steve and Ruth Dickstein have made to Temple Emanu-El, and to our entire community. Just listing their many, many programs, projects, and great works requires a good deal of time.

But in order to do this properly, to acknowledge the remarkable depth and breadth of their giving to our historic temple and to this community, it is necessary to understand the true nature of avodah, of sacred service.  READ MORE


samuel cohen talitRabbi Appel 09 2014Shabbat Devarim: Unity Lessons from the History Fast

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
July 24, 2015

This Shabbat marks an interesting day on the Jewish calendar. It actually falls on the 9th of Av, the fast day of Tisha B’Av, which remembers the destruction of both the First Temple by the Babylonians nearly 2600 years ago, and that of the Second Temple by the Romans 1945 years ago, as well as the burning of Jerusalem and the end of the independent Jewish state both times. READ MORE

Temple Times & Simcha

NewsletterThe July issue of the Temple Times is now available!  Read more about what's going on in our synagogue and community. Read about us... upcoming events and this month's happenings.

Media Gallery

gallery Take a look at different events, occasions, and ‘happenings’ here at our synagogue. Our Hannukah celebrations, Tikkun Olam, simchas and special occasions!

WATCH A Tribute Video for Dr. Steve and Ruth Dickstein from our Celebratory Evening & Dinner Event honoring their contributions to our community on May 16, 2015.

Strauss ECE

Hands-2007iThe Strauss ECE invites you to check out their brand new website!  CLICK HERE

Our Blogs


Read about our community, e-learning, and words from our Rabbis. Interactive commentary that lets you read and be part of a discussion.
Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon's Blog
Rabbi Batsheva Appel's Blog
Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg's Blog
Congregational Conversations

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