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An Extraordinary Passover Experience with the Tucson culinary legend, Janos Wilder, who will take the ordinary dishes to extraordinary heights.  The dinner will take place downtown, in Janos Wilder’s The Carriage House.  Please join us if you are interested in breathing life into some of your handed-down family recipes or just want to experience a fabulous dinner during the week of Passover.  Click here to sign up today – seating is very limited! Proceeds to benefit Youth Education at Temple Emanu-El.
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Join us for our Second Night Passover Seder at Temple Emanu-El, Tuesday, April 11, 6 pm. Led by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, & Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg. Click here for more information.
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5777 Sunday Salons

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Sunday, March 26, from 2 - 4 pm 

Rabbi Batsheva Appel
Southern Jewry

All Sunday Salons are free & open to the public!

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Upcoming Salons:

Sunday, April 16, from 2 - 4 pm - Visit to the Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center

Sunday, May 21, from 2 - 4 pm - Michael B. Schwartz, "My Development as a Jewish Artist"

Sunday, June 25, from 2 - 4 pm - Nature Photography in the Sonoran Desert - Dr. Kevan Schlamowitz




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Weekly Torah Talk:

The Triumph of Hope over Experience

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Hope is a tangible, unstated presence in our Torah portion this week, Vayakhel-Pekudei, the double sedrah at the end of the Book of Exodus.  On the surface, this parashah is nothing more than a listing of how the Tabernacle in the Wilderness was constructed by our ancestors, lists of materials used, processes employed, structures and implements assembled.  So many pieces of wood or gold or skins of animals used to make this item; these artisans employed on that project; Moses asked for these materials and they were graciously donated.  And so on and so forth.

But in another sense, this is an incredibly hopeful Torah portion, a section that truly represents the triumph of hope over experience.  For in last week’s Torah portion of Ki Tisa the people of Israel dramatically failed both God and Moses: they made a Golden Calf, and worshipped it, and bowed before it, and insisted that it was their god.  Just 40 days after receiving the Ten Commandments at Sinai they forgot the Revelation and abandoned monotheism and morality and everything they had just been taught, including the Second Commandment prohibiting the worship of idols.  It was a devastating moment for Moses.  It must have been a fundamentally depressing time for God, too.  Read More.


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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon’s Sermon Mishpatim 5777:

Mishpatim & Freedom

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
February 24, 2017

The great 1960’s comedian, Alan Sherman, most famous for his song “Hello Muddah Hello Faddah”, once wrote a book about restrictions on human behavior. In it, he decided to invent a new religion, which would have only one commandment: Thou shalt not stuff 37 tennis balls down the toilet. In great excitement he went to a sign painter to create the tablet of this new covenant, and asked him to make up a huge sign with that commandment on it. But the sign painter refused.

“Friend,” he said, “I’m going to do you a big favor. I’m not going to paint your sign. Because if I paint it, the day after the sign goes up, there will be a run on sporting goods stores. Tennis balls will sell like hotcakes, and plumbers will be working round the clock. The virtuous among us will only stuff 36 tennis balls down their toilets. Normal sinners will stuff 37 tennis balls down their toilets. And the truly wicked will stuff 38 tennis balls down their toilets. Friend, we human beings are many things; but we all of us are perverse.”Read More.

Temple Times

NewsletterThe March, 2017 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.

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