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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 Shlishi, 12 AdarI 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.

Purim 5775

 Purim Extravaganza & Carnival 5775

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

10:00 am

 Don't miss the fantastic Purim Speil: Goys and Delis on Sunday, March 8th at 10:00 am at this year's Purim Extravaganza and Carnival. Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg, and many volunteers will sing the story of Esther, Mordechai, King Ahashverosh and Haman as the story has never been sung before. The best Purim Carnival yet will follow immediately after!

Early Purchase Wristbands - good for unlimited rides and games - $15.00 each, 2 for $20, 3 for $30, etc.

Early Purchase Tickets - 5 for $1.00

Food costs between 2 and 10 tickets.

Prices go up the day of the carnival, so order your wristbands and tickets now, and we'll have them for you at the door!

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Join us for our Purim Pizza Party and Traditional Megillah Reading

on Erev Purim

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

5:45 pm Purim Pizza Party & Costume Contest

As fantastic as any parody of Purim is the real thing! Saturday, March 4th is the event itself: the Temple's Purim Pizza Party, Costume Contest and Megillah reading. We begin the evening at 5:45 pm with a Temple tradition - Pizza party and costume contest (all kids in costumes receive prizes). At 6:30 pm, with the help of myriads of Hebrew School chanters, Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg chant and read the whole Megillah.

$5 per adult, $2 per child ages 5-12, children 4 and under free!

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6:30pm Traditional Megillah Reading

(following havdallah) with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, the Youth Choir, and our Religious School Megillah chanters!

Upcoming Events


Mar.04.2015 5:45pm - 6:30pm


Mar.08.2015 10:00am - 1:00pm


Apr.04.2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm


Apr.04.2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm


Apr.12.2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm

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 talitWATCH Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon's appearance on KGUN-9 NEWS:
The Morning Blend
"Hanukkah with Temple Emanu-El and Rabbi Cohon"

December 10, 2014

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 2014Poem by Rabbi Cohon Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
from the January 8th Commemorative Service at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church

January 9, 2015

Dear Friends,

This is the poem I composed and delivered at the commemorative service last night at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church. I based it on Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai's work, which I have included below.  READ MORE


samuel cohen talitRabbi Appel 09 2014Vayishlach 5775: Ultimate Fighting Championship Over Ourselves

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

"Anything worth doing is worth doing now."
– The Lubavitcher Rebbe

On this Men's Club Shabbat, it is important to note that our society presents images of manhood that often seem a bit askew.. READ MORE

Temple Times & Simcha

NewsletterThe February 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.

Photo Gallery

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

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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Hanukkah Blessings