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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 Rishon, 12 Shevat 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.

              Tu B'Shevat Wine Tasting Seder

Friday, January 30th, 2015 
at 5:30 pm

Temple Emanu-El celebrates the holiday of Tu B'Shevat in a unique, wonderful way with a special Tu B'Shevat Wine Tasting Seder and Dinner led by Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Friday, January 30th at 5:30 pm. This year's celebration includes songs, stories, and a wonderful assortment of fine Kosher wines, delicious fruits and nuts, and a delightful Shabbat dinner. Prepaid reservations are required for the Seder ($25 per person for members, $29 for nonmembers).

Register now!

Number of Members
($25 each)

Number of Non-Members
($29 each)

Free childcare available, registration required.

After the seder, join us for the

Gertrude, Fred & Bernard Rosen Sabbath of Song

7:30 pm Shabbat Shirah Service

Celebrating the History of Jewish Music

We celebrate Tu B'Shevat on Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Song. The Song of the Sea, chanted by the Israelites as they escaped the Egyptians after crossing the Red Sea, is chanted this Shabbat. Our 7:30 pm Shabbat service – the fourth annual Gertrude, Fred and Bernard Rosen Sabbath of Song – celebrates Jewish music. Our service will celebrate the rich history of Jewish music from around the world. With Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg, and the Temple Emanu-El Adult Choir under the direction of Chris Tackett, it is not to be missed. The service is open to all at no charge.

Upcoming Events


Feb.05.2015 - Feb.07.2015


Feb.05.2015 7:00pm - 8:30pm


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


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


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

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


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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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