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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 Rivii, 9 Sivan 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.

Upcoming Events


Jun.27.2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm

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."

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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:
Everyone Counts: Bamidbar 5775

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
May 20, 2015

This week we read the portion of Bamidbar, first in the book of Numbers, which is given its name by the census that occupies a good part of the beginning of the Torah portion. Superficially it's just a listing of names and numbers and not a very interesting text for study or inspiration. But it also teaches us a primary lesson: that every human being counts in God's eyes-and should similarly count in our eyes, as well. 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 Emor: Around the World in 85 Days

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
May 8, 2015

It is a pleasure to be back home on the bimah of Temple Emanu-El after my three-month sabbatical trip around the world. I am very grateful to the congregation, to our Board, and to our president, Bonnie Golden for the opportunity to take this time away, and to Rabbi Appel, Rabbi Seltzer, Marjorie Hochberg, Margie Kendle, and our entire staff for caring for the needs of our congregants during this period. I have been back for three weeks, but this marks the first opportunity I have had to discuss my Sabbatical from the bimah. It was amazing, but it's also a little hard to summarize briefly. READ MORE

Temple Times & Simcha

NewsletterThe May 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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