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 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.

Summer 5776/2016: Adult Education Academy New! Summer Salons


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This summer, the Adult Education Academy sponsors three free, fun, and diverse summer salons—one in June, July, and August.

Sunday, June 26, from 9:30 - 11:30 AM, we travel to Uganda, in East Africa, to learn about its Jewish community in general and about Delicious Peace Coffee,  an interfaith cooperative of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian coffee farmers. 

Sunday, July 31, from 2 - 4 PM, Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon will be discussing Jewish Perspectives on the Presidential election. 

Sunday, August 21,  from 2 - 4 PM, Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon will lead a session on music and rabbinic literature.  We’ll listen to The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind by Osvaldo Golijov, based on the writings of Isaac the Blind (1160-1235 CE).   Golijov is a contemporary Argentinian composer.

All Summer Salons are free & open to the public! 

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Find even more summer adult Jewish learning possibilities here.

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Hot Off the Presses

"WRJ grant expands Emanu-El Gan Project" - article in the Arizona Jewish Post about the Gan Project

Emanu-El debuting ‘Hebrew@Home’ remote learning" - article in the Arizona Jewish Post about our new Kurn Religious School Program

"Downtown Shabbat: Hot music, cool venue draws more than millennials"
- article in the Arizona Jewish Post about Downtown Shabbat

"A History of the Holocaust for the Tucson Community"
 - KUAZ visits the new Holocaust History Center with Rabbi Cohon

Rabbis' Corner

samuel cohen talitWeekly Torah Talk:

Got the Blues? Talisses and Rainbows

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

June 22, 2016

When we see light it usually appears white.  As you may recall from elementary school science projects, white is a mixture of all the possible colors of light.  If you rapidly spin a wheel with a variety of colors it will appear white.  When you hold a prism up to a white light it separates into the variety of colors.  And when light reflects through water vapor in the air a rainbow appears. 

In this week’s Torah portion of Shelach Lecha we are commanded to place fringes on the corners of our clothing, tzitzit.  The fringes are mostly white, the color that includes all the colors of the rainbow.  However, one fringe is to be dyed techelet, a purplish blue. Today most Jews do not wear the thread of blue, since the precise procedure for making the dye has been lost since the destruction of the Temple, although some think it was made from the shell of a mollusk called Murex that lives off the coast of Lebanon.  Almost all tzizit remain white to this day. 

But once they had this colorful thread. Read More. 


samuel cohen talitShabbat Shelach Lecha 5776:

The Right Kind of Spies

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

June 24, 2016

The Chabad House at Harvard challenges the Harvard University oarsmen to a rowing contest. but soon discovers that the Harvard crew is recording practice times that are twice as fast as their own. So the Chabad captain sends a spy across to Harvard to find out why and how they row so fast. A few hours later the spy returns.

“Nu,” says the Chabad captain, “tell us!”

“Well,” says the spy, “They do everything the opposite of us.”

“Explain,” says the captain.

“It's simple,” says the spy, “They've got eight men rowing and one man shouting!”

This little joke has relevance for this week’s Torah portion of Shelach Lecha, for two reasons.  For the question of what makes for a good spy, and  just where you find the professional qualities necessary for doing espionage work are central to our parashah, and can teach us some important things.  And the need for more people to row, and fewer to shout, is always important in the Jewish circles… READ MORE

Temple Times

NewsletterThe June 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 Rabbi Cohon at the Tucson Vigil in Response to the Orlando Attack

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

Upcoming Events


Jul.01.2016 5:00pm - 5:45pm


Jul.01.2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm


Jul.01.2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm

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.