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.


Tikkun Leil Shavu'ot

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and Rabbi Batsheva Appel lead our Tikkun Leil Shavu'ot Service, "All-Night" Study Session and Cheesecake Bake-Off, Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 8:00 to 11:00 pm.

Our evening begins with short, music-filled Shavu'ot Festival Services in the Rubin Family Sanctuary. Following services, our Tikkun Leil Shavuot begins. According to the Torah, the revelation of the Torah at Sinai was accompanied by shofar blasts, earthquakes and thunder; at the Temple all will share in an explosion of insights as Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and Rabbi Batsheva Appel explore the Hebrew scriptures with a combination of Talmudic, modern rabbinic and mystical commentaries. We'll study all night (well, until about 11 pm), all the while enjoying spectacular dairy desserts.

This year's study session topic is "Glimpses of God: The Poetics of Sinai."

There is no charge for Tikkun Leil Shavu'ot, but all are requested to bring a cheesecake or other dairy dessert. Please call the office at (520) 327-4501 to let us know what you're bringing.

Shavu'ot Morning and Yizkor Service

Shavu'ot Morning and Yizkor Service is led by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg in the Schlanger Chapel. This service includes the morning liturgy with special psalms, the Yizkor service, and the reading of the Book of Ruth. The Shavu'ot morning and Yizkor Service is Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 9:30 am.

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Hot Off the Presses

"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

"Hashtag outreach: JFSA council gets update on attracting millenials"
- AZ Jewish Post article about Downtown Shabbat - Listen to Armon Bizman at the same meeting on 3/29/2016

Rabbis' Corner

samuel cohen talitWeekly Torah Talk:

Taking Sinai With Us

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

May 17, 2016

This week’s portion of Behar, the next to last in the Book of Leviticus, begins with the statement that “God spoke to Moses at Mt. Sinai saying”, a seemingly unambiguous phrase. These rules of holiness and personal conduct must have been commanded at Mt. Sinai.
Yet earlier in Leviticus it is clear that God has given most of these commandments not at Mt. Sinai itself, but in the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, the Ohel Mo’eid, the Tent of Meeting, as the people wander in the desert, after we have left Mt. Sinai and begun our journey to the Promised Land. As Behar begins the Israelites don’t actually seem to still be at Mt. Sinai at all.

What gives? Why say these laws were given at Mt. Sinai when they clearly weren’t? Read More. 


samuel cohen talitShabbat Behar: Who Goes to Shul Anymore?

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
May 20, 2016

A friend of mine asked me recently, “Does anyone go to services Friday night anymore?”  It was an innocent question, reflecting the fact that he doesn’t go to services on Friday night, of course.  But it highlights a cultural change in American Jewry over the last forty years. 

Today there is a sort of consensus opinion in the American Jewish community that Reform and Conservative Jews simply don’t go to synagogue on Shabbat any more.  I am here to tell you that while there is a kernel of truth in that assumption, it is not actually true.  The week my friend asked that question we had three different Friday night services, Shabbat Rocks! in the sanctuary with Avanim, the Chapel service with Adult Choir, and Downtown Shabbat with Armon Bizman at the Jewish History Museum, the Old Stone Avenue Temple, our original home.  There were 140 people at Shabbat Rocks!, 35 in the chapel service, and a full house of 65 downtown.  All three were filled with active, engaged, Jews energetically enjoying Shabbat READ MORE

Temple Times

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.

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 A Tribute Video for Dr. Steve and Ruth Dickstein from our Celebratory Evening & Dinner Event honoring their contributions to our community on May 16, 2015.

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


Jun.03.2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm


Jun.03.2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm


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.