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Our Monsoon Membership Madness campaign is flashing into action!  The Temple has fun, dynamic, and engaging events that appeal to every age, and everyone is invited to join our warm, caring Temple family. 

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Support the Kurn Religious School by purchasing local honey for Rosh Hashanah here! Join us Friday, August 5th for our Tot Kabbalat Sefer Shabbat dinner and service. Dinner is free with reservation. Click here. to learn more


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Summer 5776/2016: New This Summer! Adult Education Academy - 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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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

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Weekly Torah Talk:

Magical Sticks and God’s Will

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

July 27th, 2016

Turkey has been all over the news the last two weeks with its abortive coup, and President Erdogan retaining power.  It reminded me of an unusual experience I had a few years back in Turkey.

On a visit to Istanbul, we visited Topkapi Palace, the center of power for the mighty Ottoman Empire from 1450 to the 1800’s, 400 years in which they dominated a huge portion of the globe.  I had not been in Istanbul in many years, and they had built a new section of the large museum within Topkapi’s ancient walls called The Chamber of Sacred Relics.

While Topkapi Palace is literally filled with rooms and objects of great historical and religious importance, carefully curated with dates and sources, this particular area is actually put together by a Muslim religious agency and it includes what can only be called a collection of pious forgeries and frauds.  As tourists shuffle past the elegantly lit displays arrayed behind thick bulletproof glass, they learn that they are viewing the cooking pot of Abraham, the turban of Joseph, Aaron the High Priest’s breastplate, King David’s armor, and Mohammed’s sword and tooth, plus a hair from his beard.  I think they might also have had a footprint of Noah’s in preserved rock.  In imitation of the medieval Christian veneration of fake religious objects in ornate reliquaries, each of these pseudo-relics is reverently presented with an appropriate Biblical verse from the Tanakh or New Testament or Koran, and each is treated as though it were the Hope Diamond or a Sultan’s bejeweled coronation robe.  Read more.


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Terrorism Always Fails

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

July 22, 2016

This has been a busy three weeks in the news, domestically and abroad, and in the course of it my wife Wendy and I went on vacation to France.  We did this only partly to escape the bombastic noise of the US presidential election.  In any case, we were in Paris for Bastille Day, the French national holiday, and on the morning of July 14th the newspaper headlines highlighted a scandal involving French President Francoise Hollande.  He is accused of employing a hairdresser to cut and style his hair at the cost to the French treasury of over 9,000 euros a month, roughly $10,000, as much as a cabinet minister makes.  Hollande is a Socialist, who became president in part by claiming he would make the job more normal and less imperial.  Apparently his hair was not covered by that campaign promise.  This he has in common with other leading world figures, I believe.

By the end of the night the news cycle had changed dramatically.  We went to see the fireworks show at the Eiffel Tower celebrating Bastille Day, and it was a great show indeed, wonderful pinwheels of fire and color all up and down the famous landmark, carefully coordinated with thematic music.  There were many thousands of thrilled spectators, mostly French, and large numbers of heavily armed French troops and police controlling the area.  But when we returned to our hotel room we learned of the horrific attack on the Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, the murder of 84 people, including many children, with over 200 more innocent people wounded.  And shortly after the events, and a bit after midnight in Paris, there was Francoise Holland on the TV news in a suit, speaking movingly about how terrorism would not defeat France, "France is afflicted, but she is strong, and she will always be stronger than the fanatics who want to strike her today," and emphasizing that Bastille Day celebrated France’s dedication to liberty and freedom.

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Temple Times

NewsletterThe August 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.

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

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