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The Greatest Hanukkah on Earth! XVIII
Shine All Night
December 11, 2016 4:30 pm
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Join us for the lighting of the Millstone Hanukkah
Menorah on Country Club Road every night of
Hanukkah at 5:30 pm,
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"Taste of Judaism on the Morning Blend" - Rabbi Cohon on the Morning Blend

"AFP Southern Arizona Chapter Youth in Philanthropy: Seventh Grade Success Story" - Article about 7th grade philanthropy project 

"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

"A New Worship: Armon Bizman" - article in the Tucson Weekly about Downtown Shabbat

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Weekly Torah Talk:

Troubled Family, Great Destiny

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

The story of the twins, Jacob and Esau, begins in utero.  Rivals from before birth, wrestling in their mother Rebecca’s womb, the red-haired outdoorsman Esau and his grasping, domestically inclined younger brother Jacob spend our portion of Toldot vying for their father’s and mother’s love and attention.  Each is partly successful, and each partly fails.  That sibling rivalry shaped the course of our people’s early history, but it also can teach us something about ourselves.

First, a word about words: Toldot is rich in real-life details told in spectacularly perfect writing.  Rebecca, pregnant with the two boys wrestling inside her, tells God, “If it’s like this, why am I alive?” prefiguring the words every pregnant mom thinks (or says!) at some point. Esau is hairy and rough at birth, Jacob is smooth, born holding fast to Esau’s heel.  Esau, famished from a long hunt, trades his birthright for a bowl of stew and then “ate, drank, stood up, left, and disdained,” the series of active verbs delineating his turbulent, thoughtless character.  Jacob, smooth-faced and smooth-talking lawyer that he is, audibly calculates the coming consequences of each action. Read More.


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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon’s Sermon Noach 5777:

The Social Covenant

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
November 4, 2016

It is so remarkably appropriate that it rained, hard, this week, because of course on this Shabbat we are reading the greatest rain story of all time, the tale of Noah, the truly ancient mariner, when it poured for forty days and forty nights and the world was inundated with water.  Sometimes the Torah syncs up so beautifully with the natural world around us… although in the Sonoran Desert it takes more than a single hard rain to create a flood, or even a steady flow in the Rillito River.  I should note that it also rained quite a bit the night of Simchat Torah ten days ago, just after we had offered the prayer for rain, the t’filat geshem, during Shemini Atzeret services that morning.  Apparently, we are very good at directing divine intervention here at Temple Emanu-El, at least of the meteorological sort.   Read More.

Temple Times

NewsletterThe November 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

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