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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 Chamishi, 15 Tammuz 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.

Chai Campaign 5776

Temple Emanu-El's 5776 Chai Campaign 

is officially under way. Please give generously.

The Chai Campaign is an annual opportunity to supply the needs of our congregation, helping us meet our commitment to provide beautiful life-cycle ceremonies, outstanding Jewish education, heartfelt worship services and music, and a caring community for our members from tots to seniors.

Our Chai Campaign "Sustaining the Spirit" initiative supplies the financial resources essential to supporting Temple's ability to provide spirituality, values, and community with authenticity and meaning. Only you can make this happen—with you, everything is possible.

It's a match! We have been challenged to meet a matching gift base of $75,000 contributed by generous sustainers of our Temple. Each dollar of your donation to the Chai Campaign will be equaled by matching funds, up to our 5775 goal of $150,000. We hope to reach this goal before the High Holy Days, allowing us to enjoy Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with the security of knowing that our budgetary needs have been supplied for the coming year. Give to the Chai Campaign—provide life for our congregation and for Judaism!

Make your donation using the form below, or call (520) 327-4501 and speak to Donna Beyer, Executive Director with questions.

Upcoming Events


Jul.03.2015 5:45pm - 7:15pm


Jul.10.2015 5:45pm - 7:15pm


Jul.17.2015 5:45pm - 7:15pm


Jul.25.2015 8:00pm - 9:30pm

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.

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."

Get Connected

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:
Blessings from Curses: Balak 5775

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
July 1, 2015

This week we read the Torah portion of Balak in the Book of Numbers, which includes some of the best words an outsider ever delivered about our people. In the portion, one of just two in the entire Torah named after a non-Jew, 40 years of wandering have passed and the Israelites have finally arrived on the borders of the land of Canaan. 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 Chukat: Human Decency and Chance

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
June 26, 2015

I must begin tonight by noting that things changed quite a bit in the United States during the last two weeks while we were on summer vacation. This week we learned that the US Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, has guaranteed gays and lesbians the right to marry everywhere in America, and to have all the benefits of married status. It has been a long struggle, and today a large majority of Americans strongly approve of this course. In effect, 37 states already have gay and lesbian marriage, including Arizona, so this measure impacts only 13 more states, but it is still a momentous and long-awaited change, and we are delighted. READ MORE

Temple Times & Simcha

NewsletterThe July 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

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