2016 Rodeo Shabbat Website


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Rabbi Albert T. Bilgray Memorial Lectureship
Rabbi Richard Address, D.Min
March 2–4, 2017 at the University of Arizona Hillel and Temple Emanu-El
“Health & Wellness & Judaism”
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Temple Emanu-El will be one of approximately 700 synagogues across the continent that will simultaneously open its doors to practicing and non-practicing Jews alike, so they may join together to experience and rejoice in a traditional Shabbat service and festive meal. Join us for Shabbat Across America on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5:30 pm for dinner and 7:30 pm for services.
Rodeo Shabbat Cookout Dinner will be on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm. Kosher hamburgers, veggie burgers, and sides. To sign up for dinner, click here. Men's Club Rodeo Shabbat Service will follow at 7:30 pm.


5777 Sunday Salons

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Sunday, February 19, from 2 - 4 pm 

Morgen Hartford, MSW,
Director, Alzheimer’s Association of Southern Arizona
Introduction to aging and Alzheimer’s 

All Sunday Salons are free & open to the public!

Click here! for details and let us know you're coming!

Upcoming Salons:

Sunday, March 19, from 2 - 4 pm - Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Southern Jewry

Sunday, April 16, from 2 - 4 pm - Visit to the Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center

Sunday, May 21, from 2 - 4 pm - Michael B. Schwartz, "My Development as a Jewish Artist"

Sunday, June 25, from 2 - 4 pm - Nature Photography in the Sonoran Desert - Dr. Kevan Schlamowitz




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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:

By Heart

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Can you recite the Ten Commandments by heart?

I suspect not; most of us can’t.  We usually remember, “Thou shalt not murder”—often misstated as “Thou shalt not kill”—and “Thou shalt not steal.”  Most people kind of recall that there is something in there about honoring father and mother, and not swearing. Others might get the adultery part, or perhaps even the Sabbath.  Few people remember all ten.

But whether we know them by heart or not these “Ten Statements” (the translation of the Hebrew Aseret haDibrot)  from this week’s Torah portion of Yitro are supposed to be the only words God ever spoke directly to our people.  Yet they are not really at the heart of our Judaism today.  Why not? Read More.


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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon’s Sermon Vayeitzei 5777:

For Argument’s Sake

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
December 9, 2016

The noise we have been hearing in the past few weeks about a rising tide of Anti-Semitism right here in America is disturbing.  The thing about Anti-Semitism is that just when you think it has receded from view and is no longer a serious problem in one sector of society or one nation in the world, it comes back…  and there is now increasing concern that Anti-Semitism is making strong inroads here in the United States.

The new American Jewish concern about heightened degrees of Anti-Semitism comes as a result of some of the very ugly themes of the recent presidential election campaign, particularly the focus it brought to what is called the Alt-Right movement, and the alternative—that is, fake—news that some of its elements have spawned.  There were a number of instances during the presidential campaign and its immediate aftermath of anti-Semitic chants, of reporters blasted with anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi harangues, of commercials that hinted at Nazi-era slurs about Jewish control of world finance or the media, and other disturbing incidents that we haven’t seen in America in many years.   Read More.

Temple Times

NewsletterThe February, 2017 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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