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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 Shishi, 18 Nisan 5774

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Welcome to Temple Emanu-El!

Our synagogue is an exciting and extraordinarily active place, and we pride ourselves on being a warm and caring community. 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, starting from our NAEYC-accredited award-winning Olga and Bob Strauss Center for Early Childhood Education, to the Sam and Jane Kurn Religious School, and our outstanding Adult Education Academy. We offer a wide variety of worship services, music and spiritual experiences. Our congregants are engaged in living Judaism at the annual congregational retreat, through meaningful social action, community outreach, active Women of Reform Judaism and Men's Club auxiliaries, innovative programming and a variety of social events. Temple Emanu-El was the first synagogue in Arizona, and we continue to be pioneers in Reform Judaism.

Interested in becoming a member of our family?  Click here for membership information.

Passover 5774

Join us for a Passover Seder!

We offer several options; please pay careful attention to dates, times, and locations before placing your reservation.

Second Night Passover Seder at Temple Emanu-El -- SOLD OUT!

You are cordially invited to attend our Second Night Passover Seder with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 6:00 pm, in the Sy Juster Auditorium. The cost for the Seder is $42 for Temple members; $52 for non-members; $34 for full-time college students or active military with ID; children 12 and under free. Pre-paid registration is required. For more information and to register, please call the Temple office at (520) 327-4501.

Second Night Passover Seder in the Northwest -- SOLD OUT!

Alternatively, on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 6:00 pm, join Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg at Desert Springs Gracious Retirement Living (30 W. Lambert Lane, Oro Valley, 85737) for our Second Night Seder. The cost for the Seder is $42 for Temple members; $52 for non-members; $34 for full-time college students or active military with ID; children 12 and under free. Pre-paid registration is required. For more information and to register, please call the Temple office at (520) 327-4501.

Freedom Seder with Ed Asner -- SOLD OUT!

Honoring the spirit of the ancient story of the Jews' exodus from Egypt, and the struggles of all peoples who have fought and died for freedom, Temple Emanu-El and Humane Borders are proud to co-sponsor this Freedom Seder led by actor Ed Asner on Monday, April 21st, 2014 at 6:15 pm at Temple Emanu-El. The very first Freedom Seder was celebrated April 4th, 1964, on the one-year anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. Since that time, Freedom Seders have embraced the stories of people of color, refugees, and others who have fought for basic human dignity.

Registration fee is $28 per person (includes a full traditional Passover meal). Register here or by calling (520) 327-4501 by April 14th.

Mimuna 5774

End Passover with a Bang!

Post Passover Pasta Party

Enjoy a delicious dinner of pasta, garden salad, garlic bread, and dessert!

Tuesday, April 22nd, at 6:00 pm

Adults $9
Children ages 6-12 $5
Children 5 and under free! 

People Attending :
Children 5 and Under (Free) :



Presented jointly by Temple Emanu-El and the Weintraub Israel Center

An end-of-Passover celebration of Israel's cultures with live music, dancing, and Jewish Moroccan sweets and treats!

Tuesday, April 22nd, at 6:00 pm

$10 in advance for Temple and JCC members
$12 in advance for general admission
$12 at the door
$5 for students with ID card
Children 12 and under FREE!

People Attending :
Number of Children 12 and Under (Free) :

Important Information for Passover

During Passover [April 14 – 22, 2014], please do not bring these foods, which are not kosher for Passover, into Temple Emanu-El:

  • Beans
  • Bread
  • Cookies
  • Corn and corn products (corn starch, corn syrup, etc.)
  • Crackers
  • Flour
  • Grain products made from barley, rye, oats, wheat, or spelt
  • Licorice
  • Mustard
  • Pasta
  • Peanuts, peanut butter
  • Peas
  • Popcorn
  • Poppy seeds
  • Rice and rice products (rice cakes, etc.)
  • Sesame seeds or tahini
  • Soy and soy products (veggie burgers, soymilk, etc.)
  • String beans
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Tofu (which is made from soy beans)
  • Wheat and wheat products

Passover Meal Suggestions

  • Matzah with: Tuna, egg salad, cream cheese, jelly, butter, slices of cheese, matzah pizza, etc. *Please be certain that the Matzah is made specifically for Passover.*
  • Fruits (fresh or dried)
  • All dairy (cheese, milk, sour cream, cream cheese)
  • Vegetables (except legumes, corn, peas, string beans)
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt (if no corn syrup in ingredients)
  • Potatoes (both white and sweet)
  • Charoset (apples, honey, Kosher grape juice mixed together)
  • Fish (salmon, tuna, gefilte)
  • Quinoa

As is customary for our community, please do not bring any non-kosher meat, pork, or shellfish into the building.

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.

Upcoming Services


Apr.18.2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Shabbat Passover Experience in the Desert


Apr.18.2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Shabbat Evening Service


Apr.19.2014 9:30am - 12:00pm
Shabbat Passover Morning Service


Apr.21.2014 9:30am - 12:00pm
Passover Festival Morning & Yizkor Service

Upcoming Events


Apr.21.2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Freedom Seder with Ed Asner


Apr.22.2014 5:45pm - 6:30pm
Post-Passover Pasta Party


Apr.22.2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Mimuna Concert & Festival


Apr.27.2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Yom HaShoah Community Commemoration

Featured Events

Temple Pilgrimage to Israel
Click here for more info.

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Hot Off the Presses

Passover in Tucson - Article in the Arizona Daily Star

Printed April 14, 2014

... Rabbi Samuel Cohon said while the [Freedom] Seder honors the ancient story, they will also acknowledge everyone who has struggled for freedom. Passover has become an inspirational story for people who are oppressed and disenfranchised, Cohon said.  READ MORE

Rabbis' Corner

samuel cohen talitRabbi Appel 08 01 13 by Sally ShackartWeekly Torah Talk on Pesach 5774: A Festival with Sex Appeal

April 16, 2014

This week we read a series of special Torah selections for the holiday of Passover, reflecting the texts of the Exodus from Egypt and of our liberation from the hands of Pharaoh and his minions, as well as the rituals of the Pesach celebration. The climactic Torah reading on Monday for the final day of Passover will be the magnificent Song of Moses, the Az Yashir Mosheh, the greatest extended poem in the Torah. The Torah reading this Shabbat is from Ki Tisa, and it includes the laws of the festivals and the Shlosh Esrai Midot, the declaration of the 13 attributes of God that are chanted in the Torah service on each festival. READ MORE


samuel cohen talitRabbi Appel 08 01 13 by Sally ShackartVayakhel 5774: To Save a Life and Protest a Wrong

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Shabbat Shalom, and Howdy Folks—it's Rodeo Shabbat here in Tucson, and this is always a fun way to celebrate the Sabbath. There is nothing that says "Arizona" more than Rodeo Shabbat, a unique part of our twin heritage as southwesterners and Jews. We have been a big part of this region of the country for many years. READ MORE

Temple Times & Simcha

NewsletterThe March 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.

Photo Gallery

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

Strauss ECE

Hands-2007iCome Aboard the Strauss ECE Summer Cruise by Lyn Henry

Summer 2013

June 3rd – 7th Boats and other transportation: This week we will explore boats (and other modes of transportation). Children will experiment with sink and float, learn about the many different kinds of boats, as well as trains, planes and automobiles. This will be the start of our amazing cruise journey. READ MORE

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
Youth Education Director Chava Gal-Or's Blog 
Congregational Conversations 

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