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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 Shlishi, 11 Nisan 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.

Passover 5775

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

You are cordially invited to attend our Second Night Passover Seder with Rabbi Sandy Seltzer & Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg on Saturday, April 4th, 2015 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

Alternatively, on Saturday, April 4th, 2015 at 6:00 pm, join Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Soloist Lindsey O'Shea at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (7650 N. Paseo Del Norte) 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

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 on Monday, April 6th, 2015 at 6:00 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 $30 per person (includes a full traditional Passover meal). Register by calling (520) 327-4501 by April 1st.

Upcoming Events


Apr.04.2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm


Apr.04.2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm


Apr.06.2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm


Apr.12.2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm


Apr.17.2015 - Apr.19.2015

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

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"Purim with Temple Emanu-El and Rabbi Appel"

March 4, 2015

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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 2014Poem by Rabbi Cohon Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
from the January 8th Commemorative Service at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church

January 9, 2015

Dear Friends,

This is the poem I composed and delivered at the commemorative service last night at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church. I based it on Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai's work, which I have included below.  READ MORE


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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

"Anything worth doing is worth doing now."
– The Lubavitcher Rebbe

On this Men's Club Shabbat, it is important to note that our society presents images of manhood that often seem a bit askew.. 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-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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