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TEMPLE EMANU-EL

A Reform Jewish Community for all of Tucson
225 North Country Club • Tucson, AZ 85716
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Yom Sheini, 26 Tishri 5775

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August 31, 2012 - by Jerry Shulman

When Deb Turner asked me to speak at Shabbat Services on the topic "What Temple Emanu-El Means to Me", I of course said that I would. After giving some thought as to how I would approach this topic, I decided to begin with the journey that led us to Temple Emanu-El. This journey began for Micki, Sammy and myself about five years ago.

Micki and I came to Tucson to visit friends over 30 years ago. We fell in love at first sight and decided that this would be an ideal place to settle after retirement.

We soon bought a home in Tucson, which we used as a vacation getaway until we were ready to retire. Our plan was to someday become "snowbirds", sharing time between New York and Tucson.

After we both retired we soon discovered the truth of the statement, "Life is what happens when you're making other plans." Micki and I were called upon to raise our 2 year old granddaughter, Samantha. Sammy was then and remains to this day our unexpected blessing.

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September 7, 2012 - by Louise Greenfield

My mother gave me words of wisdom, but not directly.

My mother, Naomi, would sit in a little alcove off our dining room and talk on the telephone to her sisters for hours. She could spend an afternoon on the phone talking to Judy, then to Laika, then Bluma, and then to Rose.

When I was very young I used to love sitting literally at my mother's feet and l would listen – very carefully.

Of course I only heard my mother's end of the conversation. She would adamantly refuse to answer any questions about what the sister on the other end of the line was saying.

What I did hear was my mother talking to each sister, one by one. It was often the same topic, but it was never the same conversation. She might change her tone of voice, ask different questions, give different advice, tell different stories.

What I learned from my mother and her close relationship with her beloved circle of sisters was that whether among family, among friends, within organizations, or in any combination of people, community does not just happen. It must be created and nurtured. I learned that community is built step by step, word by word, idea by idea, action by action, person by person. I also learned that community is vital.

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