In his old age, the wise King Solomon wrote, "To everything there is a season, a purpose for every time under the sun." Jewish tradition gives us rituals to celebrate life's joys, mark life's transitions, and mourn life's losses.
Brit Milah (Bris)
Brit Milah (Bris) is a powerful ceremony that celebrates new life, and also brings our sons into Judaism's sacred covenant with God. The practice originates in the Torah, where it is a mitzvah for us to circumcise our newborn sons on the eighth day of their new lives. Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and Rabbi Batsheva Appel can put you in touch with a mohel (ritual circumciser and practicing medical doctor), help the parents understand the ceremony, and co-officiate, along with the mohel. If you have concerns about circumcision, please be in touch with one of our rabbis and we will be happy to discuss it with you.
We celebrate the great blessing of a newborn daughter with a ceremony that brings her into the covenant, and confers upon her a Hebrew name. Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and Rabbi Batsheva Appel can help you think through and design this ceremony, which can take place either at home, or at the synagogue, on Shabbat, or any day the Torah is read.
Our rabbis are here to help you choose a Hebrew name for your child. While the name is often officially given at either the Brit Milah for boys or the Simchat Bat for girls, we can also bestow names on children at Shabbat evening and morning services.
Bar and Bat Mitzvah
Becoming a bar or bat mitzvah marks a significant milestone in young people's ongoing intellectual, moral, and spiritual growth. At Temple Emanu-El, we pride ourselves on the one-on-one attention we devote to our students and see the preparation process culminating in the service as a transformative experience. Starting a year out, our Cantorial Soloist, Marjorie Hochberg, begins meeting weekly individually with students to help them prepare for leading the congregation's worship service. Six months out, students meet one-on-one with a rabbi to discuss and learn about a variety of topics, including the lessons from their Torah and Haftarah portion, ways they can serve other people, and other questions that students have. For more information, please click here to download a copy of our Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook.
Our students confirm their commitment to Judaism and the Jewish community in their tenth grade year. Once a week, confirmation students meet for one hour to discuss their Jewish identity, the role that Judaism plays in their lives, Jewish views on hot topics, and God and spirituality. Rabbi Batsheva Appel is the primary teacher.
Weddings are wonderful simchas, joyous occasions, and the rabbis delight in working with couples. We can help couples understand and plan everything in the ceremony from the ketubah (the marriage document), to the chuppah (the marriage canopy), to the prayers and vows, to the breaking of the glass at the end. In addition to planning the wedding ceremony with the couple, we also offer pre-marital counseling.
Weddings can be scheduled at Temple Emanu-El or any other appropriate venue in town on days other than Shabbat, High Holy Days, or other significant days on the Jewish calendar.
End of Life
Temple Emanu-El is a caring community, dedicated to supporting one another. As the end of life draws near, our rabbis are available to guide, provide support, and be with those who are dying and their loved ones. Our rabbis are available officiate at funerals, shiva minyans, memorial services, and unveilings.
Volunteers are requested for the sacred work of tahara, the ritual washing of the bodies of the Jewish dead. Please call Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon at (520) 327-4501 if you are interested in fulfilling this sacred task.
A very special way to honor loved ones is to dedicate a memorial plaque at Temple Emanu-El. These solid bronze plaques serve as a permanent tribute to the memory of our departed family members. Their names are also read at Yom Kippur and other Festival Yizkor services during the year of installation, as well as being included in the Yom Kippur Remembrance Book. To purchase a memorial plaque for departed family or friends, or to reserve a memorial plaque for yourself, call the Temple office at (520) 327-4501.
Sponsoring a Kiddush or Oneg
Celebrating a simchah, a joyous occasion? Sponsor an Oneg or Kiddush! Whether you are interested in sponsoring an Oneg after Shabbat evening services or a basic Kiddush or a full Kiddush luncheon after Shabbat morning services, our staff can assist you with all the preparations! Please contact the Temple office at (520) 327-4501 for more information!
Celebrate your special event at Temple Emanu-El. Our campus features two sumptuous event rooms, classrooms and meeting rooms, a Chapel, a Biblical Garden and a historic mid-century Sanctuary. Temple Emanu-El moved from down-town Tucson to its current home in 1949. All of our rooms feature stained glass by local artisans and architectural features and fixtures that inspire. We have a Kosher-light commercial kitchen, set-up staff, sound and video equipment. Guests are welcome to provide self-service or choose from one of our preferred caterers. Please call or email our Facilities Manager, Oleg, for a tour and avaliability.
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Facility Rental Charge
- Solot Biblical Garden $150
- Board Room $250 - 4 hours
- Schlanger Chapel $150
- Kurn Religious School Classroom $35 per room
- William and Doris Rubin Sanctuary $500
- Sanctuary plus Sy Juster Hall $900
- Sy Juster Hall $600
- Weiner School Auditorium $500 full, $250 half