At Temple Emanu-El, you have the opportunity to experience Shabbat in a variety of different ways.


We'll drive you to Temple!

We are very pleased to announce that Jewish seniors and disabled adults who cannot drive to Temple can now get rides to any Temple-sponsored event!  To request a ride, please call Sheryl Sitser at (520) 465-4323 (NOTE NEW NUMBER AS OF AUGUST 2013).  Rides are on a first come, first serve basis.  Please call four or five days ahead.  Each person is asked to give a $5.00 donation for each round trip.  We look forward to seeing many more of our senior congregants at services and other events!

Shabbat Evening Service


7:30pm Service                                                  

Every Friday, except for summers and some holidays

Our Shabbat Evening Services are led by Rabbi Batsheva Appel and/or Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg in the Rubin Family Sanctuary.


Northwest Shabbat

6:00pm Dinner

7:00pm Service










January 12
February 2
March 23
April 20
May 11



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If you're in the Northwest, we're bringing Shabbat to you!

Temple Emanu-El invites everyone to join us for fun, festive celebrations of Shabbat at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo Del Norte.  The evening starts at 6:00 pm with a delicious Shabbat dinner of kosher chicken (vegeterian option available upon request), side dishes, and salads.  Then, Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Northwest Cantorial Soloist Lindsey O'Shea lead a festive, joyous Shabbat service at 7:00 pm.  After the service, join friends new and old for desserts and conversation.  Everyone is welcome - bring all your friends.  Please call (520) 327-4501 to sign up for the dinner by the Wednesday prior (dinner is $12 for Temple members, $14 for non-members, free for kids 12 & under; there is no fee for coming just to the service). 

Northwest Shabbat is provided by the Ruth F. and Samuel H. Cohen Outreach Program of Temple Emanu-El.



Chardonnay Shabbat

5:00pm Pre-oneg Wine & Cheese & Fruit

5:45pm Service

Every Friday evening through the summer,
and some holiday weekends during the year

The summer sun may be blistering and the monsoon clouds billowing, but at 225 North Country Club Road at 5:00pm, the air is cool, the mood relaxed, and the Chardonnay chilled. No, it’s not Happy Hour—it’s Chardonnay Shabbat at Temple Emanu-El!

Beginning at 5:00pm, congregants, visitors and guests meet in the Sy Juster Social Hall to socialize with friends and family and enjoy a cool glass of wine or juice and nosh on a delectable assortment of fruits and cheeses.

At 5:45pm, Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg usher in the Jewish Sabbath with lively, musical and uplifting Kabbalat Shabbat Services. This is the Temple’s Friday evening Shabbat service schedule from June 9th through August 25th, 2017, and for some holiday weekends during the year. 

Join us for our Monsoon Membership Madness Chardonnay Shabbat Kickoff Cookout Friday, August 5th. Click here to learn more. 

Kabbalistic Shabbat


6:30pm Preparing to Pray

7:30pm Service


March 23
May 4

Prepare yourself for the beauty and introspection of our candle-lit Kabbalistic Shabbat service with Rabbi Batsheva Appel.

Join us for a 45 minute meditation session preceding the Kabbalistic service.

Mind-focusing contemplation on Hebrew words and letters, guided visualizations inspired by the week's Torah portion,  Kabbalistic candle meditations and soul traits from the Mussar,  are just some of the ways we experience the ancient practice of Jewish meditation.

At "Preparing to Pray", we begin with simple seated stretches to relax our muscles from the day's activities.  We then focus on our breath.  Having "steadied ourselves", we begin the meditation practice of the evening. 

We hope to experience a sense of calmness and focus, and  as we enter services,  to experience a deeper appreciation for prayer. 

Downtown Shabbat




January 12
February 16
March 16
April 27
May 11

Join us for our Downtown Shabbat Service in the Jewish History Museum on 564 S. Stone Ave. This late night service takes place in Temple Emanu-El's original home and is open and free to all, with Armon Bizman and Lindsey O'Shea. Followed by an Oneg Shabbat. 



Shabbat Rocks!

5:30pm Family Shabbat Dinner

6:30pm Shabbat Rocks! Service
with the Avanim Band


January 19
February 16
March 16
April 13
May 11                        

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Shabbat Rocks! Family Services are lively, musical and joyful Shabbat services for the whole family. Shabbat Rocks! services use the lovely and inspiring Shabbat Reflections prayerbook and feature the Avanim Rock Band, the Temple Emanu-El Youth Choir and one of the Kurn Religious School classes. Shabbat Rocks! Services begin at 6:30pm, and are preceded by Family Shabbat Dinner at 5:30pm. There is a charge of $12 for adults (aged 13 and over) for Shabbat dinner. Temple provides a complete Shabbat dinner with kosher chicken and sides. Vegetarian option available upon request.

Tot Kabbalat Shabbat

5:30pm Service

6:00pm Dinner


January 5 - Tu B'Shevat Shabbat 
February 2 - Rodeo Shabbat - Hamburger Cookout Dinner
March 2 - Purim Shabbat
April 6 - Pesach Shabbat
May 4 - Israel Shabbat
June 1 - Torah Shabbat

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The most joyful Shabbat of all!  Every first Friday of the month, families with preschool-aged children gather for Tot Kabbalat Shabbat.  Starting at 5:30pm with a fun, child-centered active Tot Kabbalat Shabbat service with songs, stories, and music. After the service, at 6:00pm, we will enjoy a family friendly vegetarian dinner with sides. Gluten free & Dairy free options available. We light candles, recite the blessing for kiddush, join in hamotzi over delicious challah, and relax from the week in the company of our friends.  The dinner is $10 for adults, free for kids under 12 years old.  Please call (520) 327-4501 to sign up, or use the form above.

After dinner, we go to the Strauss ECE playground for oneg and playtime.  Families are invited to sponsor the oneg in honor of a child's birthday or other special occasion. 

Simply Shabbat

7:30pm Service

 2018: January 5, April 20

Simply Shabbat is an exploration of the Friday evening Shabbat Service, with explanations of the service and introductions to Shabbat songs and prayers in a slower-paced, non-threatening celebration of the Sabbath.  Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg lead this open approach to understanding the rituals, history and practice of a Reform Sabbath experience.  Instead of a sermon, there is a question-and-answer session.  Come find out what Shabbat is all about!  All are welcome.

Simply Shabbat is provided by the Ruth F. and Samuel H. Cohen Outreach Program of Temple Emanu-El.

Shabbat Morning Service


10:00am Service

Every Saturday

Our Shabbat Morning Services are led by Rabbi Batsheva Appel and/or Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg in the Rubin Family Sanctuary or the Schlanger Chapel.


Shabbat No'ar


 9:30am Hot Breakfast

10:00am Shabbat No'ar Youth & Adult Service 
                 with the Project Ezra Torah Readers

12 noon Rabbi's Tish


January 27
February 10
March 10
April 21

Shabbat No’ar (Youth Shabbat) is a faster-paced Shabbat service that is great for families with children.  We begin with a delicious hot breakfast at 9:30am. Afterwards, Shabbat No’ar Youth & Adult Morning Services start at 10:00am in the Schlanger Chapel, using the Shabbat Reflections prayer book.  Kurn Religious School students and Project Ezra Torah Readers help lead the service.   


Wandering Jews

Reading Torah on Wasson Peak

Wandering Jews



Saturday, January 20, 8:00am: Bridal Wreath Falls - Shabbat Morning Hike & Service
Saturday, February 3, 8:00am: Catalina State Park - Shabbat Morning Hike & Service
Saturday, March 24, 8:00am: Wasson Peak - Shabbat Morning Hike & Service
Friday, April 6, 5:30pm: Saguaro National Park East - Shabbat Passover Experience in the Desert 
Saturday, May 5, 5:00pm: Youngerman Ranch - Lag Ba'Omer Picnic & Bonfire, Babies & Bagels, and Wandering Jews
Saturday, June 30, 5:00pm: Arizona Sonora Desert Museum - Havdallah Hike & Service

What better way to rejoice in God's creation than by celebrating Shabbat in the great out of doors? Temple Emanu-El's Wandering Jews Hiking Club experiences the magnificence of the Sonoran desert and the beauty of Shabbat by combining a Shabbat hike with either a Shabbat morning or a Havdallah service at least once each month.

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Bring your picnic supper and a flashlight.

Meet at the trailhead and hike to the Mica Picnic area, enjoy a picnic supper, and a musical and fun Shabbat evening service. Round trip hike is 1.4 miles.
The trailhead is located at the far east end of Broadway. This is considered an easy hike. There is a sign for the trailhead on the left. The trail is flat, unpaved with occasional ruts. Parking is along Broadway or in the median.


225 N. Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ 85716

Phone: 520-327-4501
Fax: 520-327-4504

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