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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 Sheini, 6 Elul 5774

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Standard Shabbat every Friday evening between September and May 7:30 pm


Register for our next Simply Shabbat Dinner here!  Please remember to bring a non-dairy side dish to share.
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Services are led by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, and/or Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg in the Rubin Family Sanctuary or the Schlanger Chapel. 


Occasionally, we hold a Shabbat dinner prior to services.  

Upcoming Simply Shabbat Dinners:

August 8th, 2014, 7:15 pm
October 17th, 2014, 6:00 pm


Northwest Shabbat Evening

For 2014: August 29, September 26, October 31, November 21, December 19

For 2015: January 23, February 20, March 20, May 15

 6:00 pm Dinner

7:00 pm Service


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Member $12
Non-Member $14
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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 the Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road.  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 RSVP for the dinner by the Wednesday prior (dinner is $12 for Temple members, $14 for non-members, free for kids under 13; 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

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

5:00 pm Pre-oneg Wine & Cheese

5:45 pm Service

The summer sun may be blistering and the monsoon clouds billowing, but at 225 North Country Club Road at 5:00 pm, 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 5:00 pm, 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 5:45 pm, Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, 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 13th through August 29th, 2014, and for some holiday weekends during the year. 

Kabbalistic Shabbat

For 2014: September 5, October 31

For 2015: May 29

 7:30 pm
The Kabbalistic Service, held in the round and lit by candlelight, is a mystical evocation of the Sabbath.  Using Kabbalistic readings, melodies, and meditations, Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon creates a unique and mystical Shabbat Experience.  This service is open to all.


Armon Bizman Shabbat

For 2014: August 29 (5:45 pm at Temple Emanu-El, 10:00 pm downtown), November 21

For 2014: February 20, May 15

 7:30 pm
Armon Bizman ("A Castle in Time") is a new musical setting for the Shabbat Evening Service, fully created and composed in a contemporary, evocative, beautiful spirit designed to celebrate the Sabbath in a fresh and engaging way. Written and arranged by Sam Golden with Bob Hanshaw from 2012-2013, Armon Bizman uses melody and harmony in an all-musical format to welcome the day of rest and joy. Commissioned by Temple Emanu-El's Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon as a new approach to Sabbath worship for this generation, Armon Bizman brings delightful new melodies and musicality to traditional Jewish texts and sounds.

Armon Bizman is presented by Sam Golden and Bob Hanshaw on guitar, Seth Vietti on drums, and Rachel Confrey on saxophone. It is a recurring feature of our Shabbat Worship experience at Temple Emanu-El, an opportunity to experience Shabbat in a totally new and wonderful way.


Shabbat Rocks!

For 2014: August 22 (5:45 pm service, no dinner), September 19, October 10, November 14, December 12

For 2015: January 16, February 13, March 13, April 24, May 8

5:30 pm Family Shabbat Dinner

6:30 pm Service


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Shabbat Rocks! Family Services are lively, musical and joyful Shabbat services for the whole family. Led by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, 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 6:30 pm, and are preceded by Family Shabbat Dinner at 5:30 pm. There is a modest charge of $5 for adults (aged 13 and over) for Shabbat dinner. Temple provides kosher chicken and attendees are asked to bring a pareve/non-dairy side dish to share. 

Tot Kabbalat Shabbat

For 2014: 

     July 4 - Red, White, & Blue Shabbat
     August 1 - Sefer Shabbat
     September 5 - Shofar Shabbat
     *October 10 - Sukkot Rocks! Shabbat (6:30 pm)
     November 7 - Todah Shabbat
     December 5 - Hanukkah Shabbat

For 2015:

     January 2 - Tu B'Shevat Shabbat
     February 6 - Rodeo Shabbat
     March 6 - Purim Shabbat
     *April 10 - Pesach Shabbat
     May 1 - Israel Shabbat
     June 5 - Torah Shabbat 

5:30 pm Dinner

6:15 pm Service

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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.  We start at 5:30 pm with a potluck Shabbat dinner (Temple provides kosher chicken, families bring a non-dairy side dish to share).  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 $5 for adults, free for kids under 13.  Please call (520) 327-4501 to RSVP by the Wednesday prior, or use the form above.

After dinner at 6:15 pm, we head to the Schlanger Chapel for a fun, child-centered active Tot Kabbalat Shabbat service with songs, stories, and music.  After the 25-minute service, we go to the playground for oneg and playtime.  Families are invited to sponsor the oneg in honor of a child's birthday or other special occasion. 

*Except where indicated

Simply Shabbat

For 2014: September 26

For 2015: January 23, May 1

 7:30 pm

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 Samuel M. Cohon, 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.