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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 Rivii, 13 Kislev 5776

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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 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.

Chai Campaign 5776

Temple Emanu-El's 5776 Chai Campaign 

is officially under way. Please give generously.

The Chai Campaign is an annual opportunity to supply the needs of our congregation, helping us meet our commitment to provide beautiful life-cycle ceremonies, outstanding Jewish education, heartfelt worship services and music, and a caring community for our members from tots to seniors.

Our Chai Campaign "Sustaining the Spirit" initiative supplies the financial resources essential to supporting Temple's ability to provide spirituality, values, and community with authenticity and meaning. Only you can make this happen—with you, everything is possible.

It's a match! We have been challenged to meet a matching gift base of $75,000 contributed by generous sustainers of our Temple. Each dollar of your donation to the Chai Campaign will be equaled by matching funds, up to our 5775 goal of $150,000. We hope to reach this goal before the High Holy Days, allowing us to enjoy Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with the security of knowing that our budgetary needs have been supplied for the coming year. Give to the Chai Campaign—provide life for our congregation and for Judaism!

Click here to make a donation, use the form sent, or call (520) 327-4501 and speak to Donna Beyer, Executive Director with questions.





The Greatest Hanukkah On Earth! XVII

Greatest Hanukkah-menorah lighting

Temple Emanu-El Presents

The Greatest Hanukkah On Earth XVII

on Sunday, December 13th at 4:30 pm

Temple Emanu-El of Tucson is delighted to host "The Greatest Hanukkah on Earth! XVII—Making Miracles" celebration Sunday, December 13th at 4:30 PM, the largest and best Hanukkah celebration in the state of Arizona. The festivities for the Jewish Festival of Lights begin with the lighting of the huge outdoor Millstone Hanukkah Menorah (candelabrum) at 225 N. Country Club Road at 4:30 PM, followed by a spectacular program of Hanukkah songs, stories, theatricals and dance, all accompanied by the Avanim Rock Band. Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and the Temple Emanu-El Youth and Teen Choirs will be featured in Hanukkah music from around the Jewish world. The celebration is free and open to all.

At the conclusion of the celebration, everyone is invited to light his or her own menorah, creating a magnificent scene of flickering candlelight and holiday joy and meaning. (Each family is asked to bring a Hanukkah menorah and 2 candles.) Immediately following the Hanukkah celebration there will be a traditional brisket and latke (potato pancake) dinner, with special children's gifts and activities. Dinner is by reservation only and there is a charge. Call (520) 327-4501 for more information.

In addition, each of the eight nights of Hanukkah there will be a lighting ceremony at the outdoor Country Club Road menorah. The public is cordially invited. The lighting schedule is Sunday, December 6th, at 5:30 PM, and every night of Hanukkah thereafter at 5:30 PM. For more information call the Temple Emanu-El office at (520) 327-4501. 

FREE and open to all!  Bring your menorah and two Hanukkah candles for the finale!


The Greatest Hanukkah On Earth! is followed by dinner at 6:15 pm -- make your reservations now!

 Deadline for dinner reservations is Monday, December 7th, 2015.


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Hot Off the Presses

morning blend 8 6 15WATCH Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon's appearance on KGUN-9 News: "Morning Blend" - A Taste of Judaism 
August 6, 2015

READ Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon's featured article based on his Sabbatical travel blog in the Arizona Daily Star:
"Finding Sacred Meaning on Easter Island"
March 31, 2015

WATCH Rabbi Batsheva Appel's appearance on 
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"Passover with Temple Emanu-El and Rabbi Appel"
March 31, 2015

And CLICK HERE to see the recipe for Caramel Matzo Cruch, as demonstrated.

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... 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 2014Weekly Torah Talk:
Choosing to Give: Re'eh 5775

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
August 12, 2015

It’s one of the great quotations in the entire Torah, and it’s from this week’s reading: “Look, today I set before a blessing and a curse. The blessing if you listen to God’s commandments…” READ MORE

Tribute for Dr. Steve and Ruth Dickstein

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

May 16, 2015

My friends, it is a special honor to speak about the manifold contributions that Dr. Steve and Ruth Dickstein have made to Temple Emanu-El, and to our entire community. Just listing their many, many programs, projects, and great works requires a good deal of time.

But in order to do this properly, to acknowledge the remarkable depth and breadth of their giving to our historic temple and to this community, it is necessary to understand the true nature of avodah, of sacred service.  READ MORE


samuel cohen talitRabbi Appel 09 2014Shabbat Eikev: Here's the Deal - Covenant, Commandment, and the Good and Bad People

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
August 7, 2015

If you do good things do you expect a reward? When you act badly do you anticipate punishment? If you answered yes to those questions our Torah portion this week is for you! READ MORE

Temple Times & Simcha

NewsletterThe July 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.

Media Gallery

gallery Take a look at different events, occasions, and ‘happenings’ here at our synagogue. Our Hannukah celebrations, Tikkun Olam, simchas and special occasions!

WATCH A Tribute Video for Dr. Steve and Ruth Dickstein from our Celebratory Evening & Dinner Event honoring their contributions to our community on May 16, 2015.

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

Upcoming Events


Dec.13.2015 4:30pm - 6:00pm


Dec.13.2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm


Dec.19.2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm


Jan.15.2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Jan.23.2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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."

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