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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.

Lag Ba'Omer

Lag BaOmer by Melissa Haun

Join us Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 5:00pm for the 17th Annual Lag Ba'Omer Picnic & Bonfire at the Youngerman Ranch!

There will be:

  • Games for all ages!
  • Hayrides and stargazing!
  • Picnic dinner of kosher hot dogs, chips, soda, & eegees
  • Songs around the campfire led by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg


  • Something to sit on (blanket or folding chair)
  • Frisbees, footballs, telescopes, and an appetite!

The cost is $7.00 per adult or $3.00 per child ages 4-12. Children 3 and under are free.  


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"A History of the Holocaust for the Tucson Community" - KUAZ visits the new Holocaust History Center with Rabbi Cohon

"Hashtag outreach: JFSA council gets update on attracting millenials"
- AZ Jewish Post article about Downtown Shabbat - Listen to Armon Bizman at the same meeting on 3/29/2016

Rabbi Cohon on KGUN's Morning Blend Speaking about Passover


Rabbis' Corner

samuel cohen talitWeekly Torah Talk:

Holiness and Scapegoats

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

April 28, 2016

This week, in the aftermath of Passover, we read the Torah portion of Acharei Mot, located near the mid-point of the Book of Leviticus, Vayikra.  Leviticus is centered on the question of how we are to create holiness in our lives, and Acharei Mot addresses the issue in a variety of ways.  The most intriguing is one involving a goat…

A central aspect of our portion explains rituals related to the great and powerful Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, holiest day of the entire year for our ancestors, as it remains for us.  We are commanded to afflict our souls on that day, ta’anu et nafshoteichem.  The rites described in Acharei Mot are quite detailed, and formed the basis for the ways our ancestors observed the Day of Atonement throughout the period when the Temple stood in Jerusalem.  The High Priest purified himself completely, then offered sacrifices of atonement for himself, his family, and his people.  He would then purify the holiest parts of the shrine of the Temple, and finally bring forward a goat as an atonement offering. Read More. 


samuel cohen talitShabbat Vayakhel: Mitzvot—What are Commanded Acts for Reform Jews Today?

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
March 9, 2016

I had an interesting discussion last week about the difference between Judaism and Christianity with a congregant.  She noted that in her view the key difference between the religious traditions was that Christianity believes that faith is the most important thing of all, while Judaism believes that actions are the most important.  That is, for Christians, belief is the highest principle, and underlies all action; while for Jews, belief matters, but what matters much more is the way that you act.  I agreed with her that Judaism, while cognizant of the importance of belief, highlights action above all. READ MORE

Temple Times

NewsletterThe May 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


May.06.2016 5:30pm - 6:15pm


May.06.2016 6:15pm - 7:15pm


May.13.2016 9:30pm - 10:30pm


Jun.03.2016 5:30pm - 6:15pm


Jul.01.2016 5:30pm - 6:15pm

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.