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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 Shabbat, 7 Kislev 5775

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 The Greatest Hanukkah On Earth! XVI 
Counting Lights
on Sunday, December 14th at 4:30 pm


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 NAEYC-accredited 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.

           The Greatest Hanukkah On Earth! XVI

Counting Lights
on Sunday, December 14th 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 on 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!

Bring your menorah and two Hanukkah candles for the finale!

 A great, traditional brisket and latke dinner prepared by the Temple Emanu-El Men's Club at 6:15 pm follows with children's activities and gifts.  Dinner is by reservation only -- make your reservations now!

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Upcoming Events


Dec.07.2014 9:30am - 1:00pm


Dec.14.2014 4:30pm - 6:15pm


Dec.14.2014 6:15pm - 7:15pm


Jan.18.2015 10:00am - 11:00am


Jan.30.2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm

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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.

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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon's Blog
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