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.

Temple Emanu-El Presents: The Essential Rabbi Kushner!

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Saturday, February 13, 2016 
at 6:30 pm

Rabbi Harold Kushner will be speaking about his latest book Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life.  From the beloved author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, his new book is deeply moving with illuminating reflections on what it means to have a good life.  Please join us for a world class speaker, desserts, an enticing silent auction and a book signing!

General Admission Seats:

$15 per person

$32 per person including one hardcover book: Nine Essential Things I've Learned About Life

$45 per couple including one hardcover book: Nine Essential Things I've Learned About Life

Reserved Seats:

$100 per person including one hardcover book: Nine Essential Things I've Learned About Life

$150 per person including one hardcover book: Nine Essential Things I've Learned About Life

To RSVP or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jill Rich at (520) 349-0174 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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Ahavah with BonnieAn Arizona Congregation Forms a New Kind of "Israel Bonds"

by Bonnie J. Golden

August 31, 2014

... 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 talitWeekly Torah Talk:
Little Laws, Large Lessons: Mishpatim 5776

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
February 3, 2016

This week’s Torah portion of Mishpatim includes as many laws as any other part of the entire Torah.  After the last few weeks of spectacularly dramatic Torah portions featuring some of the highlights in the entirety of Jewish tradition—indeed, of all religious history—Mishpatim comes as a major let down. CLICK HERE


samuel cohen talitShabbat Mikets: Light in Dark Times

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
December 11, 2015

Once there was a Chasid who was afraid of the dark.  “Tell me, Rabbi,” the Chasid asked,  “How can I chase the darkness from the world?” 

So the Rebbe sent the Chasid into the deep darkness of the shul’s basement.  Handing him a broom he said, “Go sweep the darkness out of the basement." READ MORE

Temple Times & Simcha

NewsletterThe February 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


Mar.18.2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm

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.