2016 Rodeo Shabbat Website


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Rabbi Albert T. Bilgray Memorial Lectureship
Rabbi Richard Address, D.Min
March 2–4, 2017 at the University of Arizona Hillel and Temple Emanu-El
“Health & Wellness & Judaism”
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Temple Emanu-El will be one of approximately 700 synagogues across the continent that will simultaneously open its doors to practicing and non-practicing Jews alike, so they may join together to experience and rejoice in a traditional Shabbat service and festive meal. Join us for Shabbat Across America on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5:30 pm for dinner and 7:30 pm for services.
Rodeo Shabbat Cookout Dinner will be on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm. Kosher hamburgers, veggie burgers, and sides. To sign up for dinner, click here. Men's Club Rodeo Shabbat Service will follow at 7:30 pm.


5777 Sunday Salons

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Sunday, February 19, from 2 - 4 pm 

Morgen Hartford, MSW,
Director, Alzheimer’s Association of Southern Arizona
Introduction to aging and Alzheimer’s 

All Sunday Salons are free & open to the public!

Click here! for details and let us know you're coming!

Upcoming Salons:

Sunday, March 19, from 2 - 4 pm - Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Southern Jewry

Sunday, April 16, from 2 - 4 pm - Visit to the Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center

Sunday, May 21, from 2 - 4 pm - Michael B. Schwartz, "My Development as a Jewish Artist"

Sunday, June 25, from 2 - 4 pm - Nature Photography in the Sonoran Desert - Dr. Kevan Schlamowitz




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Phone: 520-327-4501
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"Taste of Judaism on the Morning Blend" - Rabbi Cohon on the Morning Blend

"AFP Southern Arizona Chapter Youth in Philanthropy: Seventh Grade Success Story" - Article about 7th grade philanthropy project 

"WRJ grant expands Emanu-El Gan Project" - article in the Arizona Jewish Post about the Gan Project

Emanu-El debuting ‘Hebrew@Home’ remote learning" - article in the Arizona Jewish Post about our new Kurn Religious School Program

"A New Worship: Armon Bizman" - article in the Tucson Weekly about Downtown Shabbat

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Weekly Torah Talk:

Building Society One Law at a Time

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

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 greatest highlights in the entirety of Jewish tradition—indeed, of all religious history—Mishpatim comes as a major let down.

Last week, amid the smoke and thunder of Mt. Sinai, we received the Ten Commandments; the week before God parted the Sea for us and we miraculously crossed on dry land; and in the weeks before that 10 plagues struck the Egyptians, and Pharaoh and Moses had their duel of wills in the desert.

But Mishpatim is nothing more than a collection of laws about how to interact with other human beings—civil legislation. How exciting: how to handle someone else’s property fairly. How to assess punitive damages for a man who injures another person, or destroys someone else’s property. How to act when someone puts his or her property in trust with you. The laws of manslaughter and theft and damages. Read More.


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Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon’s Sermon Mishpatim 5777:

Mishpatim & Freedom

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
February 24, 2017

The great 1960’s comedian, Alan Sherman, most famous for his song “Hello Muddah Hello Faddah”, once wrote a book about restrictions on human behavior. In it, he decided to invent a new religion, which would have only one commandment: Thou shalt not stuff 37 tennis balls down the toilet. In great excitement he went to a sign painter to create the tablet of this new covenant, and asked him to make up a huge sign with that commandment on it. But the sign painter refused.

“Friend,” he said, “I’m going to do you a big favor. I’m not going to paint your sign. Because if I paint it, the day after the sign goes up, there will be a run on sporting goods stores. Tennis balls will sell like hotcakes, and plumbers will be working round the clock. The virtuous among us will only stuff 36 tennis balls down their toilets. Normal sinners will stuff 37 tennis balls down their toilets. And the truly wicked will stuff 38 tennis balls down their toilets. Friend, we human beings are many things; but we all of us are perverse.”Read More.

Temple Times

NewsletterThe February, 2017 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 Rabbi Cohon at the Tucson Vigil in Response to the Orlando Attack

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Hands-2007iThe Strauss ECE invites you to check out their brand new website!  CLICK HERE

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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.