Will I fit in at Temple Emanu-El?
Temple Emanu-El's membership is incredibly diverse. Some of us are single, some are married with young children, some are empty nesters, and some are retirees. We have an active Men's Club, Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), Young Adults group (Kehillah, ages 22-39), numerous choirs, Babies 'n Bagels, and more. Some people join Temple for worship, some join for our Adult Education Academy, some join to send their children to our Early Childhood Education Center (the Strauss ECE) or the Kurn Religious School, and others join to make new friends or be with old friends. For most, there are a variety of reasons. Whoever you are, there is a place for you at Temple. LGBTQQI individuals and families are welcome.
How can I get involved?
There is a lot for you to do at Temple! Aside from regular worship at Temple and the Westward Look Resort in the Northwest, we have a variety of small groups and programs including the Men's Club, the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), Young Adults ( Kehillah, ages 22-39), Babies 'n Bagels, Wandering Jews Hikes, a Youth Choir, Teen Choir and Adult Choir, and Social Action and Community Service projects and much more. Temple also has a number of committees that are crucial to helping us fulfill our mission and could use volunteers.
How often do you have services?
We have services every Friday evening and Saturday morning at Temple. We also have monthly Friday evening services and dinner at the Westward Look Resort in the Northwest and monthly Saturday morning services as part of a Wandering Jews Hike. For a schedule and more information, please click here.
Do I need to know Hebrew to follow the services?
We use the transliterated version of the Mishkan Tefillah prayerbook for most of our services. So if you cannot read Hebrew, it is all written out in the English alphabet as well.
What is the Bar or Bat Mitzvah program like at Temple Emanu-El?
At Temple Emanu-El, we pride ourselves on the one-on-one attention we devote to our students and see the preparation process culminating in the service as a transformative experience. Starting a year out, our Cantorial Soloist, Marjorie Hochberg, begins meeting weekly individually with students to help them prepare for leading the congregation's worship service. Six months out, students meet one-on-one with a rabbi to discuss and learn about a variety of topics, including the lessons from their Torah and Haftarah portion, ways they can serve other people, and other questions that students have. For more information, please click here to download a copy of our Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook.
I don't have school-age kids (or kids at all), and worship isn't my thing. What else is there?
All sorts of things! From social action to classes to social events, there is something for everyone.
I don't know anyone at Temple. Is it easy to meet people?
We're a very friendly group of people. Come by and meet us. The best way to get to know people, though, is to find an area of Temple and get involved.
How do I join? What about membership commitments?
The process of joining is easy. Simply give the Temple office a call at (520) 327-4501 and we will help you out. While we ask that everyone help support the Temple financially, no one is denied membership for an inability to pay. You may speak confidentially with our Executive Director, Donna Beyer, to make a mutually acceptable arrangement regarding membership commitments.