At Temple Emanu-El, you have the opportunity to experience Shabbat in a variety of different ways.


We'll drive you to Temple!

We are very pleased to announce that Jewish seniors and disabled adults who cannot drive to Temple can now get rides to any Temple-sponsored event!  To request a ride, please call Sheryl Sitser at (520) 465-4323 (NOTE NEW NUMBER AS OF AUGUST 2013).  Rides are on a first come, first serve basis.  Please call four or five days ahead.  Each person is asked to give a $5.00 donation for each round trip.  We look forward to seeing many more of our senior congregants at services and other events!

Neshama Carlebach

Neshama CarlebachSpecial guest Neshama Carlebach will be participating at Shabbat services at Temple Emanu-El, Friday, October 28 at 7:30 pm. All are welcome to attend this event, and there is no charge. 

Neshama Carlebach,  a leading superstar in Jewish Entertainment, is continuing the legacy established by her father,  Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.   Like her father, Neshama's talent and charisma captivate and endear her to people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds.  Neshama has performed and taught  in cities worldwide, has sung on the Broadway stage, has sold more than one million records, and was a six-time entrant in the 2011 Grammy Awards.  Neshama was one of the creators of the Broadway play "Soul Doctor". 

Her ninth recording, Soul Daughter, features  performances by the original Broadway cast of the musical.  Neshama is currently touring with a new band and gospel choir and joyfully raising her two sons, Rafael and Micah.

In the interfaith event of the season, Neshama Carlebach will perform a complete concert Saturday, October 29th, 7:30 pm at the Fox Theatre along with the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir. Tickets are available through the Fox Theatre and Temple Emanu-El.


Shabbat Evening Service


7:30pm Service                                                  

Every Friday, except for summers and some holidays

Our Shabbat Evening Services are led by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, and/or Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg in the Rubin Family Sanctuary.


Northwest Shabbat

6:00pm Dinner

7:00pm Service










August 25
September 22
October 20
November 10
December 22                   


January 12
February 2
March 23
April 20
May 11



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If you're in the Northwest, we're bringing Shabbat to you!

Temple Emanu-El invites everyone to join us for fun, festive celebrations of Shabbat at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo Del Norte.  The evening starts at 6:00 pm with a delicious Shabbat dinner of kosher chicken (vegeterian option available upon request), side dishes, and salads.  Then, Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Northwest Cantorial Soloist Lindsey O'Shea lead a festive, joyous Shabbat service at 7:00 pm.  After the service, join friends new and old for desserts and conversation.  Everyone is welcome - bring all your friends.  Please call (520) 327-4501 to sign up for the dinner by the Wednesday prior (dinner is $12 for Temple members, $14 for non-members, free for kids 12 & under; there is no fee for coming just to the service). 

Northwest Shabbat is provided by the Ruth F. and Samuel H. Cohen Outreach Program of Temple Emanu-El.


Chardonnay Shabbat

5:00pm Pre-oneg Wine & Cheese & Fruit

5:45pm Service

Every Friday evening through the summer,
and some holiday weekends during the year

The summer sun may be blistering and the monsoon clouds billowing, but at 225 North Country Club Road at 5:00pm, the air is cool, the mood relaxed, and the Chardonnay chilled. No, it’s not Happy Hour—it’s Chardonnay Shabbat at Temple Emanu-El!

Beginning at 5:00pm, congregants, visitors and guests meet in the Sy Juster Social Hall to socialize with friends and family and enjoy a cool glass of wine or juice and nosh on a delectable assortment of fruits and cheeses.

At 5:45pm, Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, and Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg usher in the Jewish Sabbath with lively, musical and uplifting Kabbalat Shabbat Services. This is the Temple’s Friday evening Shabbat service schedule from June 9th through August 25th, 2017, and for some holiday weekends during the year. 

Join us for our Monsoon Membership Madness Chardonnay Shabbat Kickoff Cookout Friday, August 5th. Click here to learn more. 


Kabbalistic Shabbat


6:30pm Preparing to Pray

7:30pm Service


August 25 [5:45 pm]       
October 27
December 1


March 23
May 4

Prepare yourself for the beauty and introspection of our candle-lit Kabbalistic Shabbat service with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon.

Join us for a 45 minute meditation session preceding the Kabbalistic service.

Mind-focusing contemplation on Hebrew words and letters, guided visualizations inspired by the week's Torah portion,  Kabbalistic candle meditations and soul traits from the Mussar,  are just some of the ways we experience the ancient practice of Jewish meditation.

At "Preparing to Pray", we begin with simple seated stretches to relax our muscles from the day's activities.  We then focus on our breath.  Having "steadied ourselves", we begin the meditation practice of the evening. 

We hope to experience a sense of calmness and focus, and  as we enter services,  to experience a deeper appreciation for prayer. 

Downtown Shabbat




August 25
September 8
October 20
November 10
December 15


January 12
February 16
March 16
April 27
May 11

Join us for our Downtown Shabbat Service in the Jewish History Museum on 564 S. Stone Ave. This late night service takes place in Temple Emanu-El's original home and is open and free to all. With Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Armon Bizman, and Lindsey O'Shea. Followed by an Oneg Shabbat. 


Shabbat Rocks!

5:30pm Family Shabbat Dinner

6:30pm Shabbat Rocks! Service
with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
& the Avanim Band


August 18
September 15
October 6
November 17
December 15


January 19
February 16
March 16
April 13
May 11                        

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Shabbat Rocks! Family Services are lively, musical and joyful Shabbat services for the whole family. Led by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Shabbat Rocks! services use the lovely and inspiring Shabbat Reflections prayerbook and feature the Avanim Rock Band, the Temple Emanu-El Youth Choir and one of the Kurn Religious School classes. Shabbat Rocks! Services begin at 6:30pm, and are preceded by Family Shabbat Dinner at 5:30pm. There is a charge of $12 for adults (aged 13 and over) for Shabbat dinner. Temple provides a complete Shabbat dinner with kosher chicken and sides. Vegetarian option available upon request.

Tot Kabbalat Shabbat

5:30pm Service

6:00pm Dinner


July 7 - Red, White, & Blue Shabbat - Hamburger Cookout Dinner
August 4 - Sefer Shabbat - Part of Monsoon Membership Madness
September 1 - Shofar Shabbat
October 6 - Sukkot Shabbat & Spaghetti Under the Sukkah
November 3 - Thank You Shabbat
December 1 - Hanukkah Shabbat


January 5 - Tu B'Shevat Shabbat 
February 2 - Rodeo Shabbat - Hamburger Cookout Dinner
March 2 - Purim Shabbat
April 6 - Pesach Shabbat
May 4 - Israel Shabbat
June 1 - Torah Shabbat

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The most joyful Shabbat of all!  Every first Friday of the month, families with preschool-aged children gather for Tot Kabbalat Shabbat.  Starting at 5:30pm with a fun, child-centered active Tot Kabbalat Shabbat service with songs, stories, and music. After the service, at 6:00pm, we will enjoy a family friendly vegetarian dinner with sides. Gluten free & Dairy free options available. We light candles, recite the blessing for kiddush, join in hamotzi over delicious challah, and relax from the week in the company of our friends.  The dinner is $10 for adults, free for kids under 12 years old.  Please call (520) 327-4501 to sign up, or use the form above.

After dinner, we go to the Strauss ECE playground for oneg and playtime.  Families are invited to sponsor the oneg in honor of a child's birthday or other special occasion. 


Simply Shabbat

7:30pm Service

2017: September 22 

2018: January 5, April 20

Simply Shabbat is an exploration of the Friday evening Shabbat Service, with explanations of the service and introductions to Shabbat songs and prayers in a slower-paced, non-threatening celebration of the Sabbath.  Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, and Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg lead this open approach to understanding the rituals, history and practice of a Reform Sabbath experience.  Instead of a sermon, there is a question-and-answer session.  Come find out what Shabbat is all about!  All are welcome.

Simply Shabbat is provided by the Ruth F. and Samuel H. Cohen Outreach Program of Temple Emanu-El.

Shabbat Morning Service


10:00am Service

Every Saturday

Our Shabbat Morning Services are led by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, and/or Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg in the Rubin Family Sanctuary or the Schlanger Chapel.


Shabbat No'ar


 9:30am Hot Breakfast

10:00am Shabbat No'ar Youth & Adult Service 
                 with the Project Ezra Torah Readers

12 noon Rabbi's Tish

September 9                                                     
October 14
November 4
December 2

January 27
February 10
March 10
April 7

Shabbat No’ar (Youth Shabbat) is a faster-paced Shabbat service that is great for families with children.  We begin with a delicious hot breakfast at 9:30am. Afterwards, Shabbat No’ar Youth & Adult Morning Services start at 10:00am in the Schlanger Chapel, using the Shabbat Reflections prayer book.  Kurn Religious School students and Project Ezra Torah Readers help lead the service.   



225 N. Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ 85716

Phone: 520-327-4501
Fax: 520-327-4504

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