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Welcome to Temple Emanu-El of Tucson!

Our synagogue is an exciting and extraordinarily active place, and we pride ourselves on being a warm and caring community.  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, starting 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 Adult Education Academy.  We offer a wide variety of worship services, music and spiritual experiences. Our congregants are engaged in living Judaism at the annual congregational retreat, through meaningful social action, community outreach, active Women of Reform Judaism and Men's Club auxiliaries, innovative programming and a variety of social events. Temple Emanu-El was the first synagogue in Arizona, and we continue to be pioneers in Reform Judaism. 

For more information call us at (520) 327-4501 or email


Why Should I Join Temple Emanu-El?

Temple Emanu-El offers wonderful opportunities where you can grow spiritually and intellectually, enrich your Jewish identity, and engage in meaningful acts of social justice. You can share holidays and joyous occasions, and count on our caring community for support in times of need. 

The benefits of belonging to Temple Emanu-El include: 

  • The privelege of pastoral care (including the counsel and support of our clergy for life cycle events and in times of difficulty and bereavement)
  • Eligibility for enrollment of your children in religious school
  • Member discount fees at our Strauss ECE
  • Opportunities to participate in many social justice programs
  • Membership in the Union for Reform Judaism including a subscription to Reform Judaism Magazine
  • Member discounts to URJ camps and NFTY youth programs
  • Member discounts on Adult Education Academy classes
  • Member discounts for Shabbat and holiday dinners
  • Reduction on purchase of cemetery plots and memorial plaques during first 12 months of membership

Our intention is to build an enduring connection with you and your family, and to help you make membership at Temple Emanu-El a meaningful and lasting part of your lives. If you have questions about how we might help you become part of the synagogue, or to make your time in our synagogue more enriching, please be in touch with us. For more information, call our Executive Director, Donna Beyer, at (520) 327-4501 or email her at


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. LGBTQ 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.

Membership Application

We welcome everyone to become a member of Temple Emanu-El.
Download and fill out the membership application form.

The completed form may turned into the Temple office in person, mailed to the address above, faxed to the Temple office at (520) 327-4504, or scanned and emailed to Donna Beyer.

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Beyer at (520) 327-4501 or

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