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Shabbat Evening Service

7:30pm Service                                                  

Every Friday, except for summers and some holidays

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

Seeking Shabbat

5:00pm Wine & Cheese & Fruit

5:30pm Service

Every Friday evening through the summer, 
and at least once a month 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 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. 

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


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 Armon Bizman and Lindsey O'Shea. Followed by an Oneg Shabbat. 

Shabbat Rocks!

5:30pm Shabbat Rocks! Service
6:30pm Family Shabbat Dinner 


January 19 
February 16
March 16
April 13
May 11  


Shabbat Rocks! Family Services are lively, musical and joyful Shabbat services for the whole family. 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


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

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

 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 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.

Wed, September 19 2018 10 Tishrei 5779