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"Truth & Values" - Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon's Invocation for State of the City 2017, Tucson, Arizona

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Join us for our Second Night Passover Seder at Temple Emanu-El, Tuesday, April 11, 6 pm. Led by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, & Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg. Click here for more information.


Invocation for State of the City 2017, Tucson, Arizona

5777 Sunday Salons

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Sunday, March 26, from 2 - 4 pm 

Rabbi Batsheva Appel
Southern Jewry

All Sunday Salons are free & open to the public!

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Upcoming Salons:

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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Weekly Torah Talk:

Lost & Found God

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

This week we read the portion of Ki Tisa, the story of the Golden Calf.  While Moses is up on Mt. Sinai receiving the 10 commandments the Israelites start to worry he’s not coming back.  And so, while God is carving the words “You shall have no other gods besides Me, nor make any image of them” into a stone tablet, the faithless people persuade his brother Aaron to make them an idol of gold, a calf, that they can call their new god.  Pleased with the result, they worship it and then throw a big party, a bacchanal, a carnival, Mardi Gras in the Sinai.

Coming down the mountain, Joshua and Moses hear the noise from the camp below, and are astonished.  Joshua thinks it must be the sound of battle, but Moses knows what a party sounds like when he hears it.  And when Moses sees all the cavorting, and the Chosen People worshipping a golden idol, he throws down the sacred stone tablets of the commandments, shattering them.  The music and dancing stop suddenly.  It is a shocking scene. 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 March, 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!

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