Temple Emanuel of Tempe is a vibrant Jewish community sustained by life-long relationships, excellent educational opportunities, and spirited fellowship. Since 1976, Temple Emanuel of Tempe continues to be a Reform congregation that honors tradition.
Temple Emanuel is the center for Jewish life, education, and community for Jews in the East Valley. As the only Reform temple in the Southeast Valley of the Phoenix Metropolitan area, Temple Emanuel attracts members from all traditions who are looking for a welcoming and inclusive community in which to enhance their spiritual journey, raise a family, educate their children, and live a meaningful life as a Jew in Arizona.
Our first High Holiday services, in 1976, were conducted by Rabbi Marvin Reznikoff, with Rabbi David Pinkwasser as the Hazzan. In 1979, Rabbi Pinkwasser became our Senior Rabbi, followed by Rabbi Andrew Straus in 1998. Rabbi Dean Shapiro became our newest spiritual leader in August 2011, and Rabbi Jason Bonder joined our congregation as our first Assistant Rabbi in July 2015.
With more than 450 member families, a friendly and welcoming environment, and a beautiful facility, Temple Emanuel has a strong foundation as we continue to grow and change to meet our community’s needs.