Temple Emanuel of Tempe

So, you’ve been asked to visit a synagogue as part of your Religion 101 class course work?
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

Are Non-Jews welcome at Temple Emanuel? Absolutely! A number of our Members are interfaith families, meaning that one parent is not Jewish. Our Temple community embraces all families who seek Jewish community, or who are looking to raise Jewish children. Moreover, non-Jews, as well as Jews of any denomination, are welcome at our weekly Shabbat services, which are held Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Temple Emanuel offers a year-long Discovering Judaism class open to adult non-Jews and Jews alike looking to further their Jewish education. To learn more about the Discovering Judaism class at Temple Emanuel, please contact the Temple office.

When can I visit and/or observe a religious service? Everyone is welcome at our weekly Shabbat services, which are held Friday evenings and Saturday mornings at 9:30 am. Friday night services typically begin at 6:30pm (1st and 3rd Fridays of the month) or 7:30pm (2nd, 4th, & 5th Fridays of the month). Start time for upcoming services are listed here.

Can I take pictures? Picture taking and recording of audio or video is prohibited in the synagogue. Cell phones should be turned off and/or set to vibrate mode during services.

What is the dress code? Manner and dress should be modest and appropriate for traditional worship. We typically recommend business-casual attire.

Do I need to RSVP? No. You may attend any Friday and/or Saturday.

Do I need to wear and/or bring my own yarmulke (kippot) or head covering? All men are asked to wear kippot. Women are welcome to do so. Kippot are available to borrow at the entrance to the sanctuary.

Can I bring my children? Children of all ages are very welcome at Temple Emanuel! Families with young children should sit near the door so that they can duck out easily if their child begins to fuss or make noise.

I have questions about Judaism, can I schedule a meeting with the Rabbi? All attendees are more than welcome to come talk to the rabbis at the end of services in the social hall.

Have additional questions? Feel free to visit browse the website or give us a call at 480-838-1414