Temple Emanuel of Tempe is a membership-based community. Our members have a voice in shaping this community, and demonstrate their commitment to its future, to the future of Reform Judaism, and to progressive Jewish values in the world.
Temple Emanuel of Tempe is an inclusive and welcoming community. We encourage participation from all who seek a connection to Jewish life and want to be part of our sacred community regardless of religious background, race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, ability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity.
We are a proud Reform Jewish congregation and a member of the Union for Reform Judaism, but members and visitors from all Jewish denominations find their spiritual home at Temple Emanuel. We welcome all people regardless of their expression of faith, including those who consider themselves agnostic, atheist or questioning. Jews by birth, Jews by choice, and non-Jews are all welcome at our services and programs.
Interfaith Families & Non-Jews
Temple Emanuel holds the religious responsibility of welcoming the stranger among the most significant principles of our faith. We welcome interfaith couples and families and non-Jewish parents raising Jewish children, just as we welcome all singles and families. People with faith backgrounds other than Judaism or with no faith background are welcome to pray with us, study with us, share in holiday celebrations, and participate in lifecycle events. Interfaith couples and families are eligible for membership on the same basis as all other couples and families.
Every adult member has the same voting rights, regardless of their faith background. In all life cycle events, such as welcoming newborn babies and bar/bat mitzvahs, all family members are invited to the bima (pulpit) to join in celebration, offer congratulatory remarks, and lead English readings from the siddur (prayerbook). Synagogue honors expressed as commandments to Jews (blessing candles or wine, or reading from the Torah) will be offered to Jewish family members.
We encourage all to participate in our worship, regardless of knowledge of Hebrew or Judaism. Page numbers are frequently announced and Hebrew prayers are transliterated (written in English letters) so that all can sing along.
For those interested in learning more about Judaism, we offer Discovering Judaism class every August. Post-conversion, Class participants will have the opportunity to become a member of the synagogue.
You must be Jewish to become a member of Temple Emanuel.
Benefits of Membership
The goal of theTemple Emanuel community is to facilitate the creation of relationships: with each other, with our clergy, and with Judaism.
Members have the opportunity to:
- Meet with our clergy for pastoral care
- Attend High Holy Days services
- Enroll your children in our Pre-School (Infant-Pre-K) and Religious School (K-12 program), including our B’nei Mitzvah program
- Hold life-cycle events such as weddings and funerals in our Sanctuary
- Rent our spaces for other purposes such as brises, meetings, and parties
- Travel with us on trips to Israel and other Jewish communities around the world
- Attend members-only events such as our Seder and Hannukah Party
- Join our Chavurot and Minyanim Groups (Including but not limited to, Wine Club, Foodies, Hiking Club, etc.)
What if I can't afford Membership?
No one is turned away due to an inability to pay. We accept members at a rate commensurate with their ability to pay. Payments may be made in installments.
Do I recieve High Holy Day Tickets with Membership?
Yes! With regular synagogue membership couples receive two adult tickets. Single members receive one adult ticket.
Interested in Membership?
We encourage you to worship with us at Shabbat services and/or engage in the many other programs and educational opportunities we offer to see if you'd like to consider becoming a member of our community.
If you’d like more information or would like to schedule a tour, please contact Rebecca Weinstein, Director of Membership & Administration, at 480-838-1414 or send an email via the Contact Us link.
We welcome you to become part of our community.