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Choosing Judaism

Whether you grew up a little Jewish or lot, in another faith tradition or none at all, we are all ultimately Jews by Choice. Wherever you are on your Jewish journey, Temple Emanuel of Tempe is here to support you. 

Take A Class

Although each person’s journey to conversion is different the timeframe for conversion is generally about 18-24 months in total.   For those interested in conversion, the first step is education.   We offer several learning opportunities throughout the year, including our free Taste of Judaism courses which are offered both in the spring and the fall.  If you decide to go through conversion, you will be required to take our Discovering Judaism course. This course begins each fall and runs for approximately 7 months.   It is ideal for non-Jews considering conversion to Judaism, non-Jews engaged or married to Jews wishing to learn more about Jewish culture, and Jews looking to amplify what they learned about Judaism as children. During this course, we will explore Life Cycle (events and rituals), the Holidays, Jewish History, Jewish Prayer, Torah, Talmud and Sacred Texts, Israel, Ethics, and much more.

Please click here to check out all of our current Adult Education offerings here.

Come to a Service

Everyone is welcome at our Shabbat services!

We would love to have you join us for our worship service.  

Friday evening Erev Shabbat Services

Our Friday Night Shabbat Services are normally available in person and also streamed virtually.  

We welcome you to join us in whichever manner you are most comfortable. 

Attending In-person

If you choose to join us in person, please click here to RSVP through our calendar so that we know to expect you!  Our services are held each Friday beginning at 6:30 pm at Temple Emanuel, located at 5801 S. Rural Road.  Please plan on being at the Temple by 6:15 pm to allow time for you to check in with our greeters, meet a few of our wonderful congregants, and find a seat before the service begins.  

If you have not previously had the opportunity to join us before, click here for some insight on what to expect!

Attending Virtually

Our Shabbat Service is streamed weekly on our Facebook page and interactively through Zoom.

Meeting ID: 916 3232 7896 | Passcode: shalom

Saturday Morning Services

Saturday Morning Torah Study – 9:15 am (online only)

Each Saturday morning beginning at 9:15 am, we will gather to examine the Torah portion assigned to the week, searching for new insights regarding how our ancient tradition applies to our modern lives. No prior Torah Study experience is necessary.

Meeting ID: 958 5868 0146 | Passcode: Torah

Shabbat Morning Worship 10:30 am (always online, in-person only when we have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah Scheduled. 

Please click here to check our calendar, then select the date to find out if we will be in person or for the Zoom Link information.

Have questions?

Rabbi Olshein hopes to inspire congregants to find meaning in Jewish traditions, both in times of crisis and at times of joy, and to empower them to create their own traditions. She knows what it's like to be unaffiliated, to come from an interfaith family and to reconnect with Judaism as an adult by "trying things on." 

Whether you are looking to convert to Judaism or find new meeting in your heritage, we are here to help you on your journey. 

Click here to email Rabbi Olshein's Clergy Assistant for more information about our programs and discuss how we can assist you on your Jewish journey. 

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