Temple Emanu-El (Tucson)

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Temple Emanu-El is a Reform synagogue in Tucson, Arizona. It was the first synagogue in the Arizona Territory and is the oldest congregation in the state; Emanuel's original building, known as the Stone Avenue Temple, is the oldest synagogue building in Arizona.


Although the Jewish community had been meeting for prayer for some years and had begun raising funds for a synagogue in 1905, the congregation was incorporated March 20, 1910, as The Hebrew Benevolent Society and dedicated the first synagogue building, the Stone Avenue Temple, the first synagogue built in the Arizona Territory, on Oct. 3, 1910, the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. In 1949 the congregation moved to a new building on North Country Club.[1]

Stone Avenue Temple[edit]

Emanu-El's original building, the Stone Avenue Temple, was a brick structure designed by architect Ely Blount. Blount blended a pedimented, pilastered Greek revival facade with rounded windows and twin towers in Rundbogenstil style. In 1937 the building was covered with stucco. The original stained-glass windows have been lost.[2] Since 1982, the building is listed in on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Barrio Libre Historic District.[3] It currently houses the Jewish Heritage Center of the Southwest.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.templeemanueltucson.org/history.html
  2. ^ http://www.jewishheritagecenter.net/architecture.html
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-07. Retrieved 2009-01-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://www.jewishheritagecenter.net/index.html
  5. ^ Jewish Heritage Report, Vol. I, No. 2 / Summer 1997, American Report Part II, AMERICAN NOTES, Tucson’s Stone Avenue Temple to be Jewish Cultural Center [1]

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