The Ambassadors’ Reports earlier this month explored the national and local trends that spurred Congregation Or Chadash and Temple Emanu-El to begin a conversation about strengthening Reform Judaism in the Tucson community by considering a path toward a merger.

Before anything is decided or any vote is cast by our congregants, we will be distributing information so everyone involved can make an informed decision whether to continue along this path or not.

In this coming month of November, the Reports from the Task Forces will be distributed to the congregations. The schedule of town hall meetings throughout this month are listed below. At these meetings our goal is to review and discuss each report. Our congregants will have opportunities to learn more about each area of concern and to be fully informed before any vote is made to decide if we continue toward a merger. We will provide the reports and have meeting reminders via our weekly email communications, and the schedule will be posted on our websites.

Sunday, November 3rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Reports from the Finance & Governance Task Force
Sunday, November 17th, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Reports from the Facilities and Religious School Task Forces
Sunday, December 8th, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Reports from the Worship and Clergy Task Forces

The above Town Hall meetings will also be held at Temple Emanu-El from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Members of each task force from both synagogues, will attend the above town hall meetings to review and discuss their findings.

As always, we appreciate your concern, commitment, and passion that you bring to this conversation. Please send your thoughts and comments to our shared email account at We look forward to our continued conversations and everything you bring to our congregation.

**Three documents are available above:

  1. Introduction/Background for the Task Force reports,
  2. Report from the Finance Task Force, and
  3. Report from the Governance Task Force