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Drawing on the incredible tradition of Judaism, Congregation Beit Simcha and Rabbi Sam Cohon reach beyond the walls of the synagogue to learn, worship, serve and redefine what it means to be Jewish today with energy, creativity and joy.

Upcoming Special Events

Spring 2020

Second Passover Seder

  • Date to be Announced
  • First Night Seder
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About Us

We are a new congregation as of the Fall of 2018, and celebrated a highly successful first year. You can help us create history as we begin a new chapter in the Jewish people’s incredible, eternal story.

OUR VISION

Congregation Beit Simcha (House of Joy) was established in 2018 by a group of passionate and caring congregants and Senior Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon to create a congregation that would strive each day to do just what our name implies, which is to “Serve God with Joy.” (Psalm 100:2) Beit Simcha works toward a society in which Judaism is central to the lives of Jews and is a profound and positive force in the community and the world. The Congregation will reach far beyond the walls of the synagogue to learn, worship, serve and continually redefine what it means to be Jewish today.

OUR VALUES

We believe that Judaism can and does change the world, and we are committed to ensuring it continues to do so through the eternal miracle of the Jewish people.





We believe that all synagogues should seek to transform the way people experience Jewish life, and we strive to make the experience meaningful to each congregant.





We know that a depth and breadth of Jewish engagement - including commitments to study (Torah), worship (Avodah), and social justice (Tikun Olam) - strengthens us and makes for a deeper, richer Jewish life.





We believe in creating a warm and welcoming home for our members and guests, and we look outward to build strong partnerships that reinforce and strengthen our congregation as well as the larger community outside the congregation.





We believe that Israel is central to what it means to be Jewish, and we are committed to an Israel that is strong, vibrant and at peace.

OUR COMMUNITY

Congregation Beit Simcha is an inclusive and welcoming community. Our members reflect the diversity of the City of Tucson, coming from all walks of life and backgrounds and ethnicities. We welcome Jewish families in all their diversity, and we encourage participation from all who seek a connection to Jewish life and want to be part of our sacred community.

LEADERSHIP

Congregation Beit Simcha’s leaders are devoted to our temple community and active in the life of our congregation. The leadership team consists of Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Director of Youth Education Sue Cohn, and our Board of Directors.

Shabbat Services & Experiences

Connect. Pray. Unwind.

Re-center yourself in the spiritual heart of our congregation.

It is so much more than services. Leave the frenzy of the week behind, connect with the Infinite, and plug into something that is both ancient and cutting edge, traditional and modern. Take a deep breath and join us as we sing ourselves into a place of awe, gratitude, and Jewish learning and inspiration.

Friday Evening Shabbat Service

Fridays at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday Morning Bagels and Lox Torah Study

Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday Morning Shabbat Service

Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.

Tot Kabbalat Shabbat

First Fridays at 5:30 p.m.

Our Community

Our mission is to join with God in “continually renewing the work of creation,” seeking together to build a dynamic faith-community and a greater world that reflect the eternal values of Judaism in positive and affirming ways.


JOIN US

We are proud to be a part of the Tucson community. Our faith provides us with a rich heritage, and embracing new congregants ensures that we will be here to serve generations to come.

Who Will Feel Comfortable at Congregation Beit Simcha?

Our members reflect the diversity of the City of Tucson, coming from all walks of life and backgrounds and ethnicities. We welcome Jewish families in all their diversity. Our programs are designed to meet the diverse spiritual, religious, educational and social needs of our members. We want to celebrate the happy times with you and support you and your loved ones during the challenging times as well.

Finding Your Community Within the Beit Simcha Community

There are many ways to become involved with our Congregation Beit Simcha community and to become acquainted with other congregants. During your first months, we hope to get to know you so that we can connect you with programs, groups and classes that complement your interests. We offer a warm and inviting atmosphere in which you can expand and explore your Jewish life. As you engage actively with your fellow congregants, you will not only grow your Jewish experience but you will also strengthen the synagogue community to the benefit of all.

We believe that all synagogues should seek to transform the way people experience Jewish life, and we strive to make the experience meaningful to each congregant.

We know that a depth and breadth of Jewish engagement - including commitments to study (Torah), worship (Avodah), and social justice (Tikun Olam) - strengthens us and makes for a deeper, richer Jewish life.

We believe in creating a warm and welcoming home for our members and guests, and we look outward to build strong partnerships that reinforce and strengthen our congregation as well as the larger community outside the congregation.

We believe that Israel is central to what it means to be Jewish, and we are committed to an Israel that is strong, vibrant and at peace.

How Do I Become a Member?

If you are ready to become a member, please download and complete our Membership Form and return it to Congregation Beit Simcha.

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Weekly Torah Talk

Adult Education Academy

Courses and Lectures

At Congregation Beit Simcha we are a community of lifelong Jewish learners, in the continual pursuit of spiritual growth and exploration. As Jews, we are compelled to question and debate. These courses and conversations energize us as we gain new perspectives and challenge ourselves. Our shared desire for knowledge and community enriches us as individuals and bonds us as a Congregation.

Congregation Beit Simcha thrives when we learn together. We hope you will find time on your calendar and in your mind to join us in this lifelong journey. To register for a course, please click on a link below.

Introductory Judaism

  • Taught by Rabbi Sam Cohon
  • Learn the basic concepts, experiences, texts and traditions of Judaism in this comprehensive course that covers Jewish beliefs, rituals, life-cycle experiences, annual calendar and history in an accessible, open way. What are the important holidays and how do we celebrate them? What do Jews believe about God, or life after death? How important is Israel to American Jews, and why? A perfect class for anyone interested in learning about Judaism for the first time, trying to fill in the gaps in her or his understanding of Jewish religion, or for renewing one’s knowledge of Jewish life, history and culture with an outstanding teacher.
  • Sundays, 1–2:30 pm, beginning February 2

Talmud Study

  • Taught by Rabbi Baruch Cohon
  • This course will include an introduction to rabbinic literature with a direct focus on Mishnah and Gemara, leading to a study of the development of the Jewish calendar, among other subjects, in the Babylonian Talmud. No prior knowledge of Talmud is required, nor is knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic needed (although of course it can add to the experience!).
  • Sundays, 1-2:30pm, 8 classes, beginning February 2nd

LIFE AFTER DEATH IN JEWISH BELIEF

  • Taught by Rabbi Sam Cohon
  • Most of us want to know what happens after we die. Is there life after death? Do we Jews even believe in that? Jewish tradition throughout history has answered, “Yes,” but in many ways and with varying understandings of just what eternal life entails. While Judaism is focused primarily on how to live life before death, there is still a rich and complex set of beliefs and traditions about what happens after we die. Explore the remarkable Jewish intellectual and spiritual world of life beyond life, and the eternal struggle to "look beyond the curtain." Join the great thinkers in our tradition in asking and answering the key questions. Are our souls independent entities? What are heaven and hell for Jews? Do we believe in resurrection? Should we believe in reincarnation? Discover how Jewish believers, moralists, rationalists, and mystics have viewed life after death in this fascinating series, and perhaps learn what redemption really means...

    Textbook included: The Death of Death by Neil Gilman
  • Thursday evenings, March 5, 12, 19, 26, 6:30–8pm

Zohar, the Crown of Kabbalah

  • Taught by Rabbi Sam Cohon
  • Now you can study the greatest Jewish mystical work of all, the crown of Kabbalah, with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, who founded the very first group in the world to learn this amazing work with Danny Matt’s significant English translation. The Zohar provides the opportunity for spiritual growth as well as incredible intellectual stimulation in a richly interactive exploration of the profound and complex themes central to all Jewish mysticism and belief. The Zohar is deep but also playful, and studying it in this unique way can bring healing and personal growth in often unexpected ways.
  • Tuesdays, 11:45am-1pm, beginning January 28th

The Exodus Project

  • Taught by Rabbi Sam Cohon
  • This is a weekly, interactive investigation of the seminal text of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and all Western Civilization with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon. We will use commentaries ancient, medieval, modern and post-modern as we study in depth and breadth the most fascinating of all Biblical books in free and open discussion of the many meanings and broad implications of the very first, and in many ways, most compelling, Jewish book. No knowledge of Hebrew or previous experience of Jewish text study is required, although it certainly is welcome!
  • Thursdays, 11:45am-1pm, beginning January 30th

Our Torah Scroll

Congregation Beit Simcha is proud that our first Torah scroll is one of the famed Czech Memorial Scrolls, received from the Czech Memorial Scrolls Trust located at Westminster Synagogue in London, UK. The regular use of this scroll brings back to life a Jewish community that is gone, and connects us to our history and heritage in profound and powerful ways.

Religious School

Bruchim Haba’im! Welcome to the Beit Simcha Religious School! We are thrilled to welcome you and your family to an experience of excellence in Jewish education.

The Beit Simcha Religious School is welcoming to all learners, in philosophy, and most importantly, in practice. That means, as a Jewish educator, I will take the time to get to know you, your child, your goals in Jewish education, the needs of your child, and how your child learns best. We will work together to ensure that your child and your family enjoy this Jewish educational experience, and get the most possible out of it. An environment of love for learning and the guiding vision that all learners are valued allows for learning that is rigorous and customized for each learner.

Each weekly lesson is based on the Understanding by Design model, in which students have a deep interaction with the material in order to develop enduring understandings that last far beyond each lesson. The instructional design at Beit Simcha is based on differentiated instruction, in which lessons and materials are customized to meet the needs of each student. This instructional design ensures that all students are engaged, and proceed through lessons at a pace that is appropriate to individual needs.

In order to make this highly-customized form of instruction possible, parents and guardians are encouraged to take an active role in religious school community, which includes volunteer opportunities during class sessions, and family education opportunities throughout the school year.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, at youthed@beitsimchatucson.org or (520) 305-9024.

L’Shalom,
Sue Cohn
Director, Youth Education

  • “If you are looking for a great place to worship and be part of a wonderfully growing temple family, Beit Simcha is a must on your list. Try ‘one’ service, and you will see what I mean.”

    Randy

  • “A wonderful Reform Congregation with the greatest Rabbi in town.”

    Lawrence

  • “The education my daughter received from Rabbi Cohon and the religious school at Beit Simcha for her Bat Mizvah far exceeded my expectations. It was fantastic!”

    Lorie