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80 Percent of Tucson’s 7,000 Jews Affiliated with Temples, Center

Four-fifths of the Jewish community of Tucson is affiliated with one of the two local religious institutions or the Jewish Community Center, a recent survey revealed.

The study, conducted in connection with a master thesis on the Jewish community by Gil Kushner, a graduate student at the University of Arizona, established that there were 1, 875 Jewish families –totalling 7,084–in Tucson. This is the high mark of permanent Jewish residence in the city. Only 388 families are not affiliated with either a synagogue or the community center. Tucson’s first house of worship, Temple Emanu-El was opened in 1910.