Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Rabbi Batsheva Appel is a native of Seattle and the rainy Pacific Northwest. Despite having lived in a number of different parts of the United States, moving to Tucson is a big change.

She graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences and Economics and entered the corporate world, first working in a research laboratory and then in sales and marketing. Rabbi Appel was an active layperson in her congregation, singing in the choir, taking classes, and serving on the Board of Directors, when she decided to become a rabbi. She attended Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and was in Israel the same year as Rabbi Cohon. Rabbi Appel was ordained from the New York campus of HUC-JIR.

Rabbi Appel has served as a sabbatical rabbi, rabbi-educator interim rabbi, assistant rabbi and associate rabbi in congregations on Long Island, and in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 2006 Rabbi Appel was named the Director of Rabbinic Services for the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life where she was the rabbi for more than 25 underserved congregations of all denominations in an eight-state area in the South. Rabbi Appel comes to Temple Emanu-El after serving as the senior rabbi of KAM Isaiah Israel in Chicago for the past four years.

She is involved in interfaith dialogue and was president of the Hyde Park Kenwood Interfaith Council, which is more than a century old.

Rabbi Appel wrote the chapter on how eating locally is a Jewish choice in the book The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic. As soon as she gets settled here in Tucson, she will be checking out the farmers' markets and CSA possibilities.

She also enjoys reading, walking, swimming, knitting, cooking, and baking.

Rabbi Appel sees Jewish learning as an ongoing passion and thinks "the best learning is transformative, changing who we are and how we act in the world."


Marjorie Hochberg

Marjorie Hochberg has been the full time Cantorial Soloist at Temple Emanu-El for 14 years. In addition to her role as officiant at Shabbat and Festival services and life-cycle events, she is primary B'nai Mitzvah coordinator and shoulders the primary responsibility for teaching Hebrew, liturgy and cantillation to B'nai Mitzvah students and adults. She teaches Kitah Hey/7th Grade Hebrew school, teaches Hebrew to adults, coordinates the Teen, Adult and High Holy Day Choirs, and as a senior staff member, participates in communications, advertising and marketing aspects of the Temple administration.

At Temple Emanu-El, Marjorie Hochberg is respected as a teacher of young people and adults. In the words of one Bar Mitzvah, “I have become a better Jewish person because of you. And in the words of one parent, “Your kindness and patience are what made it possible for our daughter to go through the process of becoming a bat mitzvah in a positive, deeply meaningful way…You made her feel capable of anything.”