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About Us

Temple Solel was established by a group of 12 individuals living in the greater Phoenix area. This group shared a vision of a congregation committed to worship and education, hoping to remain a warm and personal community as it met its mission. Since 1966, Temple Solel has matured to what you see now, a progressive synagogue that blends Jewish values, ethics and traditions into a house of worship and community. Temple Solel offers worship services, programming, social functions and volunteer opportunities for all age groups.

Our Mission

The mission of Temple Solel is to be a vibrant, inclusive and engaged Reform community, grounded in relationships and deeds, and elevated by Shabbat and Torah.

We see the divine spark in each individual by together:

  • Warmly welcoming all who enter
  • Nurturing lifelong learning
  • Creating joy through prayer and music
  • Celebrating holidays and sharing life cycles
  • Fostering a love of Israel, and
  • Working for tikkun olam — repairing the world

Temple Solel is a growing, welcoming Reform congregation offering engaging programs for congregants from all walks of life and across the age spectrum.
Our name, Solel, tells something about our philosophy. The Hebrew word Solel means Pathfinder in English. Since our founding in 1966, we have looked for fresh pathways and approaches to Jewish celebration, learning and living, while maintaining an abiding respect for traditional Jewish values.
Temple Solel has seven values we aim to uphold.

Our Values

Who we are

Clergy Team

Rabbi John Linder

Rabbi Debbie Stiel

Cantorial Soloist Todd Herzog

Professional  and Support Staff

Peter Pishko - Executive Director

Tobee Waxenberg - Director, Raker Religious School

Linda Irish - Director, The Solel Preschool

Howard Clark - Controller

Joan Giannini - Office Manager

Alberto Mena - Facilities Manager

Mason Marks - Engagement/Communications Specialist

Jesse Edwards - Raker Religious School Assistant

Tara Marcussan - Clergy Assistant

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