Holiday Information

Passover at CAI

“Matza and More” Passover Food Drive – thru Mar. 31
Donations of matza, other kosher-for-Passover food items & monetary donations to benefit Jewish Family & Children’s Service are requested in this drive coordinated by CAI’s Religious School. Please bring items to the marked box in the lobby outside the administrative office. For more information, contact Rabbi Barkan.

Ma‘ot Hittim
We do tzedakah (charity) when we help the poor and those who cannot help themselves. Right after the holiday of Purim, synagogues begin collecting tzedakah for the holiday of Pesah. This special tzedakah donation is called Ma’ot Hittim, (money for wheat). Years ago, Ma’ot Hittim was used to buy wheat and, this wheat was baked into matzah for poor people. Jews preparing to celebrate Pesah have always been concerned that everyone in the Jewish community be able to do so. Ma’ot Hittim are the special funds used to buy Passover supplies for those who need them, so that no one is deprived of a Seder because of economic difficulty. You can make a contribution to the Ma’ot Hittim Fund for this purpose, and help people here and in Israel. Please make your check payable to: Congregation Anshei Israel, ATTN: Ma’ot Hittim Fund and mail it to 5550 E. 5th St., Tucson, AZ 85711.

Passover Family Workshop – Sunday, Apr. 9, 9:00am-12:00pm
All youth and their families are invited to join us for “All Four Children: Everyone Has a Place at the Table.” We’ll begin with Minyan at 9:00am. While students are learning the songs of the Seder, parents may join Rabbi Eisen 9:30-10:30am for “Building a Seder” (see below). At 10:30am, parents will join their children by grade level to explore the deeper meaning of the prayers of the seder, followed by comedian Pam Schuller, who will talk about her experience of inclusion in the Jewish community. There is no charge to attend.

Adult Education Kollel: Passover – Sunday, Apr. 9, 9:30-10:30am
As part of our Passover Family Workshop, while students are learning the songs of the Seder, parents may join Rabbi Robert Eisen for “Building a Seder.” What are the basic building blocks which go into a Seder? What are some of the things we can do to enhance our experience? How can we have a meaningful and FUN time? There is no charge to attend. (Following the kollel, parents may rejoin their children for the remainder of the Passover Family Workshop.)

Sweet Tomatoes "Fun-Raiser" – Sunday, Apr. 9, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Where are you taking your family for your last bit of hametz before Passover? Meet us at Sweet Tomatoes (6202 E. Broadway at Wilmot) for Fun-Raiser Night! Sweet Tomatoes will donate 15% of sales generated by Congregation Anshei Israel when diners present a special flyer. Each flyer is good for everyone in your party … bring your friends and family! (Certain restrictions apply.)

Mechirat Hametz: Selling of Hametz
According to the Torah, Jews may neither eat nor own hametz (leavened) foods during the week of Passover. Many hametz foods can be disposed of prior to Pesah, but some cannot without significant loss. This problem can be resolved by selling, according to an ancient formula, any hametz foods to a non-Jew, who is not obliged to observe the holiday. The hametz is sold with the understanding that the seller will not partake of it during the week of Pesah. The hametz technically becomes the property of the non-Jew. However, it remains on the seller’s property, usually in a designated corner of the house or garage “rented” to the non-Jew. The hametz is repurchased immediately after Pesah for your continued use. Rabbi Robert Eisen will accept responsibility for instituting the transaction and for repurchasing the hametz after Pesah for your use. Please complete this form and return it to the synagogue before Monday, April 10.

Preschool/Kindergarten Closed – Apr. 10 – 18; No school in observance of Passover.

‚ÄčAdministrative Office Closures – Tuesday, Apr. 11 & Wednesday, Apr. 12 in observance of Passover.

Passover Schedule of Services

Monday, Apr. 10 – Erev Passover
      Minyan Service with Siyum for First Born 7:00am
      Mincha Service 12:30pm
Tuesday, Apr. 11 – 1st Day Passover
      Shacharit Service 9:00am
      Mincha/Ma’ariv Service 6:15pm
      Second Night Seder 6:45pm

Tuesday, April 11
2nd Night Passover Seder
Ma'ariv 6:15pm; seder begins promptly at 6:45pm

RSVP here.

Wednesday, Apr. 12 – 2nd Day Passover
      Shacharit Service 9:00am
      Mincha/Ma’ariv Service 7:20pm

Thursday, Apr. 13 – 3rd Day Passover
      Minyan Service 7:15am
      Mincha/Ma’ariv Service 5:30pm

Friday, Apr. 14 – 4th Day Passover
      Minyan Service 7:15am
      Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat Service 5:45pm

Saturday, Apr. 15 – 5th Day Passover (Shabbat)
      Shacharit Service 9:00am
      Mincha/3rd Meal/Ma’ariv Service 5:45pm

Sunday, Apr. 16 – 6th Day Passover
      Minyan Service 8:00am
      Mincha/Ma’ariv Service 5:30pm

Monday, Apr. 17 – 7th Day Passover
      Shacharit Service 9:00am
      Mincha/Ma’ariv Service 5:30pm

Tuesday, Apr. 18 – 8th Day Passover
      Shacharit Service/Yizkor 9:00am
      Mincha/Ma’ariv 7:25pm