Throughout the year, a wide variety of social, cultural, educational and religious programs, as well as special events are planned to appeal to the broad range of interests of Congregation Anshei Israel's membership and the community.

The following programs are slated for our 2016-17 calendar.

5 Yom Yerushalayim Program, 7:00pm

Tikkun Leil Shavuot: A Guide to the Evening of Shavuot

  17 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner
July 10 thru August 7

Summer Film Series

  22 Traditional Community Shabbat Dinner
  31 Blood Donor Drive with the American Red Cross
August 5 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner
  19 "Rhythm and Ruach" Family Shabbat Service & Dinner

Welcome Back Party & Open House

September 2 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner
  7, 14 & 21

Adult Education Kollel: The High Holy Days

  16 “Rhythm and Ruach” Family Shabbat Service & Dinner
  24 Selihot Program & Service, 8:00pm
The evening includes a wine, cheese and dessert reception; Havdallah program “Areshet S’fateinu … May the Words of our Lips … Translating Prayer into Song”; the changing of the Torah covers and a moment to honor our Minyan; followed by the opening service to the High Holy Days, Selihot, at 10:00pm. No charge; however, reservations are requested by Sept. 19. Call Debra at 745-5550, ext. 242.
  25 Kever Avot Memorial Service10:30 am
at Evergreen Cemetery, Anshei Israel Section

Even if your loved ones are not buried in CAI’s Cemetery, you are encouraged to participate in the service and pay your respects to your dearly departed. The 30-minute service includes a special booklet of prayers.

Shabbat Under the Stars

October 7 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner

Tashlich at the Park

  16 Community Sukkot Dinner
  21 "Rhythm & Ruach" Family Shabbat Service & Dinner

Simhat Torah Dinner & Celebration

  25 Simhat Torah Celebration & Lunch
  30 Blessing of the Pets


4 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner

Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Eliezer Diamond

  18 "Rhythm & Ruach" Family Shabbat Service & Dinner
  22 Sigd: An Ethiopian Jewish Celebration
December 2

Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner

  11 Mishpachah (Family) Program: Hanukkah Cards & Crafts with Handmaker
We’ll begin at CAI at 12:00pm with pizza lunch & games in the Linda Roy Youth Center. Then we’ll caravan to Handmaker at 1:00pm to visit and play games together, and help the residents make holiday cards for their families. It’s all FREE, but you must RSVP to Nichole Chorny by Dec. 6.
Mishpachah Programs are specially designed for families with children, but everyone is welcome! Join us on a Jewish journey of making friends, building community, learning about Judaism and family fun.
  16 Family Shabbat Experience Service & Dinner

Pre-Hanukkah Family Party
Everyone is welcome! Join us at 9:00am for Minyan in the Epstein Chapel; at 9:30am we’ll have learning activities for youth in the Rabbi Breger Hall, as well as an Adult Education Kollel with Rabbi Robert Eisen in the Library (see below). At 10:30am, participate in a Maccabiah Competition & Hanukkiah Torch Run Lighting in the Rabbi Breger Hall led by USY; followed at 11:30am by a Hanukkah Party with food & games. It’s all free, but please RSVP by Dec. 14 to Kim.

Adult Education Kollel, 9:30am
Rabbi Robert Eisen will present “The Making of Miracles.” For Hanukkah, we pause to remember that a great miracle happened. How did it happen? Did “we” have anything to do with it? What does our tradition teach us regarding miracles and how can that understanding deepen our appreciation for, and observance of, Hanukkah? No charge to attend, but RSVP needed by Dec. 14 to Michelle. Attendees are invited to stay and participate in our Pre-Hanukkah Party (see above).

  25 Congregational Bowling Party

Community Hanukkah Party

15 11th Annual Mah Jongg Tournament
  18+ Parenting with Love and Logic Techniques
  20 Family Shabbat Experience Service & Dinner
  22 Blood Donor Drive with the American Red Cross
February 1, 8 & 15

4th Annual "The Wisdom of Jewish Tucson"


Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner
Service 5:45pm; dinner 6:15pm

(Hosted by CAI’s Giborim preschool class of 3-year-olds) Special Kabbalat Shabbat Service for young families to welcome the Sabbath with stories and songs, followed by kid-friendly Shabbat dinner. $25 per family (2 adults & up to 4 children). Additional adults $10 per person. RSVP by Jan. 30 to Kim.

  5 CAI Super Bowl Party
A Mishpacha (Family) Program
  10 Tu B’Shevat Seder & Shabbat Dinner Experience
  11 Shabbat Shira, 9:00am
Come learn new melodies and join us in song for the “Sabbath of Song.” This musical Shabbat will feature CAI’s Adult and Youth Choirs directed by Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny during a special “Sermon-in-Song.” Throughout the service you will hear some new melodies to familiar prayers, and will explore some of the varied repertoire of our heritage.
  11 “Live Your Shabbat”!
Shabbat Immersion Program
  17 Family Shabbat Experience Service & Dinner
  26 NEW! Hamentaschen for Hunger



Adult Education Kollel: Purim

  1+ Parenting with Love and Logic Techniques

Tot Shabbat / Preschool-Kindergarten Service & Dinner

  11 Traditional Megillah Reading
7:07pm in the Epstein Chapel with Ma’ariv

Traditional Megillah Reading
7:00am in the Epstein Chapel with Minyan


Purim Carnival, "Frozen" Spiel & Lunch

  15 Poland Trip Information Meeting, 7:00pm in the Library


Join Rabbi Robert Eisen for an informational & organizational meeting to discuss the preliminary details of this important opportunity, a special journey being planned to “Poland and Israel: From the Shoah to Survival” in late Spring/early Summer 2018. Please let us know if you plan to attend this meeting. Contact Michelle. If you can’t make the meeting, but would like more information, please let Michelle know.

  17 Shabbat Under the Stars/Family Shabbat Dinner
  31 Shabbat Under the Stars



Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner

  9 Passover Family Workshop / Adult Education Kollel
  11 Second Night Passover Seder
  21 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner
May 2 Yom Ha'atzmaut Concert
  5 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner



CAI's 86th Annual Meeting


Family Shabbat Service & Dinner

  30 Tikkun Leil Shavuot
June 2

Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner

New programs are always in development. If you are interested in attending any event at CAI,
or would like more information about an event, please contact Debra Lytle.