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 2015-16 calendar.

19 Community Summer Shabbat Service & Dinner
  28 thru July 19

Summer Film Series

July 5, 12 & 19 Summer Film Series continues
August 2

"Welcome Back from Summer" at the Gaslight Theatre
CAI members are invited to share each other’s company after the summer break while watching the Gaslight Theatre’s latest production, “Space Wars: May the Farce Be with You.” Cheer for the hero… boo the villains! Fun, frivolity, family, friends, laughter and popcorn. (Food/beverages extra.)

Doors open at 5:30pm; show 6:00pm. Adults $18; children (2 to 12) $10. Limited seating. RSVP to Barb by July 17.

    Click here for information about the HIGH HOLY DAYS at CAI
  19, 26 & Sept. 2, 7:00-9:00pm

Adult Education Kollel: The High Holy Days: "Are You Ready?"
Every year, from about the end of August until Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Eisen is asked: “Rabbi, are you ready?” Ready? For what? For the High Holy Days, of course. Though he approaches the time of year very differently than most, his usual response is: “Are you?!” By which he means: These days are not about him, they are about “us” – as individuals and as a community. Whether he is ready with notes, sermons, signs and songs is not as important as whether we are looking inward to find our own faith and fortitude to make this a NEW year.

To help us each answer the question: “Are you?” we have invited some congregants to share with us something of importance to them; something that helps them with their preparation for this season, so that it can become that much more for us as well.

August 19: Rabbi Dr. Bennett Blum presents “Forgiveness: The Law and The Lore”
August 26: Rabbi Dr. Howard Schwartz presents “T’SHUVAH (Repentance): Up Close & Personal: What Does/Can it Mean in Today’s World?”
September 2: Scott Lewis presents “Learning to Learn from Each Other: A Collaborative Exploration of our Jewish Ethics through PIRKE AVOT”

$18 for the 3-week series PLUS food or cash donation for the Community Food Bank. Contact Michelle to RSVP or click here.

  21 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner, service 5:45pm, dinner 7:00pm
This interactive and upbeat Shabbat celebration for families incorporates fun-spirited melodies and family-themed activities. We’ll share Shabbat dinner, followed by Open Lounge in the Youth Center with games and fun. Come celebrate Shabbat with ruach (spirit) and your congregational family! 
Dinner $25 per family (two adults & up to 4 children) and/or adults (13+) $10 per person. Please RSVP by Aug. 17 Kim or click here
September 3 AIPAC & CAI present
"The Global Implications of a Nuclear Iran"

For security purposes, an RSVP is required. More information. RSVP online.
    Click here for information about the HIGH HOLY DAYS at CAI

Selihot Program & Service
Please join us for the opening service to the High Holy Days
7:45pm Wine, Cheese and Dessert Reception
8:30pm Havdallah Program: “The Disputation – Nachmanides Debates Before King James of Aragon”
9:45pm Changing of the Torah Covers
10:00pm Selihot Service

There is no charge to attend; however, reservations are requested by Aug. 31. Contact Barb.

  6 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.

1st Day Rosh Hashanah Services

All military personnel, college students and unaffiliated Jews 20- to 39-years-old are invited to attend High Holy Days services at no charge. Tickets are required. Contact Barb.


2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Services
CAI will open its doors to the Tucson Jewish community as an opportunity to showcase the warmth and tradition that has been its hallmark for 85 years. We want to make it easy for everyone to come pray, but for security reasons we ask that —in advance — you send us your name, address and email before the holidays. You will also need to provide ID at the door. Contact Barb.


Tashlich at the Park, 4:00pm

  22 Kol Nidre Services
  23 Yom Kippur Services
  27 Community Sukkot Dinner, 6:00pm


28 1st Day Sukkot Services
  29 2nd Day Sukkot Services
October 5

Shemini Atzeret Service, Yizkor & Yahrzeit Plaque Dedication, 9:00am

Simhat Torah Dinner & Celebration5:30pm

  6 Simhat Torah Celebration & Lunch, 9:00am
  11 Blessing of the Pets, 11:35am
Our pets are such a part of our lives: a presence in our homes and in our hearts; companions in times of joy and comfort in times of pain. Everyone is welcome to join us – with your pet(s) safely leashed or caged – for a brief service to recognize how important our pets are to us. No charge.
  16 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner, service 5:45pm, dinner 7:00pm
This interactive and upbeat Shabbat celebration for families incorporates fun-spirited melodies and family-themed activities. We’ll share Shabbat dinner, followed by Open Lounge in the Youth Center with games and fun. Come celebrate Shabbat with ruach (spirit) and your congregational family! 
Dinner $25 per family (two adults & up to 4 children) and/or adults (13+) $10 per person. Please RSVP by Oct. 12 Kim or click here.
  19 “Firefighters Beyond Borders” Delegation, 2:30pm
  23 Shabbat Under the Stars, 5:45pm


1 Mishpachah Program: Family Game Day & BBQ, 12:00pm

Scholar-in-Residence Gil Hoffman
Gil Hoffman is the chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post. Well-connected to Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Hoffman has interviewed every major figure across the Israeli political spectrum, has been interviewed by top media on six continents and is a regular analyst on CNN, Al-Jazeera and other news outlets. Called "the most optimistic man in Israel" by Israel Television, Hoffman's writing and TV appearances provide a behind the scenes look at both the intrigue and humor in the Israeli political arena.

His visit will include a Shabbat dinner* and presentation, and delivering the Shabbat morning D’var Torah and an afternoon presentation on Saturday. Read more here.

*RSVP & fee required by Nov. 9 for Shabbat dinner only. RSVP here.

December 5

"Latkes & Vodkas" Hanukkah Party for Adults, 8:00pm
Enjoy a variety of gourmet latkes and toppings, five different martini samplers & decadent dessert bar. Non-alcoholic beverages and a beer & wine cash bar available. Must be 21+. $18 per person. RSVP here.


Adult Education Kollel: The “Real Story” of HANUKKAH, 9:30-10:30am
If most Jews knew the “real story” of Hanukkah, they probably wouldn’t celebrate it! HINT: It involves events that resonate to this day – gross inequality and religious coercion. Join us for a special class where we will explore the texts/history behind this holiday

There is no charge, but a contribution (non-perishable food item or monetary donation) to the Community Food Bank is appreciated. Please RSVP to Michelle.

  8 Community Hanukkah Party, 6:00pm
Join us on the 3rd Night of Hanukkah to celebrate the “Festival of Lights.” Enjoy dinner with latkes, pasta, salad & ice cream; candle lighting; crafts; a skit called “The 8 Candles” with CAI’s Junior USYers; a concert and sing-a-long with CAI’s Adult & Youth Choirs led by Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny; and more. $6.13 per person (all ages) with paid RSVP thru Dec. 4; $13 after 12/4 & at the door.
  25 "MITZVAH" Bowling Party, 11:00am-1:00pm, Tucson Bowl, 7020 E. 21st St.
Bring the whole family & invite your friends… we want to “pin” you down, so don’t “split” on us! We’ve got the whole place to ourselves! This will be right up your “alley” as we’re adding a Social Action component (TBD). Bumpers & ramps available for the kids. Unlimited bowling; includes shoes. $7 per bowler, all ages; 5 & under free. (Kosher pizza & beverages for sale). RSVP required by Dec. 23.
9 Mishpachah Program: Havdallah Under the Stars and
Choose Your Own Jewish Adventure
  17 Mah Jongg Tournament in the tradition of Linda Roy
  23 Shabbat Shira
Special musical Shabbat featuring the CAI Adult & Youth Choirs directed by Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny. Join us in song for the “Sabbath of Song” with some new melodies to familiar prayers and explore some of the varied repertoire of our heritage.

"Casino Night" Fundraiser, 7:30pm
A fun-filled adults-only evening to benefit the Esther B. Feldman Preschool/Kindergarten
Sponsor Form

Enjoy casino gambling (for fun and entertainment), hors d’oeuvres and dessert, a cash bar, live music and dancing,  and fabulous raffle prizes (a Canyon Ranch Spa Retreat, a Rocky Point Vacation Getaway, an Autographed UofA Basketball and Tickets to a PAC-12 Game, and much more). $50 per person ($65 after Jan. 11 and at the door) includes two drink tickets and $25 in casino chips. Cocktail attire requested. RSVP here.

  24 Blood Donor Drive
  24 Tu B'Shevat Seder
February 7 Mishpachah Program: Dinner & a Movie
  10,17 & 24

The Wisdom of Jewish Tucson, 7:00-8:30pm
"What We Need to Know About…” CAI has invited three speakers of different faiths for the program:
On Feb. 10 we welcome Dr. Watheq Alobaidi from the Muslim Community Center of Tucson;
On Feb. 17 the keynote is Rev. Gerald Kicanas with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson;
On Feb. 24 the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Cole Thies, will join us.

Cost for the 3-week series: $18 per person PLUS food donation for the Community Food Bank.

For more information & to RSVP, contact Michelle.


9 & 16

Adult Education Kollel
“Not Your Children’s Purim Party: How to do Purim as an Adult”‚Äč


Mishpachah Program: Prepping for Purim


Purim Party & Dinner

April 6 Adult Education Class: Seder Cheder
  15 Mishpachah Program: Shabbat Under the Stars and Family Program
    Mishpachah Program: Passover


Second Night Passover Seder
Participate in one of Judaism’s most beautiful and meaningful festivals. Share great dialogue, family participation; supervised children’s play; traditional 4-course dinner.


(alt. date May 23)

CAI's 85th Annual Meeting, 6:00pm

  25 Erev Lag B'Omer BBQ & Concert
June 5

Yom Yerushalayim Program
This annual observance celebrates the anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.

  11 Tikkun Leil Shavuot: A Guide to the Evening of Shavuot

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 Barb Gould.