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

The following programs are slated for our 2013-2014 calendar.


Camp runs through July 26
(Not held July 4)

"Camp-a-Palooza" Summer Camp for Kids 2 to 6
NEW this year: Weekly sessions with special guests!
  9 Blood Donor Drive
It is permissible — indeed, desirable and praiseworthy — to donate blood to a blood bank, according to a Rabbinical Assembly responsum. New and loyal blood donors and volunteers always welcome! All presenting donors will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Something Sweet Dessert Lounge.
  14 Summer Shabbat Dinner
Share Shabbat dinner with family and friends at CAI. Enjoy an Israeli feast: “Salatim” Mediterranean-style fish, couscous, fruit and homemade rugelach. CAI members: adults $12; children $8; guests: adults $15, children $10. RSVP needed by June 10.
  30 – July 28

Summer Film Series begins
Free and open to all! Enjoy a movie, popcorn and lemonade and the pleasure of spending a few, cool moments in the shadow of each other’s presence. Stay after each showing for a casual discussion of the film.

June 30: Driving Miss Daisy
July 7: Yentl
July 14: School Ties
July 21: The Chosen
July 28: Everything is Illuminated


7, 14, 21 & 28 Summer Film Series continues (see above)


7,14 & 21 Adult Studies Kollel (Class): “New Year, New You!”
Sponsored by CAI and JFCS, sessions will include:
Caring for one’s self when caring for others; dealing with the guilt and/or responsibility of caring for others. Does it require faith or fortitude?; and transition planning for life’s changes. Each session will be led by a representative of JFCS and Rabbi Robert Eisen. Hard copy form.
  13 “Aloha CAI Spirit" Welcome Back Party
Come dressed in “ALOHA” beach wear for CAI's party to welcome everyone back from summer vaction! Enjoy food, music and contests; see old friends and make new ones … and pick up your High Holy Days tickets! Hard copy.
  31 Selihot Program & Service:
The Opening Service for the High Holy Days 5774
September 1 Kever Avot Memorial Service
  5 1st Day Rosh Hashanah Services
  6 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Services
  7 Shabbat Shuvah Service
  10 Tashlich at the Park
  13 Kol Nidre Services
  14 Yom Kippur Services

"Tee-off" FUN-raiser
Hosted by CAI’s Religious School, USY and Preschool/Kindergarten, families of all ages are welcome to share in the FUN (at this FUN-raiser). Come play with us at Golf n’ Stuff (6503 E. Tanque Verde). Includes unlimited miniature golf, go-karts, bumper boats and laser tag (some height restrictions); tokens for batting cages and video games. Hard copy.

  18 Sukkot Dinner


19 1st Day Sukkot Services
  20 2nd Day Sukkot Services
  25 Hoshanah Rabbah Service

Shemini Atzeret Service, Yizkor & Yahrzeit Plaque Dedication

Simhat Torah Dinner: "Triple Bar in the Midbar"

Hakafot, Torah Roll and Simhat Torah Celebration

  27 Simhat Torah Celebration continues
October 4 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner
  6 Blessing of the Pets
  16, 23, 30,
Nov. 6 & 13
Adult Studies Kollel (Class): “Jewish Law and Bioethics”
Five local doctors will speak on a given topic each week: Dr. Jerry Neuman, The Technology of Birth; Dr. Howard Schwartz, Euthanasia & the Definition of Death; Dr. Ole Theinhaus, Mental Health: Rights & Responsibilities; Dr. Barry Friedman, The Delivery of Medical Services; Dr. Stephen Seltzer, Organ Transplants. Hard copy.
  18 "Shir Hadash: A New Song" Service & Dinner


1 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner
  3 Tucson Board of Rabbis Pew Report Panel Discussion
  8 – 9

Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Ethan Tucker



Hanukkah Party
Celebrate the “Festival of Lights” with us!
Includes candlelighting; dinner with latkes, performances by CAI’s Adult and Youth Choirs, a readers’ theater production of “Hershel of Ostropol and the Hanukkah Goblins,” a sing-a-long, and a menorah making contest.
Hard copy.

  6 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner
  8 MITZVAH 613 Torah Project Siyum
  14 Latkes and Vodkas Adult "Hanukkah" Party
Mingle and enjoy a variety of latkes and toppings to try and different martinis to sample. Non-alcoholic beverages and a full cash bar also available; music by pianist Mark Willis.
Hard copy.

Congregational Bowling Party
Bring the whole family & invite your friends to spend the afternoon “striking out” with us … we’ve got the whole place to ourselves! (Members only event.) Bumpers & ramps available for the kids.
Hard copy.

5 Blood Donor Drive with the American Red Cross


12 Tu B'Shevat in the Park
Trees are regarded as special gifts from God and are symbols of goodness and nobility. We observe Tu B'Shevat by eating fruits grown on trees from the Land of Israel. Join us for this family program open to all at McDonald Park (Catalina Hwy./Harrison) in which participants go through stations of a seder, plant parsley seedlings, learn Israeli dancing, followed by a nature walk.
  22, 29 &
Feb. 5
The Wisdom of Jewish Tucson
An adult education series to provide our community an opportunity to share what we know: our passions and/or our “purpose” as Jews and about Judaism. Each week, a different keynote speaker (Hon. Stanley Feldman, Dr. Richard Green & Mayor Jonathan Rothschild) will open the evening, followed by two sessions led by a choice of noted Jewish experts in their fields.

8th Annual Mah Jongg Tournament and Lunch



Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner


Festival of Israeli Art Show and Sale
Exclusive Preview Gala for Sponsors Thursday, February 13, 7:00 to 10:00pm with food, wine and music!

  14 Festival of Israeli Art Show and Sale
Open to public 11:00am – 2:00pm • Free admission
With art lecturers from the UA Museum of Art at 11:00am
Fleurette & Marc Wallach will present “Art and Soul”
Does art exist only “for art’s sake”? Why should art matter to me? Art can be medicine for the soul. This presentation considers works of art through more personal and emotionally rich lenses. If we invite art to respond to the issues of our inner lives, it can help us deal with life’s key challenges.

Festival of Israeli Art Show and Sale
Open to public 7:30pm – 10:00pm • Free admission
With dessert reception

  16 Festival of Israeli Art Show and Sale
Open to public 9:00am – 2:00pm • Free admission
With art project for children at 9:30am & 12:30pm
All ages; All free!
Local artist Julie Stein will guide children through three stations:
1.    Make a small clay pot
2.    Paint on canvas using acrylic paints
3.    Decorate a picture frame



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

All families in CAI’s Preschool/Kindergarten and any family with young children are invited to share this special Kabbalat Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Robert Eisen to welcome the Sabbath with stories; songs performed by the Preschool/Kindergarten children led by music specialist Susan Kravitz; followed by kid-friendly Shabbat dinner. $25 per family (2 adults & up to 4 children). Additional adults $10 per person. RSVP by Mar. 3 to Kim.


Purim Palooza!
Everyone welcome, with costumes encouraged! We’ll start with a creative Megillah reading (the story of Purim) and a costume parade. A carnival starts at 10:30am with games, prizes, face painting and an inflatable “jump, climb & slide.” The reading, costume parade and carnival are free. Lunch (pasta, salad, hamentashen and a beverage) will be offered 11:00am-12:30pm for a nominal fee. No admission fee, but please RSVP to Barb.

  26 Passover Seder Heder Adult Education Class
Rabbi Robert Eisen will lead participants through “‘Making Sense of Passover Observance” and Rabbi Ben Herman will talk about “The Seder Customs of Sephardic and Middle Eastern Jews,” followed by tastings and recipes of three variations of haroset by Max Ellentuck. Fee: At least one box of matzah for CAI’s “Matzah and More” Passover Food Drive to benefit Jewish Family & Children’s Service. RSVP needed by Mar. 21 to Michelle.


Second Night Passover Seder, 6:45pm
Participate in one of Judaism’s most beautiful and meaningful festivals. Share great dialogue, family participation; supervised children’s play; traditional 4-course dinner by L’Chaim Catering. CAI Members: Adults $45; children $30; Guests: Adults $55; children $40; College Students: $37; Military Personnel: $37. No charge for children in high chairs.
Reservations a must by Apr. 11.
  26 "Salsa, Sangria & Sunset,"  8:15pm
l those 21+ are invited to enjoy a sampling of salsas and sangrias while we share the pleasure of each other’s company on the synagogue's patio; music. Supervised child care (ages 8+) with movie and popcorn (indoors) provided at no charge. Presented by CAI’s Community Engagement Committee. $10 per person with paid reservations by Apr. 24.



Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner

  18 Lag B'Omer Family Picnic, 12:00pm, Brandi Fenton Park (River/Dodge)

Meet us at Brandi Fenton Park, Ramada A4 for a fun afternoon. Bring your own dairy lunch; CAI will provide drinks, watermelon, dessert & games. No charge to attend; however, reservations requested by May 15 to Barb.

  19 CAI's 83rd Annual Meeting, Dinner 6:00pm; meeting 7:00pm

All members of the congregation are invited to help us give a “Vaya Con Dios,” a Southwestern farewell to CAI’s Assistant Rabbi Ben Herman, who is taking a new pulpit in Long Island. Includes Mexican dinner and reports from Board of Trustees, affiliate group representatives & committee chairs; election & installation of officers & Board of Trustees. Dress in “southwestern” attire and bring your favorite Southwestern kosher recipe on a 4×6 card to give to Rabbi Herman and his fiancée as a gift to begin their new life together. No charge to attend; however, reservations required by May 14. For more information & to RSVP, contact Barb.

  27 Yom Yerushalayim Program, 7:00pm

Program to celebrate the 47th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. The evening includes: The showing of “Hunting Elephants,” a comedy written and directed by Israeli Reshef Levi that centers on a 12-year-old Israeli boy who is dealt a cruel double-blow: his father is killed while working at the local bank; then the bank decides to repossess the boy’s home. The boy must find money fast, and so decides to rob the bank that’s offended him, but he needs a team. Unfortunately, the only crew he has access to is three senior citizens. Refreshments & social time. No charge to attend; however, reservations are requested to Michelle.



Tikkun Leil Shavuot: A Guide to the Evening of Shavuot, 7:00pm

Annual program to observe the celebration of the anniversary of the day Moses received the Ten Commandments from God.

Mincha & Shavuot Evening Service 7:00pm; dairy dinner 7:30pm; at 8:15pm, study session with choice of Rabbi Robert Eisen presenting “Tales of the Mashgiach” or Rabbi Ben Herman presenting “The Marriage Between God and Israel,” followed by another study session at 9:15pm and choice of Katherine, Aaron & Natalie Leonard presenting “The Book of Ruth,” Mike Jacobson presenting “The Jewish Calendar,” or Howard Schwartz with “Why Bother?” Cheesecake at 10:15pm, and the reading of the Book of Ruth at 10:30pm, concluding at about 11:30pm. $8 per person to attend dinner; service, study program, etc. no charge. For more information & to RSVP, contact Michelle.


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 Barb Neuman.