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
Join us on Jerusalem Day to celebrate the anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. We will show the film “Genesis Land,” and pause to pay tribute to all that Jerusalem means to us. The film follows three mammals in their respective geographic habitats as the seasons change. Each of the animals – the wolves of the Golan Heights, the swamp cats of the Sea Of Galilee and the ibexes of the desert – opens a window to the world of plants and animals of the region, a world filled with amazing beauty, a world in which there is no hatred, and which is guided only by one urge – the urge for survival.
Utilizing amazing nature photography by award-winning cinematographer Moshe Alpert, and the magnificent ethnic-inspired music of Uri Ophir and internationally-acclaimed singer Noa, "Genesis Land" is a breathtaking and uplifting experience of sound and color. (Hebrew w/English subtitles; 1 hour 27 min.) There is no charge to attend.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot: A Guide to the Evening of Shavuot
Annual program to observe the celebration of the anniversary of the day Moses received the Ten Commandments from God.

Service 8:00pm; dairy dinner 8:15pm
Study Session 1 at 8:45pm: Rabbi Robert Eisen will present
"Megillat Ruth: The Character of the Characters”
Study Session 2 at 9:40pm: Rabbi Ruven Barkan will present “Is the Torah True? What Happened at Sinai?”
Dessert 10:30pm
Reading of the Book of Ruth 11:00pm

$8 per person to attend dinner; No charge for service, study sessions & dessert. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED by June 8 TO ATTEND ANY PORTION OF TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT.

  17 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner, service 5:45pm, dinner 7:00pm
Families of all shapes & sizes are invited to enjoy an interactive and upbeat Shabbat service, followed by a “picnic-like” Shabbat dinner (grilled chicken & hot dogs, potato salad, steamed vegetable, fruit & gelato), & Open Lounge in the Linda Roy Youth Center with games and fun. Dinner $25 per family (two adults & up to 4 children) and/or adults (13+) $10 per person. RSVP needed by June 14.
July 10 thru August 7

Summer Film Series
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.

July 10 • The Fiddler on the Roof
July 17 • Marjorie Morningstar
July 24 • The Dybbuk
July 31 • The Jazz Singer
August 7 • The Pawnbroker

  22 Traditional Community Shabbat Dinner
Enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner with family and friends at CAI (with linens, china plates and silverware!). Served family-style: roast chicken (vegetarian option upon request), vegetables, wild rice, salad and dessert. (Seating will be assigned.) CAI members: adults (ages 13+) $14; children $8; guests: adults $18, children $12. RSVP needed by July 18. 
  31 Blood Donor Drive with the American Red Cross, 9am – 2pm
With so many people on vacation during the summer months, you can help prevent a shortage: Share your good health by donating blood! All presenting donors will receive a free American Red Cross t-shirt (while supplies last), as well as knowing your act makes you a life saver. We welcome donors ages 16+. Call 1-800-REDCROSS for eligibility questions. To reserve a time slot, contact Margo.
August 5 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner
  19 "Rhythm and Ruach" Family Shabbat Service & Dinner
service 5:45pm, dinner 7:00pm
Help us create a new song! As we transition into the “Rhythm of Shabbat,” we will begin our service with a “Drum Circle” – we supply the instruments, you bring the rhythm! Percussion instruments will be available for all who wish to participate. Then 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. RSVP needed by Aug. 15.

Welcome Back Party & Open House, 12:00 – 2:00pm
There’s no place like home… there’s no place like CAI!

This “Wizard of Oz”-themed event will allow current synagogue members to see old friends after the summer break and make new ones, as well as let those interested in learning more about CAI get acquainted. Clergy, school directors, staff and affiliate group representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the synagogue, its services, schools, programs and gift shop. Learn about our award-winning Preschool/Kindergarten, Religious School & USY programs and ask about our FREE membership program that includes High Holy Days tickets.

Lunch is included and there will be fun activities for all ages (Witch’s jumping castle, Glinda the Good Witch “bubble” balls (requested $1 donation to benefit USY), Twister (get it?), and more. Watch “The Wizard of Oz,” get silly with props in our rainbow backdrop (bring your camera!), and play our CAI/OZ Trivia Contest… you could win a great prize!

IT’S ALL FREE, but we ask that attendees participate in our Mitzvah Project to benefit HOPE Animal Shelter (friends of Toto!). EACH PERSON: PLEASE BRING AS YOUR ADMISSION TO THE EVENT

  • Authority, Trader Joe’s, Fancy Feast or Kirkland brands dry or canned dog/cat food, or;
  • Dog/cat toys, or;
  • Laundry detergent, bleach or dish soap

RSVP by August 12 and be entered in a raffle;
winner will be drawn at the party.

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 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

  13 Mishpacha (Family) Program
  18 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner
December 2

Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner

  11 Mishpacha (Family) Program
  16 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner

Hanukkah Family Workshop / Adult Education Kollel

  25 Congregational Bowling Party

Community Hanukkah Party

15 11th Annual Mah Jongg Tournament
  20 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner
February 1, 8 & 15

The Wisdom of Jewish Tucson

  3 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner
  5 Mishpacha (Family) Program
  10 Tu B'Shevat Seder
  11 Shabbat Shira
  17 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner
  25 "Boots & Beer" Rodeo Party


1 & 8

Adult Education Kollel: Purim


Tot Shabbat / Preschool-Kindergarten Service & Dinner

  11 & 12 Traditional Megillah Readings

Creative Megillah Reading / Purim Carnival

  17 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner / Shabbat Under the Stars
  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.