Programs

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 2014-2015 calendar.

2014
June

2
Camp runs
through July 25

(Not held June 4, 5 & July 4; discounted rates)

Summer Camp for Kids begins
All children 2- to 6-years-old are welcome! Enjoy water play, story time, creative movement, playground time, singing with a music specialist, arts & crafts, and weekly guests (with animals, art, instruments, theatre, movement, puppets and more). Our secure facility has a modern, park-like shaded playground. Snacks are provided. M-F; Full days 9:00am – 3:00pm; Half days 9:00am – 12:30pm. Before/After Care 8:00-9:00am and/or 3:00-4:00pm daily for $6 per child, per hour. Hard copy form. For more information, contact Lynne Falkow-Strauss.

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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.

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Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner, service 5:45pm; dinner 6:15pm
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 June 2 to Kim.

July 11 Summer Shabbat Dinner, 6:45pm
It’s hot… let us do the cooking! Share a delicious Shabbat dinner with family and friends at CAI. Enjoy: BBQ chicken, corn, seasonal vegetable, green salad, fruit & brownies. (Vegetarian option available upon request.) CAI members: adults $12; children $8; guests: adults $15, children $10. RSVP needed by July 8. For more information & to RSVP, contact Barb or RSVP online.
  13 – August 10

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.

July 13: Crossing Delancey
July 20: Fill the Void
July 27: A Stranger Among Us
August 3: The Other Son
August 10: Hava Nagila

August 1 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner, service 5:45pm; dinner 6:15pm
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 July 28 to Kim.
  10 Blood Donor Drive
  15

NEW! 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. Then we’ll all share a Shabbat dinner, followed by an energetic song session! It’s new and will take place every third Friday. Everyone always welcome. Come celebrate Shabbat with your congregational family! Hard copy.

 

27, Sept. 3 & 10 Adult Studies Kollel (Class)
"Looking Forward, Looking Back: How to Make the New Year New"
September 17 Inspirational Author-in-Residence, 7:00pm
Rabbi Charles Sherman will share the remarkable story about his journey dealing with a severely disabled son and the faith that sustained him in “The Broken and the Whole: Discovering Joy after Heartbreak.” Published in March, the book has received early, critical acclaim, and will be available for purchase and/or author signing. No charge to attend. More information.
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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. Then we’ll all share a Shabbat dinner, followed by an energetic song session! Held every third Friday, everyone always welcome. Come celebrate Shabbat with ruach (spirit) and your congregational family. Dinner $25 per family (two adults & up to 4 children); adults (13+) $10 per person. RSVP onlne here.

  20 Selihot Program & Service:
The Opening Service for the High Holy Days 5775
For complete information about the High Holy Days at CAI, click here.
  21 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.
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1st Day Rosh Hashanah Services

COMPLIMENTARY HIGH HOLY DAYS TICKETS
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 at (520) 745-5550 or barb@caiaz.org

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2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Services

NEW THIS YEAR!

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 at (520) 745-5550 or barb@caiaz.org

  27 Shabbat Shuvah Service
  30

Tashlich at the Park4:00pm, at Reid Park Ramada 7 (22nd & Country Club)
Symbolically “cast away” your sins as the Jewish New Year begins. Bring the whole family and participate in this meaningful experience. Refreshments provided. (Religious School students & parents, please go directly to park; Junior USYers are requested to attend to help with younger children at the event.) No charge; however, reservations are requested by Sept. 29. Click here.

October 3 Kol Nidre Services
  4 Yom Kippur Services
  5

F.U.N. Day at Golf n' Stuff, a "FUN"raiser for all ages
A "Families Unite Now" event! 10:00am – 12:00pm
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 attractions have height restrictions); tokens for batting cages and video games. Only $15 per person for two hours of solid fun! (For everything included, it would normally cost $30+). RSVP by Oct. 11 to Kim.

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Hava Na"Grilla" Sukkot Dinner

RSVP online.

 

9 1st Day Sukkot Services
  10 2nd Day Sukkot Services
  16

Shemini Atzeret Service, Yizkor & Yahrzeit Plaque Dedication
Simhat Torah Dinner & Celebration

RSVP online.

  17 Simhat Torah Celebration continues
  19 Blessing of the Pets
  26 "Keep on Truckin'" Family Festival

November

7 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner
  9 "The Tribe Rides" Spin Cycling Fundraiser
  14-16

Scholar-in-Residence Joey Weisenberg
Joey Weisenberg is a faculty member at Yeshivat Hadar in charge of all music education. He is a mandolinist, guitarist, singer, and percussionist based in New York City, who has performed and recorded in a wide variety of musical styles. Joey teaches communities how to come together to make music a lasting and joy-filled force in shul and Jewish life through his popular 'Spontaneous Jewish Choir" workshops. His visit will include presentations, a Shabbat dinner, Torah Study and more.

  21 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner
December 5 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner
  19 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner
  23 Congregational Hanukkah Party
2015
January
16 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner
  18 9th Annual Mah Jongg Tournament
  24 Annual Fundraiser celebrating CAI's 85th Year!
February 4, 11 & 18 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 will open the evening, followed by two sessions led by a choice of noted Jewish experts in their fields.

 

6

Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner

  8

Tu B'Shevat in the Park

  20 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner

March

4

Purim Pandemonium

  6

Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner

  11, 18 & 25 Adult Studies Kollel (Class) Topic TBD
  12 Visiting Author/Speaker TBD
  20 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner

April

4
Second Night Passover Seder
  17 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner
  21 YomHa'atzmaut Program
  25 Israel Solidarity Shabbat

May

1

Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner

  4
(18 Alt. Date)

CAI's 84th Annual Meeting

  15 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner
  17 Yom Yerushalayim Program
  23 Tikkun Leil Shavuot
June 19

Family 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.