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.



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.


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

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.

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.

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 at (520) 745-5550 or


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 at (520) 745-5550 or

  27 Shabbat Shuvah Service

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

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+). No need to RSVP; just show up! (Payment due at event; cash & checks only).


Hava Na"Grilla" Sukkot Dinner,  6:00pm
Sukkot commemorates the ancient Israelites living in temporary dwellings, today known as sukkahs. It is a mitzvah to eat in a sukkah. Celebrate Sukkot in CAI’s sukkah with hamburgers (veggie burgers upon request), baked beans, corn on the cob, salad and fruit cobbler. CAI members: Adults $12, children $8 (ages 3 to 10); guests: Adults $18, children $12 (ages 3 to 10). No charge for children 2 & under. RSVP by Oct. 2. RSVP online.


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

Shemini Atzeret Service, Yizkor & Yahrzeit Plaque Dedication
Simhat Torah Dinner & Celebration5:00pm
Bring the whole family to celebrate! Enjoy pizza & salad, followed at 5:45pm by our traditional Hakafot to include Israeli singing and dancing, followed by ice cream. Get a guided tour from Creation to Mt. Sinai as the Torah is completely unrolled to encircle all who attend! CAI members: Adults $8, children $5 (ages 3 to 10); guests: Adults $12, children $8 (ages 3 to 10). No charge for children 2 & under. RSVP extended to Oct. 13RSVP online.

  17 Simhat Torah Celebration continues9:00am
The celebration continues with a festive service geared toward children. At 9:30am, the Sifrey Torah are taken out of the Ark. The children parade behind, then go up on the Bimah and are blessed.
Mincha & Evening Service 5:45pm
  19 Blessing of the Pets, 11:35am
Our lives would not be the same without our pets! They 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.

"Keep on Truckin'" Family Festival,
10:00am-1:30pm, in CAI's parking lot
This FREE family-friendly festival will feature all kinds of trucks, cars, and service vehicles including: a Tucson Police Department Hummer, a Tucson Fire Department fire truck, a LifeNet helicopter (air ambulence), U.S. Army and Border Patrol vehicles, a crane, race cars, and much more!
Open to the community, many of the vehicles can be explored by children; others will have representatives on hand to talk about them and their use. Tucson Mobile Fingerprinting will be on hand to safeguard you and your child(ren). Several food trucks will offer items for purchase. Co-sponsored by Jim Click Automotive, the event will be fun and educational for all … It’s a “semi” good time!


7 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner

"The Tribe Rides" Spin Cycling Fundraiser
Then join the newly-formed Tucson Jewish Cycling Team, “The Tribe Rides” and participate in our inaugural fundraising event! It’s a stationary cycling class at the Tucson Jewish Community Center’s Family Wellness Expo, (3800 E. River), 1:00-3:00pm.
Feel good … Do good … Look good! To register, click here. For more information, contact Stephanie Roberts.
If you're not a cyclist, but would like to donate, you can sponsor "ELIYAHU HANAVI." We're holding a "bike" for him! Click here.


Musician-in-Residence Joey Weisenberg
Musician, BA’AL T’FILAH (service leader), author and teacher extraordinaire, Joey Weisenberg leads singing groups that bring people together in Jewish song. Joey works to empower communities around the world to unlock their musical and spiritual potential, and to make music a lasting and joy-filled force in synagogue and in Jewish life. In Building Singing Communities, he thoughtfully presents innovations for the synagogue that reflect his experiences and experiments in the field of Jewish music. Joey’s work appeals to people from across the Jewish spectrum. All events are no charge except Shabbat dinner; RSVP required by Nov. 10. Click here to RSVP.

Don’t miss this opportunity of a SHABBAT full of teaching, singing, performing, and community building. Click here for more information.

  16 Bagels with the Board, Drop in any time 9:00 – 11:00am
This is an opportunity for all congregants to get to know YOUR Board of Trustees. Share your ideas, opinions and suggestions about the synagogue; and have a nosh with us. Please set aside some time for this get-together … we want to hear from you!
  21 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner
December 5 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner
  6 "Havdallah Under the Stars & Digital Scavenger Hunt", 6:30pm
Families with children of all ages are invited to make friends, build community, learn about Judaism, and have fun!
  16 Family Hanukkah Workshop
  19 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner
  23 Congregational Hanukkah Party, 6:00pm
Do you like latkes, music and fun? RSVP here,
2 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner
  4 Blood Donor Drive with the American Red Cross
  beginning Jan. 6 NEW! Talmud on Tuesday
  10 Origins Kiddush
  16  Family Shabbat Service & Dinner 
  18 9th Annual Mah Jongg Tournament
  31 Shabbat Shira
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. RSVP online.



PK Schoolwide/Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner
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.


Tu B'Shevat in the Park

  15 Mishpacha (Family) Program: "Shema Sweet Dreams"
  20 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner



Purim Pandemonium


Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner

  11, 18 & 25

"Pausing for a Shmitta Year" Adult Studies Kollel (Class)
RSVP online here.

Mishpacha (Family) Program: Family Game Night & BBQ
RSVP online here.
  20 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner
RSVP online here.
April 2 Sweet Tomatoes FUN-raiser
Where are you taking your family for your last bit of hametz before Passover? Meet us at Sweet Tomatoes (6202 E. Broadway at Wilmot) for Fun-Raiser Night! Sweet Tomatoes will donate 15% of sales generated by Congregation Anshei Israel when diners present a special flyer. Each flyer is good for everyone in your party … bring your friends and family! (Certain restrictions apply.)


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 by Fifth Street Deli Catering.
Hard copy RSVP form.     RSVP online.
  17 Mishpacha (Family) Program: Family Israel Night

Israeli Music Concert


Israel Solidarity Shabbat



Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner


CAI's 85th Birthday Celebration, 5:00pm
This fundraising event will honor Rabbi Arthur Oleisky and Rabbi Robert Eisen. The evening begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
on the synagogue patio, followed by a catered dinner by Feast, a live auction, entertainment by comedian Rabbi Bob Alper, and a tribute to CAI’s rabbis. RSVP here by April 22.

  15 Family Shabbat Service & Dinner

Yom Yerushalayim Program, 7:00pm
This annual observance celebrates the anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. We will show the film, “I Am a Jerusalemite,” starring legendary Israeli singer Yehoram Gaon. Although born in Jerusalem, Gaon was, like all Jews, forbidden from entering most of the city until the 1967 reunification. This fascinating documentary follows Gaon's exploration of his city, from his grandfather's simple home to the Western Wall and the Old City's open markets. Along the way, he performs eight of his most-loved songs that pay tribute to his birthplace. There is no charge to attend.

  18 CAI's 84th Annual Meeting, 6:00pm
All CAI members are invited to “Anshei Israel National,” a golf-themed evening to include dinner of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and “Arnold Palmers,” followed by the meeting with reports from Board of Trustees, affiliate group representatives and committee chairs; and the election and installation of officers and Board of Trustees. There is no charge to attend, but RSVP is needed by May 14. Contact Barb.
  23 Tikkun Leil Shavuot: A Guide to the Evening of Shavuot
June 7 Blood Donor Drive with the American Red Cross

Community Summer Shabbat Service & Dinner

  28 thru July 19 Summer Film Series

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.