Programs

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 2017-18 calendar.

Current Month

2017
June
2 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner
  16

Family Shabbat Experience Service & Dinner

July 7

Traditional Community Shabbat Dinner

  9 thru August 6 Summer Film Series
  23 thru August 27 NEW! "The History of Israel" Adult Education Class
  30 Blood Donor Drive with the American Red Cross
August 4 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner
  18 Family Shabbat Experience Service & Dinner
  23 thru Sept. 6

Adult Education Kollel: "The High Holy Days"

  27 thru May 11, 2018 NEW! Chai Mitzvah Adult Education Initiative
September 1 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner
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 Aug. 28 to Kim.
  10

Lynne Falkow-Strauss Courtyard & Foyer Dedication and
Welcome Back Party

  15 "Shabbat Under the Stars" Family Shabbat Experience
Service & Dinner
  16 Selihot Program & Service
  17 Kever Avot Memorial Service, 10:30 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.
  24

Tashlich at the Park

October 1 Community Sukkah Build
  4 Community Sukkot Dinner
  6

Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner (in the sukkah)
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 Oct. 2 to Kim.

  12

Simhat Torah Dinner & Celebration

  13 Simhat Torah Celebration & Lunch
  15 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.
  16-20

Scholastic Book Fair, 8:30am-4:00pm
It’s a Wild West theme, so “Saddle Up and Read”! Open to all, this fair has books for children Pre-K-8th Grade, and some for adults, including cookbooks. The school’s teachers will have their “wish lists” for books they would like for their classrooms. Proceeds benefit CAI’s Esther B. Feldman Preschool/Kindergarten.

PHOTO OP: Meet “Clifford the Big Red Dog” on Monday, Oct. 16, 8:00-9:30am. Bring your camera!

  20 Family Shabbat Experience Service & Dinner
  27 "Shabbat Under the Stars" Service, 5:45pm on the Rabbi Oleisky Courtyard patio
The opportunity to worship outside enables us to better encounter nature, and to remind ourselves that any space can become sacred through the manner in which we use it. Come and help us expand our “worship zone” as we welcome Shabbat.

November

3 Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner
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 Oct. 30 to Kim.
  5 Mishpachah (Family) Program: Create a Piece of Peace
  10-11

Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Hartley Lachter

  17 Family Shabbat Experience Service & Dinner
December 1

Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner

  10 Mishpachah (Family) Program
Make Hanukkah cards with the residents of Handmaker Jewish Home for the Aging.
  10 "Latkes & Vodkas" Adult Hanukkah Party
  15 Family Shabbat Experience Service & Dinner
  17

Hanukkah Family Workshop and Adult Education Kollel

  19 Community Hanukkah Party
  25

Congregational Bowling Party

2018
January
7 Blood Donor Drive with the American Red Cross
  13 Mishpachah (Family) Program
"Havdallah Under the Stars" and Pajama Movie Night
  14 12th Annual Mah Jongg Tournament
  19 Family Shabbat Experience Service & Dinner
  20

CAI's Annual Fundraiser

  27 Shabbat Shira "The Sabbath of Song"
February 2

Tot Shabbat / Preschool-Kindergarten Service & Dinner

  4

Tu B’Shevat in the Park

  7, 14 & 21 5th Annual "The Wisdom of Jewish Tucson"
  16 Family Shabbat Experience Service & Dinner
  18 2nd Annual "Hamentaschen for Hunger"
  28 Purim Dinner, Creative Megillah Reading, Pre-Party for Families and
After Party for Adults

March

1

Traditional Megillah Reading

  2

Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner

  3 Adult Purim Party
  4 Mishpachah (Family) Program
Family Game Day & BBQ
  9

"Shabbat Under the Stars" Service

  16

Family Shabbat Experience Service & Dinner

  21

Seder Heder Adult Education Class

  25 Passover Family Workshop
  25 "Keep on Truckin'" Family Festival
  31 Second Night Passover Seder

April

13

"Shabbat Under the Stars" Service

  20 Mishpachah Program
"Israel Night" Shabbat Service & Dinner
May 3 Lag B'Omer Picnic & Concert
  4

Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner

 

13

Yom Yerushalayim Program

  14

CAI's 87th Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration

  18 Family Shabbat Experience Service & Dinner
  19 Shavuot Service, Dinner & Tikkun Leil Shavuot
  27 thru June 9 Poland/Israel Trip with Rabbi Eisen
June 1

Tot Shabbat Service & Dinner

  15 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 Debra Lytle.