Adult Education

Also, please see our Programs and Calendar pages for further information.

Continuing education is a vital part of Judaism and can deepen one's understanding of Jewish history, heritage, culture and traditions.

Introduction to Judaism Classes • Tuesdays (Aug. – May)
Beginning Hebrew, which emphasizes learning to read and write Hebrew, meets from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  Introduction to Judaism, including a study of the Jewish calendar and Jewish holidays, is offered from 8:10 to 9:30 pm. The reasons "why" we observe the festivals and fast days and basic information on "how" to celebrate are discussed. One may take only the first hour (Beginning Hebrew) if so desired. Anyone interested may attend either one or both classes. For more information, contact Rabbi Robert Eisen.

Kollels
Kollels (classes) on a variety of interesting topics and Jewish history seminars are held several times a year and usually take place over the course of several weeks. Some are offered for a nominal fee, others are free; all are open to the entire community.

2014
August

27, Sept 3 & 10 Kollel:"Looking Forward, Looking Back:
How to Make the New Year New"
2015
January
beginning Jan. 6 Talmud on Tuesday

February

4, 11 & 18 "The Wisdom of Jewish Tucson"
March 11, 18 & 25

Kollel (topic TBD)

  12 Visiting Author/Speaker (TBD)
May 17 Yom Yerushalayim Program
  23

Tikkun Leil Shavuot: A Guide to the Evening of Shavuot

Visiting Scholars/Special Programs
Throughout the year, CAI hosts visiting scholars who offer a variety of Judaic topics. Generally, the scholar-in-residence participates in a Shabbat service, followed by a Shabbat dinner, and his/her presentation. As part of the Shabbat morning service he/she may deliver the D’Var Torah and lead our Torah Study that afternoon. Some visiting scholars also lead family workshops. Portions of a scholar’s visit are open to the community and may include a nominal fee.

2014
November
14-16 Scholar/Musician-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.

Kabbalat Torah Program • Tuesdays, 7:00 pm (Open to CAI members only.)
Kabbalat Torah translates as "The receiving of the Torah." The goal of the two-year program is to help attendees better understand Torah so as to make it their own. Classes taught by CAI's clergy and held for approximately 30 weeks each year beginning in August. For more information, contact Rabbi Robert Eisen.

Shabbat Afternoon Torah Study • Saturdays, one hour prior to Mincha Service. See Calendar page for times.
Whether you come every week or once a month, are a beginner or a scholar, you will find intellectual stimulus and challenge. This is a great opportunity to become more involved in "Living Judaism." Lay-led.

Weekday Torah Study Group • Wednesdays, 11:00 am
Led by Rabbi Robert Eisen, a lively and energetic text study with an in-depth look at the weekly portion.

"Read It & Meet" Book DiscussionsSaturdays, 12 noon (+/- 15 mins.)
Book discussions are held once a month and are open to all. We discuss selected books by Jewish authors and/or with Jewish content, and share our experiences, reactions and ideas. Moderators facilitate each discussion. For more information, contact Vicki Kaufman.