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 • Sundays (Aug. – May)
Beginning Hebrew emphasizes learning to read and write Hebrew. Introduction to Judaism, including "Lifecycles," is a study of the Jewish calendar and Jewish holidays. The reasons "why" we observe the festivals and fast days and basic information on "how" to celebrate are discussed. One may take only the "Lifecycles" segment if so desired, or a package of both classes. Classes are open to all. For more information, pricing and to register, contact Rabbi Robert Eisen.

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.

  • Wednesdays, Aug. 23, 30 & Sept. 6, 2017 – "Living Y/Our High Holy Days Together"
  • Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 – Hanukkah
  • Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 – Seder Heder: Adult Studies Kollel & Haroset Tasting

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.

  • Dr. Hartley Lachter will be CAI's Scholar-in-Residence Nov. 10 – 11, 2017. An Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, Lachter's presentations focus on Jewish mysticism and medieval Kabbalah, and explorations of contemporary religious extremism and violence. His visit will include a Shabbat dinner and presentation, and delivering the Shabbat morning D’var Torah and an afternoon presentation on Saturday.

‚ÄčTargum Shlishi, approx. 12pm following Kiddush
We are taught to read the Torah Portion of the week, each week, twice: In/From the Torah text (Shnayim Mikra), and again in translation (Targum Shlishi) to ensure that we understand both the form and the function of Torah – what it teaches, and how it can be applied. Following Kiddush on the dates below, we will learn how we can apply Torah in our world today with regard to some important/critical issues. Each week’s topic will be introduced through texts, case studies (where appropriate) and opportunities for discussion. There is no charge to attend.

  • Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 – Our guest Tamir Shecory, one of our Shinshinim (young Israelis doing a year of service here in Tucson on behalf of Israel through the Jewish Federation) will speak about life as an Israeli.
  • Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 – Today’s topic: “Wired to God… Modern Technology & Jewish Life: Can One Participate in a Minyan via the Internet? Why Would I Want To?!”
  • Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 – Today’s topic: “The Ethics of Intellectual Property”
  • Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018 – Today’s topic: “Couscous, Lasagna and Ballet Shoes” with Chen Dinachi, one of our Shinshinim (young Israelis doing a year of service here in Tucson on behalf of Israel through the Jewish Federation).  

5th Annual "Wisdom of Jewish Tucson" – Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14 & 21, 2018
This adult education series provides an opportunity to share what we know, what we need to know, and about our passions and areas of interest from a personal and/or professional perspective. Each week offers a different keynote speaker, Q & A, refreshments and socializing.

Seder Heder: Adult Studies Kollel & Haroset Tasting – Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018
Participate in three rotating “mini” classes taught by CAI's clergy, followed by haroset tasting.

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.  No charge to attend.

Talmud on Tuesday • Tuesdays, 6:00 pm. See Calendar page for schedule.
The Talmud is an extensive compilation of teachings and opinions of thousands of rabbis over the centuries, covering matters of Jewish law, ethics, philosophy, history, customs, and more. Learn about the law and lore in the Talmud with Rabbi Robert Eisen as we dig deep into living Judaism. No charge to attend. More information.

Weekday Torah Study Group • Wednesdays, 11:00 am. See Calendar page for schedule.
Led by Rabbi Robert Eisen, a lively and energetic text study with an in-depth look at the weekly portion.  No charge to attend.

"Read It & Meet" Book DiscussionsSaturdays (usually Sept.-May), 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.

Women's Study Group • most first Mondays, 12:00 pm
Rabbi Robert Eisen leads these monthly group sessions using The Five Books of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah as the core for discussion. Topics can be interesting, insightful and inspiring. Bring your own dairy lunch; beverages and dessert provided. No charge to attend.