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, which emphasizes learning to read and write Hebrew, meets from 10:00 to 11:00am. Introduction to Judaism, including "Lifecycles," a study of the Jewish calendar and Jewish holidays, is offered from 11:00am to 12:00pm. 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.
|19, 26 & Sept 2||
The High Holy Days: "Are You Ready?"
August 19: Rabbi Dr. Bennett Blum presents “Forgiveness: The Law and The Lore”
$18 for the 3-week series PLUS food or cash donation for the Community Food Bank. RSVP to Michelle.
The “Real Story” of HANUKKAH, 9:30-10:30am
|10, 17 & 24||
"The Wisdom of Jewish Tucson", 7:00-8:30pm
“What We Need to Know About … Islam, Mormonism & Catholicism” with keynote speakers:
Feb. 17 – President Cole Thies, Mormon Church, Tucson Stake presents “Mormons: A Bird’s Eye View”
Feb. 24 – Bishop Gerald Kicanas, Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson presents “Brothers and Sisters in Faith”
Cost for the 3-week series: $18 per person PLUS food donation for the Community Food Bank.
For more information & to RSVP, contact Michelle.
|March||9 & 16||
“Not Your Grandchildren’s Purim”
7:00-8:00pm – “The Rest of Esther” with Rabbi Robert Eisen
8:00-9:00pm – “Mitzvah… or Not?!” with Rabbi Ruven Barkan
Admission: $18 for 2-week series plus non-perishable food donation to Community Food Bank. RSVP by Mar. 7 here.
Seder Heder: Adult Studies Kollel & Haroset Tasting, 7:00pm
Admission: One box of matza per family for the “Matza & More” Passover Food Drive. Please RSVP by Apr. 1 to Michelle.
Yom Yerushalayim Program (details pending)
Tikkun Leil Shavuot: A Guide to the Evening of Shavuot
Service 8:00pm; dairy dinner 8:15pm
$8 per person to attend dinner; No charge for service, study sessions & dessert. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED by June 8 TO ATTEND ANY PORTION OF TIKKUN LEIL 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.
Scholar-in-Residence: Gil Hoffman
His visit will include a Shabbat dinner and presentation, and delivering the Shabbat morning D’var Torah and an afternoon presentation on Saturday. *RSVP & fee required by Nov. 9 for Shabbat dinner only. To learn more, click here.
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 Discussions • Saturdays (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. For more information, contact Vicki Kaufman. No charge to attend.
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.