Religious School

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"And you shall teach your children."

 

Rabbi Ruven Barkan will join CAI as Education and Youth Director in August 2015 to head up CAI's Religious School and Kadima and United Synagogue Youth program.
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Free Religious School for Kindergartners

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Since January 2003, Congregation Anshei Israel's Religious School has been designated as a "Framework for Excellence" School by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. In harmony with the Conservative approach of tradition and change, our Religious School seeks to equip its students with the ability to forge a place for themselves as Jews in the modern world. From Kindergarten through 8th Grade, our curriculum is challenging, exciting and motivating, and will form the basis for life-long learning in our Jewish tradition. An integral part of the program is sharing and celebrating Jewish holidays in ways that are meaningful and pleasurable to children. We foster a love of Judaism and pride of being Jewish by providing a setting that is warm, loving, nurturing and safe for children. A computer lab is available for students' use to further their Judaic knowledge.

Admission is open to children of Congregation Anshei Israel members. We accept children of non-members in the Religious School for one year only so they have the opportunity to experience being part of our congregation and educational program before making a commitment to join the synagogue.

Our programs include:
Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Classes provide a foundation for religious studies. Youngsters are introduced to the synagogue, basic Jewish ideals, ethics and mitzvot, customs and ceremonies, prayer and Hebrew reading readiness. Arts & crafts, music and dance enhance the learning experience.

2nd through 8th Grades
The curriculum emphasizes prayerbook Hebrew, the Bible, holidays, mitzvot and prayer. Active participation by students and their families is strongly encouraged.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah
The program includes both classroom and individual instruction for each student by the clergy and B’nai Mitzvah tutors. Three times a year the students and their families meet for dinner and to learn together. A prerequisite for Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Congregation Anshei Israel is a minimum of four years in an approved Judaic studies program including enrollment during the year of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony.

Tucson High School for Jewish Studies
Sponsored by Congregation Anshei Israel, the Coalition of Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and other area synagogues, the program offers classes designed to pique students' curiosity and strengthen Jewish identity. Hebrew language classes qualify for high school credit.

Confirmation
Students who satisfactorily complete two years of post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah study or who are in the 10th Grade may participate in the program.

Religious School Class Schedule

Kindergarten &
1st Grade

Sundays 9:00am – 12:00noon

2nd – 6th Grades

Tuesdays 4:00 – 6:00pm
Sundays 9:00am – 12:00noon

7th & 8th Grades

Tuesdays 5:00 – 6:00pm Classroom,
followed by dinner and informal education component as part of Junior USY

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Mondays 4:00 – 5:30pm
Saturdays 9:00am – 12:00noon attend and particpate in Shabbat Service

 

REGISTRATION / TUITION INFORMATION 2015-16

 

2015
August
16 FIRST DAY Religious School classes resume

September

20 Tashlich at the Park
October 4 Breakfast in the Sukkah
  11 Blessing of the Pets
November 1 Mishpachah (Family) Program:
Family Game Day & BBQ

 

8 B’nai Mitzvah Kallah
Required workshop for families of 6th Grade children currently in Religious School & THA to learn about the entire B’nai Mitzvah process. Students learn about expectations & procedures; parents learn about invitations, facility use, etc. Refreshments served.
  22 Turkey Drive Assembly

December

6 Hanukkah Workshop for Families
  13 Electives Assembly and Talent Show
2016
January
9 Mishpachah (Family) Program:
Havdallah Under the Stars & Choose Your Own Jewish Adventure
  11 B’nai Mitzvah Class Havurah (Fellowship) Dinner
As part of the training for becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, this event is one of a series of dinner programs.
February 7 Mishpachah (Family) Program:
Dinner & a Movie
  15 B’nai Mitzvah Class Havurah (Fellowship) Dinner
As part of the training for becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, this event is one of a series of dinner programs.

March

11 Kabbalat Siddur Dedication
Join us to celebrate as our 3rd Grade Religious School students lead our Friday night Shabbat service for the congregation and receive their very own copy of our siddur. This very special evening celebrates our students’ Hebrew and Judaic accomplishments.
  13 Mishpachah (Family) Program:
Prepping for Purim
  14 B’nai Mitzvah Class Havurah (Fellowship) Dinner
As part of the training for becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, this event is one of a series of dinner programs.
April 15 Mishpachah (Family) Program:
Shabbat Under the Stars & Family Program (TBD)
  16 B’nai Mitzvah Class Havurah (Fellowship) Lunch
As part of the training for becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, this event is one of a series of programs.
  16 7th & 8th Grade Siyum
Students will help lead Mincha, Ma’ariv and Havdallah, and throughout the evening our students will share their personal stories about their Religious School experiences.

 

17 Passover Workshop for Families

May

2

B’nai Mitzvah Class Havurah (Fellowship) Dinner
As part of the training for becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, this event is one of a series of dinner programs.

  15 Last Day Religious School, Electives Assembly and Talent Show & Teacher Appreciation

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Come learn with us!
Tuition scholarships are available. For more information about CAI's Religious School,
please contact Rabbi Ruven Barkan.

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