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"And you shall teach your children."


New! Free Religious School for Kindergartners


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.

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 with Junior USY

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Mondays 4:00 – 5:30pm (4:00 – 5:00pm June 4 thru Aug. 6, 2012)
Saturdays 9:00 – 9:30am Synagogue Skills Workshop, followed by Shabbat Service in the Sanctuary 9:30am – 12:00noon



Both the Registration Form and the Permission Slip/Medical Form must be completed and submitted with Registration Fee ($72 by July 1, 2013; $100 thereafter) to hold student's place.


10 Shabbat Family Experience Service and Lunch



Religious School KICK-OFF
Congregational Welcome Back Party

  18 Religious School classes resume


10 Tashlich in the Park
  15 "Tee-off" FUN-raiser
  22 Breakfast in the Sukkah


6 Blessing of the Pets
  7 B’nai Mitzvah Class and Family Dinner
  11 Shabbat Family Experience Dinner and Service
  27 Joint Program with Congregation Or Chadash


9 Shabbat Family Experience
  17 B’nai Mitzvah Kallah
  22 K- 2nd Grades Shabbat Service and Dinner
  24 Turkey Drive Assembly


3 Hanukkah Workshop
  8 Torah Dedication
  14 Shabbat Family Experience


10 Shabbat Family Experience Dinner and Service
  12 Tu B’Shevat in the Park
  31 Sorry, dinner CANCELLED.
6th- 8th Grades Shabbat Service and Dinner


6 "It's My Life Too!"
Workshop for parents of children 6-years-old & under
  8 Shabbat Family Experience (Mincha)
  17 B’nai Mitzvah Class and Family Dinner
  28 3rd- 5th Grades Shabbat Service and Dinner


8 Shabbat Family Experience

Purim Palooza!
Everyone welcome, with costumes encouraged! We’ll start with a creative Megillah reading (the story of Purim) and a costume parade. A carnival starts at 10:30am with games, prizes, face painting and an inflatable “jump, climb & slide.” The reading, costume parade and carnival are free. Lunch (pasta, salad, hamentashen and a beverage) will be offered 11:00am-12:30pm for a nominal fee. No admission fee, but reservations requested. For more information, contact Barb.

April 6 Passover Family Workshop
  12 Shabbat Family Experience


25 Kabbalat Siddur (Consecration) Service and Dinner

Service 5:45pm; dinner 7:00pm

CAI’s 3rd Grade Religious School students will lead the service, speak about their favorite Jewish memories, and receive a copy of our Siddur Hadash prayerbook. This is a special evening acknowledging the beginning of the child’s serious Hebrew learning. Dinner: adults $12; children (3-12) $8.



Last day of school/Electives Assembly and Talent Show
All Religious School families are invited to this end-of-year event to see their child(ren) perform, followed by our Teacher Appreciation Brunch and the raffle for the Shabbat Incentive IPod.

  5 B’nai Mitzvah Class and Family Dinner
As part of the training for becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, this event is one of a series of dinner programs.

Shabbat Family Experience with 7th and 8th Grades Siyum and Shabbat Dinner

Service 5:45pm; dinner 7:00pm

Interactive, spirit-filled and participatory service led by CAI’s 7th & 8th Grade Religious School students. Shabbat dinner follows the service. $25 per family (2 adults & up to 3 children). Additional adults $10 per person. 

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