Rabbi Ruven Barkan is CAI's Education and Youth Director in charge of CAI's Religious School and USY programs. With integrity, kindness and compassion, Rabbi Barkan is committed to developing a vibrant Jewish educational environment to nurture our congregation's youth and their families.

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A member of the Far West Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Congregation Anshei Israel's chapter of USY has received the "Chapter of Excellence Award" seven times!

USY provides religious, spiritual, educational and social activities to Tucson's Jewish youth offering them opportunities to meet others like themselves in a safe, casual setting, while instilling in them the importance of Jewish identity.

Congregation Anshei Israel's USY are divided into three groups:

  • Kadima for grades 4th through 6th – meets twice a month
  • Junior for grades 7th and 8th – meets weeklypreceeded by dinner and informal education component with Religious School students
  • Senior for grades 9th through 12th – meets weekly

All groups participate in mitzvah, tzedakah and social action projects, in addition to fun activities such as holiday-related arts & crafts, social outings and much more. All these activities and projects promote bonding and build group trust. The synagogue has a Youth Center with recreational equipment, as well as an outdoor basketball court and refurbished gaga (Israeli dodgeball) court for their use.

Wheels & Far West on Wheels
Summer bus trips provide USY teenagers with the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and Canada with other Jewish youth from North America. Spirituality and fun are combined to create a memorable experience.

USY Israel Pilgrimage
This program provides USY teenagers with the opportunity to travel to Israel during the summer.

Kadima Application 2015-16
Junior Application 2015-16
Senior Application 2015-16

Far West Region Medical, Travel and Consent Form
(Completion MANDATORY for all applicants)

11 Junior USY Kick-off!



Senior USY Kick-off!

  23 Kadima Kick-off!
September 5-7 Junior and Senior USY Disneyland Trip



Junior and Senior USY Progressive Sukkot Dinner

October 11 Blessing of the Pets



10th Annual Mah Jongg Tournment
honoring the tradition of Linda Roy
Everyone welcome!

April 17 USY “Step-up” Day, 12:00pm
All kids 3rd – 12th Grades are invited to learn about CAI’s exciting youth programs. Step up & experience the next level. Whether USY is new to you or you’re in Kadima moving to Junior USY, or Junior USY moving to Senior USY, this is going to be fun! Enjoy pizza & age-based experiential activities & stations. Plus: Senior USY advisors will lead attendees in the human “hamster ball” & “Capture the Flag.” It’s all free, but we ask that you RSVP to Rabbi Ruven Barkan by Apr. 14.
May 1 LAST DAY Kadima
  10 LAST DAY Junior USY
  11 LAST DAY Senior USY

No Jewish child will be turned away from USY/Kadima for financial reasons.
For more information about CAI's United Synagogue Youth, please contact Rabbi Ruven Barkan.