Family, tot, young family and teen Shabbat services are conducted in addition to daily minyan and festival services.
Generations of children have gone through CAI’s award-winning preschool, kindergarten, religious school and United Synagogue Youth programs.
Adult education offerings include visiting scholars, holiday and family workshops, weekday and Shabbat Torah study, and more.
Affiliate and social groups provide opportunities to enrich friendships, learn new skills and engage in service projects; a monthly book group discusses books by Jewish authors and/or with Jewish content; and numerous Havurot are formed to help extend synagogue families.
Ongoing social action projects allow participation in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) through blood donor drives, food and clothing collections and diaper drives, thereby connecting contributors to the greater Jewish community.
“It is important to live Jewishly, to be in the midst of, and as part of, our people,” states Rabbi Robert Eisen. “Active involvement in Jewish life can offer understanding, compassion, courage, and strength; something we all seek at one time or another.”
We come to our synagogue to pray together, to study our sacred texts, to share our lifecycle events, and to find companionship. May you find the understanding, the compassion, the courage, and the strength you seek to meet your needs of the hour and the demands of eternity.
Congregation Anshei Israel is committed to:
- Promoting Jewish continuity
- Education of our children and adults
- Spiritual renewal
- Making our community a better place to live through social action projects
Our synagogue has two houses of worship: the sanctuary and the Epstein Chapel. The larger sanctuary is usually the site of our Shabbat morning services, which feature the reading of the Torah and frequently involve community celebrations (Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, baby-namings, aufrufs [blessings for an upcoming marriage], and anniversaries), thus attracting many worshippers and visitors. The Epstein Chapel is usually the site of our Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat services, which offer a worship service only, thus attracting a smaller congregation of worshippers to a more casual and intimate environment. Wherever we are praying, we face east toward Jerusalem, the site of the First Temple.