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Yom HaShoah
Annual Reading of the Names

Sunday, Apr. 11, 11:30 am to 4 pm

To commemorate Yom HaShoah and to honor those who perished, CAI will once again be hosting a live (live streaming through CAI Facebook and Zoom) reading of the names of those who died in the Holocaust.

If you are interested in reading names, please Click Here to sign up for a 10-minute segment. If you have any questions about the sign up, please contact Seth Fliegler at

The program will include:
11:40 am - 12 pm: Introductory Remarks and Songs with Cantor Caplan
1 pm - 1:10 pm: Remarks by Rabbi Lucas
3:50 pm - 4 pm: Closing Remarks by Susan Werk

Join Here / Meeting ID: 937 8839 2835
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Insights into Israeli Commemorations with Rabbi Elisha Wolfin
Sponsored by the CAI Israel Committee
With special thanks to Rabbi Alan Silverstein as President of Mercaz Olami

Tuesdays, Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11:45 am

Learn about Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, Yom Ha'atzmaut, Lag B'Omer and Yom Yerushalayim.

Rabbi Elisha Wolfin is the charismatic, young leader of Ve’ahavta. Born and raised on Kibbutz Kfar Hanassi in the Upper Galilee, Rabbi Wolfin completed his undergraduate studies in Islamic, Arabic and Middle Eastern studies at Haifa University. He entered rabbinical school at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles and then earned his masters in Judaic Studies at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem, where he was ordained in 2001.

Rabbi Wolfin is a published author. His book, Ayeka, is a collection of 54 drashot – insights into the Torah portion.

To register, please complete the form below. You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting information.



Live Virtual Graffiti Tour of the Florentin Neighborhood of Tel Aviv
Celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut with CAI's Education Dept.

Sunday, Apr. 18, 10 am to 11:30 pm
Free of charge!

Come one, come all, from age 10 to 110! Our guide, Aaron Gertz, will highlight the amazing graffiti work of world-recognized graffiti artists!

Aaron Gertz was born and raised in Tallahassee, FL. He spent a semester of high school in Israel through the Reform Movement’s high school in Israel program, which had a profound impact on him. After returning to the US and completing a degree in Economics at Washington University in St. Louis, Aaron made aliyah, officially becoming a citizen of Israel in 2008. Since then he’s served in the army as a combat engineer (and still does reserve duty), taught Jewish History, and earned his guiding license. For the last several years he’s lived in Tel Aviv and given tours of many aspects of his extraordinary adopted hometown. Today he lives in the Florentin neighborhood of South Tel Aviv with his wife, Noy.

To register, please complete the form below. Zoom information for the tour will be sent out prior to the date of departure.



Christian Exegesis — Jewish Study of Christian Bible
with Dr. Ursula Rudnick

Sunday, Apr. 18, 11 am

Last December, we studied how Jews study the Chiristian Bible with Dr. Marc Brettler. Now we have the opportunity to learn how Christians study it. We will be joined by Christians from Begegnung - Christen und Juden (Encounter - Christians and Jews) students from Germany.

Dr. Ursula Rudnick, is Head of the Desk for Jewish-Christian Relations in Lower Saxony, Germany, and Professor in the Institute of Comparative Religion and Theology at the University of Hanover. Professor Rudnick, who is an ordained Lutheran minister, earned one of her MAs and her PhD at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Dr. Rudnick, who has visited CAI before, is the recipient of the of the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal, the most important distinction in the field of dialogue between Jews and Christians in Germany.

She has published 13 books, as well as many articles. Two of her books are: On the long Journey to the Neighbor’s House: Positions of the Evangelical [Protestant] Church in the Christian-Jewish Dialogue and their location in Theology; and The Scent of Paradise, Encounters with the Jewish Tradition.

To register, please complete the form below. You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting information.



Recovering the Past: Researching the Fate of One’s Family in the Shoah
Presented by Jerry Zaks

Wednesday, Apr. 21, 8 pm

Jerry ZaksJerry Zaks  2nd Generation Survivor
2nd Generation Survivor

After retiring in 2016 from a successful career in IT and computer programming, Jerry started a quest of researching and documenting the history of his parents’ experiences and hardships growing up in Poland in the 1920’s and 30’s. Starting with a 2 hour audio interview he conducted with his parents back in 1980, Jerry has utilized the computer and internet skills learned during his career to assemble his parents’ story into a detailed presentation. Comprised of audio excerpts of his parents telling their own stories and Nazi documentation, Jerry’s presentation (Bearing Witness for my Family: Surviving the Holocaust) documents his parents’  lives before WWII, how they survived multiple concentration camps and death marches, and how they eventually rebuilt their lives in America. His 60 pages of transcription of his interview with his parents as well as an additional 50 pages of background research and documentation are available on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum website. Most recently, Jerry has continued his efforts to keep the memory of the Shoah alive by assembling a detailed presentation on how anyone can conduct their own research on a family member’s experiences of the Holocaust (Recovering the Past: Researching the Fate of One’s Family in the Shoah). Jerry is also a cousin of CAI congregants, Allen and Judy Zaks!

To register, please complete the form below. You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting information.



Celebrating Earth Day!
Sustaining our World
Jewish Teaching and Israeli Initiatives
with Guest Speaker Dr. Jeremy Benstein

Sponsored by the CAI Environmental Committee and Co-Sponsored by the CAI Education Dept.

Sunday, Apr. 25, 11 am

Join the CAI Environmental Committee as we welcome Dr. Jeremy Benstein, co-founder of
The Heschel Center for Sustainability in Tel Aviv, and author of "The Way Into Judaism and the Environment."


What does Judaism teach about our responsibility for the environment?
What is science telling us?
What can we learn from initiatives in Israel?
What can WE DO?

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Current Events with Max Kleinman
Spring 2021

Fridays, Apr. 30; May 21, 10:30 am 

An interactive discussion of major news events and developments, with particular emphasis on Jewish concerns and issues.

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April 10,2021 /  28 Nisan 5781