Lifelong Learning


We offer a variety of adult learning opportunities throughout the year -- from ongoing classes to individual programs and guest speakers.


Current offerings by day of the week include:



Judaism for Beginners

Judaism for Beginners is led by the Rabbis and held every Monday mornings from 10:00 am - 11:00 am at Temple Israel. Join Rabbi Feder for a casual introduction to Judaism class where we discuss lifecycle, theology, holidays and everything in between! This class is perfect for Jews, those considering conversion, and those in interfaith families. All are welcome! No question is too basic or too tough. 

For more info, contact Rabbi Amy Feder



Torah and Takeout

Monday, March 6 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Temple Israel

Join us for Torah and Takeout, led by Rabbi Michael, where we’ll explore Torah and enjoy delicious takeout from local restaurants.


Cost is $15 per person/Babysitting $5 per child


RSVP by Friday, March 3 at or call Lisa at 314-432-8050.

Topic: The Origin of Evil: Satan and other terrible things you never learned in Religious School

Takeout: Mediterranean, libations and an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages





The Way Into Torah

The class, led by Rabbi Alper, is for anyone interested in learning the Torah for the first time. Taught at an introductory level, Students will encounter some of the most famous laws and legends of Jewish history and culture. Each class will be based upon classical rabbinic interpretations of the Torah. Bring your own lunch. 

Weekly Class Meetings - Tuesdays, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm at TI

For more information, email Rabbi  Michael Alper.



Life in Transition

The first Tuesday of the month (February - August 2017)
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at TI *July's class held on Monday, July 3.
Are you dealing with the loss of a loved one, divorce, job transition or retirement? Join us for an open and enriching conversation where we'll discuss a healthy grieving process, resolution, adjustment and strategies for moving forward and finding fulfillment. Participation is free and open to the community. 

Facilitated by Jan Nykin, M.Ed., LCSW, a psychotherapist in private practice with a Para-Rabbinic certification.

For more info, call our main office at 314-432-8050.



Exploring Life's Journey

The third Tuesday of the month (February - August 2017)

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at TI

What is your purpose in life? Do God and spirituality play a role and how do you fit into the larger universe? Join us for this exciting group discussion and connect with Judaism, your spirituality, and transform into your highest self. Participation is free and open to the community.

Facilitated by Jan Nykin, M.Ed., LCSW, a psychotherapist in private practice with a Para-Rabbinic certification.

For more info, call our main office at 314-432-8050.




Saturday Morning Bible Study

Saturday mornings in the Boardroom - October 1, 2016 through April 29, 2017 Continental Breakfast: 9:00 am - 9:45 am Bible Study: 9:45 am - 10:45 am Rabbi Emeritus Mark L. Shook will present a comprehensive and in depth study of the Book of Jeremiah. Students will explore the history and culture of the biblical prophets. They will gain a unique understanding of how and why the Hebrew Bible was written, and even… by whom. This is not your college “Bible as Literature,” class – it is so much more. There is no previous Bible Study experience necessary. All you need to bring each week is an English language copy of the Hebrew Scriptures. Try it for two weeks and you will be hooked. Although an RSVP is not required, providing Rabbi Shook with your current email address will get you on the class mailing list for course announcements and updates as well as an opportunity to ask questions.





TI University

TI University – Sunday School for adults – is back in 2017 for a four-session semester. Drop off the kids at Sunday School (or just c’mon by), grab a $1 bagel and a cup of coffee, and enjoy in-depth conversation on hot topics that matter. This semester, we’ll be discussing the topic: Understanding the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Search for Coexistence.


Sunday, January 8 - What’s Really Happening in the Middle East Conflict?

Sunday, February 5 - Jews and Christians

Sunday, April 2 - Jews and Muslims

Sunday, May 7 - Where We Go From Here No RSVP required.


Led by Rabbi Michael Alper.



Interested in classes at TI?

If there is a class topic that interests you, but you don't see it offered above, please contact Rabbi Alper to discuss your interests and/or for more information about all adult learning opportunities.