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 Rabbi Amy Feder 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



Whiskey and Wisdom

This class is for seasoned adults 45 and up. Shmooze over whiskey while sharpening your Jewish knowledge as we explore renowned works in Talmudic law, Jewish literature and rabbinic philosophy. 

Monday Evenings, December 7, 14 and 21
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm at Temple Israel
Led by Rabbi Michael Alper
RSVP is requested but not required to



Torah and Takeout: Young Professional's Edition (No class in December 2015)

This monthly series for young professional's (20s, 30s and 40s) explores Torah while enjoying delicious takeout themed around the Torah discussion of the month. Torah topics include subjects that are important to this demographic including interfaith relationships, women in leadership, how Jewish history and practice pertain to modern-day Judaism and Jewish life, and how to weave Reform Judaism into everyday practice. Class is held monthly on a Monday evening from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. $12/person and babysitting available for $5/child. Led by Rabbi Michael Alper.

Upcoming classes include 12/26/2015, 1/25, 2/29, 3/28, 4/25 and 5/23/2016. For more info, contact Michael Alper

To RSVP for the next class, email or call Rachel Closson at 314-432-8050




The Way Into Torah: An Introduction to Torah Study

The class, led by Rabbi Michael Alper, will be broken into sections - each lasting three to four weeks. The focus of each section will be based upon "classical" rabbinic interpretations of the Torah. Bring your lunch and enjoy as we walk through the Torah and discuss the perspectives of the greatest scholars and philosophers of Jewish history.

Tuesdays from 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm at TI. Upcoming classes include November 24, December 1, 8, 15 and 22 (Further dates TBA). 

For more information, email Rabbi  Michael Alper.




Rabbi's Roundtable for Seniors







Seniors, empty nesters, and all with mid-day time to spare are invited to join Rabbi Feder and Rabbi Alper for lunch and conversation on the third Thursday of each month. We provide the lunch; you get to pick the discussion topics!

Cost for lunch: $10

RSVP required to Evie Bernstein, 314-434-3937

December 17, 2015 January 21 and February 18, 2016, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm.





Shabbat Morning Bible Study with Rabbi Shook (October 3, 2015 - April 30, 2016)

This class, taught by Rabbi Mark L. Shook, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel and Adjunct Professor of Jewish Philosophy at Saint Louis University, runs from October 3, 2015 - April 30, 2016 and starts at 9:15 am. Throughout the course, Rabbi Shook weaves together ancient history, Biblical scholarship, and current topics as you interact with the meaning and understanding of the Biblical text.

All are welcome; free of charge.

For more information, contact Rabbi Shook at




Choosing Your Own Jewish Path

Are you creating a Jewish home but still feel like you're missing or have forgotten some of the basics? Join us for a new class that will help answer the questions that you've been mulling over and enable you to create Jewish experiences that feel authentic and personal, while exploring and defining your Jewish identity. 

Sundays, Dec. 13, 2015 & Jan. 10, Feb. 7, Mar. 6, Apr. 10 and May 1, 2016, 9:45 am - 11:00 am in the TI Boardroom (Light refreshments will be served.) 

Child care available at $5 per child.

For more info, contact Rabbi Amy Feder




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.