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




Torah and Takeout: Young Professionals Edition (Last class in February)

This monthly series for young professionals (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 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. $12/person and babysitting available for $5/child. Led by Rabbi Michael Alper.

Last class of the series is February 28.

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: Re-Reading Genesis

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 the 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. 

4 Class Meetings - Tuesdays, now through March, 2016

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm at TI. 

Further class session topics and dates TBA). 

For more information, email Rabbi  Michael Alper.



Life in Transition

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.

First Tuesday of each month, February-August 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Temple Israel. Participation is free and open to the community. The group is facilitated by Jan Nykin, M.Ed., LCSW, a psychotherapist in private practice with a Para-Rabbinic certification. 




Exploring Life's Journey

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.

Third Tuesday of each month, February-August 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Temple Israel. Participation is free and open to the community. The group is facilitated by Jan Nykin, M.Ed., LCSW, a psychotherapist in private practice with a Para-Rabbinic certification.







Dinner, Drinks & DOUGH







Dinner, Drinks & DOUGH is a new monthly program where participants will learn to bake Challah from scratch, while chatting with friends over dinner and drinks and enjoying a lively discussion with Rabbi Amy Feder. RSVP required one week prior to each event to Rachel Closson at Space is limited.

Please let us know the number of children you’ll need child care for in your RSVP.

Meeting Dates: Thursday evenings, Feb 11, March 10, April 14 and May 12, 2016

Meeting Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: The Kitchen at Temple Israel

Cost: $20/person; child care available for $5/child.


Dinner: Takeout from a local restaurant

Drinks: Wine, coffee and tea 



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

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, Mar. 6, Apr. 10 and May 1, 2016, 9:45 am - 11:00 am in the TI Boardroom (Light refreshments will be served.) 

RSVP to and let us know if you'll need child care ($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.