About our Programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youth Program

The Youth Program is for children in grades K-8, and provides a dynamic learning environment that enriches the Jewish experience for our children as they navigate their way through the 21st century. The heart and soul of our Religious School is our students; we give them an incredible Reform Jewish educational foundation and take great pride in knowing that they are excited to be here to learn

Judaism in a relaxed, casual atmosphere where the emphasis is on them.

 

Our experienced teachers have a love of Judaism and passion for teaching, which makes learning a fun experience for everyone. All of our classes explore Jewish holidays, Torah, Israel, tzedakah, mitzvot, and Jewish history, instilling a lasting and positive feeling about being Jewish. We also focus on experiential learning opportunities that take Jewish education to a new level by infusing art, cooking, and music into the program.

Students in 3rd-6th grade also attend weekly Hebrew School where they learn to read Hebrew and delve into the meaning of the prayers, which prepares them well for becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

 

Schedule:

Religious School - K-8th grade meets on Sundays from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. 

Hebrew School - 3rd-6th grade meets on Tuesdays, from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm.

 

Tuition: Grade K - $300, Grade 1 & 2 - $325, Grade 3-6 - $700 (includes Tuesday Hebrew School and Sunday Religious School), Grade 7 & 8 - $325

 

For more information, contact Leslie Wolf, Director of Family Education at lwolf@ti-stl.org or 314-432-8076.

 


 

B’nai Mitzvah Program (Bar/Bat Mitzvah)

 

The B’nai Mitzvah program is a journey that begins when your child enters Religious School and culminates around the time that your child turns 13. Participating in the program is a really exciting thing; your child will study with the Rabbis and learn about the laws and legends of the Jewish people. Most lessons are hands-on and include discussion on important ideas in sports and popular culture and how they relate to Torah.  

Your child will also learn what the Torah has to say about important topics such as current events and how Jewish values can be applied in today's world. We will read plays and watch musicals; we will go on field trips; and we will learn the meaning of friendship, holiness, and respect. This program helps to build self-esteem and provide the tools to become a Jewish leader. 

 

Schedule:

Religious School - 7th grade B'nai Mitzvah students meet on Sundays from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm.

B'nai Mitzvah Program - TBD by the student and Rabbi Michael Alper. 

 

 

 

 


 

High School Program (Post B’nai Mitzvah)

Temple Israel Religious School’s High School Program is for students in grades 9-12 and provides an exploratory environment for teens to build leadership skills, give back to their community, and increase their knowledge of how Jewish values they can shape their lives.

The program is primarily on Sunday mornings from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and has several components.  

 

Part 1 (Morning): Students have the opportunity to serve as madrichim (student aides) in Religious School classrooms during the morning portion of Religious School. As madrichim, high schoolers will help implement lesson plans, tutor younger students, and serve as mentors.

 

Part 2 (Late-morning): During the second part of the morning, students will take part in our learning and social action program. The program will be based on advocacy, activism, and social action, and students will learn Jewish values through many hands-on learning experiences. Students will have the opportunity to participate in engaging discussions about topics that are impacting their lives, such as: anti-Semitism in the schools and on college campuses; bullying, depression and suicide; global Judaism; race relations and interfaith values; elections through a Jewish lens; and more. They will also engage in tikkun olam through a variety of community service outings, all of which will be infused with Jewish values and ethics.

Additionally, teens will develop close personal relationships through social programs and participation in local and regional North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) events.

 

Schedule: 9th-12th grade meets on Sundays from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. 

 

Tuition: Grade 9, 11 & 12 - $325

 

For more information, contact Leslie Wolf, Director of Family Education at lwolf@ti-stl.org or 314-432-8076.

 

 


 

Confirmation Program

Confirmation is a program for students in 10th grade and consists of community building, learning, worship, fun, social action, and travel. The goals, curriculum, and themes are created with our student’s input and are geared toward providing experiential learning that is meaningful to the class as a whole.

 

The Confirmation group meets after the Sunday morning Religious School component from 12:00 pm until 1:30 pm September through May. The program includes lunch and learn with the rabbis each week.

 

The Confirmation class also takes a group trip to New York City, led by Rabbi Michael and Rabbi Amy, on which students experience a vast array of Jewish lifestyles, ritual, and learning in diverse Jewish communities.

   

Schedule: 10th grade Confirmation students meet on Sundays from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm.

 

Tuition: Grade 10 - $525

 

Confirmation Class Trip Cost: Approximately $500 (may change depending on locations and current travel expenses)

 

For more information, contact Leslie Wolf, Director of Family Education at lwolf@ti-stl.org or 314-432-8076.

 


 

 

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