Judaics Classes


Sunday Series

Each year, our Rabbis teach three 3-week courses on a variety of Jewish topics. Classes are held on Sunday mornings 9:45 to11:15 a.m.

October 21, 2012
A Mormon in the White House?
with Rabbi Feder

October 28, 2012
The Walking Dead (Tales of Resurrection)
with Rabbi Alper

November 4, 11, 18 2012
From Saul to St. Paul: Pharisees and the Beginnings of Christianity
with Rabbi Shook

February 3, 10, 17 2013
The Jewish Response to Evil             
with Rabbi Alper
April 7, 14, 21 2013
God is a Four Letter Word
with Rabbi Feder

Advanced Hebrew Classes for Adults

Work on your biblical Hebrew skills with Rabbi Alper to improve your knowledge of Hebrew and be able to eventually read from the Torah without translation.  Mondays 10:30 a.m. ongoing. Contact Rabbi Michael Alper at (314) 432-8050 or malper@ti-stl.org for information.


Shabbat Morning Bible Study with Rabbi Shook

Taught by Rabbi Mark L. Shook, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel and Adjunct Professor of Jewish Philosophy at Saint Louis University, this weekly exploration into the Bible has been a part of Temple Israel's Adult Education program for more than 30 years.

This year, we will study the women of the Hebrew Bible. The class meets from 9:45-10:45 a.m. each Saturday morning beginning October 6, 2012  in the Dubinsky Board Room.

  • No previous experience in studying the Bible is required, however, required text is the Jewish Publication Society (JPS) Tanach or equivalent.
  • The success of the course has been built on the stand-alone quality of each class.
  • While regular attendance enhances the experience, there are no attendance commitments required.
  • Each week's session combines an intimate understanding and respect for the literature, history, and archeology of the Hebrew Bible that is second to none.
  • There is no cost or tuition for this course.
  • Questions are encouraged. Dogma is discouraged.

Contact Rabbi Shook at (314) 432-8050 or mshook@ti-stl.org for information.



Adult Lunch and Learn: From the Beginning
Tuesdays from 12 noon to 2 p.m., beginning on August 28, 2012.  Bring your lunch and join Rabbi Alper for an introduction to the Torah, from the beginning.  This class is for learners at every level, no Hebrew skills necessary.  Come every week or whenever you have a lunch break free!


Rabbi's Roundtable
First Thursday of every month from 12:30 to 2 p.m., including a delicious lunch. An open forum with the rabbis to ask whatever questions are on your mind, from politics to basic Judaism to the state of the Temple. Open to everyone!  Contact Evie Bernstein for lunch reservations (314) 434-3937.


Please contact Rabbi Alper for additional education opportunities, including the local Introduction to Judaism classes taught each semester by local Reform rabbis.