Youth Groups & Scouting

Temple Israel's youth groups are award winning, dynamic groups of young leaders who are a vital part of our congregation and the wider world.  To secure and perpetuate a strong, meaningful and enjoyable Reform Jewish experience for our young members, TI proudly sponsors youth groups for students beginning in the fifth grade.



TIFTY (Temple Israel Federation of Temple Youth Grades 9-12)



To join TIFTY, contact Rabbi Michael Alper, or 314-432-8050.




TIFTY is Congregation Temple Israel's senior high youth group. TIFTY creates young leaders through active engagement in congregational life.  TIFTY members create dynamic programs and develop lifelong friendships and a love for Judaism. TIFTY's many social action, spiritual, and social events include raising money for Camp Rainbow (a summer camp for children with cancer), planning the TI Purim Carnival, leading TIFTY Shabbat, holding retreats, and much more. TIFTY is affiliated with the Missouri Valley Region of NFTY, the North American Federation of Temple Youth, and Netzer Olami, the international Reform Zionist youth movement.



The youth directors of the Reform congregations in St. Louis came together to figure out a way to keep 8th graders engaged post B'nai Mitzvah.  They came up with J8M (Jewish 8th grade Mixer), a program where each Reform Temple takes turns hosting mixers throughout the school year for 8th grade youth.  Our Temple Israel 8th grade youth group, TI8, is pronounced "tight." 


JYG (Junior Youth Group Grades 7-8)


JYG holds about six programs per year, ranging from Sunday afternoon socials to social actions, all within a Jewish environment. JYGers also have the opportunity to attend NFTY Missouri Valley's JYG Chavurah (conclave) with other teens from our region.


Club 56 (Grades 5-6)

Club 56 is designed to serve as an introduction to the youth group experience for our 5th and 6th grade students. Club 56 holds 4 to 6 activities a year, incorporating social action, religious, and social aspects.


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Boy Scouting


Temple Israel sponsors the oldest Jewish troop in the St. Louis Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Troop 11 meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Beaumont Youth Lounge in the lower level of the Religious School Building.


Scouts participate in a very extensive camping and outdoor program at the Edison Retreat Center, and attend Scout camps around the region. For more information, contact Jim Rothberg, (314) 991-4115 or email



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