Adult Education

We offer a variety of adult learning opportunities throughout the year -- from ongoing classes to individual programs and guest speakers. Everyone is welcome to join us; open to the community.

Upcoming offerings by day of the week include: 



The Book of Jonah: A spiritual pathway into the High Holy Days
Led by Rabbi Michael
Tuesdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27, and September 3

10 am – 11 am at Temple Israel
We read the Book of Jonah in its entirety on Yom Kippur. No other prophet or story in the Bible has such an elevated status. Why? Join us as we study the deeper, more personal meaning of the text and dive into a wonder of spiritual literature deemed so powerful that it has the ability to transform the soul. No RSVP necessary; everyone is welcome.

Exploring Life's Journey
Third Tuesday of each month: February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, and August 20
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Temple Israel
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 as you connect with Judaism, spirituality, and transform into your highest self. The group is facilitated by Jan Nykin, LCSW, a psychotherapist in private practice with a Para-Rabbinic certification. 



Saturday Morning Bible Study
Led by Rabbi Emeritus Mark L. Shook
Saturdays, September 21 through Saturday, April 25, 2020
9:15 am – 10:45 am in the Board Room
Complimentary continental breakfast will be served.

Topic: The “Minor” Prophets Were Anything But Minor
The class will commence the study of the twelve prophetic books known as the Minor Prophets, beginning with Hosea and concluding with Malachi. No previous Bible Study Experience is necessary. Participants are asked to bring their own Bibles.
Questions? Contact Rabbi Shook at or 314-432-8050.



Sibling Rivalry: A text study that focuses on the deeper meaning of sibling relationships in the stories of the Torah
Led by Rabbi Michael
Sundays, September 8 & 15
9:45 am – 11:15 am in the Board Room
Complimentary bagels and coffee will be served.

Why is it so difficult to get along with our siblings? What do the  Jewish archetypes of family life in the Torah teach us about our own families? From Cain and Abel to Moses, Miriam and Aaron - the Torah offers us difficult questions and challenging answers to the struggles we face when wrestling with what it means to be a good brother or sister, as well as a good parent. No RSVP necessary; everyone is welcome.



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.


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Congregation Temple Israel

#1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr.
(Ladue @ Spoede Road)
St. Louis, MO 63141-7670

Office: (314) 432 - 8050
Fax: (314) 432 - 8053
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Temple Israel Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Preschool Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

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