Shabbat services and Temple programming currently online ONLY. Education Center closed through the summer. Please read TI emails for ongoing updates.

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: 


Exploring Life's Journey 
This class will not be meeting while the Temple building is closed. 
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. The group is facilitated by Jan Nykin, LCSW, a psychotherapist in private practice with a Para-Rabbinic certification.

Third Tuesday of each month: May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Temple Israel
Participation is free and open to the Jewish community



Coffee Talk
A Weekly online Q&A with the Rabbis
During the week, send us any Jewish questions you’ve ever wanted to know the answer to but were afraid to ask, and we’ll answer them! No question is too big, too small, or too strange.

Some examples might be:
What is the difference between Palestinians and Israelis? We’ll tell you!
Why do bad things happen to good people? Good question; we’ve got your covered.
Do Jews have to believe in God? That’s a toughie...but we’ll talk it through.
What are Jews for Jesus? Another good one to chat about.

Share your questions with the Rabbis at 
Then, tune in at 11:00 am each Thursday on our Facebook page at and enjoy some coffee talk.
Provide your own coffee. :)

A People Who Dwells Alone: A History of Jewish Thriving in Isolation
A Monthly Class with Rabbi Michael Alper

Join Rabbi Michael via Zoom for a monthly class where we'll examine experiences throughout history where Jews have not only survived by thrived in isolation. Jews have always been known as a people apart, and we'll look closely at different historical and spiritual texts and stories that may help to put our lives in context.

Thursdays, May 14 & June 11
7:00 pm via Zoom
RSVP to Rabbi Michael at
Rabbi Michael will email participants a Zoom link prior to each class.


Lilith Readers Book Club
Inspired by Lilith, one of the fiercest forgotten women of Jewish literature, we’ll read a book each month by a Jewish woman, about Jewish women throughout history. Each book takes place during a different time period, so we’ll learn a little history, enjoy some fantastic novels, and bring to light some forgotten figures of the Jewish past.

Find out the current book list at: 

Join the book club; email Rabbi Amy at:



Saturday Morning Bible Study
Led by Rabbi Emeritus Mark L. Shook
Saturday mornings
9:15 am – 10:45 am via Zoom through Saturday, May 9

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.
RSVP to Rabbi Shook at



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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Hours of Operation

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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