Shabbat services and Temple programming currently online ONLY. Education Center closed through May 15. Please read TI emails for ongoing updates.

Religious School Programs

Religious School is for children in grades K through 12, 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. 


Religious & Hebrew school program

K-6th Grade
Students begin Religious School in Kindergarten. During 3rd-6th grade, they 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.


Religious School - K-6th grade meets on Sundays from 9:30 am - 11:30 am. 

Hebrew School - 3rd-6th grade meets on Tuesdays, from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. For grades 3rd-4th, we also offer a Sunday Hebrew School option that meets after Religious School from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm and includes lunch. 

7th Grade
7th grade meet with Rabbi Michael to better understand the joys and responsibilities of becoming a B'nai Mitzvah. This group meets approximately every other Tuesday from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. We'll provide a calendar prior to the beginning of the school year outlining all of the dates.

8th & 9th Grade
8th & 9th meet on two  Sunday mornings per month and discuss the Jewish-American experience, the myriad of ways Jews practice Judaism, as well as understand and learn about the many other religions practiced throughout the world. We'll provide a calendar prior to the beginning of the school year outlining all of the dates.

See Confirmation section below for more details.

For more information, contact Leslie Wolf, Director of Family Education at 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 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. 




Madrichim/Teacher Assistant Program 

Students in grades 10 through 12 will have the opportunity to serve as madrichim (teacher's assistants) in Religious School classrooms. As madrichim, high schoolers will build leadership skills, give back to their community, and increase their knowledge of how Jewish values can shape their lives, as well as help implement lesson plans, tutor younger students, and serve as mentors. Teens will develop close personal relationships through social programs and participation in local and regional North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) events. 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.  

The program is primarily on Sunday mornings from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

Schedule: Grades 10th through 12 meet on Sundays from 9:30 am - 11:30 am. 

*Fees: No Fee for this program (For Confirmation Students fee, see below.)

For more information, contact Leslie Wolf, Director of Family Education at 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.

Confirmation group meets after the Sunday morning Religious School component on certain pre-selected Sundays from 11:30 pm until 1:00 pm September through May. The program includes lunch and learn with the rabbis each meeting.

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 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm 
If the student is also in the Madrichim program, they will join the Confirmation group after Religious School dismissal.

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 or 314-432-8076.


*Confidential scholarship assistance is available by contacting Leslie Wolf or one of our Rabbis at 314-432-8050.

Homepage   l   Programs  l   Youth Group  l   Educators

B'nai Mitzvah   l   Student & Parent Resources   l   FAQs 



Let's Connect

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
Contact Us

Newsletter Signup


Follow us on social media!

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 

Back to top