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Temple Israel’s education program covers a wide range of opportunities for all ages!

Check out the following website pages to explore the offerings and contact Jackie Evans for details. 

B’nai Mitzvah

Students receive individualized preparation to become a bar or bat mitzvah under the guidance and support of the education department, clergy, lay leaders, and mentors.

In the b’nai mitzvah program, students:

  • prepare to lead the Shabbat service in which they become bar or bat mitzvah
  • learn to read or chant Torah and Haftarah portions
  • learn about and participate in social action programs and projects

B’nai Mitzvah Handbook

Details on Temple’s b’nai mitzvah program are included in a handbook, which students receive at the beginning of their studies. For more information, including registration, fees, and scheduling, email Rabbi Bess Wohlner or call us at 901.761.3130.

Barbara K. Lipman Early Learning Center

The Barbara K. Lipman Early Learning Center is a nationally accredited program providing a high-quality academic experience for children. We give first priority to Temple Israel members, but enrollment is open to the community. 

Our classrooms are spacious and bright, configured especially for very young children. Featuring a low student to teacher ratio, each child is given individualized attention. We currently care for children as young as six weeks of age, going up through kindergarten.

For more information about the Barbara K. Lipman Early Learning Center, visit our website.

Wendy & Avron Fogelman Religious School

The Wendy & Avron Fogelman Religious School strives to help each student in kindergarten through high school develop a positive Jewish identity and a deep connection to the Jewish community.

For more information about the Wendy and Avron Fogelman Religious School at Temple Israel:

E-mail Jackie Evans or call 901.937.2777.

Program Overview

Kindergarten through 6th grade (Sundays from 9:15 am-12:00 pm) teaches Judaic studies and Hebrew through discussions, music, projects, and crafts. Students explore Jewish values, Torah stories, holidays, and prayer with the URJ Chai Curriculum. Each religious school session begins with tefillah (prayer services) to help develop a holy community and reinforce the prayers and songs the students learn in class.

7th and 8th grade classes meet on Sunday mornings from 10:30 am-12:00 pm. Students learn what it means to be both a member of the Jewish people and an individual Jewish person through projects, field trips, and active, hands-on learning. The class topics range from the Holocaust to comparative religion, and create a foundation for future Jewish learning.

Our high school program (Sundays from 4:30 pm-6:00 pm) helps students discover their connections to Judaism, Temple Israel, and one another. Students have the opportunity to learn from the Temple clergy as they discover how Judaism can shape and impact their lives. Highlights of our high school program include a 10th grade Confirmation class trip to New York City and an 11th and 12th grade trip to Washington, D.C.


Hebrew begins in kindergarten with the alphabet and basic vocabulary. The study of Hebrew continues in each grade, as students build from learning letters to decoding more complex sentences and full prayers. When students reach 6th grade, they can read and understand most prayers and basic conversational Hebrew. Students in 4th-6th grades attend Hebrew classes on Wednesday afternoons in addition to Sundays.

High School Madrichim

Our Madrichim program gives high school students the opportunity to work in the religious school as teachers’ assistants, Hebrew tutors, and members of Teen Team. If you are a high school student who loves working with children, wants to be a Jewish role model, and is looking for a way to make a positive difference in our community, we want you to join our program! Contact Jackie Evans for more information.

Family Involvement

We count on parents to be our partners in raising Jewish children. Parents can enhance their child’s Jewish education by attending services and other events at Temple, checking out Jewish books, participating in Temple’s mitzvah opportunities, celebrating Shabbat and holidays at home with family and friends, and communicating with their student’s teacher.

We also have opportunities for parents to become more involved with the religious school program. We are always looking for volunteers to help coordinate mitzvah opportunities, special projects, and school celebrations. If you are interested in volunteering in the school, please contact Jackie Evans.

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