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 Temple Israel Religious School (TIRS)

The ultimate goal of Temple Israel Religious School is to nurture our children to celebrate their Jewish identity in the context of our modern American lives, and to commit to a life of Jewish living and learning.

Temple Israel Religious School (TIRS) is a warm, inviting place where children are encouraged to explore their Jewish traditions and heritage. We take pride in working with families to strengthen each child’s Jewish identity and connection to the greater Jewish community. We hold Jewish learning, worship, and community as central values. Our desire is that students will continue on a path of lifelong learning.

Our fresh, engaging grade-level curricula is supplemented throughout the year with family and holiday programs, music, mitzvah projects, social action and Shabbat retreats. We have a strong and dedicated staff of educators, who delight in mixing formal and informal Jewish educational techniques to bring thousands of years of history and traditions alive.


















The TIRS Honey from the Heart Fundraiser is now underway! For $12, send a jar of honey to your family, friends or business associates to wish them a sweet new year.

Order by July 31 and avoid shipping fees. 

Order online by clicking here.

Questions? Contact Melissa Lefko at:

704-944-6785 or














ATTENTION TIRS FAMILIES: 2019-2020 TIRS Registration Forms have been sent out.

If you need one, please download the form here. Please return the form to Temple Israel no later than July 31, 2019, to secure your midweek school day selection and friend requests.

Questions? Please contact Melissa Lefko at 704-944-6785 or



TIRS General Information:


Required Educational Opportunities:

  • Sunday Religious School Classes, Grades K-7 – 9:30am-12:05pm
  • Hebrew Study, and Experiential Education, Grades 3-7 - Tuesday, 4:45-6:15 p.m. OR Wednesday, 5:15-6:45 p.m.

Additional Programs include:

  • Schoolwide Shabbat       
  • Saturday Junior Congregation, Grades K-6  (10:30am) 
  • Family Education Programs                                                            
  • Differentiated Learning for extra help or accelerated instruction at no extra charge for all 3rd-7th grade TIRS students
  • Temple Israel Youth Group Enrollment at no additional cost for all TIRS students




The 2019-2020 TIRS Calendar is here! To view and download a copy, please CLICK HERE .


Please click here to view our 2018-19 TI Religious School Parent Handbook.

To see an overview of our curriculum goals, please click here.


For more information or to have a conversation about how TI Religious School can meet the needs of your family, please contact Director of Congregational Education, Rabbi Helene Kornsgold, 704-944-6786 or, to
schedule a personal meeting.

If you have questions during registration, we are here to help!
Please contact Melissa Lefko, Education & Youth Assistant, at

To apply for financial assistance, please contact Membership at 980-960-2380.


        Box tops:  Please save your box tops! Send them to school with your child, or place them in the marked container in the                           TIRS office.

                         Download a collection sheet to make collecting even more fun!


Harris Teeter: Please re-link your VIC card.   VIC cards are reset each summer and will need to be linked again after August 1.  Our school ID is #4647.
Target Red Card: Anyone (members, family, friends) who has a Target Red Card can now designate Temple Israel Religious School as their school of choice. Target will give our school (ID#153638) 1% of total purchases


TIKVAH Charlotte - Special Needs Program

Our tradition teaches that each of us is created B’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God, and that each of us is to be valued.  TIKVAH Charlotte is a joint special needs religious school program between Temple Israel, Temple Beth El and the Consolidated Hebrew High School of Jewish Studies. This program provides individual and group learning in Hebrew and Judaica and is geared for students who have difficulties in attending mainstream classes. If your child has specialized educational needs and you are interested in finding out more information about TIKVAH Charlotte, please contact Deborah Hitt at 704-726-4427 or

HEBREW HIGH - Grades 8-12

The Consolidated High School of Jewish Studies of Charlotte (CHS), also known as Hebrew High, is sponsored by Temple Israel and Temple Beth El for students in grades 8 – 12. CHS offers an enriched academic program and exposes students to a variety of ideas, values and practices to strengthen their Jewish identity. CHS provides teenagers a natural setting for combining Jewish education with Jewish social experiences. Students are encouraged to expand their knowledge of Judaica, exchange views on important issues, and develop strong Jewish values and a sense of unity with Jewish people.

Classes meet on Wednesday evenings during the school year at Shalom Park from
7 – 9 p.m. To learn more, please visit the Hebrew High website by clicking here.

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