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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.

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 Educational and Social Opportunities include:

  • Saturday Junior Congregation, Grades K-6  (10:30am)                                                          
  • Schoolwide Shabbat


  • 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

Please click here to view the 2018-2019 Religious School calendar.

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

To register for Religious School, please click here to download a form.

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.

With the exception of pre-K, Religious School is for temple members only.

Refund requests must be sent in writing to Temple Israel Religious School Education and Youth Assistant, Melissa Lefko, at

To start Religious School registration, please click here to download a registration form.

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

To apply for financial assistance, please contact Membership Director,
Monty Bennett, at



Please click here to view our 2017-18 TI Religious School Parent Handbook.


**Honey Fundraiser** Wish family, friends and business associates a "Sweet and Healthy New Year" AND support TIRS by sending a jar of honey! For more information, click here.

        Box tops:  Please save your box tops and send them to school with your child.

        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.

Terracycle: We are now collecting inkjet and toner cartridges through a wonderful program called Terracycle.  They will be recycled and in turn, we will earn money for our school.


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.

Registration for 2018-2019 is now open!  For details, click here.



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