Religious School and Hebrew for Life


  • Open to members and non-members
  • Small classes with individualized attention
  • State of the art curriculum
  • Warm and welcoming environment
  • Convenient Carmel location

Religious School Mission Statement:
To sustain and engage our community in Conservative Jewish life.

About Congregation Shaarey Tefilla (CST):
A United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism affiliate, CST combines full egalitarianism with a commitment to traditional Judaism. We are a Conservative, family-oriented synagogue. CST believes in educating our children and the community in Torah, bar/bat mitzvah study and more. Join us at our Indianapolis synagogue and grow in faith.

Grades K, 1, & 2:       Only Sunday School
Members $250           Non-members $300

Grades 3, 4, 5, & 6:    Sunday School & Hebrew School
Members $1,300        Non-member $1,650
School Schedule:

Kindergarten with Tammy Goldstein:
9am-9:45am in school Sunday Religious School
9am-9:30am virtual Sunday Religious School

Alef/Bet (1st/2nd Grade) with Tammy Goldstein:
10am-11:30am in school Sunday Religious School
10am-11am virtual Religious School

Gimel/Dalet (3rd/4th Grade) Hebrew Studies with Rotem Calili
and Religious Studies with Lauren Allen:

6:10pm-6:55pm Thursday Hebrew School, virtual or in person-CST
9am-10:50am Sunday Hebrew & Religious School, virtual or in person-CST

Hay/Vav (5th/6th Grade) Hebrew Studies with Rotem Calili
and Religious Studies Lauren Allen:

7:00pm-7:45pm Thursday Hebrew School virtual or in person-CST
9am-10:50am Sunday Hebrew & Religious School virtual or in person-CST

Religious School and Hebrew for Life Forms:

2020-21 Educational Calendar

School Registration Form 

Emergency Contact and Medical Form

Covid-19 Acknowledgement Letter

Religious School Staff:

Brenda Freedman, Education Director:
Brenda started in 2019 as Education Director at CST including a decade of nonprofit experience.  Her goal as the director of the religious school is to make sure students are prepared for their B’nai Mitzvah and Adult Jewish Life.

Rotem Calili, 3rd-6th Hebrew Teacher:
Rotem started teaching in at CST 2018 and continues to be the CST Hebrew teacher. Rotem has many years of experience teaching Hebrew at the BJE. We are very excited to have him teaching our students conversational Hebrew geared to improve understanding of the language and preparing them to travel to Israel, to take Hebrew education in High School, or have a conversation with someone from Israel.

Tammy Goldstein, K-2nd Religious Teacher:
Tammy has been teaching religious school for many years at CST.  Tammy enjoys being creative in the classroom as the students actively learn, complete projects, and sing songs to build their Jewish identities.   In her class she introduces the letters of the Hebrew alphabet and builds a foundation for learning Hebrew.  Her goal is to make the students feel a sense of belonging to the Jewish community and to Congregation Shaarey Tefilla as they learn about the holidays and Jewish values. 

Lauren Allen, 3rd-6th Religious Teacher:
Lauren has been teaching and assisting with the CST religious school for many years.  She enjoys the energy and creative ideas her students bring to Religious School.  The goal for her classes is to nurture an understanding and connection with their Jewish identity and Israel.  She wants her students to feel prepared for their B’nai mitzvah and for their connection with their Jewish identity to continue for many years to come.  In our classes we learn about Jewish life by learning the reasons we celebrate holidays, the connection to prayer, and encouraging their relationship with Jewish values.