Religious School and “Hebrew for Life”

For a meaningful Judaism CST’s Religious School educates, empowers, and encourages students to engage our community in preparation for their Conservative Jewish adult life.
  • Open to members and non-members
  • Small classes with individualized attention
  • State of the art curriculum
  • Warm and welcoming environment
  • Family oriented
  • Bar/bat mitzvah preparation


Religious School Staff:

Brenda Freedman
Education Director

As the Education Director, Brenda has been leading CSTs religious school education since 2019. Prior to this role, Brenda worked in the non-profit arena for over ten years. She continues to grow our B’nai Mitzvah preparation so that our students are not just prepared for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah but also have a strong foundation of Jewish Life as they enter adulthood.

Rabbi Sendrow
3rd-6h Religious Services Teacher

Every child should have the opportunity to learn from their Rabbi as part of their Jewish Education.  Rabbi Sendrow shares his love of learning with our students as they learn the Shabbat Service as a group and also have the opportunity to work with him individually on their Torah portion and Haftorah as they prepare to become a B’nai Mitzvah.


Rotem Calili
3rd-6th Hebrew Teacher

Rotem is our teacher of Hebrew language at CST. As our students enter the latter grades of their Jewish Education, our students transition from the Aleph-Bet to conversational Hebrew. This improves their understanding of the language and allows them to prepare for travel to Israel, further Hebrew language engagement and focuses on true conversation in the Hebrew language.  Research confirms that the younger the student the easier it is for a child to learn a second language. Rotem is the beginning of this second language acquisition.

Tammy Goldstein 
K-2nd Religious School Teacher

Tammy is the senior member of the religious school staff serving our youngest learners for many years. Her creativity in the classroom brings excitement to the activities, projects and songs that help our children build their Jewish sense of self. As our students learn their Aleph-Bet , they begin to identify Hebrew letters and the foundation of Judaism to help them begin their journey at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla.

Diana Ningen
3rd-6th Religious School Teacher

Congregation Shaarey Tefilla welcomes Diana as she begins her teaching career with us as she teaches our children about Jewish Studies.  Diana is studying elementary education at Butler University. We are thrilled that she will gain experience as an educator with CST as she guides students to an understanding and connection to Judaism and Israel.  Her lesson on Jewish life cycle events and holidays will complement the lessons of Rabbi Sendrow and Rotem for a well-rounded intermediate level Jewish education.

Tuition & School Schedule:

Grades K, 1, & 2:       
−Only Sunday School

−Members $250 & Non-members $300

Grades 3rd-6th:  
−Sunday School & Thursday Hebrew School

−Members $1,300 & Non-member $1,650

*Classes will be virtual in the event of bad weather

Kindergarten and Aleph/Bet (1st/2nd Grade) with Tammy Goldstein:
−9 am to 10:30 am Sunday Religious School is in person

Gimel/Dalet (3rd/4th Grade) Hebrew Studies with Rotem Calili, Torah Studies with Rabbi Sendrow, and Religious School Studies with Diana Ningen:
−6:10 pm to 6:55 pm Thursday Hebrew School is virtual
−9 am to 11 am Sunday Hebrew & Religious School is in person

Hay/Vav (5th/6th Grade) Hebrew Studies with Rotem Calili, Torah Studies with Rabbi Sendrow, and Religious Studies with Diana Ningen:
−7:00 pm to 7:45 pm Thursday Hebrew School is virtual
−9 am to 11 am Sunday Hebrew & Religious School is in person

* If you need your student(s) to attend religious school virtually, please inform Brenda Freedman, Education Director 

Religious School Forms

Once you filled out the enrollment form, you will receive an invoice from the bookkeeper.  Before your child starts religious school, an information form will be emailed.  Required to be filled out prior to your child starts school.  

Enrollment Online Form or Enrollment Download to Print From

School Calendar 

* Interested in religious school email Brenda Freedman, Education Director. 
* Interested in becoming a member email 
Harvey Mover, Membership & Marketing Chair or call (317) 733-2169.
* Invoice questions email Richard McGee, Bookkeeper.