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A Warm Welcome

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Temple Israel is a community of approximately 160 families. It is a positive and strong Reform Jewish presence in the London community, with a Religious School, Pre-School Experience, an active program of Adult Education, Social Action, Outreach, and social events. Our Shabbat Services, holiday and life-cycle observances are warm and inspiring.

We welcome Jewish and interfaith couples, traditional and non-traditional families, singles, LGBT, and people of every age, race and ethnicity. Whether you are new to Judaism or a learned scholar, you will find a warm welcome and a comfortable home at Temple Israel.

Explore our website, join us for services, classes, and programs, meet our members, visit our library and gift shop. You will find many opportunities to enrich your experience of Judaism. If this is your first visit, we hope you will come back often. Membership information can be found in the "About Us" section, on the MEMBERSHIP page.




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Temple Israel (of London)

605 Windermere Road
London, Ontario
Canada   N5X 2P1

Phone: 519-858-4400
Email: office@templeisraellondon.ca 

Rabbi Debra Dressler: 




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TI News (click a title to view contents)

This Week at Temple Israel



 For more details please visit our website:


Wednesday, April 26
9:30am - AJE @ JCC - Paris, Pissarro and Prejudice - Sonia Halpern
4:45pm - Hebrew School
Thursday, April 27
4:45pm - Advanced Adult Hebrew - PLEASE NOTE - last class until autumn
Saturday, April 29
10:00am - Shabbat Morning Services led by Rabbi Debra Dressler, followed by a potluck Kiddush, please bring a dish to share.
12:00pm - Torah Study
Sunday, April 30
9:30am - Religious School
3:00pm - Executive Meeting
7:00pm - Yom HaZikaron - Remembrance Day for Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism @ JCC
Tuesday, May 2
12:00pm - Lunch and Learn
6:00pm - Yom Ha'atzmaut - Israel Independence Day Celebration @ JCC (see details below)
7:00pm - Introductory Adult Hebrew - PLEASE NOTE - last class until autumn
Wednesday, May 3
9:30am - AJE @ JCC - Paris, Pissarro and Prejudice - Sonia Halpern
4:45pm - Hebrew School - Last Day
Friday, May 5
7:30pm - Shabbat Evening Services led by Rabbi Debra Dressler, followed by a potluck Oneg, please bring a dish to share.
Saturday, May 6
1:30pm - Book Club - we will be discussing The Promise by Chaim Potok. Everyone is welcome to join us.
3:00pm - Shabbat Shiur Afternoon Text Study and Havdalah
Sunday, May 7
9:30am - Religious School - Last Day and Potluck Lunch
10:00am - MDA Breakfast @ JCC
10:30am - Gift Shop Open
12:00pm - Religious School Potluck Lunch
3:00pm - Board Meeting
7:00pm - Or Shalom Film Society presents “Like a Fish Out of Water”.
PLEASE NOTE: at 6:00pm, there will be an optional pre-film dinner put on by the Men’s Chefs at Or Shalom at a cost of $18.00 per person. The menu will consist of: Italian Beef Stew with Rotini Pasta Al Dente, Rustic Italian Salad, and Refreshments. Call 519-438-3081 for movie tickets and meal reservations.
Yom Hazikaron 2017
YomHaAtzmaut 2017



The first Temple Israel “TRUNK’ Sale

All the items you can put in your car trunk to sell on the Temple grounds

(Rain date September 10, 2017)

Please do not bring anything to Temple Israel before the sale.  

More details to follow in the coming months...

Please visit our website often at templeisraellondon.ca or tilondon.ca. There you will find information about upcoming events, services, classes, and programs, as well as general information about your Temple. Highlights include a quick summary of upcoming events on our homepage, worship schedule on the Shabbat and holidays pages, adult education opportunities, youth education schedules, and a community cookbook. Our homepage also displays convenient links to our Facebook page, maintained by Rael Wienburg, our Google Plus page, maintained by Linda Zimmerman, and our Suggestion Box, maintained by Elizabeth Teevan.  

If you are a TI member and have not yet received a username and password to enter the "Members' Lounge" section of our website, please contact your Webmaven
at <
webmaven@templeisraellondon.ca> for assistance.
Also, please visit our Temple Israel Facebook site and consider becoming a member:

Upcoming Special Events - Temple Israel

Temple Israel Events:  



*** NOTE: Next Book Chavurah Saturday, May 6 at 1:30pm. ***
We will be reading
 The Promise by Chaim Potok
All are welcome, whether you have read the book or not.

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Saturday, May 6 at 3:00pm - Shabbat Shiur
Afternoon Text Study and Havdalah




The first Temple Israel “TRUNK’ Sale

All the items you can put in your car trunk to sell on the Temple grounds

(Rain date September 10, 2017)

Please do not bring anything to Temple Israel before the sale.  

More details to follow in the coming months...

Lev HaDavar- Temple Israel bulletin in PDF format



Past issues of Lev HaDavar are available in the Members' Lounge (Username and password required.)

April Calendar (PDF format)

May Calendar (PDF format)

June Calendar (PDF format)

Temple Israel Library Catalogue

- photo by Rael Wienburg

Click here for the Temple Israel Library Catalogue

You can search the catalogue by title, author, or tag (=subject)
or browse through the catalogue in any order you wish.

Plan to visit the Temple Israel Library (2nd floor) any time our building is open.



♦ WELCOME to our RJ Web 2.0 Temple Israel website!!!
Most of our websit
e does not require Login.  Usernames and Passwords for Temple Israel members have been created.  Login provides access to the Members' Lounge section of our website and to Bikur Cholim Sign-Up Sheets (None at this time.)  If you are a TI member and have not received a Username and Password, or if you have forgotten yours, please contact Linda Zimmerman, webmaven@templeisraellondon.ca

NOTE: We are pleased to announce that Login is now working. 

♦ Do you need a ride?
If you can’t drive in the dark, or you’re without a car (or license) and you want to come to Temple for any reason (a program, a service) please call the Temple Office with as much notice as you can, but even if it’s for the same day, please call. 

♦ If you are planning an activity...
Please remember to call the Temple Office (519)858-4400, as early as possible to reserve a room.
♦ Lev Ha-Davar
The current and next-month CALENDARS of Temple Israel's bulletin, Lev HaDavar, are now available on the TI homepage -- LOGIN NOT REQUIRED. NOTE: Past issues and calendars will continue to be available in the Members' Lounge (Login required).
♦ Mishkan T'filah and Torah Commentary Dedications
Please consider dedicating one (or more) of our new prayer books or Torah commentaries to honour a special occasion or the memory of your family and friends. Details on the Donations page.

 NEW!!!  Panoramas
Panoramas of our Temple (front and rear views), Sanctuary, Library, and Kitchen by Rael Wienburg have been posted on the About Us - Our Building page.
♦ Our Front Door is now the Main Entrance for Shabbat and Holiday Services.
Please note that for Shabbat and Holiday services, people are invited to enter through our beautiful front door and lobby.  The side entrance will be used to bring in food and, until such time as we have wheelchair access in the front, the side door will continue to be used for wheelchair access. 
At all other times, the main door will remain locked, and people should enter the Temple through the side door.

♦ Please Note!!
For the sake of our custodians, Ira and Sergio Saavedra, please ensure that, at any Temple function, if you move chairs from one floor to the other, you return them to their original level. Thank you.
♦ Please Sponsor an Oneg or Kiddush
Members of Temple Israel take turns providing refreshments for Oneg Shabbat or Shabbat Kiddush. It:s a great opportunity to honour a yahrzeit, a simcha, or other special person or event. Contact Temple Office.
♦ Reform Judaism Magazine
Reform Judaism Magazine ceased publication in 2014, after the printing of the Fall 2014 edition.   Previous content is available at reformjudaismmag.orgPast Issues and Browse by Subject).
♦ Suggestion Box
Do you have a suggestion? A brilliant idea? A comment? Send it in to the Temple Israel suggestion box. Email suggestion.box@templeisraellondon.ca 
♦ Temple Israel Endowment Fund
Managed under the London Jewish Community Foundation, all contributions to this Fund are held in perpetuity, and the interest income will be provided each year to Temple Israel to help support our growing needs. [MORE INFORMATION ON THE DONATIONS PAGE]
♦ Temple Israel on Facebook
Thank you to Rael Wienburg for setting up a page for "Temple Israel of London, Ontario, Canada" on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/TIonFacebook .
♦ Temple Israel on Google Plus
Temple Israel now has a presence on Google Plus. Find us at http://tinyurl.com/TIonGPlus Join Google+ (It's free), then follow our page by putting it in one of your circles. This is completely optional. Our website templeisraellondon.ca remains Temple Israel's primary means of sharing information with our members.
♦ Temple Israel Gift Shop and Online Gift Shop
The TEMPLE ISRAEL GIFT SHOP and ONLINE GIFT SHOP pages are now available.

Things to Do to Help Temple Israel that can be Completed in Three Hours or Less
    • Provide transportation for somebody to/from Services or an event
    • Provide an Oneg or Kiddush
    • Help clean up after an Oneg, Kiddush, or Holiday event
    • Join a "cooking crew" to make edibles for a Temple event
    • Help set up for a Temple event
    • Do grocery shopping for a Temple event
    • Pitch in when there is a yard clean-up
    • Provide a meal for Temple members facing health issues or bereavement
    • Sort food at the Food Bank with Temple Israel's Social Action Group
    • Help the Soup Group make wonderful vegetable soup for the Rotholme Women's & Family Shelter.
    • Participate by attending functions such as; Temple religious services, Wednesday morning minyan, Wednesday Lunch n' Learn, etc.
♦ WESTERN and FANSHAWE STUDENTS are ALWAYS WELCOME at Temple Israel services and programs.
Please join us for any Shabbat or Holiday service, for High Holy Days, and for any program that interests you. Contact office@templeisraellondon.ca or 519-858-4400.
♦ Yahrzeit (Memorial) Board
A lasting way to honour the memory of your loved ones. Information about Temple Israel's Yahrzeit (Memorial) Board is now on the Donations page.

TI Members' Blogs and Websites

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The following members of Temple Israel have offered to share access to their personal or commercial blogs and websites in this space.

We encourage other members of Temple Israel to participate.

(If you would like your link added, please email webmaven@templeisraellondon.ca   Include your name, title of blog or website, and URL.)

Note: Rabbi's Blog and President's Blog are under "About Us - Leadership" on the Temple Israel website.

Art Benjamin
Atheists, Theists and Other Fools
Suzanne Boles
Write Connection
feature writer, content creator & writing coach

Walter Zimmerman
Wally Zimmerman's PhotoSite
These photos are from Wally's recent exhibition at 

Spencer Gallery, D.B. Weldon Library, Western U.


Upcoming Special Events - Community

Community Events


Yom Hazikaron 2017
YomHaAtzmaut 2017

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PLEASE NOTE: at 6:00pm, there will be an optional pre-film dinner put on by the
Men’s Chefs at Or Shalom at a cost of $18.00 per person.

The menu will consist of: Italian Beef Stew with Rotini Pasta Al Dente, Rustic Italian Salad,
and Refreshments. 
Call 519-438-3081 for  movie tickets and meal reservations.



Registration is now open for Camp Yeladim!

Discounts Available for:

                                           1. Registering Before May 1

                                           2. Signing up for more than 1 week

                                           3. Siblings

Call (519) 673-3310 to Register Today!


The London Yizkor Project

The LYP was initiated by Lois Weiner Lowe z”l and after her death
in 1985, was continued by her husband Danny Lowe z”l (who died in
1990). The Project was developed to link Londoners (current and past)
to their family members who perished in the Shoah. With Danny’s
untimely death, this project lay dormant for many years. Because of its
importance to both the London and greater Jewish communities, the
Project has been revitalized under new (and old) leadership,

Revisiting those family lists now, it is evident that not all families
were interviewed and much more detail is needed. As information has
been received by these original survivor families, it has also been
fascinating to discover the links between those families - relatives and
friends who sponsored some of these families, as well as the past and
current familial relationships in London.

New forms have been developed by Diane Goldstein and Judy
Silver to ensure that the London link is made. If you were born in, have
lived in or are currently living in London – and have family members
who perished in the Shoah (even if they are 1 or 2 generations removed
from you), then you too should be part of the LYP. The name of each
person who perished in the Shoah will be entered into the data base at
Yad Vashem (www.YadVashem.org).

We encourage families - including child survivors, or new arrivals
to London (over the last 24 years) to be part of this initiative. The
London Yiskor Project is in a data base format. After this task is
completed, it will be easier for individual families to develop or add to
their own ‘family genealogical projects’.

Please contact
Gloria Gilbert at gloriagilbert@sympatico.ca; 519-657-3770 or
Judy Silver at judy.silver@gmail.com; 519-858-9272
for further information.

Upcoming TI Events


Thursday, 27 April 2017 4:45pm - 6:15pm


Friday, 28 April 2017


Saturday, 29 April 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm


Saturday, 29 April 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm


Saturday, 29 April 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Sunday, 30 April 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm


Tuesday, 2 May 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Tuesday, 2 May 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Wednesday, 3 May 2017 4:45pm - 6:15pm


Wednesday, 3 May 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Friday, 5 May 2017


Friday, 5 May 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Upcoming Community Events


Sunday, 7 May 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm


Sunday, 21 May 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm


Sunday, 4 June 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm


Sunday, 11 June 2017 5:00pm - 10:00pm


Sunday, 18 June 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm

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