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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: 

rabbi.dressler@templeisraellondon.ca

 

 

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This Week at Temple Israel

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THIS WEEK’S REMINDER FOR EVENTS AT TEMPLE ISRAEL

 For more details please visit our website:

www.templeisraellondon.ca   

Wednesday, March 22
4:45pm - Hebrew School
Thursday, March 23
4:45pm - Advanced Adult Hebrew
Saturday, March 25
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, March 26
9:30am - Religious School
10:30am - Gift Shop open until 12:30pm (see below for details)
12:30pm - JIC - Holiday/Life Cycle (please note earlier time)
3:00pm - Executive Meeting
Monday, March 27
7:30pm - JEM at JCC - Musical Instruments During Shabbat and Festivals Services: Yes? No? If No, Why Not? ~ Joe Gilbert
Tuesday, March 28
9:30am - AJE at JCC - The Torah of Money with Rabbi Catharine Clark
12:00pm - Lunch and Learn
7:00pm - Introductory Adult Hebrew
Wednesday, March 29
4:45pm - Hebrew School
Thursday, March 30
4:45pm - Advanced Adult Hebrew
Friday, March 31
6:00pm - Teacher Appreciation Shabbat Dinner (see below for details - please rsvp)
Saturday, April 1
1:30pm - Book Club - We will be discussing The Chosen by Chaim Potok. All are welcome to join the discussion.
3:00pm - Shabbat Shiur Afternoon Text Study and Havdalah - Halachah and Hot Topics - The Many Jewish Genders
Sunday, April 2
9:30am - Religious School
12:00pm - Teacher Meeting/Lunch
2:00pm - JIC - Jewish Thought - Biblical and Rabbinic
 
Registration Now Open

Temple Israel of London
Congregational Passover Seder
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 6:00pm
605 Windermere Road

Enjoy the traditional rituals and a wonderful catered dinner.
Seder will be conducted by Rabbi Debra Dressler.

There will be fun family-friendly activities planned especially to engage the children.

Space is limited, so please rsvp by
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Use the form sent out by email March 13, 2017.  The same form will also accompany the Spring Bulletin which is to be sent out next week.  You may also email or call the office at 519.858.4400 to make your reservation.  

Temple Israel Members and their guests:
Adults @ $50.00
Children 6 - 12 @ $15.00
Children 5 and under @ no cost

Click to Download TI Seder 2017 Registration Form

Potluck Teacher Appreciation Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner

Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 6:00pm



Please join us as we celebrate, as a community, another wonderful year of Temple Israel Religious School. We will honour the many teachers, assistants, volunteers, and donors who make our classes interesting, meaningful, and fun. All are welcome at this special event to recognize the significant contributions of our Religious School community!


As hosts, we ask that each family

  • bring 2 dishes (side dish, fruit plate, salad, appetizer, dessert or cheese and crackers) to share OR

  • bring 1 side dish plus make a contribution of $18 or $36

Please RSVP to the Temple Office by Monday, March 27th, indicating:

  • the number of people in your party AND

  • your contribution to the evening’s meal

519-858-4400 or office@templeisraellondon.ca

Sponsorships are always available for families in need. Simply contact Rabbi Dressler at rabbi.dressler@templeisraellondon.ca or by phone.
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Gift Shop Open
10:30AM - 12:30PM
Sunday, March 26 , 2017

The Temple Israel Gift Shop will be open every other Sunday from 10:30am - 12:30pm.
The next date it will be open is Sunday, April 9.
 
JEM at JCC
Mondays, 7:30pm

March 27: Musical Instruments During Shabbat and Festivals Services: Yes? No? If No, Why Not? ~ Joe Gilbert

During Temple times, music was part of Shabbat and Festival services. After the loss of the Temple and as the Synagogue became the place of community prayer, the Rabbis decreed that instruments must not be played. What were the reasons for this ban? How and why did the Reform branch of Judaism re-introduce instruments during prayer in the 19th Century? This talk will trace the evolution of the use of music in services in various branches of Judaism.

Dr. Joseph Gilbert is a retired physician. He has lectured on such topics as Felix Mendelssohn, French Opera and Anti-Semitism, Jewish Folk Tales in opera, The Dybbuk, The Golem, and “Degenerate” Music. He continues his medical and science interest as Chair of the Health Research Ethics Board at Western University.

This presentation is sponsored by Jack and Ricky Pasternak.

JEM will return in the autumn of 2017 with its 13th year of edifying, stimulating, and entertaining presentations.
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.
The September/October/November/December 2016 issue of Lev HaDavar is now available via the Temple Israel website homepage: templeisraellondon.ca
Also, please visit our Temple Israel Facebook site and consider becoming a member:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/TempleMember

Upcoming Special Events - Temple Israel

Temple Israel Events:  

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Potluck Teacher Appreciation Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner

Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 6:00pm



Please join us as we celebrate, as a community, another wonderful year of Temple Israel Religious School. We will honour the many teachers, assistants, volunteers, and donors who make our classes interesting, meaningful, and fun. All are welcome at this special event to recognize the significant contributions of our Religious School community!


As hosts, we ask that each family

  • bring 2 dishes (side dish, fruit plate, salad, appetizer, dessert or cheese and crackers) to share OR

  • bring 1 side dish plus make a contribution of $18 or $36



Please RSVP to the Temple Office by Monday, March 27th, indicating:

  • the number of people in your party AND

  • your contribution to the evening’s meal

519-858-4400 or office@templeisraellondon.ca



Sponsorships are always available for families in need. Simply contact Rabbi Dressler at rabbi.dressler@templeisraellondon.ca or by phone.




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

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Registration Now Open



Temple Israel of London

Congregational Passover Seder

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 6:00pm

605 Windermere Road


Enjoy the traditional rituals and a wonderful catered dinner.

Seder will be conducted by Rabbi Debra Dressler.

There will be fun family-friendly activities planned especially to engage the children.


Space is limited, so please rsvp by Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Use the form sent out by email March 13, 2017.  The same form will also accompany the Spring Bulletin which is to be sent out next week.  You may also email or call the office at 519.858.4400 to make your reservation.  


Temple Israel Members and their guests:

Adults @ $50.00

Children 6 - 12 @ $15.00

Children 5 and under @ no cost




Lev HaDavar- Temple Israel bulletin in PDF format

 

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Lev HaDavar is Temple Israel's monthly bulletin. Click to view or download the CURRENT ISSUE. (No password required.)
Past issues of Lev HaDavar are available in the Members' Lounge (Username and password required.)

February Calendar (PDF format)

March Calendar (PDF format)



Lev HaDavar- Temple Israel bulletin in FlipBook 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.

Announcements

ANNOUNCEMENTS

♦ 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 - September/October/November/December issue is now available in .PDF and Flipbook format
The current issue of Temple Israel's bulletin, Lev HaDavar, is now available on the TI homepage -- LOGIN NOT REQUIRED. You may read Lev Ha-Davar online, or print it, or save it to your computer for fast future access. (Use Print or Save options in Adobe Reader.) NOTE: Past issues and calendars will continue to be available in the Members' Lounge (Login required). It will take some time to finish moving all the past issues of Lev HaDavar to the new website.  If you need a particular issue immediately, please contact webmaven@templeisraellondon.ca
♦ 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

i blog   
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
ataof.blogspot.ca
Suzanne Boles
Write Connection
feature writer, content creator & writing coach

www.suzanneboles.com 
Walter Zimmerman
Wally Zimmerman's PhotoSite
These photos are from Wally's recent exhibition at 

Spencer Gallery, D.B. Weldon Library, Western U.
walllyzimmermanphotos.blogspot.ca






  
           
                                                                   










Upcoming Special Events - Community

Community Events

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The Torah of Money:

Rabbinic Teachings on Wealth and Want


Tuesdays: March 14th, 21st and 28th, 2017  9.30-11am

 
All reservations received and accepted by Tuesday March 7 will get a $10 discount. 

The Early Bird fee for this 3-week course is $55/ student (regular fee $65).

 

Rabbi Catharine Clark is the rabbi at Congregation Or Shalom.  Before beginning rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary, she worked as a litigator on Wall Street.  Her law degree is from that famous bastion of law and economics, the University of Chicago Law School, where every human behavior (including even disproportionate obesity in black women) has been ridiculously reduced to its economic components. 


In her pastoral work, Rabbi Clark has noticed that money is an emotionally loaded topic.  She looks forward to exploring the Torah of this challenging construct at AJE. 

 
The Torah of Money: Rabbinic Teachings on Wealth and Want

 
To our detriment, money is an even more taboo topic in social conversation than sex.  Using biblical and rabbinic texts, we will open up a serious discussion of money and the rights and responsibilities that surround it. 


We will explore questions such as:  What are the spiritual implications of the fact that we are physical beings with material needs?  What is the Deuteronomic vision for undoing poverty?  Is the responsibility to reduce inequality on the individual or the community?  Whose money is not good enough for tzedekah? 


Call 519 673-3310 to register

 
 


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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!


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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

Mar
28

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Mar
29

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 4:45pm - 6:15pm

Mar
30

Thursday, 30 March 2017 4:45pm - 6:15pm

Mar
31

Friday, 31 March 2017

Mar
31

Friday, 31 March 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Apr
1

Saturday, 1 April 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Apr
2

Sunday, 2 April 2017 9:30am - 12:00pm

Apr
2

Sunday, 2 April 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Apr
2

Sunday, 2 April 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Apr
4

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Apr
4

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Upcoming Community Events

Apr
9

Sunday, 9 April 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm

Apr
23

Sunday, 23 April 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm

May
7

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

May
21

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

Jun
4

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

Jun
11

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

Jun
18

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

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