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Hanukkah SharetheWarmth 2017

 Click photo above to view current issue of Lev HaDavar, the Temple Israel Bulletin.

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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This Week at Temple Israel



 For more details please visit our website:


Please join us this weekend...

Lunch and Learn returns 
Tuesday, March 20, noon

Shabbat Workshop Saturday, March 24, 10:00 am

Passover Reminder

Teacher Appreciation Shabbat Dinner 
April 13, 2018, 6:00 pm

for more JEM information...

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:
The January/February/March issue of Lev HaDavar, the Temple Israel Bulletin has been posted to the TI homepage. (No password required).  Past issues are available in the Lev HaDavar Archive in the Members' Lounge section of our website. (Password required)

Upcoming Special Events - Temple Israel

Temple Israel Events 



*** NOTE: Next Book Chavurah Saturday, March 24 at 2:00pm. ***
We will be reading
  Shtetl Love Song by Grigory Kanovich.

All are welcome, whether you have read the book or not


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Shabbat Shiur Study Session and Havdalah, 3-5pm
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Saturday, June 23, 2018


Lev HaDavar- Temple Israel bulletin in PDF format



View or download the Current Issue of Lev HaDavar. (no pasword required) 
Past issues of 
Lev HaDavar
 are available in the Members' Lounge (Username and password required.)

January/February/March Calendars and Yahrzeits

Lev HaDavar - Temple Israel Bulletin in Flip Page 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

♦ 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 January/February/March issue of Temple Israel's bulletin, Lev HaDavar, is 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.

♦ 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.

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.

♦ 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


Upcoming JCC Events and Programs
A Symposium in Honour of Israel's 70th Anniversary
Elections and Activism: An Inside Look at Jewish and Pro-Israel Advocacy with CIJA
Guest Speakers: Steve McDonald and Madi Murariu
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 7 pm at the London Jewish Community Centre, 536 Huron Street
RSVP requested:  Please email program@ljf.on.ca

Madi Murariu, CIJA’s Associate Director, Ontario Government Relations and Public Affairs has extensive experience in government relations and public affairs. In her career, she has worked on over 50 political campaigns at all levels of government in Canada, including municipal campaigns in Toronto and Territorial campaigns in the Yukon and Nunavut. She played critical roles in the 2008 and 2011 federal election campaigns and was heavily involved in the candidate recruitment and training process for a provincial political party from 2012 to 2014.  She also has international expertise, having worked on campaigns in the United States, Moldova, and most recently the United Kingdom.

Fluent in four languages including English, French, Spanish and Romanian, Madi studied at the University of Ottawa and is currently completing an executive education certificate from Harvard University, specializing in grassroots mobilization and engagement campaigns. In her volunteer time, she is a member of the CJPAC ACTION Party committee.

As Director of Policy and Strategic Communications, Steve McDonald serves as a spokesperson for the Jewish community in the national media, prepares written advocacy materials and communications products, and plays a key role in CIJA’s policy development process. Prior to joining CIJA, he spent ten years working in politics. During this time, he served in the office of a Member of Parliament, on various political campaigns, and as a consultant and federal lobbyist for a private sector firm, Crestview. His work entailed a broad span of activities – including drafting proposed ethics legislation, training Members of Parliament and their staff in communications, conducting polls for political parties and corporations, and advocating policies to government officials on behalf of clients. The parliamentary newspaper The Hill Times twice named him as one of Canada’s “Top 100 Lobbyists” – one of the few members of the list under the age of 30 at the time.

A program in conjunction with London Jewish Federation, London United Jewish Appeal and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

Please join us for a retirement party in honour of Esther Marcus
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Open House from 2 pm-4 pm in the Harris Room at the JCC
RSVP to 519-673-3310 by March 18
Light Refreshments will be served.If you wish to honour Esther she would be delighted if you made a contribution to the the Martin Marcus PJ Library Fund providing free Jewish books to children in our community.  Donations can be made by calling the JCC at 519 673 3310.

Landscapes of Israel by Israeli Arts Quilt Group Encounters
Open Monday through Friday, 10 am - 3 pm through March 29,
12 Noon through 3 pm Sunday March 11 and 18 

Landscapes of Israel is a JCC exhibit.  We are grateful for support from the London Jewish Community Foundation and CHW London Centre.

In past years on Yom Hashoah we have honoured the victims of the Holocaust by reading out the names of relatives from the London community who perished in the Shoah.  This year Federation is attempting to create a visual memory of those who perished.  The photo you submit may include individuals who survived but should include at least one person who perished in the Shoah.  The caption will not identify individuals but will all follow the format of: (Family surname), submitted by (community member name). We ask that you limit your submissions to one photo per each side of your family.
All submissions must be sent to program@ljf.on.ca by March 15, 2018. 
If you have such photos but need assistance in sending the image please also contact us.

Thank you for considering this request.  With your help we will create a powerful and meaningful tribute to the victims and survivors of the Shoah.



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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

Saturday, 17 March 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Torah Study
Sunday, 18 March 2018 9:30am - 12:00pm
NO RS Religious School
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch and Learn RESUMES
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Adult Introductory Hebrew
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 4:45pm - 6:15pm
MW Midweek Hebrew Mar 21
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Adult Prayerbook Hebrew
11:30pm Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 12:30am Friday, 23 March 2018
Veritas Series - The Voice of My Beloved is Knocking: Singing Jewish Prayer
Friday, 23 March 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Shabbat Evening Service
Saturday, 24 March 2018 10:00am - 12:30pm
JIC Shabbat Workshop - Potluck
Saturday, 24 March 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Book Club
Sunday, 25 March 2018 9:30am - 12:00pm
RS Religious School
Sunday, 25 March 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
RS Kindergarten Experience

Upcoming Community Events

11:30pm Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 12:30am Friday, 23 March 2018
Veritas Series - The Voice of My Beloved is Knocking: Singing Jewish Prayer
Sunday, 1 April 2018
Easter Sunday
Sunday, 13 May 2018
Mother's Day
9:00pm Sunday, 3 June 2018 - 1:00am Monday, 4 June 2018
Negev Dinner 2018
Sunday, 17 June 2018
Father's Day
Sunday, 1 July 2018
Canada Day
Monday, 13 August 2018 - Friday, 17 August 2018
London Interfaith Peace Camp at King’s Aug 13-17

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