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A Warm WelcomeRabbi and daughters 201509

Rabbi and Daughters
[Click photo above to view Lev HaDavar, Temple Israel's 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:

Order your tickets to Jews On Broadway today and get the early bird discount. Please see details below for our October 17th special event.
Wednesday, September 30
8:00am - Morning Minyan Service at TI
4:45pm - Midweek Hebrew School - Opening Day
Thursday, October 1
5:00pm - Adult Hebrew at TI
Saturday, October 3
10:00am - Sukkot Shabbat Minyan and Megillah reading at TI, followed by potluck Kiddush. Please bring a dish to share.
NOTE - No regular Torah Study
Sunday, October 4
9:30am - Religious School
6:00pm - Consecration "Pre-neg" Snacks before Services. Please bring a potluck dish to share.
6:30pm - Erev Atzeret/Simchat Torah and Consecration for new students.
Monday, October 5
NOTE - Temple Israel Office closed - Atzeret/Simchat Torah
10:00am - Atzeret/Simchat Torah Morning Services/Yizkor at TI. Please bring a potluck dish to share for the Kiddush.
Tuesday, October 6
12:00pm - Lunch and Learn Begins
Wednesday, October 7
8:00am - Morning Minyan Service at TI
4:45pm - Midweek Hebrew School
6:30pm - HOLD for Teen Kick-off Event
7:30pm - Anniversary Celebration Committee Meeting at TI
Thursday, October 8
5:00pm - NO  Adult Hebrew at TI
Friday, October 9
6:00pm - “Pre-neg” Snacks before Services. Please bring a potluck dish to share.
6:30pm - Shabbat Evening Services at TI
Sunday, October 11
NOTE - NO Religious School - Thanksgiving
Monday, October 12
NOTE - Temple Israel Office closed - Thanksgiving Day

PLEASE JOIN US . . . . .

This year marks the 30th anniversary for Temple Israel as a member of the Union for Reform Judaism, formerly known as the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, our 13th year in our current home, and Rabbi Dressler’s 5th year as our spiritual leader.

We’re celebrating the occasion with a day of special events on Saturday October 17, 2015.

The day begins with a special morning Shabbat service, with guest speakers Austin and Nani Beutel, followed by a delicious kiddush, catered by our own resident Israeli chef Sagi Yaakov, and rounded off by a fabulous and fun evening concert at Wolf Hall.

And of course, a chance to meet current and past Temple members, to view memorabilia, pictures and videos from our history, and to take part in informal reunions. It promises to be a great day!!

The evening concert is “Jews on Broadway: Featuring Broadway’s greatest musicals.” Award winning musicians--- David Wall formerly of the Flying Bulgar Klezmer band, Marilyn Lerner, and Yvette Tollar--- will perform many of our most beloved songs from the greatest Jewish songwriters of all time. You’ll be singing all the way home!!

CONCERT REGISTRATION: $30.00 if purchased before October 1st, or $36.00 after that date or at the door, students $25. Please send your cheque to Temple Israel at the address shown below. Register by email (preferred), or phone 519-858-4400 as soon as possible as space is limited. Tickets are not being issued; registration will be confirmed at the door.

DONATIONS AND SPONSORSHIPS: if you’d like to make a further contribution to the day, the concert, or to Temple Israel in general, we will gratefully accept and acknowledge your sponsorship/donation. We have established three major levels of giving:

$180 entitles you to TWO FREE concert tickets, acknowledgement on our list of sponsors, and a tax receipt for $120.00, or

$360 entitles you to TWO FREE concert tickets, acknowledgement on our list of sponsors, and a tax receipt for $300.00, and

 Gifts of any amount over the cost of your tickets, which you can specify with the Temple office, will be acknowledged on our list of sponsors and given a tax receipt.

Whether you are a founding member of the Temple community, a long-standing or regular participant, or a new or occasional friend, we sincerely invite you to join with us to take part in this exciting and memorable day!! Be in touch! We look forward to celebrating with you.


The Temple Anniversary Committee

Temple Israel of London, 605 Windermere Road, London, Ontario, N5X 2P1.
Email: office@templeisraellondon.ca

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Jewish Education Manna - “Intellectual Food for the Wondering Jew”
Mondays, 7:30pm, at the London Jewish Community Centre
All JEM programs are free of charge and open to the public

October 19, 2015 (Opening Program):
Drawing Conclusions: Challenges in Studying Art of the Holocaust ~ Sonia Halpern  

Scholars of Holocaust Art face particular challenges. At the most basic level, establishing a working definition of the term “Holocaust Art” can be problematic. Moreover, the persecution of the artists, their inherently emotional subject-matter, and, in some cases, their limited, crude materials may make scholars (and the general public) uncomfortable “judging” the merits of the works. This presentation will explore these and other controversial artistic issues unique to the art created in and about this period of Jewish history.

Sonia Halpern is an Art Historian who teaches in the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at Western University. She has received numerous teaching awards, and for five consecutive years was named one of Western’s most popular professors by the Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities. In addition to publishing academic articles and a book of music (Klezmer Kitty, Tara Publications, 2010), Sonia recently published a revised and expanded edition of her 2005 collection of poetry, The Life and Times of Transition Girl (Bettger Books, 2014).

This presentation is sponsored by Arlene Gleason.
A Lifesaving Event

On Sunday, October 25, 2015, we will have the opportunity to learn CPR from Temple Israel member Ron Gillat of RJR Training Services, who will provide instruction and testing for certification.

For anyone who does babysitting, for any parent, grandparent, or teacher, this is an ideal opportunity to obtain, review, and refresh skills.

The cost is not prohibitive for a 6 hour course (which would normally be $90.00+). There will be a mid-afternoon refreshment break. Participants are encouraged to dress casually - for floor exercises. Mats and “dummies to be saved” will be provided.

Space is limited.To pre-register, call Linda Lowe at (519)858-4400 or email office@templeisraellondon.ca . Preregistration and payment required before October 25, 2015.

Date: October 25, 2015
Time: 12:30pm - 6:30pm
Place: Temple Israel Main Sanctuary

Cost: $36.00 per person

Bikur Cholim Sign-up Sheet for Meals - On Temple Israel Homepage

The Grushka Family welcomed their 4th child Maththew on July 25, 2015.  After an extended stay in hospital the baby is home and mom and baby are doing well.  This lovely family of six (2 adults, 8 year old 5 year old, 2 year old, and new baby) will accept some help with meals for the next few weeks.   Please visit the TI Homepage to sign up if you can be of assistance while the family settles into their new routine this fall.  

Thank you,

Rabbi Dressler

How to access the Sign-Up Sheet:
TI Members login at the top or bottom of any page on our website.
Select: Tikkun Olam - Bikur Cholim, then click on Sign-Up Sheets, and then on Gruschka Family
Select a date and enter your name and phone number

If you are not a TI member, and you would like to help, please contact webmaven@templeisraellondon.ca to add your name to the sign-up sheet.

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 2015 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:

Upcoming Special Events - Temple Israel

Temple Israel Events:  

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 7:30 PM

Dairy Buffet at Temple Israel to Break the Fast following
service at JCC

Sunday, September 27, 2015, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
At Temple Israel

Culture Days at the JCC

Monday, September 28, 2015, 10:00 AM

Kiddush following service at Temple Israel

Sunday, October 4, 2015, 6:00 PM

Pre-Neg/Potluck at Temple Israel

Saturday, October 17, 2015

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Sunday, October 25, 2015, 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM

November 2015 (Date and Location to be determined)

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Havdalah with Latke Hors d’Oeuvres at Temple Israel

Sunday, December 13, 2015, 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Latkes & more … at Temple Israel
CPR Training 2015

NOTE: Online RSVP is in test phase at this time.
Data is accurately recorded, but you may not receive email confirmation.

Lev HaDavar- Temple Israel bulletin in PDF format



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.)

July Calendar

August Calendar

September and October calendars coming soon

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.



♦ WELCOME to our RJ Web 2.0 Temple Israel website!!!
Most of our website 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 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
EVERY TEMPLE ISRAEL HOUSEHOLD SHOULD BE RECEIVING – AND READING – REFORM JUDAISM MAGAZINE! It is an excellent resource which links us to the broader Reform Jewish world…and it is part of your membership package! If you do not receive REFORM JUDAISM MAGAZINE, call the Temple Office, please. Stop missing opportunities for Jewish growth!
♦ 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.

Upcoming Special Events - Community

Community Events

 The Story Behind the Iron Dome:
Ground-breaking Technologies for Israel's Complex Battlefield

Our speaker will be Major (Res.) Ishai David, a spokesman for one of Israel's leading defense companies
and former head of the IDF European Media Desk.

Major David holds an Honours B.A degree from the University of Western Ontario (Class of 1995)
and an M.A degree in Middle East History from the University of Tel Aviv.

Monday Evening, September 21, 7:30 pm in the Friendship Club Lounge
London Jewish Community Centre, 536 Huron Street, London

Free event followed by dessert reception


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London Jewish Community Garden
needs helpers 


Eric Robinson

Program Director

Jewish Community Centre

London, ON N5Y 4J5

Tel: (519) 673-3310 ext. 103

Fax: (519) 673-1160

Email: program@ljf.on.ca 

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


Sunday, 4 October 2015 6:00pm - 6:30pm


Sunday, 4 October 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm


Monday, 5 October 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm


Tuesday, 6 October 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Wednesday, 7 October 2015 8:00am - 9:00am


Wednesday, 7 October 2015 4:45pm - 6:15pm


Wednesday, 7 October 2015 6:30pm - 8:30pm


Wednesday, 7 October 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm


Thursday, 8 October 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm


Friday, 9 October 2015 6:00pm - 6:30pm


Friday, 9 October 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Upcoming Community Events


Saturday, 17 October 2015


Wednesday, 21 October 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm


Tuesday, 27 October 2015 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Wednesday, 4 November 2015 - Sunday, 8 November 2015


Thursday, 28 January 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm

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