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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.




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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:

The link for on-line donations is now available on the Donations page.   

Friday Apr 18, 2014
Note: TI Office Closed - Good Friday
Saturday Apr 19, 2014
10:00am - Shabbat Morning Services led by Josh Dubitsky
Note: No Kiddush and no Regular Torah Study
Sunday Apr 20, 2014 Easter
Note: No Religious School
10:15am - Adult Hebrew Class at TI library
Monday Apr 21, 2014
Note: Office Closed - Last Day of Passover
10:00am - Passover Morning Services and YIZKOR led by Rabbi Debra Dressler.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014
12:00pm - Lunch and Learn Session at TI led by Rabbi Debra Dressler
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014
7:30am - Morning Minyan Service at TI followed by breakfast and good conversation
4:00pm - The London Jewish Community Garden (see more details below)
4:45pm - MW Religious School
Saturday Apr 26, 2014
10:00am - Shabbat Morning Services led by Rabbi Debra Dressler. Guest Sermon by Jacob Megdell. Heather and Jacob Megdell will host the kiddish in honour of Jacob's 66th birthday.
12:00pm - Torah Study with Rabbi Debra Dressler
2:00pm - Shabbat Book Chavurah. We will continue on the Israel theme for one more session by reading and discussing "The Crisis of Zionism" by Peter Beinart. We will meet after services, Kiddush and Torah Study. Everybody is welcome to join us.
Sunday Apr 27, 2014
9:30am - RS Religious School
10:15am - Adult Hebrew Class at TI library
2:00pm - RJ101-TEXTS
7:00pm - YOM HASHOAH Ceremony at the JCC. Voices of Survivors: Vera Schweitzer, Hannah Sherebrin, Alice Nagus, Anna Leich. Keeping their stories alive from generation to generation.

Temple Israel's first "Beit Cafe" now forming!

If you are a performer, this is for you! Our first Temple "Beit Cafe" (Hebrew for "Coffee House" or "Talent Show") will be held on May 10, 2014 after the New Member Havdalah Dinner. We invite musicians, comedians, and other performers to join us for a fun evening celebrating our own in-house talents. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jacob Megdell at jacob@templeisraellondon.ca.



Save the Date for the 2014 London Interfaith Peace Camp!

Our 2nd Annual LIPC will be held on August 11-15, 2014.

Children grades 1-6 are invited to attend. Teen and adult volunteers are needed to help the staff.
Please follow the link and complete the on-line form if interested in attending and/or volunteering: 

  Questions? Email Rabbi Dressler: rabbi.dressler@templeisraellondon.ca .

Details and registration forms will be ready next week.


London Jewish Community Garden
Nutrition * Tzedakah * Sustainability
Education * Community

First Garden Work Day of the Year!
Wednesday, April 23, 4 pm - 7 pm
 (rain date April 24)

Location: behind Congregation Or Shalom, 534 Huron Street

Details below:  

The Garden Committee has been busy making plans for the new garden in the Jewish community. Now it's your turn to get involved! 
We need volunteers and garden supplies.

Volunteer for the Groundbreaking Work Day

The first work day in the garden will be Wednesday, April 23rd, from 4pm to 7pm
We need 20 to 25 volunteers to help prepare the earth for the garden. 
We will be spreading leaves, newspapers and compost. If you have a shovel, work gloves or a wheelbarrow, please bring them. 

 Please email the JCC to sign up: program@ljf.on.ca. You don't need to come for the whole time, so also let us know when to expect you. 
The garden is behind the glass breezeway at Congregation Or Shalom, 534 Huron Street.

 Rain Day Work Day:  If it is raining heavily on Wednesday, April 23rd, our alternate work day is Thursday, April 24th from 4pm to 7pm.

Call for Garden Supplies
For Wednesday April 23 

Our garden needs bundles of newspapers, cardboard and bags of leaves for our work day on Wednesday, April 23rd.
 If you're able to donate these items, please call or email the JCC to let us know.

 Down the Road

Over the next few weeks and months the Community Garden will need many supplies, including:

compost and mulch
water hose
bamboo stakes or old hockey sticks
compost bins
divided perennials, including asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, flowers,
thyme, lavender, fennel, mint and horseradish

organic plants, including cilantro, tomato, cherry tomato, kale, herbs, celery
organic seeds, including lettuce, kale, Brussels sprouts, cucumber, beets,
carrots, zucchini, dill, radish, peas and Jerusalem artichokes

To donate these supplies, please call or email the JCC to discuss suitability and potential drop-off dates.

We look forward to a busy growing season with you!

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London Hadassah-Wizo
Cordially invites you to our
Annual Campaign Brunch

London Hospice-Caring in our Community
A panel presentation by Staff, Volunteers and Family members
Highlighting London’s First Residential Hospice

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Windermere Manor
200 Collip Circle
London, Ontario

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

RSVP by April 23, 2014
To Ferne Kochberg

Couvert: $25.00 per person

The April 2014 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: 

Temple Israel Congregational Passover Seder 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 6:00pm

Enjoy the traditional rituals and a sumptuous dinner catered by Israeli Chef, Sagi Yaakov. There will be fun family-friendly activities specially planned to engage the children.

Member Adults @ $48.00 Non-member Adults @ $54.00
Children 6 - 12 @ $24.00 Children 6 - 12 @ $27.00 
Children 5 and under - free 

Submit registration form and payment via cash, cheque, or credit card to the Temple Israel office. You may also make reservations by phoning us at 519-858-4400. 
Space is limited, so please return your form by Monday, April 7, 2014, to avoid disappointment.

We will be using The Open Door: A Passover Haggadah, available at the Temple Gift Shop.
NOTE: Online RSVP is in test phase at this time.
Data is accurately recorded, but you may not receive email confirmation.

Upcoming Special Events - Community

Community Events



Come share your musical talent and love of music with others!

We are forming a mixed Community choir under the leadership of Noam Chernick
that would take part in programs/services at The Jewish Community Centre.  
Our first projects are singing 1 or 2 songs at the Yom HaShoah service on Sunday, April 27th 
and the Yom HaZikaron service on Sunday, May 4th.

No auditions are required - just bring your skilled soprano, alto, tenor, bass or baritone voice. 
Our first rehearsal will be in the lounge at the JCC on Sunday, March 2nd at 1pm.

If you would like further information, please contact Debbie Rosenzweig at debbier289@gmail.com 
or Yolanda Tomaszewski at



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.)

Fridge Calendar - This Month

Fridge Calendar - Next Month

Lev HaDavar- Temple Israel bulletin in FlipBook format


Temple Israel Library Catalogue

- photo by Rael Wienburg

Thanks to the hard work of Lisa Manax, Sandra & Art Benjamin, Joanne Kearns, Thelma Llewellyn, Lana Koslow, Tom Casler, Sharon Marks, Louise Shanfeld, and Wally Zimmerman,
Temple Israel's library catalogue is now available online via LibraryThing.

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.

About 80% of our books have been catalogued thus far. More books are being added all the time.

You can't check out books online, but the online catalogue is a very useful resource for discovering books in our collection.


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

  • Labels on the shelves make it easy to find books by subject.
  • To borrow a book, use the slgn-out sheet
    (book title, your name, your phone number).
  • To return a book, place it in the "Returns" box.



♦ WELCOME to our new 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: Since the last URJ update of the content management system that underlies our website design, our user login system has stopped working, and none of our members can login, except website administrators.  We are seeking co-operation from the URJ IT team to get our Members' Lounge working again. If you need information that is housed  in the Members' Lounge, please contact Linda Zimmerman.

♦ 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 - April issue is now available in .PDFand 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, and Library 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/nr76qw  .
♦ 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 TI Events


Friday, 25 April 2014 - Sunday, 27 April 2014
NFTY-NEL Spring Kallah


Saturday, 26 April 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Shabbat Morning Services - Guest Sermon by Jacob Megdell


Saturday, 26 April 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Torah Study


Saturday, 26 April 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Book Chavurah


Sunday, 27 April 2014 9:30am - 12:00pm
RS Religious School


Sunday, 27 April 2014 10:15am - 11:15am
Adult Hebrew


Sunday, 27 April 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Tuesday, 29 April 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Lunch and Learn


Wednesday, 30 April 2014 7:30am - 8:30am
Morning Minyan Service@TI


Wednesday, 30 April 2014 4:45pm - 6:15pm
MW Religious School

Upcoming Community Events


7:00pm Sunday, 27 April 2014 - 8:30pm Sunday, 27 April 2014


7:30pm Tuesday, 29 April 2014 - 9:00pm Tuesday, 29 April 2014


Sunday, 4 May 2014 11:30am - 1:30pm
Hadassah Annual Campaign for London


7:30pm Sunday, 4 May 2014 - 8:30pm Sunday, 4 May 2014


Monday, 5 May 2014 5:30pm - 7:30pm


7:30pm Tuesday, 6 May 2014 - 9:00pm Tuesday, 6 May 2014


7:30pm Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 9:00pm Tuesday, 13 May 2014


7:30pm Tuesday, 20 May 2014 - 9:00pm Tuesday, 20 May 2014


6:30pm Sunday, 25 May 2014 - 9:30pm Sunday, 25 May 2014
Solel Englander Tribute


Sunday, 1 June 2014

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