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A Warm Welcome

TeacherAppreciation 2016

Temple Israel Teachers Appreciation Event 2016
[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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Note new section below: "TI Members' Blogs and Websites"


TI News (click a title to view contents)

This Week at Temple Israel



 For more details please visit our website:


Wednesday, May 25
8:00am - Morning Minyan Service
Thursday, May 26
5:00pm - Adult Hebrew at TI
7:00pm - Hadassah Annual Campaign Evening @ JCC
Featuring Dr. Esther Konigsberg MD and Integrative Medicine Consultant
Honoured guests - CHW National President - Claudia Goldman and CHW National Executive Director - Alina Ianson
RSVP - Stacey Ublansky 519-673-3319 or email chwannualcampaign@gmail.com
Friday, May 27
6:00pm - "Pre-neg" Snacks before Services, please bring a dish to share.
6:30pm - Shabbat Evening Services, led by Rabbi Debra Dressler.
Saturday, May 28
3:00pm - Shabbat Shiur and Havdalah - Sexual Norms in Jewish History - Introduction to Gender and Sexuality in Judaism
NOTE - Teen Program with Rabbi Dressler - CANCELLED
Tuesday, May 31
9:30am - AJE @ JCC - Justice, Justice, Art Shall Pursue - Jewish Artists in American Social Realism - Facilitated by Sonia Halpern
12:00pm - Lunch and Learn - LAST CLASS UNTIL AUTUMN
7:00pm - CCLC Workshop - Welcoming Immigrants (see below for more information). RSVP Required
Wednesday, June 1
8:00am - Morning Minyan Service
Thursday, June 2
5:00pm - Adult Hebrew at TI
Saturday, June 4
10:00am - Shabbat Morning Services led by Rabbi Debra Dressler. Potluck Kiddush will follow, please bring a dish to share.
12:00pm - Torah Study
Sunday, June 5
2:00pm - JIC at TI
2:00pm - Or Shalom 50th Anniversary Celebration (see below for details)

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Windermere Road is now COMPLETELY closed to traffic IN BOTH DIRECTIONS between Adelaide Street and Tetherwood due to Bridge repairs and until further notice.

Therefore, there IS NO Access to Temple Israel from Adelaide Street.
Previously, traffic could come west from Adelaide Street to Temple Israel.

Please plan alternative routes if you are affected.
CCLC Workshop - Welcoming Immigrants  

In response to the overwhelming expression of desire by our members to learn more about supporting Syrian newcomers to Canada, Temple Israel has arranged to host an Intercultural Learning Workshop on Tuesday, May 31, 7:00-9:00pm. Led by London Cross cultural Learning Centre Education Specialist Katy Boychuk, this presentation will address the following topics:

·         difference between Refugee and Immigrant status

·         complexities of pre-and post-migration experiences

·         settlement selection process

·         Syrian culture (family customs, gender roles and names are usually covered)

·         understand immediate needs of refugees in our community

·         cross-cultural communication tools

The goal is to provide information to better understand refugee migration experience and the cultural customs of Syrian refugees, and in doing so, we discuss how to develop self-awareness and cultural competency to better communicate and interact with people of diverse backgrounds.

Space for this workshop is limited,
so please RSVP to office@templeisraellondon.ca to register for this event.  

Temple Israel General Meeting

Monday, June 6, 2016

6:30 p.m.
Socializing, Coffee, and Cookies

7:00 p.m.
Presentation of 2016-17 Budget
Reports of Committees
Election of Officers and Directors

Summer Kick-Off BBQ 

Friday, June 24, at 6:00pm

Followed by services at approximately 7:30pm

Grill hosted by Rabbi Debra Dressler and Family

Please provide a pot-luck side dish or dessert

Please RSVP to the Temple Office by Tuesday, June 21
with the number of adults and children attending and the dish you plan to bring office@templeisraellondon.ca

Did you know that our bi-monthly bulletin Lev HaDavar is available by email or on the web?  


(Scroll down the Home Page to TI News -- no password required)

If you would like us to switch your bulletin from hard copy/mailed to email, 
please let the office know at

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 May-June 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:

Upcoming Special Events - Temple Israel

Temple Israel Events:  


Shabbat Shiur and Havdalah

Please join us Saturday afternoons (when there is no morning service) at 3pm for a “Shiur” (study lesson) with Rabbi Dressler,
followed by a brief Havdalah service at 5pm.
No pre-registration is required; just drop in.
If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi Dressler: rabbi.dressler@templeisraellondon.ca 

May 28, 3pm - 5pm
June 11, 3pm - 5pm


Intercultural Learning Workshop at Temple Israel


Tues., May 31st, 7-9 pm

In response to the overwhelming expression of desire by our members to learn more about supporting Syrian newcomers to Canada, Temple Israel has arranged to host an Intercultural Learning Workshop on Tuesday, May 31, 7:00-9:00.  Led by London Cross Cultural Learning Centre Education Specialist Katy Boychuk, this presentation will address the following topics:

·         Difference between Refugee and Immigrant status
·         Complexities of pre-and post-migration experiences
·         Settlement selection process
·         Syrian culture (family customs, gender roles and names are usually covered)
·         Understand immediate needs of refugees in our community
·        Ccross-cultural communication tools

The goal is to provide information to better understand refugee migration experience and the cultural customs of Syrian refugees, and in doing so, discuss how to develop self-awareness and cultural competency to better communicate and interact with people of diverse backgrounds.Space for this workshop is limited, so please RSVP to office@templeisraellondon.ca to register for this event.  Thank you!

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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.)

May Calendar

June Calendar

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 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 - May/June 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.

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

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

Disaster Relief
Aid for Ft. McMurray Fire Victims

As the devastating wildfire in Ft. McMurray, Alberta, continues to burn out of control, the London Jewish Federation is raising funds to assist victims of this disaster, one of the largest in Canadian history.  All funds donated will be directed to the Red Cross

To contribute to the London Jewish Federation's effort on behalf of Ft. McMurray, please call 519 673 3310.

We thank you for your support, and for you ongoing commitment to Tikkun Olam, “repairing the world”.



A M P  
E L A D I M 
with Camp Directors Amanda Kantor and Cheryl Davis
Day Camp at the JCC
9 am - 4 pm
Lunch Included!
Register for individual weeks or for the entire summer session
August 2 - 5
August 8 - 12
August 15 - 19
August 22 - 26
 $180 per child for 1st week (shortened by Aug. Civic Holiday)
$225 per child per week, weeks 2 - 4
$190 per sibling
Tax receipts available for all fees
Great Discounts!
Sign up before May 1st and receive 5% off your first week
Sign up for 3 or more weeks and receive 5% discount
Sign up for all 4 weeks and receive 10% discount
Register at JCC  reception desk or call 519 673 3310
Two summer job opportunities for students 
Student Assistant in Programming--Summer Job Opportunity 

The London Jewish Federation is seeking an assistant for programs and projects supported by the Jewish Community Centre (JCC) in London, Ontario Canada. The successful applicant will be responsible for helping to develop and plan programs and services for youth, adults and seniors which meet both the vision and mission of the Federation. The successful applicant will help with all aspects of planning and implementing a four week non-denominational camp. The student will help out in a variety of administrative duties. This is a short term contract position with a total commitment of 34-40 hours per week beginning July 4 through to August 26, 2016. Knowledge of a wide range of aspects regarding the Jewish faith and culture is desirable.


                ●  Help research, plan, and develop programs for use in the fall of 2016
                    such as Holocaust and anti-bullying outreach programs
                ●  Assist in planning and implementing a non-denominational camp
                ●  Work as a senior counselor under the direction of the Camp Director
                    during the four week camp program
                ●  Reception and telephone duties
                ●  Other tasks as assigned


● Must be presently a student returning to or entering a post-secondary school in the
   fall of 2016 
● Must be between the ages of 17 years – 30 years
● Must be able to work independently 
● Creative programming skills or ideas
● Camp counseling experience or comparable childcare experience
● Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills

Only those who meet these requirements need apply.


Remuneration: $12.50 per hour

Closing date for applications is May 24 

To apply, please send your Cover letter and Resume or equivalent to:

Esther Marcus
Executive Director
Jewish Community Centre
London, ON N5Y 4J5
Tel: (519) 673-3310 ext. 103
Fax: (519) 673-1160
Email: jccexec@ljf.on.ca

 Junior Counselor:

Camp Yeladim of the JCC in London Ontario is currently hiring a junior counselor for campers ranging in age from 3-9.

The individual will assist the counselors at camp with: preparation and clean-up of activities; assisting in planning and implementing activities for participants; working directly with campers and acting as a positive and mature role model for participants.

Camp Yeladim runs for 4 weeks from August 2 to August 26 (Monday to Friday).  To be eligible for this position you must be a high school student or older and available for the entire camp period.

Remuneration: $11.25 per hour

To apply, please send your Cover letter and Resume or equivalent by May 30, 2016 to:

Eric Robinson
Program Director
London Jewish Community Centre
536 Huron Street
London, ON N5Y 4J5

Tel:     (519) 673-3310
Fax:    (519) 673-1161
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


Tuesday, 31 May 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Wednesday, 1 June 2016 8:00am - 9:00am


Wednesday, 1 June 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Thursday, 2 June 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm


Saturday, 4 June 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm


Saturday, 4 June 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm


Sunday, 5 June 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Monday, 6 June 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Wednesday, 8 June 2016 8:00am - 9:00am


Thursday, 9 June 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm


Friday, 10 June 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Upcoming Community Events


Wednesday, 1 June 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm


Wednesday, 15 June 2016 12:00pm - 3:00pm


Monday, 15 August 2016 - Friday, 19 August 2016


Sunday, 25 September 2016 2:30pm - 5:30pm


Thursday, 6 October 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm

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