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A Warm Welcome

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[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:

Wednesday, February 3
NOTE - NO Morning Minyan Service - on hiatus until spring
4:45pm - Midweek Hebrew School
6:30pm - Teen Program
6:30pm - Food Sort at London Food Bank, 926 Leathorne Street

Thursday, February 4
5:00pm - Adult Hebrew

Saturday, February 6
10:00am - Shabbat Morning Services led by Rabbi Debra Dressler.  Please bring a dish to share at Kiddush.  
12:00pm - Torah Study

Sunday, February 7
9:30am - Religious School
10:00am - Religious School Parents Curriculum Drop-In
12:00pm - Religious School Teacher Meeting
2:00pm - Jewish Information Class (JIC)
4:00pm - Teen CJPAC Event

Monday February 8
7:30pm - JEMat JCC - "This Ambitious Polish Jew": Rethinking the Conversion and Career of Bishop Hellmuth. Facilitator, Monda Halpern.
Bishop Isaac Hellmuth is the undisputed father of Western University, and his devotion to Christianity is celebrated as part of its rich history. Hellmuth, however, was born a Jew. Both Anglican and evangelical sources have treated his Judaism and his 1814 conversion to Christianity in a variety of ways. This presentation will revisit Hellmuth’s conversion and career through a Jewish lens, profiling a Christian missionary movement in which Hellmuth was active as both a prospective apostate and long-time emissary. This talk will also argue that Hellmuth’s conversion might have been partly motivated by a desire for position and wealth, although his status would suffer amidst anti-Semitism in London, Ontario.

Monda Halpern is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Western University. She specializes in nineteenth and twentieth-century North American women’s history and Jewish history. Monda is the author of And On That Farm He Had a Wife: Ontario Farm Women and Feminism, 1900-1970 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001) and Alice in Shandehland: Scandal and Scorn in the Edelson/Horwitz Murder Case (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015), an historical account of a 1931 homicide in the Ottawa Jewish community.

Tuesday, February 9
12:00pm - Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, February 10
NOTE - NO Morning Minyan Service - on hiatus until spring
4:45pm - Midweek Hebrew School

Thursday, February 11
5:00pm - Adult Hebrew
Choir Rehersal - Pending final scheduling

Friday, February 12
6:00pm - Pre-neg snacks before services - please bring a potluck dish to share
6:30pm - Shabbat Evening Services, led by Rabbi Debra Dressler

Sunday, February 14
NOTE - NO Religious School - Family Day Weekend

Monday February 15
NOTE - Temple Israel Office Closed - Family Day  
Fundraising Raffle

For the new Mishkan Hanefesh Machzor for the Days of Awe

Handmade “One of a kind” challah cover made by our own Betty Freedman plus two homemade challahs

The winning ticket will be drawn at the Purim party on

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at Temple Israel

Tickets available for purchase at Temple Israel Office

 $10 each

 3 for $25

 10 for $80

Also available Sundays from 11:30am - 12:30pm


Thanks to Yola, Daphne Stevens & Susan Dean who have already donated

If you are tired of your kitchen mitts and kitchen towels, and they still have life in them, you can find them a good home in the Temple kitchen. They would be most appreciated and well used.

We could also use some small soup tureens, those that serve 8 to 10 people. If you are ready to pass yours on, the Temple could use three or four.

Please bring them to the office next time you are at Temple.  

Camp Yeladim of London Ontario
is seeking a Camp Director for a 4 week camp beginning in late July/early August at the Jewish Community Centre. The individual will have overall responsibility for the planning, programming and implementation of a high quality day camp program which serves children throughout the London community.


  • Minimum of three years experience working with children and a strong camping background.

  • Ability to hire, train and supervise part-time/full time staff and must have previous experience with budget development.

Responsibilities are as follows:

  • Design, deliver and evaluate camp program that meets the needs and interests of the camp’s target populations and ensure their delivery in a safe and quality manner. The individual will work with the Program Director in assessing challenging situations to ensure a stronger program.

  • Implement a marketing plan in conjunction with the JCC’s staff to increase camper attendance and camp usage. Develop and implement recruitment strategies. Plan and implement camp open houses.                                                                             

  • Provide outreach to community staff and camper families.

  • Manage and train small team of camp staff.

  • Develop and implement communication with parents for ongoing and specific situations including camper and family activity days, medical communication, newsletter, special event attendance, etc.

This is a five week paid full time position.  To apply, please send your Cover letter and Resume or equivalent by February 3, 2016 to:

Esther Marcus
Executive Director
London Jewish Community Centre
536 Huron Street
London, ON N5Y 4J5

Tel:       (519) 673-3310
Fax:      (519) 673-1161
Email: jccexec@ljf.on.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 January-February 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:  

Fundraising Raffle

For the new Mishkan Hanefesh Machzor for the Days of Awe

Handmade “One of a kind” challah cover made by our own Betty Freedman plus two homemade challahs

The winning ticket will be drawn at the Purim party on

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at Temple Israel

Tickets available for purchase at Temple Israel Office

 $10 each

 3 for $25

 10 for $80

Also available Sundays from 11:30am - 12:30pm


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.)

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 - January/February 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

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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


Sunday, 7 February 2016 9:30am - 12:00pm


Sunday, 7 February 2016 10:00am - 10:20am


Sunday, 7 February 2016 12:00pm - 2:30pm


Sunday, 7 February 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Sunday, 7 February 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm


Tuesday, 9 February 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Wednesday, 10 February 2016 8:00am - 9:00am


Wednesday, 10 February 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm


Thursday, 11 February 2016


Thursday, 11 February 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm


Friday, 12 February 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm


Friday, 12 February 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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