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A Warm Welcome

Board 2016 2017[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:


Thursday, August 18
4:45pm - Adult Hebrew offsite
Saturday, August 20
10:00am - Shabbat Morning Services - Bar Mitzvah of Joel Frank
Please join us in celebrating with Joel and his family!
Thursday, August 25
4:45pm - Adult Hebrew offsite
Saturday, August 27
10:00am - Shabbat Morning Services led by Rabbi Debra Dressler
12:00 - Potluck Kiddush, please bring a dish to share

NOTE - NO Torah Study - on summer hiatus for months of July and August
NOTE - NO Morning Minyan Service on Wednesday mornings - also on summer hiatus
Adult Jewish Education at the London Jewish Community Centre

Shlomo Schwartzberg
The Image of the Jew in Film and TV: Realities and Fantasies

Thursdays: September 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th and October 6th and 13th, 2016   2-3:30pm
Second CLASS AVAILABLE following SELL-OUT morning class!

Early Bird Special:  Register early and save!

All reservations received and accepted at least one week prior to the start of the course will get a $10 discount.

The Early Bird fee for this 6-week course is $99/ student (regular fee $109).

Shlomo Schwartzberg is a film critic, teacher and arts journalist based in Toronto.  He regularly teaches film courses at Toronto's Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre and Ryerson University's LIFE Institute, among other venues.

He has written for a number of publications, including The New York Times, The Jerusalem Report magazine, The South China Post, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and the Canadian Jewish News, and was also the Canadian correspondent for Box Office magazine and Screen International.

Shlomo was Director of Programming for the Toronto Jewish Film Festival from 1996 – 2004 and the Chair of the Toronto Jewish Film Society from 2008-11.  He is a co-founder of, and writes for, the noted online cultural website Critics at Large (www.criticsatlarge.ca).   

The Image of the Jew in Film and Television: Realities and Fantasies   

Since the founding of Hollywood, mostly by Jews, they have been prominent as the stars, directors, writers and producers of the movies and television series which have influenced American popular culture and the country as a whole. However, the image of the Jew that has been proffered in these new mediums has been anything but monolithic; nor has it been uniformly positive or uplifting. Why Jews have been portrayed the way they have over the years will be examined and discussed in a provocative, fascinating series of classes with much to think and talk about.

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Windermere Road is still COMPLETELY closed to traffic IN BOTH DIRECTIONS

between Adelaide Street and Tetherwood due to Bridge repairs.
There is NO Access to Temple Israel from Adelaide Street.

Please join us for a thoughtful and stimulating Youth Summit at this year's annual URJ Camp George Community Leadership Shabbat Celebration.  We are thrilled that Miriam Chilton, URJ's Vice-President, Youth will be our keynote speaker.

Saturday, August 13, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

- Engaging Shabbat service by the lake
- Inspiring youth engagement workshops
- Lunch and dinner provided
- Transportation available from Toronto (7:30 a.m., Temple Sinai)

This celebration is complimentary; however, registration is required.
Click here to RSVP.
For more information, please contact Shoshana Streiffer, shoshistreiffer@gmail.com
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 July-August 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:  


 *** NOTE: Shabbat Torah Study is on summer hiatus. It will resume in the fall. ***

 *** NOTE: Weekday Morning Minyan is on summer hiatus. It will resume in the fall. ***

 *** NOTE: Lunch & Learn is on summer hiatus. It will resume in the fall. ***



Two upcoming Bar Mitzvah on August 20 at Temple Israel

Please Join Us to Celebrate and Support

Joel Frank on his Bar Mitzvah at Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, August 20, 10am

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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.)

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 - July/August 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
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

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

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
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 Optional dinner is at 6:00pm.  Phone 519-438-3081 to R.S.V.P.


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


Thursday, 25 August 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm


Saturday, 27 August 2016


Saturday, 27 August 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm


Saturday, 27 August 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm


Thursday, 1 September 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm


Friday, 2 September 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm


Friday, 2 September 2016 8:30pm - 9:00pm


Wednesday, 7 September 2016 8:00am - 9:00am


Thursday, 8 September 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm


Saturday, 10 September 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm


Saturday, 10 September 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm


Saturday, 10 September 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Upcoming Community Events


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


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


Wednesday, 23 November 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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