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A Warm Welcome

Present and Past Presidents
[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, November 18
8:00am - Morning Minyan Service at TI
4:45pm - Midweek Hebrew School
Thursday, November 19
5:00pm - Adult Hebrew at TI
Friday, November 20
10:00am - Jewish Book Fair at the JCC (see details below)
6:00pm - “Pre-neg” snacks before service.  Please bring a potluck dish to share.
6:30pm - Shabbat Evening Services at TI led by Rabbi Debra Dressler
Saturday, November 21
3:00pm - Shabbat Shiur and Havdalah - The Midrashic Imagination - Introduction to Midrash and Legends - at TI
7:00pm - Jewish Book Fair at the JCC (see details below)
Sunday, November 22
9:30am -   Religious School
10:00am - Jewish Book Fair at JCC
11:30am - Religious School at JCC Book Fair for children's program
11:30pm - Religious School Teacher Meeting
3:00pm - An Afternoon with Gil Hoffman (see details below) at the JCC
Monday, November 23
7:30pm - JEM at the JCC - Woody Allen and Mel Brooks: Jewish Filmmakers Who Changed American Cinema - facilitator, Shlomo Schwartzberg

In the late 1960s, as movies began to depict increasing numbers of Jewish characters and scenarios, two actor/directors surged to the forefront. Woody Allen (Annie Hall, 1977) offered up a nebishy persona, while Mel Brooks (The Producers, 1968) proffered forthright Jewish satire, which functioned as a poke in the eye to the gentile world. Allen displayed ambivalence and sometimes self-hate about being a Jew, whereas Brooks was a performer who couldn’t be prouder of his origins. Both men, however, have imbued American cinema with a strong Jewish sensibility, the likes of which had not been previously seen. This presentation will examine the Jewish self-identification of these comedic Hollywood icons and the Jewish content of some of their most belovèd movies.

Shlomo Schwartzberg is a long-time Toronto-based arts journalist, film programmer, film critic, and teacher. He is the former Director of Programming of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival and the former chair of the Toronto Jewish Film Society. He is also the co-founder of and a regular contributor to the noted online daily cultural web site, Critics at Large (www.criticsatlarge.ca). Shlomo has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Jerusalem Report, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and the Canadian Jewish News.

This presentation is sponsored by Josh and Kay Dubitsky.
Tuesday, November 24
12:00pm - Lunch and Learn at TI
7:30pm - Laya Block Women’s Lecture Series (see below for details)
Wednesday, November 25
8:00am - Morning Minyan Service at TI
4:45pm - Midweek Hebrew School
Thursday, November 26
5:00pm - Adult Hebrew at TI
Saturday, November 28
10:00am - Shabbat Morning Services with Rabbi Debra Dressler at TI
12:00pm - Torah Study
Sunday, November 29
9:30am - Religious School
10:00am - Library Storytime
11:00pm - Camp George Visit and Presentation
12:00pm - Teen Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Debra Dressler at TI
2:00pm - JIC Jewish Information Class
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, please let the office know at office@templeisraellondon.ca
Share the Warmth and
Temple Israel Chanukah Party

Sunday, December 13, 2015, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Please join us for lunch, latkes and games - a celebration for all!

Pre-register with Linda Lowe (519)858-4400

There will be a small charge for lunch
Adults - $10.00
Children (12 and under) - $5.00
Please plan to join us on December 19, 2015, when Josh Dubitsky will read the torah for Parashat Vayigash on the anniversary of his Bar Mitzvah.

Josh and Kate Dubitsky invite you to join them for Kiddush, following services.
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Jewish Information Class (JIC)

Watch the Temple website for upcoming classes. The next few are:
  • Sunday November 29 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm “Holidays, Part I”
  • Sunday December 6 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm - “Holidays, Part II”
  • Sunday December 13 - Noon to 2:00pm - Join us for
    "Share the Warmth" and Chanukah party

If you are interested in joining, please contact the Temple Israel office - all are welcome, even if you’ve missed the first class.. Looking forward to seeing you!
Mega Challah Bake 2015
Have You Changed Contact Co-ordinates Recently?  

If you have changed your address, phone numbers, or email contact recently (added, deleted, changed) , please let the office know, so that we know how best to reach you.  We want to keep contact records current with your family.  Thank you in advance.   Linda

Dear Camp George Supporters,

We are thrilled to share with you that 2016 Camp Registration is open!

This is URJ Camp George's 18th summer and we look forward to an incredible season. The research shows that 7 out of 10 Jewish leaders in their 20's and 30's attended Jewish summer camp. Camp George is thrilled to be a part of creating such leaders.

When families make the choice to send their campers to Camp George, it means a summer of fun and friendship AND this year it also means a chance to WIN during our 8 DAYS OF HANUKKAH RAFFLE!!   

We invite you to stay tuned for news about our Chai Season celebrations throughout the year! Here's where you can find us: Our Camp Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Vine and Instagram .
As always, thank you for your commitment to Camp George. We look forward to celebrating with you.

The Camp George Team
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 November-December 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:  

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

Havdalah with Latke Hors d’Oeuvres at Temple Israel
Chanukah SharetheWarmth 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.)

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 - November/December 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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Mega Challah Bake 2015
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Love Is The Balm For Trauma In 'The Matchmaker'
(excerpted from an NPR review by Joel Arnold)

Arik, the 16-year-old Israeli at the centre of The Matchmaker, doesn't understand why
everyone keeps talking about love. It's the summer of 1968 in Haifa, and though the
American summer of love is just a recent memory, Arik (Tuval Shafir) couldn't care
less — he finds war immensely more interesting. Of course, the crucial factor  to
Arik's interest may be that he has experienced neither, being shy in his approach
to girls and curious about the realities of World War II — the horrors of which his
parents survived but rarely discuss. Then a chance meeting gives Arik the
opportunity to learn about both, in what turns out to be a sensitive coming-of-age story
whose innocence is tempered by the lingering darkness of the Holocaust.....

Unlike films that depict the Holocaust directly, The Matchmaker , written and
directed by Avi Nesher, expresses its permeating presence through implication —
as Arik would have seen it — yet shows, through its portrayal of young love, that it
need not be all-consuming..... The Matchmaker intelligently portrays how,
even years later, the memories of trauma can be enough to inhibit
a person from finding happiness — and consequently, how essential love is.

As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work with
Yankele Bride (the mysterious Matchmaker and holocaust survivor, brilliantly played
by Adir Miller, acclaimed Israeli actor who won an Ophir award for this role) the
disparate parts of Arik's life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving
ways. Nesher's film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a
coming-of-age story unlike any you've ever seen before.


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, 24 November 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Wednesday, 25 November 2015 8:00am - 9:00am


Wednesday, 25 November 2015 4:45pm - 6:15pm


Thursday, 26 November 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm


Saturday, 28 November 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm


Saturday, 28 November 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm


Sunday, 29 November 2015 9:30am - 12:00pm


Sunday, 29 November 2015 10:00am - 10:20am


Sunday, 29 November 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm


Sunday, 29 November 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm


Sunday, 29 November 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Tuesday, 1 December 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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