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Funeral Notice - Rhea Linda Bottler

Shofarot 2017

 Click photo above to view current issue of Lev HaDavar, the Temple Israel 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 

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* NOTE *

There have been a number of calendar changes for January and February.
Please review dates for upcoming services and events.

Shabbat Evening Service on Friday Jan 12 at 7:30 PM

Book Club on Saturday Jan 13 at 2:00 PM
The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman, The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel
Shabbat Mincha Minyan & Text Study on Saturday Jan 13 at 4:00 PM

RS Religious School on Sunday Jan 14 at 9:30 AM
No JIC Jewish Information Class - Resumes in March on Sunday Jan 14

No Lunch and Learn - on hiatus January and February
Adult Introductory Hebrew on Tuesday Jan 16 at 7:00 PM

MW Midweek Hebrew School on Wednesday Jan 17 at 4:45 PM
Adult Prayerbook Hebrew on Wednesday Jan 17 at 6:30 PM
Advanced course.

Shabbat Morning Service on Saturday Jan 20 at 10:00 AM
*New Date* Kiddush hosted by Ailene Wittstein and Pepa Livingston on Saturday Jan 20 at 11:30 AM
In honour of their husbands, Rabbi Joel Wittstein and Kenneth Livingston.
No Regular Torah Study on Saturday Jan 20 at 12:00 PM

RS Religious School on Sunday Jan 21 at 9:30 AM
RS Kindergarten Experience on Sunday Jan 21 at 11:00 AM
No JIC Jewish Information Class - Resumes in March
Executive Meeting on Sunday Jan 21 at 3:00 PM

Lunch and Learn - on hiatus January and February on Tuesday Jan 23
Adult Introductory Hebrew on Tuesday Jan 23 at 7:00 PM

MW Midweek Hebrew School on Wednesday Jan 24 at 4:45 PM
Adult Prayerbook Hebrew on Wednesday Jan 24 at 6:30 PM
Advanced course.

Shabbat Shirah Morning Service on Saturday Jan 27 at 10:00 AM
Torah reading and comments by Stephen State
Potluck Kiddush on Saturday Jan 27 at 11:30 AM
Torah Study on Saturday Jan 27 at 12:00 PM

RS Religious School on Sunday Jan 28 at 9:30 AM
No JIC Jewish Information Class - Resumes in March on Sunday Jan 28
Board Meeting on Sunday Jan 28 at 3:00 PM

No Lunch and Learn - on hiatus January and February
Adult Introductory Hebrew on Tuesday Jan 30 at 7:00 PM

MW Midweek Hebrew School on Wednesday Jan 31 at 4:45 PM
Adult Prayerbook Hebrew on Wednesday Jan 31 at 6:30 PM
Advanced course.

Potluck Preneg - Snacks Before Services on Friday Feb 2 at 6:00 PM
Shabbat Evening Service with Student Participation on Friday Feb 2 at 6:30 PM

Shabbat Shiur Study Session and Havdalah on Saturday Feb 3 at 3:00 PM

RS Religious School on Sunday Feb 4 at 9:30 AM

No Lunch and Learn - on hiatus January and February
Adult Introductory Hebrew on Tuesday Feb 6 at 7:00 PM

MW Midweek Hebrew School on Wednesday Feb 7 at 4:45 PM
Adult Prayerbook Hebrew on Wednesday Feb 7 at 6:30 PM
Advanced course.

Shabbat Morning Service on Saturday Feb 10 at 10:00 AM
Potluck Kiddush on Saturday Feb 10 at 11:30 AM
Torah Study on Saturday Feb 10 at 12:00 PM

Income Tax Receipts will be generated in February 2018

If you have changed your address (or any other contact information) recently, please let the office know, so that we may update our records.

E-mail: office@templeisraellondon.ca ~ Phone: 519.858.4400

JEM Programs – January 2018

January 15, 2018: I Do Think We Can Carry On: Canadian Jewish Women’s Experiences on the Homefront in World War II ~ Jennifer Lander

The intersection of gender, religion/ethnicity, and nationality placed Canadian Jewish women on the home front during World War II at the centre of debates about what it meant to be both Jewish and Canadian in the 1940s. This talk will explore the women of the Canadian Jewish Congress’ Women’s War Efforts Committee, and how their experiences were integral to solidifying the place of the Jewish community in Canada – as well as their sometimes tense role within it.

Jennifer Lander is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at Western University. Her dissertation, “Canadian Jewish Women and the War Effort, 1939-1945,” is an oral history project analyzing how religion and gender affected Jewish women’s home-front experiences during World War II.

January 22: Anti-Judaism in Contemporary European Culture ~ Bill Acres

This presentation is sponsored by Hy Goldberg.

Anti-Semitism, anti-Israel: These forms of hatred of Jews have persisted in Europe despite widespread education about and awareness of Holocaust atrocities. This talk will look at the resurgence of claims against the full membership of Jews as Europeans and as nationals. The incoherence of the Alt-Right meets with contemporary discourse from the Left on matters which seek to bundle Judaism in ways which stop Jewish voices and diversity from entering the debate.

Bill Acres teaches Comparative Religion and History at Huron University College in the Faculty of Theology. He is currently working on a book on Judaic influences on the creation of history in the work of Reformation scholars in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. He is also writing a book a book about the communities and histories around the Mohawk Institute.

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.
Also, please visit our Temple Israel Facebook site and consider becoming a member:
The November-December issue of Lev HaDavar, the Temple Israel Bulletin has been posted to the TI homepage. (No password required).  Past issues are available in the Lev HaDavar Archive in the Members' Lounge section of our website. (Password required)

Upcoming Special Events - Temple Israel

Temple Israel Events 


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Shabbat Shiur Study Session and Havdalah, 3-5pm
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Chanukah Party and Share The Warmth

December 17, 2017 @ 12 Noon at Temple Israel

Latkes, Latkes, Latkes
Light Lunch
Blanket Making & Crafts
$10.00 per Adult and $5.00 per child

RSVP to the office requested

Share the Warmth 2017 final


*** NOTE: Next Book Chavurah Saturday, January 13 at 2:00pm. ***
We will be reading
  The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel
The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman

All are welcome, whether you have read the book or not

Lev HaDavar- Temple Israel bulletin in PDF format



View or download the Current Issue of Lev HaDavar. (no pasword required) 
Past issues of 
Lev HaDavar
 are available in the Members' Lounge (Username and password required.)

Yahrzeit Calendar

Lev HaDavar - Temple Israel Bulletin in Flip Page 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
The November/December issue of Temple Israel's bulletin, Lev HaDavar, is now available on the TI homepage -- LOGIN NOT REQUIRED. NOTE: Past issues and calendars will continue to be available in the Members' Lounge (Login required).
♦ 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
Suzanne Boles
Write Connection
feature writer, content creator & writing coach

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


2018 Israeli Brunch at the JCC   
70 Years of Independence, Millennia of Tradition
Sunday, January 21, 11:00am-1:00pm
Great menu and deep discounts when you register in 2017. Click here for more details and call the JCC to reserve your space today: (519) 673-3310.

LondonJewishCommunityFoundation AGM 2018


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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

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 4:45pm - 6:15pm
MW Midweek Hebrew School
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Adult Prayerbook Hebrew
Friday, 19 January 2018
Office Closed Fridays
Saturday, 20 January 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, 20 January 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Potluck Kiddush
Saturday, 20 January 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
No Regular Torah Study
Sunday, 21 January 2018 9:30am - 12:00pm
RS Religious School
Sunday, 21 January 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
RS Kindergarten Experience
Sunday, 21 January 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
JIC Jewish Information Classs
Sunday, 21 January 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Executive Meeting
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
NO Lunch and Learn until March

Upcoming Community Events

Saturday, 3 March 2018
HOLD for Community Launch Mincha
Sunday, 1 April 2018
Easter Sunday
Sunday, 13 May 2018
Mother's Day
Sunday, 3 June 2018 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Negev Dinner 2018
Sunday, 17 June 2018
Father's Day
Sunday, 1 July 2018
Canada Day
Monday, 13 August 2018 - Friday, 17 August 2018
London Interfaith Peace Camp at King’s Aug 13-17

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