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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, April 27
8:00am - Morning Minyan Service
4:45pm - Midweek Hebrew School - LAST DAY
Thursday, April 28
5:00pm - Adult Hebrew at TI
Friday, April 29
10:00am - Passover Morning Services / Yizkor
Saturday, April 30
10:00am - Shabbat Morning Services, led by Josh Dubitsky
12:00pm - Torah Study, led by Linda Zimmerman
Sunday, May 1
9:30am - Religious School - LAST DAY
12:00pm - Religious School Pot Luck Lunch (Kindergarten Experience families are invited to join us!)
2:00pm - Executive Meeting
Tuesday, May 3
9:30am - AJE @ JCC - Justice, Justice, Art Shall Pursue - Jewish Artists in American Social Realism - Facilitated by Sonia Halpern (see below for more information)
12:00pm - Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, May 4
8:00am - Morning Minyan Service
Thursday, May 5
5:00pm - Adult Hebrew at TI
7:00pm - Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony @ JCC (see below for details)
Friday, May 6
6:00pm - Pre-neg snacks before services will be hosted by Jim and Daphne Stevens, in honour of their 50th Wedding Anniversary.
6:30pm - Shabbat Evening Services, led by Rabbi Debra Dressler
Saturday, May 7
3:00pm - Shabbat Shiur and Havdalah - Eating Jewishly, Modern Approaches - Contemporary Jewish food ethics
Sunday, May 8 - Mother’s Day
2:00pm - JIC - Jewish Information Class

Bridge Closure

From City of London (regarding bridge closure):

"Eastbound lane of Windermere Road to be closed for Stoneycreek bridge repair from April 26 until October/November, 2016. Westbound travel only."

You should be able to come to Temple Israel from Adelaide Street, Richmond Street, or Doon/Tetherwood, but you can only leave via Richmond Street or Doon/Tetherwood.  Pedestrian access will remain open.

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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

“Justice, Justice, Art Shall Pursue”
Jewish Artists in American Social Realism
Facilitator: Sonia Halpern

Tuesday mornings, May 3  – June 7, 9:30 – 11:00 am
6 weeks / $109 per student

($99 per student when registration received on or before April 26)

Social Realism was an international art movement popular in the United States in the 1930s and 40s. It focused on social and political issues that directly affected the lives of the working class and other oppressed groups, and attracted a disproportionately large number of Jewish artists. This course will examine the movement and the famous Jewish artists in America who practiced it.

AJE Registration Form

 NegevGala 2016
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 March-April 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 7, 3pm - 5pm
May 28, 3pm - 5pm
June 11, 3pm - 5pm

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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

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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

Upcoming Special Events - Community

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Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Yom HaZikaron Observance

Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration

Israel Independence Day Party at the JCC, 536 Huron St.
6 pm - 8 pm Thurs. May 12

Falafel & Fries, Activities for the Kids, and a Chance to Celebrate Israel
$7 per person, Free for Kids under 3, $30 Family Cap



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
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, 1 May 2016 9:30am - 12:00pm


Sunday, 1 May 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm


Sunday, 1 May 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Tuesday, 3 May 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm


Tuesday, 3 May 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm


Tuesday, 3 May 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm


Tuesday, 3 May 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm


Wednesday, 4 May 2016 8:00am - 9:00am


Wednesday, 4 May 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Thursday, 5 May 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm


Friday, 6 May 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm


Friday, 6 May 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Upcoming Community Events


Thursday, 12 May 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm


Monday, 15 August 2016 - Friday, 19 August 2016


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


Wednesday, 5 October 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm

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