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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, January 18
4:45pm - Hebrew School
Thursday, January 19
4:45pm - Advanced Adult Hebrew
Saturday, January 21
10:00am - Shabbat morning service led by Rabbi Dressler, followed by potluck Kiddush. Please bring a dish to share.
12:00pm - Torah Study
Sunday, January 22
9:30am - Religious School
2:00pm - Executive Meeting at TI
2:00pm - Or Shalom Film Society presents: "Once in a Lifetime", the inspiring true story of how a dedicated history teacher at a French high school provided an opportunity for her apathetic underprivileged multicultural inner-city students to undergo a life and attitude-changing experience by entering a national competition on the theme of child victims of the Nazi era.
The cost is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children. Reserve your seat by calling the Or Shalom office at 519-438-3081.
Monday, January 23
7:30pm - JEM at JCC - The Jewish Perspective on Physician-Assisted Suicide - Panel Discussion (see below for details)
Tuesday, January 24
12:00pm - Lunch and Learn
7:00pm - Introductory Adult Hebrew at TI with Stephen State
Wednesday, January 25
4:45pm - Hebrew School
Thursday, January 26
4:45pm - Advanced Adult Hebrew

Friday, January 27
6:00pm - Pre-neg snacks before services
6:30pm - Shabbat Evening Services led by Rabbi Dressler, with student participation
Saturday, January 28
1:30pm - Book Club at TI - we will be discussing Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer. Everyone welcome.
3:00pm - Shabbat Shiur Afternoon Text Study and Havdalah - Midrash
6:30pm - LCHDS Comedy Night at JCC
Sunday, January 29
9:30am- Religious School
12:30pm - JIC at TI - please note the earlier meeting time
3:00pm - AGM at TI for members, only (see below for details)

The Temple Israel office will be closed every Friday, as of January 6, 2017.

If you need to contact or visit the office, please do so between Monday and Thursday.

If you email or leave a phone message on a Friday, we will respond on the following Monday. Thank you for your cooperation.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2017 @ 3PM - 5PM

Pursuant to Article 7.1 and 7.6 of Temple Israel of London’s Constitution, please be advised
of the Annual Meeting to be held at Temple Israel on January 29, 2017, for MEMBERS ONLY.  

Please plan to attend.  RSVP not required.

Dear Temple Israel Members:

If you have changed any contact information recently (phone, address, email), please send an email to the TI office with the correct info as soon as possible, so that we may update our records for the start of 2017.

Thank you!
Mondays, 7:30pm
January 23: The Jewish Perspective on Physician-Assisted Suicide ~ Panel Discussion

End-of-life choices are currently an important public concern. Although, over the generations, Judaism clearly ruled that we are not permitted to end our lives for medical reasons, nor assist another to do so, tradition’s answer does not fully address the moral issues that patients, families, and caregivers confront in making heartbreaking choices at the end of life. Our panel, consisting of Rabbi Debra Dressler from Temple Israel and Rabbi Catharine Clark from Congregation Or Shalom, together with the moderator family physician Dr. Pearl Langer, will help us learn more about the Jewish position on physician-assisted suicide from multiple, thought-provoking perspectives.

Looking Ahead:

January 30: A Town Hall with “The Donald” (Abelson, that is!): A Discussion of the New American Presidency’s Impact on Israel ~ Donald Abelson

February 6: “The Comfortable Concentration Camp”: Female Domesticity and Nazi Analogy in The Feminine Mystique ~ Monda Halpern

February 13: JEM/JNF Program ~ TBA

February 20: Without History, there is no Memory; Without Memory, there is no Future
~ Max Eisen

February 27: Why Abraham? How the Father of Many Nations Got the Job ~ Andrea Di Giovanni

March 6: The Jewish Invention of Frankenstein? The Golem in Jewish Folklore
~ Chaya Halberstam
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 September/October/November/December 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:  


605 Windermere Road, London, Ontario  N5X 2P1

Phone: 519-858-4400 E-mail: Office@TempleIsraelLondon.ca

Fax: 519-858-2070 Website: http://www.TempleIsraelLondon.ca


Important Notice:  Change of Meeting Date


SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2017 @ 3PM - 5PM

Pursuant to Article 7.1 and 7.6 of Temple Israel of London’s Constitution, please be advised
of the Annual Meeting to be held at Temple Israel on January 29, 2017,

Please plan to attend.  RSVP not required.  



*** NOTE: Next Book Chavurah Sunday, January 28 at 1:30pm. ***
We will be reading Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
All are welcome, whether you have read the book or not.

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.)

September calendar  (docx format)

October calendar  (docx format)

November calendar  (docx format)

December calendar  (docx format)

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 - September/October/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
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

i blog   
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




Canadian Premiere 


Directed and Choreographed by: Tim French

The classic show business story of a son’s struggle between his passion for a Broadway career, and his father’s plans to have him follow in his footsteps as a cantor. This dynamic production features musical numbers by legendary composers and such classic songs as Let Me Sing and I’m HappyMammy, Sonny Boy, and You Made Me Love You. Based on Samson Raphaelson’s 1925 Broadway play and adapted specifically for our audience, this classic story is brought to life in a toe-tapping experience you will never forget.


OSFS OnceinaLifetime


Scarf  Project 

Come In Out of the Cold
Scarf Project

Let’s provide each person attending the
Come In Out of the Cold Luncheon
 a brand new scarf:  our goal is 400 scarves.

Needed: knitters and crocheters

Scarf size: approximately 6 inches by 60 inches
Any pattern, Any yarn

If you cannot supply the yarn, please call into the JCC at
519 673-3310 and request yarn – we will supply.

If you have yarn to donate, please drop it off to the JCC so it can be used.

Please drop off completed scarves at the JCC by
February 23, 2017.
Please include your name with the donation.

Questions??? Please call Deb Laskin-Rich at 519 471-2329.

London Jewish Community Centre, 536 Huron Street



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, 22 January 2017 9:30am - 12:00pm


Sunday, 22 January 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm


Tuesday, 24 January 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Tuesday, 24 January 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Wednesday, 25 January 2017 4:45pm - 6:15pm


Thursday, 26 January 2017 4:45pm - 6:15pm


Friday, 27 January 2017


Friday, 27 January 2017 6:00pm - 6:30pm


Friday, 27 January 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Saturday, 28 January 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm


Saturday, 28 January 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm


Sunday, 29 January 2017 9:30am - 12:00pm

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