Our Rabbi


Rabbi Debra Stahlberg Dressler is the second spiritual leader to serve Temple Israel of London, a Reform Jewish congregation in London, Ontario. She succeeded founding Rabbi Joel Wittstein (z"l) in June of 2010. Rabbi Dressler was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 2009. During her seminary years, she served student pulpits in Pine Bluff and Hot Springs Arkansas as well as an internship with Isaac. M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati. Her work has focused on lifelong Jewish learning, especially adult education. Her Rabbinic thesis was titled, “Refugee Rabbis from Nazi Germany in America.”

The rabbinate is a second career for Rabbi Dressler. Prior to her work in the Jewish community, she had a career in direct marketing and magazine circulation. Rabbi Dressler holds a bachelor of science in economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

A native of Lansing, Michigan, Rabbi Dressler has three daughters and one charming Goldendoodle. She and her family are greatly enjoying their adopted Canadian home.

Rabbi Debra Dressler's Blog

Our President

Bonnie Teevan is Temple Israel's current president, serving a two-year term ending in June, 2016.  She is a retired Thames Valley District School Board guidance counsellor, and a graduate of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning.  She is open to new ideas and helpful suggestions. 

Bonnie is active in the Book Chavurah, Adult Education, Lunch & Learn, Torah Study.

Bonnie is the mother of Elizabeth Teevan, TI's Vice-President of Education.

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At our June, 2014 AGM, Immediate Past President Wally Zimmerman
passed the Ron Marks gavel to our new President, Bonnie Teevan

President's Blog 

 Temple Israel Board 2015-2016

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Music Leadership

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Michael Simmons and David Rosner lead our choir. They also have created original music and arrangements to enhance our services.
If you would like to join the choir, please contact Michael or David.

 Our Staff

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Margie Wienburg is our Religious School Co-ordinator


Svetlana (Lana) Makraich is our Office Manager


Jennifer Goldman is our occaisional Office Manager


Ira and Sergio Saavedra are our caretakers and groundskeepers


Past Presidents


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It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our dear friend and Rabbi, Joel Wittstein
on Thursday, January 28, 2010 / 14 Shevat 5770.
He has been our respected leader and beloved teacher for over two decades, and we will all miss
the warmth, wisdom and kindness he shared with us.
May his memory be for a blessing.

Our sincere condolences go to Ailene and all their children and grandchildren.

"Temple 'the house that Joel built'" - London Free Press, Jan 30, 2010
"Loving What Death Can Touch" by Glen Pearson - The Parallel Parliament, Jan 31, 2010
"London rabbi recalled for interfaith work" - Canadian Jewish News, Feb 11, 2010
Joel Wittstein, 1935-2010 by Alan D. Bennett
NFTY Mourns the Passing of Rabbi Joel Wittstein, z"l

Rabbi Daniel Gottlieb's eulogy

Friends who wish may make memorial donations to Temple Israel
in the name of “Camp George Summer Scholarships”
or the Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound

Gallery - Leadership