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.
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.
At our June, 2014 AGM, Immediate Past President Wally Zimmerman
passed the Ron Marks gavel to our new President, Bonnie Teevan
Temple Israel Board 2015-2016
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