At Temple Israel, we believe life-long learning enhances every aspect of Jewish life.  The more we understand about our sacred texts, traditions, holy days and festivals, historical and contemporary scholarship, arts and literature, the better we will be able to make informed choices about our own practices.

We encourage you to participate in our Adult Education programs.  Click below to learn about current and upcoming classes at Temple Israel.

If you have suggestions about future classes, please contact the Temple Office.




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Shabbat Torah Study


Shabbat Torah Study

Enhance your Shabbat experience by studying the Parashah (Torah portion) of the week with Rabbi Debra Dressler and friends.  Join in an exploration of the text as we ask questions, discuss historical and contemporary interpretations, and debate its relevance for our lives.  

Meeting time for Shabbat Torah Study varies. Please check the Worship - Shabbat page for the current schedule.
All are welcome. 

Shabbat Shiur and Havdalah

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: 

Shabbat Shiur and Havdalah meets 3:00-5:00pm

Saturday, December 16, 2017
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Shabbat Book Chavurah

Shabbat Book Chavurah
will meet again December 2, 2:00pm

Shabbat Book Chavurah will precede 4pm Shabbat Mincha, Text Study, and Havdalah

We will be reading Between Gods by Alison Pick

Book recommendations are welcome.

As always, everyone is invited to join in the discussion.  If you wish, bring along a snack to share for tea time.

Everyone is welcome, whether or not you have attended previous sessions. 
and whether or not you have read the book.
Bring your suggestions for future good reads.

Lunch & Learn

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Lunch & Learn has resumed.  Please join us.

Lunch & Learn meets Tuesdays noon to 1pm at Temple Israel.

Bring your lunch, if you wish.
Tea, coffee, and water will be available.

Everyone is welcome.

Adult B'nei Mitzvah Class (ABM)


Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class

If you never celebrated a bar or bat mitzvah in your youth, please
consider joining us as we form the next class. Even if you are interested
in the learning without being ready to commit to participating in a
service, this class is intended for you. Typically, we study over two
academic years. We will explore Torah commentary and topics in
Jewish Values as well as learn the nuts and bolts of Torah reading and
worship. Knowledge of the Aleph-Bet is strongly recommended prior
to or at the beginning of this course of study.

Questions? Contact Rabbi Dressler

Class dates have not yet been determined.

For more information or if you do not receive class notifications please contact either
Rabbi Debra Dressler at
or the Temple Office 519-858-4400/

Jewish Information Class (JIC)


If you are interested in the Jewish Information Class (JIC), please click here.

Questions? Please contact the Temple Israel office - all are welcome, even if you’ve missed the first class..
Looking forward to seeing you!

Learn to Read Hebrew


Adult Hebrew Classes at Temple Israel

Adult Introductory Hebrew - Tuesdays 7-8PM 
(October 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, 12, 19, 26)

Adult Biblical Hebrew - Thursdays 6-7PM
(Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Dec 7, 14, 21, 28)

If you are interested in beginning or extending your learning of Hebrew this year please contact Stephen State,  
or register your interest through the TI office at 

Note:  this is not a conversational Hebrew class but instead will focus on either or both of the Hebrew arising in the prayer services or biblical Hebrew.

Additional 2018 Classes will be held on same dates and times into the New Year.


Talmud with Training Wheels - NEW CLASS

Talmud With Training Wheels - new class forming soon.

This will be a 6-8 week introduction to the world and text of the Talmud.
If you are interested in this class please contact Temple Office (519-858-4400/
Please note: the class material will be in English, Hebrew knowledge is not required.

JEM - Jewish Educational Manna: Intellectual Food for the Wondering Jew at the JCC

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November 20: What did King David Eat for Breakfast? Everyday Life in the Iron Age of Israel
~ David Lipovitch

Learn what archaeology and the Hebrew Bible can teach us about how people lived in ancient Israel around the time of David and Solomon (ca. 1000 BCE). Find out how the ancient Israelites spent their days, including what their homes looked like, what they ate, and how they made their living.

David Lipovitch earned a Ph.D. (1999) in Hebrew Bible and Archaeology from Harvard University. He has excavated and surveyed in southern Ontario and at Ashkelon, Israel, and has worked on or with excavations in Ontario, Israel, Jordan, and Turkey. He has been lecturing since the 1990s and is currently a course instructor in Laurier University’s History and Archaeology departments, a Research Affiliate at the University of Toronto, and the Zooarchaeologist at their excavations at Tell Ta’yinat, Turkey.

This presentation is sponsored by an anonymous donor.


November 27: Jewish Philosophy as a Guide to Life? ~ David Conter

This presentation will examine a recent book by one of the great American philosophers of science in mathematical logic of the 20th century – Hilary Putnam (1926-2016). Putnam taught at Harvard for more than half a century and was also a practicing Conservative Jew, who illuminated the apparent conflict between religious conviction and the scientific worldview.

David Conter has been a professor of philosophy at Huron University College for 34 years, and has served as Chair of the Department of Philosophy for 18 years. He has also taught at McGill, Dalhousie, and the University of Ottawa Law School. His main research interests are in the philosophy of logic and language, the philosophy of the arts, and legal philosophy. In January of 2018, he will teach a new first-year Introduction to Jewish Studies course.


December 4: Remembering Irving Layton ~ Shel Krakofsky

Shel will reminisce about Irving Layton, including how he almost had his bar mitzvah here in London, Ontario. As well, he will read some of Layton’s poetry in addition to some of his own from his recently-released collection, Stanley Cup Seder. All proceeds from the sale of his book will go to support the JNF Ilanot Jerusalem Therapeutic Schoolyard project. This worthwhile cause will be highlighted in a brief video. 

Shel Krakofsky is a retired physician and has twice been a recipient of the Canadian Jewish Book Award and the Okanagan Fiction Award. As Canada’s “baseball poet,” Shel has written poetry that opened, and is included in, the Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys. 


December 11: The Dreyfus Affair: One of the Great Trials that Helped Change the Course of History
~ Sylvia Solomon

The Dreyfus Affair was a political scandal that divided France from 1894 until the case was finally resolved in 1906. Alfred Dreyfus wanted to join the French army as a testament to his loyalty to his country, but had his life ripped apart by his anti-Semitic fellow French army officers when he was accused of treason. Although he was finally vindicated after 12 horrific years, he was a broken man, with his dignity and pride in tatters. (Please note that the February 5 JEM presentation by Sonia Halpern will examine how the Dreyfus Affair contributed to the demise of Impressionism in art.)

Sylvia Solomon grew up in London, Ontario and has a Ph.D. in Education. She teaches a University of Toronto course entitled Great Trials that Changed the Course of History. The book explores the way in which law – the underpinning of democracy – can be bent and twisted by the very societies it exists to protect, and how the debate and the decisions that have arisen from these famous trials have helped change the course of social history in the Western world.


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.


Looking Ahead:

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

January 29: If I Were a Rich Man: A Jewish Perspective on Donald Trump, his Politics, and his Values ~ Donald Abelson

and more to come

JEM is co-sponsored by Congregation Or Shalom and the Martin Bass Fund for Human Resources of Or Shalom, Temple Israel, and The London Jewish Federation, with additional support from The Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre and numerous individual donors.

AJE - Adult Jewish Education at the JCC

AJE Courses This Fall

Adult Jewish Education at the JCC

Nancy Pazner

Different Approaches to the Question
“How Did the Bible Come to Be?”

Tuesdays: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th November
and 6th December, 2016 9.30-11am

Early Bird Special: Register early and save!

Please note that places are limited and will be reserved on a ‘first pay, first served basis’.

All reservations received and accepted at least one week prior to the start of the course will get a $10 discount. The Early Bird fee for this 6-week course is $99/ student (regular fee $109).

Nancy Pazner is well known to AJE audiences as the previous Co-ordinator of Adult Jewish Education at the LJCC. She is also the former Director of the Florence Melton mini school programme here in London; and as Director Nancy also acted as Facilitator for some of the 
Melton classes to great effect.

In addition to her passion for Jewish education (both personal and communal), Nancy has spent decades doing various forms of writing: technical, academic and fiction, and she was an Ontario Writers’ Conference 2016 Story Starters Finalist. Nancy’s short stories Abducted by a Shopping Cart and Seen in a Thrift Store are available to read via the internet.

Different Approaches to the Question “How Did the Bible Come to Be?”

The Tanakh – and especially the Torah – is absolutely central to Judaism and has been studied intensively for millennia. In recent centuries scholars have increasingly explored questions of the origin and composition of the Jewish scriptures. This course will explore a number of approaches these scholars have taken, including the traditional path, the documentary hypothesis, and the contributions of modern archeology. It will also touch on some of the “push-back” each approach has received.

To register or for more information, call the JCC at (519) 673-3310

Upcoming Events - Adult Education

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 4:45pm - 6:15pm
MW Midweek Hebrew School
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Adult Prayerbook Hebrew
Saturday, 25 November 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, 25 November 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Kiddush Hosted by Arthur & Sandra Benjamin
Saturday, 25 November 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Torah Study
Sunday, 26 November 2017 9:30am - 12:00pm
RS Religious School
Sunday, 26 November 2017 10:30am - 1:00pm
Gift Shop Open
Sunday, 26 November 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Jewish Information Classs
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Adult Introductory Hebrew
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 4:45pm - 6:15pm
MW Midweek Hebrew School
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Adult Prayerbook Hebrew
Saturday, 2 December 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Book Club - Time is tentative
Saturday, 2 December 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Shabbat Mincha Minyan & Text Study
Sunday, 3 December 2017 9:30am - 12:00pm
RS Religious School
Sunday, 3 December 2017 10:30am - 1:00pm
Gift Shop Open
Sunday, 3 December 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Jewish Information Classs
Tuesday, 5 December 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, 5 December 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Adult Introductory Hebrew
Wednesday, 6 December 2017 4:45pm - 6:15pm
MW Midweek Hebrew School