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, November 26, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Saturday, May6, 2017
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Shabbat Book Chavurah

Shabbat Book Chavurah
will meet again October 14, 1:30pm

Shabbat Book Chavurah will precede Shabbat Shiur.


We will be reading Falling Out of Time by David Grossman

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 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

Introductory Adult Hebrew 2016-2017
We are gauging interest in a beginning Hebrew Class.  
If you might be interested, please click here.

The adult Hebrew class facilitated by Stephen State
continues on Thursday afternoons  4:30-6:00pm in the Temple Israel Library.
 Anyone who can read the Hebrew letters and is interested in going through a text
looking at the Hebrew of the liturgy is welcome to join us.
There is no charge.
To sign up please contact Stephen at  
or at 519-239-9689


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: Food for the Wondering Jew at the JCC

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March 13: Their Stories, Our Stories: Yiddish Women Writers ~ Frieda Forman

This presentation will explore the lives and works of twentieth century Yiddish women writers in Europe, North America, and Israel. Family life, gender relations, work, education, and creative aspirations are all recurring themes. A significant component of this presentation is the varied depiction of migration and the Holocaust, and its aftermath.

For over 40 years, Vienna-born Frieda Forman has been a teacher, writer, scholar, and translator in the fields of Philosophy, Jewish Studies, and Women’s Studies. She attended Hebrew College in Boston, and was the founder and director of the Women’s Educational Resources Centre at OISE/University of Toronto, where she is currently an Associate Scholar. Her publications include Taking Our Time: Feminist Perspectives of Temporalit. Currently, she is writing a memoir of her refugee years in Switzerland during World War II.

March 20: The Ancient Roots of Jewish Holidays ~ David Lipovitch

How much do you know about the influences of other cultures on Jewish holidays and traditions? Are you intrigued by antiquity and archaeology? Through an examination of historical and archaeological material from the ancient Near East, learn about the fascinating roots of modern Jewish holidays.

David Lipovitch has an Honours BA from the University of Toronto in anthropology and the archaeology of the ancient Near East, and a PhD in Hebrew Bible and archaeology from Harvard University. He has worked on excavations in Ontario, Israel, Jordan, and Turkey. He is currently a course instructor in Laurier’s History department, a Research Affiliate at the U of T, and the zooarchaeologist at their excavations at Tell Ta’yinat, Turkey.

This presentation is sponsored by Ronnee Alter, in memory of her husband, Lloyd.

March 27: Musical Instruments During Shabbat and Festivals Services: Yes? No? If No, Why Not? ~ Joe Gilbert

During Temple times, music was part of Shabbat and Festival services. After the loss of the Temple and as the Synagogue became the place of community prayer, the Rabbis decreed that instruments must not be played. What were the reasons for this ban? How and why did the Reform branch of Judaism re-introduce instruments during prayer in the 19th Century? This talk will trace the evolution of the use of music in services in various branches of Judaism.

Dr. Joseph Gilbert is a retired physician. He has lectured on such topics as Felix Mendelssohn, French Opera and Anti-Semitism, Jewish Folk Tales in opera, The Dybbuk, The Golem, and “Degenerate” Music. He continues his medical and science interest as Chair of the Health Research Ethics Board at Western University.

This presentation is sponsored by Jack and Ricky Pasternak

. . . 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