Shanah Tovah -- We wish you A Good Year

Please join us for High Holy Days Serivces. All are welcome. There is no charge. We hope you will find our services beautiful and meaningful, and that they will encourage you to consider joining our congregation to participate in worship, educational, and social programs throughout the year. Please note that some High Holy Days services and events are held at Temple Israel, and some are at the Jewish Community Centre, 536 Huron Street (map)  Note: JCC parking lot is shared with London Hebrew Day School and Congregation Or Shalom.

Donations in honour of loved ones are customary at this time of year, and are very much appreciated. Please contact the Temple Office. (519)858-4400.  


Readers and Volunteers are needed and welcome during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. If you would like to participate in our services - no Hebrew skills required! - please submit a participation form to the Temple Office.

Questions? Contact Rabbi Dressler:



Fast Food Drive for the High Holy Days -- TI now collecting money for the Food Bank, NOT bags of food

The London Food Bank says that donations of money enable them to buy twice as much food as if you were to purchase it at the grocery, so please consider using the envelopes provided at High Holy Days services or your own envelope.  Cash or cheques accepted. Make cheques payable to ??????????.

Donations of food will not be collected at Temple Israel or the JCC, but if you wish to do so, you can drop off your own food bags at the London Food Bank, 926 Leathorne Street, 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, Phone: (519) 659-4045, more info at Website:

Jewels of Ellul XIII 

Click the apple above to view Jewels of Elul online or to have A-Jewel-A-Day delivered to your email Inbox daily during the month of Elul, leading up to Rosh Hashanah.

There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The time is supposed to challenge us to use each day as an opportunity for growth and discovery.

While conceptually the notion is noble, it was clear that acting on it was a bit more challenging. Enter . . . Jewels of Elul. For the past twelve years Craig Taubman has collected short stories, anecdotes and introspections from some fascinating people.

We have collected these Jewels of Elul, from an eclectic group of peoples . . . well known and not so well known.

Join us is preparing for this most sacred time of year.

Note: 2018 schedule will be posted as soon as it is available 


High Holy Days 2017

Reminder as we approach High Holy Days:

Temple Israel looks forward, as always, to welcoming every person who comes to our High Holiday services.
Those with tickets, adult members who receive them in the mail after they’ve paid or made arrangements to pay their dues, will be ushered in immediately.
All others, those who’ve forgotten their ticket,  students, non-members, visiting family, if they haven’t already called for tickets,
will be asked for name and contact information, given tickets at the door and then welcomed in. 
   The board feels this policy would serve to add a level of security. 

Temple Israel High Holy Days at a Glance


Service and Time



Saturday, September 16, 2017

Mincha and Israel Discussion led by Judith Wiley:

Supporting Progressive Judaism in Israel -

The importance of the work of ARZA Canada and others

4:30 pm

Potluck Oneg

5:30 pm

Havdalah and Selichot

6:00 pm

Temple Israel

605 Windermere Road

Erev Rosh HaShanah

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Erev Rosh HaShanah Service

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm 

Erev Rosh HaShanah Dinner

8:30 pm

(time approximate after the service)


536 Huron Street

Temple Israel

605 Windermere Road

Rosh HaShanah Day Thursday, September 21, 2017

Rosh HaShanah Morning Service 

10:00 am to 1:00 pm 

Rosh HaShanah Lunch

1:00 pm,

(time approximate after the service)


536 Huron Street

Temple Israel

605 Windermere Road

Shabbat Shuvah

Friday, September 22, 2017

Shabbat Shuvah Evening Services

7:30 pm

(NO Potluck Oneg)

Temple Israel

605 Windermere Road

Family Programs

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Rosh HaShanah Family Service - Preschool Program

10:00 am

Rosh HaShanah Family Service

11:00 am

Potluck Lunch

12:00 pm

Temple Israel

605 Windermere Road

Kol Nidre/Erev Yom Kippur

Friday, September 29, 2017

Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Service

7:30 pm To 9:00 pm


536 Huron Street

Yom Kippur

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Yom Kippur Morning Service

10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Healing Service

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Afternoon Yizkor

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Closing N’ilah

6:00 pm To 7:00 pm


536 Huron Street


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sukkot Pancake Breakfast and Sukkah Decorating

10:00 am

Temple Israel

605 Windermere Road


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sukkot Morning Service


Temple Israel

605 Windermere Road


Friday, October 6, 2017

Shabbat & Chol HaMo-eid Evening Service with Hallel

10:00 am

Temple Israel

605 Windermere Road

Simchat Torah

Friday, October 13, 2017

Potluck "Preneg" Snacks Before Services

6:00 pm

Erev Simchat Torah/Consecration Service

6:30 pm

Simchat Torah/Atzeret

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Simchat Torah Morning Service & Yizkor

10:00 am

Followed by a potluck kiddush

Reserve for Baby Sitting
Temple families and their guests attending evening and morning services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are invited to bring their young children (ages 2-6) and leave them in the care of a trained child care worker in the new "Playzone" room at the JCC during those times. There will be no charge for this, but PLEASE, call the Temple office to register so that we know how many care givers will be needed.
The doors of the baby sitting room will open one-half hour before the start of services; children should be picked up immediately after the close of services. Snacks will be provided, but please send your own with your child if he/she has any allergies or other concerns.
If you require more information, please contact the Temple Office.
Bring Your NEW Machzor (Miskan Hanefesh - Machzor for the Days of Awe)
If you have your own to use, it would stretch our limited supply of these prayerbooks.
Bring your Tickets
Please Try To Arrive On Time
The start-time for each service is posted above. If you are a little late, please be patient if the ushers ask you to remain in the foyer for a very short while until an appropriate time to admit you and help you find seats.


 Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner- Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 Following the service join us for a light dinner buffet at Temple Israel prepared by Willie’s Café

             Menu will include:

Spinach and Four Cheese Manicotti with marinara sauce

                          Baked Salmon Fillets with caper dill sauce and basmati rice

                 Mixed Green Salad with balsamic vinaigrette

        Caesar Salad (No Bacon)

     Sauteed Seasonal Vegetables

        Seasonal Fruit Cobbler

Time: 8:30 PM (time is approximate after service)

Price: $35.00 per adult and $15.00 per child (12 and under)

Pre-Registration is required. Let us know number of adults and children attending.

                                REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE is September 13, 2017.   

To Register::  Call  Monday-Thursday @ 519-858-4400 or Email:




Rosh Hashanah Luncheon - Thursday, September 21, 2017

Immediately following the service consider a light lunch  at Temple Israel


                Assorted Tea Sandwiches  (Tuna, Egg Salad)

Assorted Tea Wraps  (Chicken Salad, Roasted Vegetables, Curried Potato & Apple)

        Caesar Salad (No Bacon)

            Cookies and Squares

Time: Doors will open at Temple Israel at 1:00 PM

Price: $15.00 per adult and $10.00 per child (12 and under)

Pre-Registration is required. Let us know the number of adults and children attending.

                               REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE is September 13, 2017.

To Register:  Call  Monday-Thursday @ 519-858-4400 or Email:




  [photos by Linda Zimmerman]