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JIC Classes to Resume Nov. 7, 2021

Temple will be resuming our JIC - Jewish Information Classes -  beginning on Sunday, November 7 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm for four weeks.  Please email the office if you are interested in joining us.  Watch the calendar for more details.

Negev Dinner




















Join us and pay tribute to Denise and Ron Wexler, long-time Londoners who have been entrenched in the city’s medical community and have also played an integral role in London’s Jewish community. As one of 18 families in the London Jewish Family Association, a precursor to Temple Israel, they were one of the Temple’s founding families in 1985. Denise and Ron are thrilled that their JNF project combines their passion for education with their commitment to Israeli youth.

We look forward to seeing you at The Best Western Lamplighter Inn on November 14th, 2021. 

Click here for tickets and information.

Donate to the London Food Bank


Please consider during these High Holy Days, those less fortunate in our city by donating to the London Food Bank.

Visit their website here.

Gayle Hoover z"l

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Gayle Hoover on August 23, 2021.  

Donations can be made to the Gayle A. Hoover Memorial Fund at Temple Israel.

May the Hoover/Mendel/Hoffman family be comforted with all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

New!! Member Bulletin Board

Check out our new Member Bulletin Board here!

Hannah & Lillian Shmukler's Bat Mitzvah Project


As their Bat Mitzvah project, Hannah and Lillian Shmukler have started a company called Fuzzer & Co where they take orders for pet bandanas, sew them and donate 100% of the profits to the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program. For more information, visit their website here.

From the Reform Jewish Community of Canada

From Rabbi Dressler: London Mosque Vigil and Multi-Faith March to End Hatred


The London community suffered two tragic blows in the last 48 hours.

On Sunday, a beautiful multi-generational family was killed while out for an evening walk.

Monday afternoon, we learned the horrifying news that they had been targeted by a young man solely because they were Muslim.

Temple Israel and the Jewish community of London stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters as we grieve this senseless loss, and as we struggle to restore a sense of safety to our fellow Londoners. Their pain is our pain.

I have been in constant touch with my interfaith colleagues and partners. Plans have been fluid, but I wanted to reach out to make sure you were all aware of events as they are scheduled.

Tonight, Tuesday June 8, 7:00 pm - Vigil outside London Muslim (Oxford Street) Mosque. Many of us in the Jewish community are unable to attend due to quarantine and Covid restrictions, so the JCC is exploring if we can join the vigil’s live stream as a community. Please watch our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

Friday, June 11, 7:00 to 8:45 pm - London Multi-Faith March to End Hatred. Londoners of all faiths will march in solidarity against hate on Friday to show support for our Muslim neighbours. Details will continue to be shared as they are available.

Please monitor your email and the Temple website and Facebook page for continued updates.

- Rabbi Dressler

Reform Jewish Community of Canada Statement

June 2, 2021

The Reform Jewish Community of Canada Calls for Action on the Discovery of the Unmarked Graves of Indigenous Children at The Kamloops Indian Residential School

Our hearts are with the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and Indigenous peoples and communities across the country as they mourn once again the deaths of 215 children found to be buried in a mass grave on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. We know that this was not a discovery, but a confirmation, and we know that silence is not a solution to the continuing pain and injustice experienced by Indigenous communities.

We stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples to address the historic and ongoing effects of colonialism to ensure a rich heritage, legacy, and future for your children and your children’s children. Our tradition teaches that the loss of even one life is the loss of a whole world. This particular loss is unfathomable.

We bear witness to the truth and call on our governments to follow through on commitments made to ensure meaningful reconciliation, including following through on articles 71-76 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action outlining crucial steps related to missing children and burials. We further acknowledge that the injustices inflicted upon Indigenous peoples in Canada are not limited to historic events like abuse that occurred through the Residential School System. Rather, there continue to be pressing issues facing Indigenous communities, and it is our responsibility to work together to address them. As our tradition further teaches us, while it may not be upon us to complete the work, we are not free to desist from it.

A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former students and those affected. People can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.]


Reform Jewish Community of Canada Stands With Israel

RJCC/ARZA/RROC Stand with Israel.

 View May 16, 2021 Statement here.




Watch the Recorded Series!

If you missed this excellent three part series, tune in here to watch the recordings.


With esteemed social historian Paul Liptz

GUARDIANS OF THE WALL: Israel, Jerusalem and Gaza -Session #1 
TRIBES OF ISRAEL: A Sociological Analysis of a Complex Society - Session #2
HOW HOLY IS THE HOLY LAND? Judaism in Israel Today - Session #3


Passover Cooking "Master Class" - Recording and Recipes - March 21, 2021


Thank you to our chefs for inspiring us with their favourite Passover recipes:

  • Chopped Liver by Michael Shmukler
  • Chopped Herring by Rael Wienburg
  • Banana Chocolate Chip "Cake" by Daryl Fridenberg
  • Matzah Brei Pancakes by Linda Zimmerman

Find recipes here

Recipes and a recording of our session are now available!

Favourite Passover Recipes from our members


Coconut Macaroons

Click here for recipe

Someone must have posted changes to this recipe online.  The version I have does NOT use cream of tartar at all, and mine says 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. (I used just a pinch of regular salt.) 

My recipe says it makes 16 macaroons, but I got 27 this time. This recipe says it makes 42.  Must be tiny ones.  

My son-in-law makes these macaroons for our Passover seder, and his are fabulous!  You don't have to wait for Passover.  These are great any time, and it's a bonus to find a "cookie" recipe with no fat and no wheat.



Matza Maple Pecan Tart



Passover Cookies (from Judy Frank)

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 pear or apple, grated
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon 
  • 3/4 tsp Passover baking soda
  • 1 cup matzo cake meal
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
  • 1/4 cup raisins

In large bowl, beat egg slightly.  Add oil, sugar, cinnamon, and fruit.  Add baking soda, cake meal nuts and raisins one at a time, mixing after each addition.  Batter will be thick.  Drop by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheet that has been sprayed with oil.  Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.  Makes 1.5 dozen cookies.



Pizza Seasoning

Did you know you can make your own pizza seasoning at home? It’s so handy to have whenever you’re in the mood to have a pizza night – one of our favorite dinner recipes! You don’t need much- just a few ingredients! So dig around in you spice drawer/cabinet and look for the following herbs and seasonings:

  • oregano
  • basil
  • dried onion flakes
  • garlic powder
  • thyme
  • fennel
  • paprika
  • ground black pepper

Use during Passover or anytime of the year.






Passover Cake

This cake is so good, you'll want to make it all year long.  Very rich.































Caramel Matzah Crunch - from Louise Shanfeld (you know it's good!)












Shecter’s Internationally Famous Matzah Brei:

This Matzah Brei has been in 4 US states and 2 Canadian Provinces as well as Israel
Finely chop/dice:
  • Green Onions (both ends)***
  • Tomatoes
  • Green Peppers
  • Red Peppers
  • Orange Peppers
  • Minced garlic
Eggs (number depends on how many people you're serving) 
Matzah* (pass it quickly under cold water)
Sear the veg ingredients
Start with the onions and once they begin to “clarify” add the rest.
Break the matzah into chunks and add into the eggs and cover with egg goop.
Cook the mixture in the frying pan with the veggies and mix together **to cook fully.
For variety you can add egg whites that you whip to a froth, then scramble the full eggs add the Matzah and while cooking you can “fold in” the egg whites.
*** You can use red onion etc. as well. Sometimes we also added potatoes 
**Add the secret ingredient in here while cooking [As Gibbs says on NCIS about secrets — unfortunately Judith knows this ingredient so we cannot share it here] 
*Yehuda unsalted matzah works best, Yehuda GF matzah with onion is better, finally Streits unsalted matzah 
OK I have tried Aviv Israel Matzah and it is passable.



German Ricotta or Quarkauflauf süß (i.e.sweet)

  • 1 container smooth full fat ricotta ( 475 g) or 1.5-2 containers of quark (about 500g)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp of heavy cream
  • 125 g or about 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 75 g or 1/4 cup fine almond flour or matzo meal
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon or 1/2 tsp lemon flavouring
  • butter for the form
  • fruit for the top (your choice, we like mixed berries, pitted cherries or peaches fresh or frozen, apples work really well too)
  • vanilla sugar 1 packet or cinnamon
Butter the baking form of choice (we like 9x9 pan). 
Preheat oven to 425 F.  separate eggs
beat egg yolks with sugar till pail and creamy  add vanilla and lemon zest if using 
add heavy cream and beat to combine  mix in almond flour or matzo meal and then beat in quark or ricotta
in a clean bowl beat egg whites separately till stiff and glossy but not dry  gently fold egg whites into main mixture
place combined mixture into your baking dish and top with about 1-1.5 cups of fruit (enough to cover the surface) and sprinkle cinnamon and little bit of sugar or vanilla sugar over the fruit
Bake for about 40 min till set and top is golden. Let cool about 30 min-1 hour before serving.
We like to serve this warm with mango sauce or ice cream as dessert or cold for breakfast the next day. 
Phyllis Cohen's Beef Brisket  can be made same day or the day before)
Brisket point (about 3 lbs)
Beef consommé—1 can
Oregano (touch)
Bay leaf
Sherry 1/3 cup
Vegetables (including carrots, onions, and other root vegetables or potatoes)
2 onions
1.  Brown meat.
2.  Remove meat, brown onions, vegetables and garlic in meat pan. 
3.  Add spices, tomato. 
4.  Add consommé, sherry, bring to boil, return beef to pot.  Can add a little water. 
5.  Cook at 350 degrees in oven for 3 hours or until done. 
6.  Remove brisket and vegetables from pan, leaving a few soft carrots and vegetables to mash up with the juices to make a gravy.  Slice brisket and serve with vegetables and gravy. 
7.  Or, if you prefer to make this the night before: Remove beef from the pan, when cool wrap in foil.  Put beef and the rest in fridge overnight. The next day skim fat off juice, reheat, adding small amount of water if needed.  Make gravy as before. Use flat, oven-proof dish.  Put some gravy in the bottom, then arrange sliced meat (1/8” slices) in pan.  More gravy on top.  Cover lightly with foil (leave edges open).  Heat for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with gravy, etc.

Events of Interest


The home of Reform Judaism in London, Ontario.

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At Temple Israel, we weave the gifts of our Jewish past into the promise of our future.

An inclusive and diverse congregation, we encourage participation from all who seek a meaningful Jewish life in the 21st century. We welcome Jewish and interfaith couples, traditional and non-traditional families, singles, LGBT, and people of every age, race, and ethnicity.

As a community of around 135 families, our Shabbat services, holiday and  life-cycle observances are warm and lively. We also offer a  Religious School, Pre-School Experience,  Adult Education Classes, as well as Social Action, Outreach, Interfaith, and Social events.

Whether you are new to Judaism or a learned scholar, our tent is open.

Mon, 25 October 2021 19 Cheshvan 5782