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 Click photo above to view current issue of Lev HaDavar, the Temple Israel Bulletin.

Temple Israel is a community of approximately 160 families. It is a positive and strong Reform Jewish presence in the London community, with a Religious School, Pre-School Experience, an active program of Adult Education, Social Action, Outreach, and social events. Our Shabbat Services, holiday and life-cycle observances are warm and inspiring.

We welcome Jewish and interfaith couples, traditional and non-traditional families, singles, LGBT, and people of every age, race and ethnicity. Whether you are new to Judaism or a learned scholar, you will find a warm welcome and a comfortable home at Temple Israel.

Explore our website, join us for services, classes, and programs, meet our members, visit our library and gift shop. You will find many opportunities to enrich your experience of Judaism. If this is your first visit, we hope you will come back often. Membership information can be found in the "About Us" section, on the MEMBERSHIP page.



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

10:00 am

Temple Israel

605 Windermere Road


Friday, October 6, 2017

Shabbat & Chol HaMo-eid Evening Service with Hallel

7:30 pm

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

More information on the High Holy Days page.


AileneWittstein and RabbiDressler





Congratulations to Ailene Wittstein and Rabbi Dressler for their projects’ recognition as finalists for the Pillar Community Innovation Awards (Community Collaboration category). Award recipients will be announced at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, November 22nd at the London Convention Centre.

Temple Israel is proud of the work our members do in the greater London community. Mazel Tov and good luck on November 22!

To purchase tickets, please visit  https://2017pcia.eventbrite.ca



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Temple Israel (of London)

605 Windermere Road
London, Ontario
Canada   N5X 2P1

Phone: 519-858-4400
Email: office@templeisraellondon.ca 

Rabbi Debra Dressler: 




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This Week at Temple Israel



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Wednesday, October 11
4:45pm-Midweek Hebrew
Thursday, October 12
Office Closed - Simchat Torah
7:00pm-Social Action Committee Meeting at TI
7:00pm-HHD 2017 Debrief
Friday, October 13- Erev Simchat Torah
6:00pm- “Preneg” snacks before Service.  Hosted by Linda Dutsch and family in memory of Caroline Dutsch.
6:30pm-Erev Simchat Torah/Consecration Service
Saturday, October 14-Simchat Torah/Atzeret
10:00am-Simchat Torah Morning Service & Yizkor
Followed by a potluck kiddush.  Please bring a dish to share
12:00 Noon - No Torah Study
Sunday, October 15
9:30am-Religious School
11:00am-12:00pm-Kindergarten Experience
12:30-1:30pm-Teacher meeting and lunch
3:00pm-Executive meeting @ TI
Monday, October 16
7:30pm-JEM Series @ JCC - See Below
Wednesday, October 18
4:45pm-Midweek Hebrew
Friday, October 20
7:30pm-Shabbat Evening Service.  
Saturday, October 21
1:30pm-Book Club
4:00pm-Shabbat Mincha Minyan and Text Study
Sunday, October 22
9:30am-Religious School
2:00pm-Holocaust Awareness Program @ JCC - See below
4:00-6:00pm-Board Meeting meeting @ TI - Note New Time
Please Note:  Lunch and Learn will begin in November

          Adult Hebrew Classes

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

An orientation session will be organized shortly to see what level of interest and what level of Hebrew is possible. Note, though, that 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.

Help us welcome London's Portuguese community on October 22 at the Jewish Community Centre for a fascinating Holocaust Awareness program.  We will be privileged to host the Portuguese ambassador to Canada, the Honourable Jose Moreira da Cunha, and honouring Aristides de Sousa Mendes, among the first heroes to be listed as "righteous among the nations" at Yad Vashem.

We are expecting many guests from the Porgutuese community and would appreciate your RSVP by calling(519) 673-3310 ext. 103 or emailing program@ljf.on.ca.

Congratulations:  JEM enters 13th year!

Come help us celebrate our bar mitzvah year by attending a presentation and see why JEM is still going strong.  You may even learn something new!  

Under the able leadership of Gail Bass, JEM is now entering our 13th year of providing interesting and stimulating presentations weekly.  Committee members work hard to find over 20 knowledgeable speakers each year, many from Toronto or Western University, who present a wide range of topics of interest to the entire London Jewish community.   Moreover it’s free!  Committee members consist of: Gail Silverman Bass, Fred Ball, Sonia Halpern, Al Levy, Sandra Safran, Susan Merskey and Daphne Stevens.

October 16: The Middle East Conflict Through Maps ~ Rabbi Lawrence Englander

Why does the Middle East peace process always reach a standoff? We may find that our attitude towards the conflict depends upon which map we consider to be the primary one. By examining several historical maps, we shall explore different narratives concerning claims to the land and discuss prospects for a solution.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Englander is Rabbi Emeritus of Solel Congregation, Mississauga, and Adjunct Rabbi at Temple Sinai in Toronto. He has a Doctorate of Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in the field of Jewish Mysticism and Rabbinics. He has taught in the Religious Studies Department at York University and at Leo Baeck College in London, England. He is former Editor of the Central Conference of American Rabbis’ Journal. Rabbi Englander is passionate about Reform Zionism. He served as Chair of ARZENU, a worldwide progressive Zionist organization, from 2014 to 2017. In 2005, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his work in the community.

This presentation is sponsored by Gary Weisz.

October 23: Smothering Mothering: The Stereotype of Jewish Mothers since the 1960s ~ Lily Foris

Pushy! Overbearing! Loud! Since the mid-20th century, the characterization of Jewish mothers in North American popular culture seems to necessitate these “negative” descriptors. But what happened to the earlier positive stereotype of the beloved Yiddishe Mama, and why does the more recent perception appear to be permanently entrenched in the Jewish psyche?

Lily Foris has a B.A. in History from Western University. Having recently worked at Fanshawe Pioneer Village, she plans to establish a career with historical museums. The daughter of two Jewish-Hungarian immigrants, she balances her perspective of Canadian Jewish culture from the positions of participant and spectator.

This presentation is sponsored by an anonymous donor.

October 30: Leaving Zion: Israel and its Emigrants in the Early Years of the State ~ Ori Yehudai

Following the establishment of Israel in 1948, masses of Jews flooded into the country, and their absorption became the primary challenge facing the young state. But during the same years, tens of thousands of Jews also left the country, either returning to their original homes or heading to new destinations. This presentation will examine who these emigrants were, why they left, how Israel responded to their departure, and the reactions in the larger Jewish world.

Ori Yehudai holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago. His teaching and writing interests focus on modern Jewish and Israeli history, with particular emphasis on Zionism and the State of Israel, Jewish migration and displacement, transnational humanitarianism and the post-Holocaust reconstruction of the Jewish world, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled Leaving Zion: Jewish Emigration from Palestine and Israel, 1945-1967. His next major project will be a study of non-Jewish immigration to Palestine and Israel. Ori’s work has been recognized by the American Council of Learned Societies, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, the Israel Institute in Washington, DC, the American National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Wiener Library in London.
Yahrzeit Notification Update 

Temple Israel is currently converting our Yahrzeit notifications to email, expected to be operational in September.  Please review your notices and let the office know if you require any changes. Members who do not have an email address will receive a letter of notification via regular mail.

Donations can made in memory of your loved ones with the office by phone at 519.858.4400 or email at:   office@templeisraellondon.ca

As always, thank you for your patience and support as we move to more cost efficient and timely methods of communication.  
Please visit our website often at templeisraellondon.ca or tilondon.ca. There you will find information about upcoming events, services, classes, and programs, as well as general information about your Temple. Highlights include a quick summary of upcoming events on our homepage, worship schedule on the Shabbat and holidays pages, adult education opportunities, youth education schedules, and a community cookbook. Our homepage also displays convenient links to our Facebook page, maintained by Rael Wienburg, our Google Plus page, maintained by Linda Zimmerman, and our Suggestion Box, maintained by Elizabeth Teevan.  

If you are a TI member and have not yet received a username and password to enter the "Members' Lounge" section of our website, please contact your Webmaven
at <
webmaven@templeisraellondon.ca> for assistance.
Also, please visit our Temple Israel Facebook site and consider becoming a member:
The September, October issue of Lev HaDavar, the Temple Israel Bulletin has been posted to the TI homepage. (No password required).  Past issues are available in the Lev HaDavar Archive in the Members' Lounge section of our website. (Password required)

Upcoming Special Events - Temple Israel

Temple Israel Events 

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 Friday, September 29-Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Service @ JCC
7:30-9:00pm-Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Service @ JCC
Please bring your tickets and notify office of guests in advance
Saturday, September 30 - Yom Kippur @ JCC
10:00am-12:30pm-Yom Kippur Morning Service
4:00-5:00pm-Healing Service (New for 2017)
5:00-6:00pm-Afternoon Yiskor
6:00-7:00pm-Closing N’ilah
Please bring your tickets and notify office of guests in advance

Sukkot Pancake Breakfast and Sukkah Decorating

10:00AM  Sunday, October 1, 2017
$5 per person at door - Please RSVP to Margie

Sukkot Morning Service
10:00AM Thursday, October 5, 2017

Shabbat & Chol HaMo-eid Evening Service with Hallel
7:30PM Friday, October 6, 2017

Simchat Torah 
Friday, October 13, 2017
6:00PM - Potluck “Preneg” snacks before Service
6:30PM - Erev Simchat Torah/Consecration Service

Simchat Torah/Atzeret 
Saturday, October 14, 2017
10:00AM - Simchat Torah Morning Service & Yizkor
Followed by a potluck kiddush.  Please bring a dish to share


*** NOTE: Next Book Chavurah Saturday, October 21 at 1:30pm. ***
We will be reading
  The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg.
All are welcome, whether you have read the book or not.


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Saturday, October 21 -- 4:00-5:30pm - Shabbat Mincha Minyan and Text Study


Lev HaDavar- Temple Israel bulletin in PDF format



View or download the Current Issue of Lev HaDavar. (no pasword required) 
Past issues of 
Lev HaDavar
 are available in the Members' Lounge (Username and password required.)

Lev HaDavar - Temple Israel Bulletin in Flip Page Format

Temple Israel Library Catalogue

- photo by Rael Wienburg

Click here for the Temple Israel Library Catalogue

You can search the catalogue by title, author, or tag (=subject)
or browse through the catalogue in any order you wish.

Plan to visit the Temple Israel Library (2nd floor) any time our building is open.



♦ WELCOME to our RJ Web 2.0 Temple Israel website!!!
Most of our websit
e does not require Login.  Usernames and Passwords for Temple Israel members have been created.  Login provides access to the Members' Lounge section of our website and to Bikur Cholim Sign-Up Sheets (None at this time.)  If you are a TI member and have not received a Username and Password, or if you have forgotten yours, please contact Linda Zimmerman, webmaven@templeisraellondon.ca

NOTE: We are pleased to announce that Login is now working. 

♦ Do you need a ride?
If you can’t drive in the dark, or you’re without a car (or license) and you want to come to Temple for any reason (a program, a service) please call the Temple Office with as much notice as you can, but even if it’s for the same day, please call. 

♦ If you are planning an activity...
Please remember to call the Temple Office (519)858-4400, as early as possible to reserve a room.
♦ Lev Ha-Davar
The September, October issue of Temple Israel's bulletin, Lev HaDavar, is now available on the TI homepage -- LOGIN NOT REQUIRED. NOTE: Past issues and calendars will continue to be available in the Members' Lounge (Login required).
♦ Mishkan T'filah and Torah Commentary Dedications
Please consider dedicating one (or more) of our new prayer books or Torah commentaries to honour a special occasion or the memory of your family and friends. Details on the Donations page.

 NEW!!!  Panoramas
Panoramas of our Temple (front and rear views), Sanctuary, Library, and Kitchen by Rael Wienburg have been posted on the About Us - Our Building page.
♦ Our Front Door is now the Main Entrance for Shabbat and Holiday Services.
Please note that for Shabbat and Holiday services, people are invited to enter through our beautiful front door and lobby.  The side entrance will be used to bring in food and, until such time as we have wheelchair access in the front, the side door will continue to be used for wheelchair access. 
At all other times, the main door will remain locked, and people should enter the Temple through the side door.

♦ Please Note!!
For the sake of our custodians, Ira and Sergio Saavedra, please ensure that, at any Temple function, if you move chairs from one floor to the other, you return them to their original level. Thank you.
♦ Please Sponsor an Oneg or Kiddush
Members of Temple Israel take turns providing refreshments for Oneg Shabbat or Shabbat Kiddush. It:s a great opportunity to honour a yahrzeit, a simcha, or other special person or event. Contact Temple Office.
♦ Reform Judaism Magazine
Reform Judaism Magazine ceased publication in 2014, after the printing of the Fall 2014 edition.   Previous content is available at reformjudaismmag.orgPast Issues and Browse by Subject).
♦ Suggestion Box
Do you have a suggestion? A brilliant idea? A comment? Send it in to the Temple Israel suggestion box. Email suggestion.box@templeisraellondon.ca 
♦ Temple Israel Endowment Fund
Managed under the London Jewish Community Foundation, all contributions to this Fund are held in perpetuity, and the interest income will be provided each year to Temple Israel to help support our growing needs. [MORE INFORMATION ON THE DONATIONS PAGE]
♦ Temple Israel on Facebook
Thank you to Rael Wienburg for setting up a page for "Temple Israel of London, Ontario, Canada" on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/TIonFacebook .
♦ Temple Israel on Google Plus
Temple Israel now has a presence on Google Plus. Find us at http://tinyurl.com/TIonGPlus Join Google+ (It's free), then follow our page by putting it in one of your circles. This is completely optional. Our website templeisraellondon.ca remains Temple Israel's primary means of sharing information with our members.
♦ Temple Israel Gift Shop and Online Gift Shop
The TEMPLE ISRAEL GIFT SHOP and ONLINE GIFT SHOP pages are now available.

Things to Do to Help Temple Israel that can be Completed in Three Hours or Less
    • Provide transportation for somebody to/from Services or an event
    • Provide an Oneg or Kiddush
    • Help clean up after an Oneg, Kiddush, or Holiday event
    • Join a "cooking crew" to make edibles for a Temple event
    • Help set up for a Temple event
    • Do grocery shopping for a Temple event
    • Pitch in when there is a yard clean-up
    • Provide a meal for Temple members facing health issues or bereavement
    • Sort food at the Food Bank with Temple Israel's Social Action Group
    • Help the Soup Group make wonderful vegetable soup for the Rotholme Women's & Family Shelter.
    • Participate by attending functions such as; Temple religious services, Wednesday morning minyan, Wednesday Lunch n' Learn, etc.
♦ WESTERN and FANSHAWE STUDENTS are ALWAYS WELCOME at Temple Israel services and programs.
Please join us for any Shabbat or Holiday service, for High Holy Days, and for any program that interests you. Contact office@templeisraellondon.ca or 519-858-4400.
♦ Yahrzeit (Memorial) Board
A lasting way to honour the memory of your loved ones. Information about Temple Israel's Yahrzeit (Memorial) Board is now on the Donations page.

TI Members' Blogs and Websites

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The following members of Temple Israel have offered to share access to their personal or commercial blogs and websites in this space.

We encourage other members of Temple Israel to participate.

(If you would like your link added, please email webmaven@templeisraellondon.ca   Include your name, title of blog or website, and URL.)

Note: Rabbi's Blog and President's Blog are under "About Us - Leadership" on the Temple Israel website.

Art Benjamin
Atheists, Theists and Other Fools
Suzanne Boles
Write Connection
feature writer, content creator & writing coach

Walter Zimmerman
Wally Zimmerman's PhotoSite
These photos are from Wally's recent exhibition at 

Spencer Gallery, D.B. Weldon Library, Western U.


Upcoming Special Events - Community

Community Events


Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Maria Relief


reformjudaism.org: Five Jewish Ways to Help After Hurricane Harvey

CCRJ donations page: https://ccrj.ca/donate-now


Hurry!  Call the JCC if you want to go on the trip to see Torah Stitch by Stitch
If there are not enough participants signed up by October 2, the trip may be canceled!
To make your reservation please call the JCC at (519) 673-3310.

Torah Stitch by Stitch Exhibition in Toronto: Nov 5

 See below for more information.

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The London Yizkor Project

The LYP was initiated by Lois Weiner Lowe z”l and after her death
in 1985, was continued by her husband Danny Lowe z”l (who died in
1990). The Project was developed to link Londoners (current and past)
to their family members who perished in the Shoah. With Danny’s
untimely death, this project lay dormant for many years. Because of its
importance to both the London and greater Jewish communities, the
Project has been revitalized under new (and old) leadership,

Revisiting those family lists now, it is evident that not all families
were interviewed and much more detail is needed. As information has
been received by these original survivor families, it has also been
fascinating to discover the links between those families - relatives and
friends who sponsored some of these families, as well as the past and
current familial relationships in London.

New forms have been developed by Diane Goldstein and Judy
Silver to ensure that the London link is made. If you were born in, have
lived in or are currently living in London – and have family members
who perished in the Shoah (even if they are 1 or 2 generations removed
from you), then you too should be part of the LYP. The name of each
person who perished in the Shoah will be entered into the data base at
Yad Vashem (www.YadVashem.org).

We encourage families - including child survivors, or new arrivals
to London (over the last 24 years) to be part of this initiative. The
London Yiskor Project is in a data base format. After this task is
completed, it will be easier for individual families to develop or add to
their own ‘family genealogical projects’.

Please contact
Gloria Gilbert at gloriagilbert@sympatico.ca; 519-657-3770 or
Judy Silver at judy.silver@gmail.com; 519-858-9272
for further information.

Upcoming TI Events

Tuesday, 17 October 2017
No Lunch & Learn till November
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 4:45pm - 6:15pm
MW Midweek Hebrew School
Friday, 20 October 2017
Office Closed Fridays
Friday, 20 October 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Shabbat Evening Service
Saturday, 21 October 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Saturday, 21 October 2017 1:30pm - 11:59pm
Book Club
Saturday, 21 October 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Shabbat Mincha Minyan and Text Study
Sunday, 22 October 2017 9:30am - 12:00pm
RS Religious School
Sunday, 22 October 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Board Meeting - note time change
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 4:45pm - 6:15pm
MW Midweek Hebrew School
Friday, 27 October 2017
Office Closed Fridays
Saturday, 28 October 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Shabbat Morning Service

Upcoming Community Events

Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Saturday, 11 November 2017
Remembrance Day
Sunday, 24 December 2017
Christmas Eve
Monday, 25 December 2017
Tuesday, 26 December 2017
Boxing Day (regional holiday)
Sunday, 31 December 2017
New Year's Eve
Sunday, 1 April 2018
Easter Sunday
Sunday, 13 May 2018
Mother's Day
Sunday, 17 June 2018
Father's Day
Sunday, 1 July 2018
Canada Day

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