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A Warm Welcome

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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.




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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, November 30
4:45pm - Hebrew School
Thursday, December 1
4:45pm - Advanced Adult Hebrew
Saturday, December 3
10:00am - Shabbat morning service led by Rabbi Dressler followed by potluck Kiddush.  Please bring a dish to share.
12:00pm - Torah Study
Sunday, December 4
9:30am - Religious School
10:00am - Gift Shop Open at Temple Israel
12:00pm - Camp George visits Temple Israel (see below for details)
Monday, December 5
7:30pm - JEM @ JCC - More than the Hora: Jews and Ballet ~ Katherine Barber (see below)
Tuesday, December 6
12:00pm - Lunch and Learn
7:00pm - Introductory Adult Hebrew at TI with Stephen State.
Wednesday, December 7
4:45pm - Hebrew School
Thursday, December 8
4:45pm - Advanced Adult Hebrew
Friday, December 9
10:00am to 2:30pm - Jewish Book Fair at JCC. Art works will be available for viewing and purchase (on all days of the Book Fair) and include works by Temple Israel members Linda Fried, Sharon Marks, Thelma Rosner, Rael Wienburg, and Wally Zimmerman.
7:30pm - Shabbat evening service led by Rabbi Dressler followed by potluck Oneg. Please bring a dish to share.
Saturday, December 10
1:30pm - Book Club: we will be discussing Your Mouth Is Lovely
3:00pm - Shabbat Shiur Afternoon Study Session and Havdalah
7:00pm to 9:00pm - Jewish Book Fair at JCC
7:30pm - Rafi Aaron presents Israel and Beyond: A Retrospective of his Writing - at JCC
Sunday, December 11
9:30am - Religious School
10:00am - Gift Shop Open at Temple Israel
10:00am to 2:00pm - Jewish Book Fair at JCC
2:00pm - JIC Kickoff

605 Windermere Road, London, Ontario  N5X 2P1
Phone: 519-858-4400 E-mail: Office@TempleIsraelLondon.ca
Fax: 519-858-2070 Website: http://www.TempleIsraelLondon.ca

 Income Tax 2016 Deductions

All dues and donations must be received by the office at Temple Israel by Thursday, December 29, 2016.  The final year end bank deposit will be done on Friday, December 30, at 4:00pm (which is next day banking).    

Only actual amounts received between January 1, 2016, & December 31, 2016,
can be used for 2016 Income Tax purposes.

The office will be pleased to process any further dues or donations throughout December, so please do not wait until the last day, if possible.

Please join us as our friends from Camp George visit our school

to share the exciting things that are happening at camp!

After Sunday School, please stay for lunch provided by our Camp alumni and friends.
There are new grants available to small congregations

in addition to existing resources at Temple and in the wider community.

Please contact Rabbi Dressler for more information about funding.

RSVP to Margie
if you are able to stay for lunch
December 4, 2016, at 12:00pm

(Please share this invitation with other families from the community who might be interested!)

Temple Israel Gift Shop

The gift shop will be open on the following Sundays from 10:30am to 12:30pm:

December 11 and 18

Extended hours during the Chanukah/ Share the Warmth celebration on December 18.

We have a variety of selections for all the major holidays as well as Judaica for the home. Please come and browse and buy or just to say hello.

We are anxious to know what you think of our stock and what you would like to see us carry.

The gift shop is a service for the community so our markup is minimal.

If you would like something we do not have in stock, we can get it in for you.

Please contact the office at office@templeisraellondon.ca
if you’d like an order form from the gift shop.

Please join us …

12:00 noon Sunday

December 18, 2016


Fun, Games, Crafts,


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Temple Israel’s policy on

Donation of Goods

All donations of goods to Temple Israel must be pre-approved by the appropriate Board member or committee chairman before being brought to the Temple.  

For items under $1000, we are not in a position to determine the fair market value of such goods and will not issue charitable receipts.  

For items over $1000, we need a professional third party appraisal, paid for by the donor, before we can legally issue a receipt.  

The appraiser must not be associated with either the donor or the charity.  

We will only accept donations of goods with prior approval.

December 5: More than the Hora: Jews and Ballet ~ Katherine Barber

Katherine’s presentation will focus on the high-art world of dance and how Jewish ballet dancers, choreographers, composers, designers, and company founders have all played a significant role in dance and have left their marks on the wonderful world of ballet. She will describe how in the second half of the 20th century, Jerome Robbins brought Broadway pizzaz, American flair, and a dash of humour to the art form. Katherine will give us insights into both the humour and beauty related to Jews in the ballet world.

Since 2008, Katherine Barber has been the sole proprietor of Tours en l’air Ballet Holidays, which organizes ballet-themed trips to North American and European destinations. She delighted JEM attendees last year with her informative and amusing presentation on “Hebrew and Yiddish: Alive and Well and Living in English.”

This presentation is sponsored by Gail Bass.

December 12: Language, Longing, and Belonging ~ Ayelet Tsabari

Ayelet Tsabari will speak about growing up Mizrahi in Israel and re-finding and reclaiming that identity through writing and extensive research into Yemeni culture and traditions. She will share some of the unique challenges she has faced as an immigrant-author writing about Israel in English, her second language. This lecture will explore the many ways in which a writer’s cultural background, mother tongue, and origins influence and inform her writing in terms of both content and style.

Ayelet Tsabari was born in Israel into a family of Yemeni descent. She studied at the University of Guelph MFA program in Creative Writing. Ayelet is a National Magazine Award winner and was named one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC. Her collection of short stories, The Best Place on Earth, was published by Harper Canada in 2013 and was the recipient of the 2015 Sami Rohr Prize.

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

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.
The September/October/November/December 2016 issue of Lev HaDavar is now available via the Temple Israel website homepage: templeisraellondon.ca
Also, please visit our Temple Israel Facebook site and consider becoming a member:

Upcoming Special Events - Temple Israel

Temple Israel Events:  


605 Windermere Road, London, Ontario  N5X 2P1

Phone: 519-858-4400 E-mail: Office@TempleIsraelLondon.ca

Fax: 519-858-2070 Website: http://www.TempleIsraelLondon.ca


Important Notice:  Change of Meeting Date

Please be advised that the
previously scheduled for
NOVEMBER 20, 2016
will be rescheduled.

You will be notified of the new date as soon as possible. At this time, Temple Israel has not received our 2015-2016 Year End Financial Statements.  So far, we appear to be on track with our projections, as we had hoped. Your support and understanding are greatly appreciated.  



*** NOTE: Next Book Chavurah Sunday, December 10 at 1:30pm. ***
We will be reading Your Mouth is Lovely by Nancy Richler.


Please join us …

12:00 noon Sunday

December 18, 2016


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Lev HaDavar- Temple Israel bulletin in PDF format



Lev HaDavar is Temple Israel's monthly bulletin. Click to view or download the CURRENT ISSUE. (No password required.)
Past issues of Lev HaDavar are available in the Members' Lounge (Username and password required.)

September calendar  (docx format)

October calendar  (docx format)

November calendar  (docx format)

December calendar  (docx format)

Lev HaDavar- Temple Israel bulletin in FlipBook 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 - September/October/November/December issue is now available in .PDF and Flipbook format
The current issue of Temple Israel's bulletin, Lev HaDavar, is now available on the TI homepage -- LOGIN NOT REQUIRED. You may read Lev Ha-Davar online, or print it, or save it to your computer for fast future access. (Use Print or Save options in Adobe Reader.) NOTE: Past issues and calendars will continue to be available in the Members' Lounge (Login required). It will take some time to finish moving all the past issues of Lev HaDavar to the new website.  If you need a particular issue immediately, please contact webmaven@templeisraellondon.ca
♦ 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

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


Action Alert: Support Anti-BDS Resolution in Ontario Parliament



We are asking for your help in taking action to ensure that all MPPs are aware of an important anti-BDS motion and will be present in Queen's Park to vote in favour of it on Thursday, December 1st. 

On Thursday Gila Martow, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Thornhill, will introduce a motion affirming that the Ontario Legislature rejects the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

BDS seeks to isolate and punish Israel - and Israel alone - here in Canada and around the world. The goal of BDS activists is not to promote peace, but to challenge the very legitimacy of the Jewish state by blacklisting Israelis in business, culture, and academia. 

While BDS has had little to no economic impact, it has directly fuelled hostility towards Jews and Israelis on campuses across Ontario and elsewhere. Far too many students encounter toxic anti-Israel activism on their campus stemming from BDS activities. Considering the climate at King's University College, this motion is of utmost relevance to us in London and at Western University and its affiliated colleges.

Ontario's elected leaders have already sent a strong message that our province rejects BDS and seeks to strengthen business, cultural, and academic ties with Israel - as seen in the Premier's recent trade mission to Israel. Now, the Ontario Legislature is set to reaffirm this principled position through MPP Martow's motion, which we expect will garner cross-party support.

MPP Deb Matthews, London North Centre: dmatthews.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org or (519) 432-7339

MPP Peggy Satler, London West: psattler-co@ndp.on.ca or (519) 657-3120

MPP Teresa Armstrong, London Fanshawe: tarmstrong-co@ndp.on.ca or (519) 668-1104

MPP Jeff Yurke, Elgin-Middlesex-London: jeff.yurekco@pc.ola.org or 1-800-265-7638




Scarf  Project 

Come In Out of the Cold
Scarf Project

Let’s provide each person attending the
Come In Out of the Cold Luncheon
 a brand new scarf:  our goal is 400 scarves.

Needed: knitters and crocheters

Scarf size: approximately 6 inches by 60 inches
Any pattern, Any yarn

If you cannot supply the yarn, please call into the JCC at
519 673-3310 and request yarn – we will supply.

If you have yarn to donate, please drop it off to the JCC so it can be used.

Please drop off completed scarves at the JCC by
February 23, 2017.
Please include your name with the donation.

Questions??? Please call Deb Laskin-Rich at 519 471-2329.

London Jewish Community Centre, 536 Huron Street



Information of Fires in Israel

      If you wish to send a message of support to Israel please email info@jfcuia.org


A picture taken on November 24, 2016 shows a bushfire raging in the northern Israeli port city of Haifa. Hundreds of Israelis fled their homes on the outskirts of the country's third city Haifa with others trapped inside as firefighters struggled to control raging bushfires, officials said. (AFP PHOTO / Jack GUEZ)

Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA and the Canadian Jewish Community  Stand in Support of Israel as Fires Rage Across the Country

This week, firefighters have been struggling to contain huge blazes raging in a number of locations from the Galilee to the northern Negev, with the most major fires in the northern city of Haifa. High winds and dry conditions are contributing to the outbreak of over 200 blazes.  Thankfully no deaths or serious injuries have occurred. More than 100 people have been treated for fire-related injuries, mostly smoke inhalation. 80,000 Haifa residents have been evacuated. 

The fires have consumed homes and businesses across the country. Greece, Russia, Cyprus and Turkey were among the nations that sent firefighting planes and other equipment to help fight the fire.


Israeli officials are increasingly convinced that arson is a likely cause in some of the fires. Several suspected arsonists have been arrested. 

"There is no doubt that this is terror activity whose aim is to damage the State of Israel and the beautiful landscapes that it is building," Deputy Defense Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan told Arutz 7"I have no doubt that we're talking about terror. They're lighting fires next to Jewish communities which are now in danger."

The impact on Israelis displaced by the fires will be long lasting. Once the flames are extinguished they will have to return to damaged homes, schools and neighbourhoods. Many homes and community institutions that provide vital programs and services will be uninhabitable for some time.

Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA, on behalf of the Canadian Jewish community, sends its support to those families and communities in the path of the fire. We hope for a swift end to the fires and the continued safety of all those affected. We will remain on alert and provide updates if the situation worsens. 

We encourage you to send a message that can be shared with families impacted by this natural disaster. Words of support in critical situations like these are truly appreciated.

Email your message of support to info@jfcuia.org and we will forward it to our Israel office.

Follow Developments at The Times of Israel Blog 


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


Saturday, 3 December 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm


Saturday, 3 December 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Saturday, 3 December 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm


Sunday, 4 December 2016 9:30am - 12:00pm


Sunday, 4 December 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm


Sunday, 4 December 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm


Sunday, 4 December 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm


Tuesday, 6 December 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Tuesday, 6 December 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Wednesday, 7 December 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm


Thursday, 8 December 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm


Friday, 9 December 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm

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