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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, October 19
4:45pm - Hebrew School
Thursday, October 20
4:45pm - Adult Hebrew
Friday, October 21
7:30pm - Shabbat Evening Services led by Rabbi Debra Dressler
8:30pm - Potluck Oneg, please bring a dish to share
Saturday, October 22
3:00-5:00pm - Shabbat Shiur Afternoon Text Study and Havdalah led by Rabbi Debra Dressler
Sunday, October 23
9:30-Noon - Religious School
6:00pm -  Pre-service Oneg.  The Shmukler / Dutsch family wish to host Oneg in  honour of Linda's mother and Hannah and Lillian's beloved Oma who passed away on October 7, 2016
6:30pm- Erev Simchat Torah/Consecration
Monday, October 24
10:00-Noon - Atzeret/Simchat Torah Morning Services and Yizkor
Tuesday, October 25
NOTE - NO Lunch and Learn until November
High Holy Days 2016- Thank you

The High Holiday services have ended, but we remember the inspirational prayers, the wonderful music, the beautiful flowers and the warm feelings we had as we came together as a community.   Our thanks to the Rabbi, the many volunteers and others who participated in our services to help make these High Holy Days a truly meaningful experience for our entire Temple Israel family.  A special thanks to the members of the choir who enriched all our services with their beautiful music and to our musical directors David Rosner and Michael Simmons.

                       Kandice Brownstone                                 Sandra Benjamin

                       Sid Freedman                                              Svetlana Kozlow

                       Nurit Kochav                                               Thelma Llewellyn

                       Lisa Manax                                                   Hersh Rosenberg

                       David Rosner                                               Michael Simmons

                       Stephen State                                              Yolanda Tomaszewski

                       Walter Zimmerman

Thank you Received October 17, 2016 by email:

Dear Rabbi Dressler and The Temple Board:

Allen and I attended the Yom Kippur service and found it very moving and uplifting.  Rabbi Dressler's sermon was especially meaningful.  Rabbi Dressler shared her experiences and expanded our perspective on current religious and social issues.

The Yizkor service touched both of us deeply.  Having the past and current president(s) light the 7 Yizkor candles was memorable, as was the reading of all of the names of our loved ones.  The slide show was an inspiring addition to the service.

The new Machzor has a full complement of traditional prayers and new readings.  It is worth having a copy at home in order to take the time to read it more fully.

We were so happy to see the children involved in the Ne'ilah service.  Watching our grandchildren, Nevia and Joel, in an environment of Jewish commitment is a glowing testament to competencies of Rabbi Dressler, the Temple educational system, and the Temple Board of Directors.  Yasher koach.

Our one request is to ask you to provide some chairs with arms on them for services.   We seniors have real difficulties standing up from a sitting position on chairs without arms, especially holding books in our hands.

Allen and I are very happy to be part of the Temple Israel family.  We thank all of you for your dedication and hard work on our behalf.  As we approach Sukkot, we wish all of you Chag Sameach.

Warmest regards,
Carole and Allen
Carole Gumprich M.A.
Temple Israel Gift Shop

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

October 30
November 6 and 20
December 4, 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.

October 31, 2016 (Opening Program):Storycare: Storytelling at Baycrest ~ Dan Yashinsky

Listening to, remembering, and telling stories are a vital part of Jewish culture. Our speaker’s work as the first ever Storyteller-in-Residence at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care has reaffirmed the importance of story in understanding and valuing the lives of the many elders he encounters. A Jewish proverb asks, “Why did God invent human beings?” It answers, “Because God loves stories.” This talk reflects on the ways storytelling has become integrated into the life of Baycrest, and how the many stories our speaker has heard and shared with patients, residents, family members, and staff have helped to create a frame of meaning for the journey into old age. His talk combines personal experience interspersed with humour.

Dan Yashinsky is a professional storyteller and the author of Swimming with Chaucer: A Storyteller’s Logbook, and Suddenly They Heard Footsteps: Storytelling for the Twenty-First Century. In l999, he received the first Jane Jacobs Prize for his storytelling work in the community.

This presentation is sponsored by Louise and Albert Levy.

November 7: “Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue!” The Canadian Criminal Justice System and the Jewish Concept of Justice and Punishment ~ Dyanoosh Youssefi

The Canadian criminal justice system is both praised for its fairness and neutrality and criticized for ignoring the needs of victims, being overly punitive toward offenders and, at times, inhumane. The Jewish concept of justice, as described in the Torah, appears to be filled with inconsistencies: great compassion and ruthless punishment live side by side in its pages. Can the Jewish concept of justice shed light on the Canadian adversarial, punitive justice system? How would the Biblical portrayal of justice and punishment change the way we do things in Canada and the western world?

Dyanoosh Youssefi is the Executive Director and founder of All IN, an organization that advocates for inclusive communities. She is a former criminal defense lawyer, a legal studies professor, a writer, and a social justice advocate. For the past 30 years, she has volunteered consistently, both at the local and international level. These days, she misses painting, karate, dancing and playing an instrument (which she never learned!)

This presentation is sponsored by Harold and Susan Merskey.

Did you know that our bi-monthly bulletin Lev HaDavar is available by email or on the web?


(Scroll down the Home Page to Lev HaDavar -- no password required)

If you would like us to switch your bulletin from hard copy/mailed to email, 
please let the office know at
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:  

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 *** NOTE: Lunch & Learn will resume Tuesday, November 1 at 12:00 noon. ***



*** NOTE: Next Book Chavurah Sunday, October 29 at 1:30pm. ***


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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
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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


Saturday, 22 October 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm


Sunday, 23 October 2016 9:30am - 12:00pm


Sunday, 23 October 2016 9:50am - 10:50am


Sunday, 23 October 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm


Sunday, 23 October 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Monday, 24 October 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm


Tuesday, 25 October 2016


Wednesday, 26 October 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm


Thursday, 27 October 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm


Saturday, 29 October 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm


Saturday, 29 October 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Saturday, 29 October 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Upcoming Community Events


Wednesday, 23 November 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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