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Shofarot 2017

 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.




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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



 For more details please visit our website:


Monday, November 13
JEM Series @ JCC - See Below
Tuesday, November 14
12:00 Noon
- Lunch and Learn
- Adult Introductory Hebrew
Wednesday, November 15
-Midweek Hebrew
Thursday, November 16
-Adult Biblical Hebrew - Offsite
Friday, November 17
Shabbat Evening Service with Rabbi Dressler
Volunteers Needed to Assist Gift Shop with Set up-See Below

Saturday, November 18
Shabbat Mincha Minyan and Text Study
Gift Shop @ Canadian Jewish Experience @ JCC-Volunteers Needed-See Below
Sunday, November 19
-Religious School
-Gift Shop @ Canadian Jewish Experience @ JCC-Volunteers Needed-See Below
-Jewish Information Class @ TI  
-Executive Meeting
Monday, November 20
-JEM Series @ JCC - See Below
Tuesday, November 21
12:00 Noon
- Lunch and Learn
- Adult Introductory Hebrew
Wednesday, November 22
-Midweek Hebrew
Thursday, November 23
-Adult Biblical Hebrew - Offsite
Saturday, November 25
-Shabbat Morning Service led by Rabbi Dressler  
Followed by Kiddush hosted by Arthur and Sandra Benjamin, in Honour of Art’s 80th Birthday and the Benjamin’s 60th Wedding Anniversary
-Torah Study
Sunday, November 26
-Religious School
-Gift Shop Open @ TI
-Jewish Information Class @ TI  
Volunteers Needed

Our gift shop will be at the Canadian Jewish Experience  at the JCC  on
Saturday November 18th  7 pm to 9 pm and
Sunday morning November 19th  10 to 12 noon.

We need 4 people to help us move boxes to the JCC and unpack on Friday afternoon November  17th from 1 pm to 2:30 pm . We also need 4 people on Saturday evening and Sunday morning to help with sales. We are going to be the sole vendor, so we are hoping to be busy.

Phone Yolanda at 519-432-3200 if you are able to help. Thank you

        Adult Hebrew Classes

             Adult Introductory Hebrew - Tuesdays 7-8PM

                  Adult Biblical Hebrew - Thursdays 6-7PM

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
Temple Israel Gift Shop - Open
Sundays between 10:30am-1:00pm

November 19 and 26  
December 3, 10, 17

Come and see us for unusual and lovely gifts

November 20: What did King David Eat for Breakfast? Everyday Life in the Iron Age of Israel ~ David Lipovitch

Learn what archaeology and the Hebrew Bible can teach us about how people lived in ancient Israel around the time of David and Solomon (ca. 1000 BCE). Find out how the ancient Israelites spent their days, including what their homes looked like, what they ate, and how they made their living.

David Lipovitch earned a Ph.D. (1999) in Hebrew Bible and Archaeology from Harvard University. He has excavated and surveyed in southern Ontario and at Ashkelon, Israel, and has worked on or with excavations in Ontario, Israel, Jordan, and Turkey. He has been lecturing since the 1990s and is currently a course instructor in Laurier University’s History and Archaeology departments, a Research Affiliate at the University of Toronto, and the Zooarchaeologist at their excavations at Tell Ta’yinat, Turkey.

This presentation is sponsored by an anonymous donor

Canadian Jewish Experience at the JCC,
November 18 & 19 only!

Canadian Jewish Experience Exhibit & Gift Shop Hours—
Saturday, November 18, 7 pm – 9 pm,
Sunday, November 19, 10:00 am – 12 noon

Exhibition Programs:

Saturday Evening
London Jewish Community Time Capsule 7:00 pm Saturday, November 18
First Nations—Jewish Encounters, 7:30 pm Saturday, November 18
Saturday evening Events Followed by Dessert Reception

Sunday Morning
Panel Discussion with Western Hillel’s Radio Gesher Contributors, 10:30 am Sunday, November 19, With Coffee and Light Breakfast Nosh

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 November-December 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 



*** NOTE: Next Book Chavurah Saturday, December 2 at 2:00pm. ***
We will be reading
  Between Gods by Alison Pick.
All are welcome, whether you have read the book or not


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Shabbat Shiur Study Session and Havdalah, 3-5pm
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Saturday, June 23, 2018

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.)

Yahrzeit Calendar

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 November/December 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



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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, 21 November 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Adult Introductory Hebrew
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 4:45pm - 6:15pm
MW Midweek Hebrew School
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Adult Prayerbook Hebrew
Friday, 24 November 2017
Office Closed Fridays
Saturday, 25 November 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, 25 November 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Kiddush Hosted by Arthur & Sandra Benjamin
Saturday, 25 November 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Torah Study
Sunday, 26 November 2017 9:30am - 12:00pm
RS Religious School
Sunday, 26 November 2017 10:30am - 1:00pm
Gift Shop Open
Sunday, 26 November 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Jewish Information Classs
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch and Learn

Upcoming Community Events

Sunday, 24 December 2017
Christmas Eve
Monday, 25 December 2017
Christmas - Office Closed
Tuesday, 26 December 2017
Boxing Day - Office Closed
Sunday, 31 December 2017
New Year's Eve
Monday, 1 January 2018
New Year's Day - Office Closed
Saturday, 3 March 2018
HOLD for Community Launch Mincha
Sunday, 1 April 2018
Easter Sunday
Sunday, 13 May 2018
Mother's Day
Sunday, 3 June 2018 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Negev Dinner 2018
Sunday, 17 June 2018
Father's Day
Sunday, 1 July 2018
Canada Day

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