At Temple Israel, we believe life-long learning enhances every aspect of Jewish life.  The more we understand about our sacred texts, traditions, holy days and festivals, historical and contemporary scholarship, arts and literature, the better we will be able to make informed choices about our own practices.

We encourage you to participate in our Adult Education programs.  Click below to learn about current and upcoming classes at Temple Israel.

If you have suggestions about future classes, please contact the Temple Office.




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Shabbat Torah Study


Shabbat Torah Study

Enhance your Shabbat experience by studying the Parashah (Torah portion) of the week with Rabbi Debra Dressler and friends.  Join in an exploration of the text as we ask questions, discuss historical and contemporary interpretations, and debate its relevance for our lives.  

Meeting time for Shabbat Torah Study varies. Please check the Worship - Shabbat page for the current schedule.
All are welcome. 

Shabbat Shiur and Havdalah

Shabbat Shiur and Havdalah
Please join us Saturday afternoons (when there is no morning service) at 3pm for a “Shiur” (study lesson) with Rabbi Dressler, followed by a brief Havdalah service at 5pm. No pre-registration is required; just drop in. If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi Dressler: 

Shabbat Shiur and Havdalah
meets 3:00-5:00pm

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Shabbat Book Chavurah

Shabbat Book Chavurah

will meet again October 20, 2:00pm

Shabbat Book Chavurah will precede 4pm Shabbat Mincha, Text Study, and Havdalah

Temple Israel Book Club

 Books for 2018-2019


October 20                                 November 17                                February 16


        January 12                                March 16                                   April 27

We meet at 2:00 on Saturday afternoons.


Book recommendations are welcome.

As always, everyone is invited to join in the discussion.  If you wish, bring along a snack to share for tea time.

Everyone is welcome, whether or not you have attended previous sessions. 
and whether or not you have read the book.
Bring your suggestions for future good reads.

Lunch & Learn

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Please join us.

Lunch & Learn meets Tuesdays noon to 1pm at Temple Israel.

Bring your lunch, if you wish.
Tea, coffee, and water will be available.

Everyone is welcome.



Adult B'nei Mitzvah Class (ABM)


Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class

If you never celebrated a bar or bat mitzvah in your youth, please
consider joining us as we form the next class. Even if you are interested
in the learning without being ready to commit to participating in a
service, this class is intended for you. Typically, we study over two
academic years. We will explore Torah commentary and topics in
Jewish Values as well as learn the nuts and bolts of Torah reading and
worship. Knowledge of the Aleph-Bet is strongly recommended prior
to or at the beginning of this course of study.

Questions? Contact Rabbi Dressler

Class dates have not yet been determined.

For more information or if you do not receive class notifications please contact either
Rabbi Debra Dressler at
or the Temple Office 519-858-4400/

Jewish Information Class (JIC)


If you are interested in the Jewish Information Class (JIC), please click here.

Questions? Please contact the Temple Israel office - all are welcome, even if you’ve missed the first class..
Looking forward to seeing you!

Learn to Read Hebrew


Adult Hebrew Classes at Temple Israel

Adult Introductory Hebrew - Tuesdays 7-8PM 
(October 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, 12, 19, 26)

Adult Biblical Hebrew - Thursdays 6-7PM
(Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Dec 7, 14, 21, 28)

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

Note:  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.

Additional 2018 Classes will be held on same dates and times into the New Year.


Talmud with Training Wheels - NEW CLASS

Talmud With Training Wheels - new class forming soon.

This will be a 6-8 week introduction to the world and text of the Talmud.
If you are interested in this class please contact Temple Office (519-858-4400/
Please note: the class material will be in English, Hebrew knowledge is not required.

JEM - Jewish Educational Manna: Intellectual Food for the Wondering Jew -- at the JCC

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October 15, 2018: Old and New Theories about the Origins of Yiddish (and Ashkenazi Jews) ~ Kalman Weiser
When, where, why, and how did Yiddish come into being? Since at least the 19th century, linguists and historians have debated these questions and their answers regarding the early migrations of Ashkenazic Jews. Recently, genetics has entered the fray, yielding some surprising new arguments. This talk will explore various theories, including the recent controversy that Yiddish originates among medieval converts to Judaism in central Asia.
Kalman Weiser is the Silber Family Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at York University. He is co-editor of the second edition of Solomon Birnbaum’s Yiddish: A Survey and a Grammar (University of Toronto Press, 2016. His monograph, Jewish People, Yiddish Nation: Noah Prylucki and the Folkists in Poland (University of Toronto Press), won the 2012 Canadian Jewish Book Award for scholarship.
Sponsor: Stephen State

October 22: Miracles Do Happen: A Remarkable Story of Rescue and Reunion ~ Fred Ball
Of the 140,000 Jews living in the Netherlands in 1941, only 27% survived the German occupation; however, more than the citizens of any other country, the Dutch have been designated by Yad Vashem as “Righteous among the Nations” for saving Jewish lives. Hear the story of a little Jewish girl saved and loved, thanks to the humanitarianism of a Dutch Christian family, and the attempts to re-unite her with her rescuers during a 70-year quest. Our own Fred Ball will relay his crucial role in the recent re-connecting of these families.
Fred Ball, a former Ontario Government Microbiologist, spends much of his retirement enjoying classical music and passionately pursuing Jewish Adult Education. He has a keen interest in all things related to the Holocaust.

October 29: Canada’s Jewish WWII Fighters Who Helped Defeat Hitler and Rescue Holocaust Survivors
~ Ellin Bessner
While over 17,000 Canadian Jewish men and women served in WWII, Canada has not yet officially recognized the important contribution of our country’s tiny Jewish minority, who overcame widespread anti-Semitism at home and on the battlefield. Just before Remembrance Day, hear some of their stories from journalist and author Ellin Bessner, who spent 6 years interviewing and researching Jewish veterans and their families for her new book, Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and WWII (University of Toronto’s Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies).
Ellin Bessner is a Professor of Journalism at Centennial College in Toronto. She has a degree in journalism and political science from Carleton University, and has worked for CTV News, CBC News, The Globe and Mail, and The Canadian Press. As a foreign correspondent, Ellin has covered stories in Italy, as well as several brutal civil wars in Africa. Visit
Sponsors: William and Randi Fisher

November 5: Arab Jews: Not an Oxymoron ~ Yigal Nizri
The “Arab Jews” lived in diverse cultural worlds across the Middle East and North Africa for over two thousand years, developing deep and enduring relationships with non-Jews. They were instrumental in shaping local, regional, and national cultures and politics. Are there Arab Jews today? Is Arab Jewishness still possible? Professor Nizri will discuss these questions within the context of these complex contemporary relationships.

Yigal S. Nizri is an Assistant Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. He is currently working on a monograph on the emergence of a Jewish Moroccan scribal culture in the 19th and 20th centuries in the context of trans-Mediterranean Maghribi-Jewish diasporic networks.
Sponsor: Gail Bass

November 12, 2018: Photographing the Posthumous Landscape of Historic Jewish Sites in Western Ukraine ~ David Kaufman
Filmmaker, photographer, and documentarian David Kaufman will discuss the precarious state of Jewish material culture and its largely forgotten illustrious pre-war Jewish history. Using his photographs of Jewish sites from many trips to Eastern Europe, he will describe the remnant of Jewish life in Lviv (Lvov) and Chernivtsi (Czernovitz), two large cities of western Ukraine that had once been major pre-WWII Jewish population centres.
David Kaufman’s work focuses on Jewish heritage sites. His large-scale photographs have been featured in eight solo exhibitions in Toronto and will be on display in 2019 at the Yiddish Book Centre in Amherst, Massachusetts. He spent 18 years working at the CBC as a producer/director of The Journal and The Fifth Estate. He has made many independent films, including a feature documentary entitled Song of the Lodz Ghetto.
Sponsor: Ronnee Alter, in memory of her husband, Lloyd

Looking Ahead:
  • November 19: Guts, Glory, and Izzat: The 1918 Liberation of Haifa ~ Vinod Varapravan
  • November 26: In the Name of Humanity: The Secret Deal to End the Holocaust ~ Max Wallace
  • December 3: Jewish without God ~ Dan Falk
  • December 10: The Little-Known Mysteries Leading up to the Eichmann Disappearance, Hiding, and Capture ~ Sylvia Solomon and David Wintre
  • January 14, 2019: Kol Isha - Sexual Misconduct in the Hebrew Bible and in Jewish Tradition ~ Rabbi Debra Stahlberg Dressler
  • January 21: Inventing Hollywood: The Moguls’ Ambivalent Jewish Identities and How They were Refracted in the Movies ~ Shlomo Schwartzberg

and more to come

JEM is co-sponsored by Congregation Or Shalom and the Martin Bass Fund for Human Resources of Or Shalom, Temple Israel, and The London Jewish Federation, with additional support from The Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre and numerous individual donors.

AJE - Adult Jewish Education at the JCC

AJE @ the JCC

Rock Stars: Jewish Sculptors of the 20th Century
Facilitator: Sonia Halpern
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00 am, May 1st through June 5th, 2018
For more information click here.

To register or for more information, call the JCC at (519) 673-3310