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, November 26, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Saturday, May6, 2017
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Shabbat Book Chavurah

Shabbat Book Chavurah
will meet again October 21, 1:30pm

Shabbat Book Chavurah will precede Shabbat Shiur.

We will be reading The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

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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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

Introductory Adult Hebrew 2016-2017
We are gauging interest in a beginning Hebrew Class.  
If you might be interested, please click here.

The adult Hebrew class facilitated by Stephen State
continues on Thursday afternoons  4:30-6:00pm in the Temple Israel Library.
 Anyone who can read the Hebrew letters and is interested in going through a text
looking at the Hebrew of the liturgy is welcome to join us.
There is no charge.
To sign up please contact Stephen at  
or at 519-239-9689


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: Food for the Wondering Jew at the JCC

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JEM PLANNING for 2017-2018 Monday Evenings at 7:30 p.m.

as of June 30, 2017

 Month Day  Topic Speaker 
 Sept 11  Is God a Four-Letter Word? Reflections on my Jewish Journey  Ralph Benmergui
 Sept 18  Coping with Tragedy: A Detroit Synagogue's Response to the Murder of their RabbiT.V  T.V. (Thomas) LoCicero
 Sept 25  Understanding Canadian Jewish Students' Campus Experiences in the Era of BDS   Dr. Robert A. Kenedy
 Oct. 2  Why Study Talmud in the 21st Century?  Paul Socken
 Oct. 16  The Middle East Conflict through Maps  Rabbi Larry (Lawrence) Englander
 Oct. 23  Smothering Mothering: The Stereotype of Jewish Mothers since the 1960s  Lily Foris
 Oct. 30  Leaving Zion: Israel and its Emigrants in the Early Years of the State  Ori Yehudai
Nov. 6 TBA  
Nov. 13 TBA  
20 What did King David Eat for Breakfast? Everyday Life in the Iron Age of Israel (ca.1000 BCE) David Lipovitch
Nov. 27 ewish Philosophy as a Guide to Life? David Conter
Dec. 4 Remembering Irving Layton Shel Krakofsky
Dec. 11 The Dreyfus Affair: One of the Great Trials that Helped Change the Course of History Sylvia Solomon
Jan. 15 I Do Think We Can Carry On: Canadian Jewish Women’s Experiences on the Homefront in World War II Jennifer Lander
Jan. 22 Radical Politics and Jewish Identities in Europe Today Bill Acres
Jan. 29 If I Were a Rich Man: A Jewish Perspective on Donald Trump, his Politics, and his Values Don Abelson
Feb. 5 I Spy with my Little Eye: How the Dreyfus Affair Contributed to the Demise of Impressionism Sonia Halpern
Feb. 12 How The Riot at Christie Pits transformed the Riot at Christie Pits Monda Halpern
Feb. 26 The Reckoning: Three German-Jewish Emigres in Occupied Germany, 1945-1946 Rande Kostal
Mar. 5 Landscapes of Israel as Portrayed by Jewish Quilters Erica Reshef
Mar. 12 Honour thy Parents: Are there Limits? Rabbi Catherine Clark
Mar. 19  Food Jews: Who are they? Susan Jackson


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 Courses This Fall

Adult Jewish Education at the JCC

Nancy Pazner

Different Approaches to the Question
“How Did the Bible Come to Be?”

Tuesdays: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th November
and 6th December, 2016 9.30-11am

Early Bird Special: Register early and save!

Please note that places are limited and will be reserved on a ‘first pay, first served basis’.

All reservations received and accepted at least one week prior to the start of the course will get a $10 discount. The Early Bird fee for this 6-week course is $99/ student (regular fee $109).

Nancy Pazner is well known to AJE audiences as the previous Co-ordinator of Adult Jewish Education at the LJCC. She is also the former Director of the Florence Melton mini school programme here in London; and as Director Nancy also acted as Facilitator for some of the 
Melton classes to great effect.

In addition to her passion for Jewish education (both personal and communal), Nancy has spent decades doing various forms of writing: technical, academic and fiction, and she was an Ontario Writers’ Conference 2016 Story Starters Finalist. Nancy’s short stories Abducted by a Shopping Cart and Seen in a Thrift Store are available to read via the internet.

Different Approaches to the Question “How Did the Bible Come to Be?”

The Tanakh – and especially the Torah – is absolutely central to Judaism and has been studied intensively for millennia. In recent centuries scholars have increasingly explored questions of the origin and composition of the Jewish scriptures. This course will explore a number of approaches these scholars have taken, including the traditional path, the documentary hypothesis, and the contributions of modern archeology. It will also touch on some of the “push-back” each approach has received.

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

Upcoming Events - Adult Education

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 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Shabbat Evening Service
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
Saturday, 28 October 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, 28 October 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm
Potluck Kiddush
Saturday, 28 October 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Torah Study
Sunday, 29 October 2017 9:30am - 12:00pm
RS Religious School
Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm
JIC Jewish Information Class Intro Meeting
Wednesday, 1 November 2017 9:45pm - 10:45pm
MW Midweek Hebrew School
Friday, 3 November 2017 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Potluck DQUOTEPrenegDQUOTE Snacks Before Services
Friday, 3 November 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Shabbat Evening Service - Student Participation
Saturday, 4 November 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Shabbat Shiur Study Session and Havdalah
Sunday, 5 November 2017 9:30am - 12:00pm
RS Religious School
Sunday, 5 November 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm
JIC Jewish Information Class
Wednesday, 8 November 2017 4:45pm - 6:15pm
MW Midweek Hebrew School