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The Temple Israel Religious School offers religious instruction to children of our members. Currently we have approximately 40 children, ages 6 - 18, enrolled in classes which meet at Temple Israel. Questions concerning the school should be addressed to the Temple Israel Office.


Our Kindergarten Experience (JK and SK) is open to children of members and non-members. Questions concerning pre-school programs should be addressed to Ailene Wittstein.



Selected Sundays at 11:00am

Join with other families with children in JK/SK for an introduction to Jewish Holidays with Ailene Wittstein.

Open to members and non-member families, too!
Please RSVP to the Temple Office,  (519)858-4400




Religious School classes began September 11. We have wonderful

new teachers and students joining us this year. Here's a taste of what

we've learned:

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 First Day of Religious School 2016-2017
Photos by Rael Wienburg

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Temple Israel Religious School Calendar



Enjoy some wonderful Jewish music ...


TI Religious School Shabbat Music Playlist



I am pleased to say that we have three new members in our midst this year. This is our biggest group yet, with a total of ten participants. The youth group has been up to quite a lot since starting up again in September. We began with a planning session in order to determine what sort of topics and activities the teens wanted to cover.

Some of the members helped out at the family retreat and we also had a teen service on the afternoon of Yom Kippur. October saw the group making pancakes for the congregation and also helping to build and decorate the Temple’s sukkah. We have started monthly “lunch and learn” sessions that are held on Sundays. Our first topic was “the history of the swastika” led by Rabbi Dressler.

Our social events usually happen on a monthly basis. November’s event found us at Barakat having a Middle Eastern food tasting session. The owner brought us samples of a few favourite dishes and spoke about the history of the food. It was interesting and, not to mention, rather tasty!

As a twist to “lunch and learn,” a few of us went to see “Looking for Hayim” at the Or Shalom theatre. I believe exposing these teens to Judaism and the arts is very important!

I look forward to December’s events, as well as whatever the new year will bring. As usual, if you have a teen in grades 9-12 that would be interested in joining us, please email me at

Alisha Marks, Youth Advisor

 We are looking forward to another year of friendship and learning among our Temple school community!


URJ Kesher

September 9th is Registration Day for the next round of Birthright Israel with URJ Kesher. Invite your child to be a part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience that has already been shared by 400,000+ young adults and counting.  

2-New-URJ-Email-Column-250pxOpportunity for NFTY in Israel Alumni 
URJ Kesher is the only Reform Birthright Israel experience and part of the same family of programs as NFTY, NFTY in Israel and URJ Camps. Because of this, NFTY in Israel alumni qualify for priority status with URJ Kesher. That means a better chance to get the dates you want. Claim your priority status before September 9th!

Risk-Free Registration
Registration won't be open long. Sign up on time at, and remember that no commitment is necessary with your registration. Learn how to apply, how to travel with friends and explore confirmed trip dates in December, January & February.

Our Commitment to Safety
The safety of our participants is our guiding priority. Learn about our approach and our commitment.

Your Birthright + URJ Kesher

As the only Birthight Israel trip affiliated with Reform Judaism, the URJ Kesher experience embodies values important to you -- inclusive, open-minded, inspirational and fun. Explore the stories of our alumni and plan to Go Kesher!

Questions? Call 202-370-4026 or send an email. We love our trips, and we're here to tell you all about the experience! 

Don't let your child get left back in the cold this winter. Make sure to register risk-free on September 9th at!

Paul Reichenbach

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Director of Camp and Israel Programs
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Thames Valley District School Board Policies & Procedures
for Equity and Inclusive Education:

Equity and Inclusive Education (Policy)

Religious and Faith-Based Accommodation of Students (Procedure)

Religious and Faith-Based Accommodation of Staff (Procedure)

Religious Holidays (Multifaith Calendar)





Upcoming Events - Religious School

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
Saturday, 11 November 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Shabbat Morning Service