Shabbat Shalom!

We look forward to welcoming members and visitors to our beautiful Shabbat services.

January Shabbat Services

Saturday, January 7Vayigash (Genesis 44:18−47:27)
10:00am – Shabbat Morning Services led by Rabbi Debra Dressler.
12:00pm Potluck Kiddush, please bring a dish to share.
12:30pm – Torah Study

Saturday, January 14Va-y'chi (Genesis 47:28–50:26)
10:00am-- Shabbat Morning Services led by Rabbi Debra Dressler.

 Potluck Kiddush, please bring a dish to share.
12:30pm – Torah Study

 Saturday, January 21, Sh'mot ((Exodus 1:1−6:1)
10:00am – Shabbat Morning Services led by Rabbi Debra Dressler.
12:00pm Potluck Kiddush, please bring a dish to share.
12:30pm – Torah Study

Friday, January 27, Va-eira (Exodus 6:2−9:35)
6:00pm - Preneg snacks before Service
6:30pm Shabbat Evening Service with student participation


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The Honour Card System

Each Shabbat, we will hand out honour cards to various attendees, each of whom will be given the task of leading an English reading, opening/closing the Aron Kodesh, carrying the Torah, lifting (Hagbah) the Torah, dressing (Glilah) the Torah, chanting the aliyah blessings, or chanting the haftarah.

The purpose of all the above is simply to have more people directly involved in our services. Participation is the key. If you do not wish to accept a card, that is perfectly okay. We will find someone else.

Let us know What you think. We are always looking for ways to improve.

Josh Dubitsky
Co-Chair; Temple Israel Ritual Committee



Torah Reading at the Temple Services

If anyone would like the opportunity to deliver a sermon, d’var torah, lein torah or chant a haftarah,
contact Josh Dubitsky, Ritual Chair, at

18 Little Things You Can Do For Shabbat

1. Invite friends.

2. Ask guests to prepare a Shabbat blessing, song, or story

3. Set a special table for Shabbat dinner.

4. Use a special tablecloth.

5. Arrange fresh flowers in your home.

6. Polish the silver.

7. Pour a nice wine.

8. Bake or buy a challah.

9. Give thanks for the blessings of the week.

10. Light special candles.

11. Read a Shabbat prayer…then read it again.

12. Say blessings over the wine and challah.

13. Sing some nice songs.

14. Listen to the quiet peace of a dinner at home…without phone, TV, or radio.

15. Take a Shabbat walk.

16. Be open to moments of wonder, of soulful encounter.

17. Pause for a moment as Shabbat ends on Saturday night. Sing havdalah!

18. Look forward to the next week’s Shabbat celebration

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Shabbat Torah Study



Shabbat Torah Study

Generally, when there is no Shabbat service scheduled on Saturday (because there was one on Friday evening), the study session will begin at 10:00am, and it will run until noon. However, during the Summer, if there is not service scheduled on Saturday because there was one on Friday evening, there will be NO Torah Study on Saturday.
When there is a service scheduled that Saturday, Services will begin at 10:00am and Torah Study will follow Kiddush at approximately 12:00 noon.
(Your input is welcome. Please contact Josh )


December Shabbat Study Sessions:

Saturday, December 9
12:00pm-Torah Study

Saturday, December 16
3:00-5:00pm-Shabbat Shiur Study Session & Havdalah led by Rabbi Dressler

Saturday, December 30
1:00pm-Torah Study


January Shabbat Study Sessions:

Saturday, January 6
12:00pm-Torah Study

Saturday, January 13
4:00-6:00pm-Shabbat Minchah Minyan & Text Study led by Rabbi Dressler

Saturday, January 20
12:00pm-Torah Study

Saturday, January 2712:00pm-Torah Study


The JPS Audio Bible

The Jewish Publication Society (JPS) provides the current weekly Torah portion in audio format. Listen online here. Just click the "play" arrow to begin.
If you wish to read along, you may view or download the text in PDF format by clicking the "full text PDF" button below the audio player.
[Note: The JPS Audio Bible weekly Torah portion is currently unavailable.  They hope to have it up on their new website soon.]

Jewish Braille Institute

The Jewish Braille Institute provides Torah, Haftarah, liturgical and life cycle materials (as well as other materials of general interest) in large-print, audio, or Braille formats at no charge to visually challenged members worldwide.


Weekly Torah Portions


Weekly Torah Portions


Vayigash (Genesis 44:18−47:27)

  • Judah pleads with Joseph to free Benjamin and offers himself as a replacement. (44:18-34)
  • Joseph reveals himself to his brothers and forgives them for selling him into slavery. (45:1-15)
  • Although the famine still rages, Pharaoh invites Joseph's family to "live off the fat of the land." (45:16-24)
  • Jacob learns that Joseph is still alive and, with God's blessing, goes to Egypt. (45:25-46:33)
  • Pharaoh permits Joseph's family to settle in Goshen. Pharaoh then meets with Jacob. (47:1-12)
  • With the famine increasing, Joseph designs a plan for the Egyptians to trade their livestock and land for food. The Israelites thrive in Egypt. (47:13-27)
Va-y'chi (Genesis 47:28–50:26)
  • Jacob blesses his grandchildren Ephraim and Manasseh. (48:1-20)
  • Jacob's twelve sons gather around his deathbed, and each receives an evaluation and a prediction of his future. (49:1-33)
  • Joseph mourns his father's death and has Jacob embalmed. Jacob is buried in Hebron in the cave of the field of the Machpelah in the land of Canaan. (50:1-14)
  • Joseph assures his concerned brothers that he has forgiven them and promises to care for them and their families. (50:15-21)
  • Just before he dies, Joseph tells his brothers that God will return them to the Land that God promised to the patriarchs. The Children of Israel promise Joseph that they will take his bones with them when they leave Egypt. (50:22-26)
Sh'mot ((Exodus 1:1−6:1)
  • The new king of Egypt makes slaves of the Hebrews and orders their male children to be drowned in the Nile River. (1:1-22)
  • A Levite woman places her son, Moses, in a basket on the Nile, where he is found by the daughter of Pharaoh and raised in Pharaoh's house. (2:1-10)
  • Moses flees to Midian after killing an Egyptian. (2:11-15)
  • Moses marries the priest of Midian's daughter, Zipporah. They have a son named Gershom. (2:16-22)
  • God calls Moses from a burning bush and commissions him to free the Israelites from Egypt. (3:1-4:17)
  • Moses and Aaron request permission from Pharaoh for the Israelites to celebrate a festival in the wilderness. Pharaoh refuses and makes life even harder for the Israelites. (5:1-23)
Va-eira (Exodus 6:2−9:35)
  • Despite God's message that they will be redeemed from slavery, the Israelites' spirits remain crushed. God instructs Moses and Aaron to deliver the Israelites from the land of Egypt. (6:2-13)
  • The genealogy of Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and their descendants is recorded. (6:14-25)
  • Moses and Aaron perform a miracle with a snake and relate to Pharaoh God's message to let the Israelites leave Egypt. (7:8-13)
  • The first seven plagues occur. God hardens Pharaoh's heart, and Pharaoh rescinds each offer to let the Israelites go. (7:14-9:35)

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: rabbi.dressler@templeisraellondon.ca 

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

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.