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.
TI Adult Education (click a title to view contents)
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shabbat Shiur and Havdalah
Upcoming dates TBA
Shabbat Book Chavurah
Temple Israel Book Club
Books for 2019-2020
(dates not yet determined)
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.
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.
START DATE for Fall 2018
Tuesday, November 20 at Noon
Bring your lunch and join Rabbi Dressler Tuesdays at noon, exploring current events as well as classic Jewish topics.
If you are likely to attend L&L, please email the Temple Office so we can put you on the list to receive updates and closing information.
Lunch and Learn Returns Tuesday, November 20th, at 12:00 pm A Life of Meaning:
Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path
Our next few sessions will come from the new volume, A Life of Meaning, Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path by Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan
As Reform Judaism is constantly evolving, we continue to seek a faith that is in harmony with our beliefs and experiences.
This week: Knowing God, part 1
Introduction: Not in the Heavens, Not Beyond the Sea, but Close to Us, Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan, PhD
Critical Thoughts on a Reform Jewish Theology,Michael A. Meyer, PhD
Click on the image for more information about the book.
BUTTON We’ve gone digital!
New for this year, we will be using tablet eReaders for many of our sessions.
It is “green,” and allows participants to adjust the display to meet their needs.
Most often we will be reading an essay or chapter a week.
We will have 10 tablets available, but participants can buy their own eBook, borrow from the library, or bring hard copies if they wish.
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
For more information or if you do not receive class notifications please contact either
Rabbi Debra Dressler at email@example.com
or the Temple Office firstname.lastname@example.org
Jewish Information Class Now Forming
Our Jewish Information Class is intended for anyone wishing to learn more about Judaism. This class is a prerequisite for all conversion candidates, but open to anyone (Jewish or not) who wants to broaden their Jewish knowledge base.
Please contact the Temple Office prior to the beginning of classes.
For more details visit: bit.ly/tijic
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
Adult Biblical Hebrew – Thursdays 6-7PM
If you are interested in beginning or extending your learning of Hebrew this year please contact Stephen State, email@example.com
or register your interest through the TI office at office@TempleIsraelLondon.ca
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 2019 Classes will be held on same dates and times into the New Year.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please note: the class material will be in English, Hebrew knowledge is not required.
JEM will return in the autumn of 2019 with more edifying, stimulating, and entertaining presentations.
JEM is co-sponsored by the Martin Bass Fund for Human Resources of Or Shalom, Temple Israel, Jewish London, and B’nai Brith Men, with additional support from The Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre, the Selma Rothfeld Family Endowment Fund of the London Jewish Community Foundation, and numerous individual donors.