Adult Education


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)

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    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.

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    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

    Upcoming dates TBA


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    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.


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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.

    START DATE for Fall 2018 

    Tuesday, November 20 at Noon


    Lunch and Learn Returns Tuesday, November 20th, at 12:00 pm
    A Life of Meaning: 
    Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path
    We’ve gone digital!
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    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
    or the Temple Office 519-858-4400/

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    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:

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


    Adult Hebrew Classes at Temple Israel

    Adult Introductory Hebrew – Tuesdays 7-8PM 
    Dates TBA

    Adult Biblical Hebrew – Thursdays 6-7PM
    Dates TBA

    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 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 (519-858-4400/
    Please note: the class material will be in English, Hebrew knowledge is not required.

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    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.


    AJE @ the JCC

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