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SHABBAT VAYIGASH - 7 Tevet - 13 Tevet (December 15 - December 21, 2018)


The Kiddush for December 15 is sponsored by Congregation Beth Tefilah.

Tax Receipts:

Year end is rapidly approaching. If you haven't paid your dues or High Holiday pledge and still want a tax receipt for 2018, please make your payment via cheque to the shul or by credit card through Canada Helps.

Shul Programs

Rosh Chodesh Society

Rosh Chodesh Society: It’s About Time, is a women’s topical discussion group led by Rebbetzin Basie that meets once a month at the homes of community members. Each month the group explores the Kabbalistic energies attributed to the month in a practical life lesson. This month’s discussion is titled, Rising Above - a Practical Guide to Emotional Mastery.

Talmud Class:

Talmud Class Rabbi Lazer teaches Talmud every Sunday morning after services at approximately 9:45 AM. Current study is tractate Makot chapter two.

Sunday Hebrew Day School:

 If you would like to learn more about Time for Torah Hebrew School, or to register your child for next year, please contact Rabbi Lazer Gurkow at 519 694 7708 or Rebbetzin Basie

Shul Board Meeting:



Week of December 15 - 21:

Rhoda Kulman for her brother, Frank Seiden, 7 Tevet, (Fri/Sat, Dec 14/15)

Letty Stork’s yhartzeit is on 7 Tevet, (Fri/Sat, Dec 14/15)

Miriam Lazarovits for her mother Nichala Greenbaum, 8 Tevet, (Sat/Sun, Dec 15/16)

Michael Lefcoe for his father, Joseph Lefcoe, 10 Tevet, (Mon/Tues/, Dec 17/18)

Jane Sverzhinsky for her father, Effim Rubinchik, 13 Tevet, (Thur/Fri, Dec 20/21)

Nella Sverzhinsky for her father, Effim Rubinchik, 13 Tevet, (Thur/Fri, Dec 20/21)

William Frydman for his father, Zelig Ben Getzel, 13 Tevet, (Thur/Fri, Dec 20/21)

Baruch Dayan Emet: Condolences to the Sober Family

With sadness, we inform you of the passing of Dr. Stan Sober. Dr. Sober lived in London for many years and served as president of Beth Tefilah for nearly twenty years before moving to Toronto and eventually to Israel. Our hearts go out to the Sober family family and we wish his children, Elan and Reva, condolences and comfort. May Hashem comfort you as he comforts the mourners of Tziyon and Yerushalayim.

New Chairs

We thank the Bottner and Frydman families for the donation of the new chairs and carpet at the Shull. The donation was made in memory of Jack's mother, Irene Kasner-Bottner, Miriam bat Yaakov v'Chanah, and in memory of Zelig Frydman, loving husband, father and zaidah to Renie, Larry, William, Rachelle, Jonathan, Dara, Asher and Elyse. May their memory be for a blessing and may the many hours of Torah and Tefilah in these chairs and on these carpet serve as an eternal merit to their souls.

Shul News

New Artscrolls:

Beth Tefilah has received generous grants from anonymous donors to purchase new Artscroll siddurim (machzorim) for Tisha Ba’Av, Selichos, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Our donors have generously offered to make dedication opportunities available for $54 per Siddur. If you would like to dedicate a siddur or siddurim in honor or in memory of someone special please contact Louise at the Shul office

Great News!

Beth Tefilah is now set up for credit card contributions and for automobile donations..

1 Credit Card donations are processed online through www.CanadaHelps.org.


The funds will be transferred to Beth Tefilah and the web site will process your donation.

2 To Donate a vehicle to Beth Tefilah

    visit https://donatecar.ca
    Click on the link to donate and follow prompts to Beth Tefilah.

Funds generated by the car sale will be transferred to the Shull and you will receive your donation from Beth Tefilah.

Important - Please take note:

The bulletin email list was created to notify you of upcoming programs,classes and services at Congregation Beth Tefilah. So far we have used this list mainly for our weekly bulletin.

We plan to start sending more emails fulfilling this list's other mandate, to notify you about specific upcoming programs: one several weeks before a given program and another one several days before the program.

As always, you can unsubscribe at any time using the link at the end of this email.


To make a commitment or confirm a Minyan, please contact Rabbi Lazer.

Yahrzeit Minyan Email List

We have an email list for anyone who is organizing a yahrzeit minyan.
You can sign up here. Please note that only subscribers will be able to send email to this list.


Why not consider sponsoring a Kiddush? Do it yourself or with others. Birthdays, anniversaries, Yahrtzeits and other occasions are great reasons. Helping with set up is greatly appreciated and needed.

If you would like to volunteer on a periodic basis to help out with kiddush preparation or you would like to sponsor a Kiddush call Congregation Beth Tefilah at 519-433-7081.

Monthly Bulletin:

The deadline for announcements to go into the January 2019 + Bulletin is 10:00 am on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. If you miss the deadline but would like an announcement to be made verbally on Shabbat, please ensure that the text of your announcement is received by the office by Thursday at noon. If using email, requests should be sent to: announcements@bethtefilah.org

Tree of Life:

The Tree of Life is an excellent way to commemorate life events, to honour a friend or loved one, or to mark any other significant occasion. Leaves cost $180 and stones are $1,500.


Members are invited to browse through our library. The library is available whenever the shul is open, for in-house reading. Book loans are not available at this time.

Peanut Allergies and other sensitivities:

Please be advised that the food served in the synagogue cannot be guaranteed to be peanut free. It is our policy though, not to allow any peanut products in this building.

Congregation Beth Tefilah tries to provide an environment in which all can attend in comfort, therefore we request that our attendees refrain from using strong perfumes and scents.


The key for the Or Shalom Cemetery is available at the Gas Station, across from the Or Shalom Cemetery at the corner of Proudfoot and Oxford Street.

Traffic Signal at Kipps Lane:

The traffic lights at Kipps Lane have been reprogrammed at our request. On Saturdays, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., every time the signal turns green for east-west movement (i.e. to cross Adelaide) it automatically provides an extended "walk" time as if you had pressed the "walk" button. You and your family may now cross Adelaide safely without the need to press the button. Thanks are due to the City of London Traffic Department

Office Hours:

Thursday December 6 and 27 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wednesday December 12 and 19 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Community News

Special Mention

We are proud to share that the Faculty of Law at Western University honored Professor Gerald Fridman posthumously for his contribution to the law. Dr. Fridman was a world renowned authority on the law and has authored many law books that are studied across the English speaking world and quoted in the courts. A seminar, sponsored by Gerald’s publishers, and a dinner sponsored by his law firm, Cohen, Highly, were held in his honor.

Accommodation Available

Excellent Overnight AccomModation Close To Beth Tefilah An Airbnb is located within a 30 minute walk (or 5 minute drive) of Beth Tefilah. The suite sleeps up to 4 people. Perfect for out of town guests! For further information, please contact Daniel Bell at 519-317-9232.

This Month's Sponsor

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