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SHABBAT EMOR - 13 - 19 iyar (May 18-24, 2019)


Shabbat services on May 25 (the Shabbat after this one) will be held at the Berg Family Chabad House, 1114 Richmond St. Please note that there will be no service at Beth Tefilah on Shabbat May 25.


The Kiddush this week is cosponsored by the PTA of LCHDS and Congregation Beth Tefilah. Please contact the office if you would like to sponsor a Kiddush.

Shul Programs

Genesis and Science: On the Origins of the Universe and Life.

A Lecture by Daniel Friedman, Thursday May 16, 7:30 PM at Beth Tefilah

The biblical account of creation account seems to contradict scientific discovery and observation. Can both be right? Friedman will compare the two accounts and demonstrate their correlation helping us understand the development of the universe and the appearance of life on earth.

Daniel Friedmann served as CEO of a global communications and information company for twenty years and currently serves as Chairman of Carbon Engineering, a company dedicated to climate change. He holds a master’s degree in engineering physics and is a long-time student of religion. With more than 37 years of experience in the space industry, Daniel has published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers on industry topics, along with three books on science and religion. His work on reconciling the biblical account and scientific observation has been reported in magazines, newspapers, television, conferences and radio.

Two Fabulous Shavuot Programs, June 8 and 9

Wine and Cheese and Prayer

Shavuot falls on Sunday and Monday, June 9 and 10. As we do every year, Beth Tefilah will host a late light learning on the first night of Shavuot, Saturday night, June 8, 7:30-11:15 PM. We will convene at 7:30 for a discussion on the advantages of personal versus congregational prayer and demonstrate why both have value. We will break at 9:00 PM for evening services and a wine and cheese Kiddush. The study session will resume at 9:45 to explore the four steps of the daily ladder of prayer. We will demonstrate how and why each of these steps are necessary in the development of our relationship with G-d.

Ice Cream Party and the Ten Commandments

Join us on Sunday Morning, June 9 for the Ten Commandments and an Ice Cream Party. Services begin at 9:30 AM. Junior Congregation commences at 10:30 AM. Children will stand on the Bimah for the reading of the Ten Commandments before returning to the children’s room for a scrumptious Ice Cream Party. The entire congregation is invited to a delicious dairy lunch following services.

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.

The next event will take place on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 7: 30 PM. The topic will be “Going the Extra Mile- Tools For Implementing Lasting Change”, Location TBA

Talmud Class

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

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 Gurkow at 226‑234‑5022.

Shul Board Meeting

Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting will take place on May 28th at 7:30 pm at Beth Tefilah. The financial statements will be presented and the Board elections will take place. If you are interested in serving on the Board, please attend this meeting.

Calling all gardeners or wanna-be gardeners

If you are interested in helping spring clean up of the shul gardens, please let Sandy know at s.levin@bell.net - no experience necessary!



Week of May 11 – May 17:

Maishe Levin for his late uncle, David Rachman, 6 Iyar (May 10/11, Fri/Sat)

Janet Fridman for her late father, Ellis Blaskey, 8 Iyar (May 12/13, Sun/Mon)

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 June 2019 Bulletin is 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. 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:

May 2019 - Thursday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

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Community News

Some of My Best Friends are Jewish … Still!

Lecture Series by Sonia Halpern

April 30 - June 4, 2019 - Extended Class Times 9:30 to 11:45AM, JCC London.

For information Telephone 519-673-3310

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