No Kiddush until further notice

Indoor Service at Beth Tefilah, Shabbat 9:30 AM

Beth Tefilah now holds indoor services for Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM and on Shabbat mornings at 9:30 AM with appropriate distancing protocols.

You may read about these protocols at the bottom of the Weekly Bulletin.

Chanukah Events

Upcoming Events

Giant Menorah Lighting at City Hall Thursday, December 10, 5:15 PM. Pre-registration, masking, and distancing, will be necessary. Details to be announced.

Beth Tefilah Invites you To Zoom Chanukah With Friends

Monday, December 14 and Thursday, December 17, 5:30 PM

- A Chanukah Insight with Rabbi Gurkow

- Kindle Chanukah Lights as a Community via Zoom

Sit back and enjoy a Short Show

Monday: Musical Performance By Nissim Black

Thursday: Pop Art By Yitzchak Moully

Zoom details are available in the Weekly Bulletin

If you are shopping for Chanukah, did you know you can also help raise money for Beth Tefilah?

Just follow this link to Israel's Judaica -

London Jewish Directory 2020-2022 Edition

We are pleased to announce that the new biennial London Jewish Directory is now available for purchase through Or Shalom Synagogue. Price remains the same $30 per Directory. You have three options for ordering your copy:

1. On line at Payment can be made on line using your credit card.

2. Mail your cheque or credit card information to: Or Shalom Synagogue, 534 Huron St. London, N5Y 4J5 (see form on desk at the entry to the Shull)

3. Call Or Shalom office (519-438-3081) with your credit card information. All orders will be processed through the Or Shalom office and copies will be mailed upon receipt of payment.

Board Meeting

The Board meeting was held by Zoom on August 25th at 7:15 pm. If you want a copy of the minutes of the recent AGM and previous Board meetings, please send an e-mail to

Special thanks to:

Kayla Molnar and Pattu Cufio for taking care of the shul garden this year

Shul Programs

Indoor Services at Beth Tefilah, Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning.

Beth Tefilah now holds indoor services for Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday Evenings at 5:45 PM and on Shabbat and Chag mornings at 9:30 AM with appropriate distancing protocols. You may read about these protocols in your Weekly Bulletin.

Kabbalat Shabbat

As the days get shorter, Kabbalat Shabbat services begin earlier. This Friday Kabbalat Shabbat is scheduled for 5:45 PM. During the winter season, attendance at Kabbalat Shabbat is usually lower. We still intend to meet for Kabbalat Shabbat, but there may be weeks when we don’t have services. Please check with Isaac Shapiro to ascertain that a service will be held if you plan to attend.

Talmud Class

Rabbi Lazer teaches Talmud every Sunday morning via Zoom at 9:30 AM. Current study is tractate Erkin chapter one.

Rosh Chodesh Society

Rosh Chodesh Society: Art and Soul; Live Creatively, is a women’s topical discussion group led by Rebbetzin Basie that meets once a month (November - May). Each month the group looks at the arts through the lense of the Torah and explores the life lessons inherent therein. No meetings are scheduled until further notice.

Sunday Hebrew Day School

If you would like to learn more about Time for Torah Hebrew School, or to register your child for this year, please contact Rabbi Lazer Gurkow at 519‑694‑7708 or Rebbetzin Basie Gurkow at 226‑234‑5022.

Upcoming Events Via Zoom (Information provided in Weekly Bulletin)

Rabbi Lazer is teaching his classes via Zoom.

Sunday mornings 9:30 AM: Talmud Class will resume after Simchat Torah.

Thursday Evenings 7:30 PM Thoughts On The Parsha.



Week of November 28 - December 4

Barbara Lefcoe for her mother, Mildred Grobstein, 13 Kislev, (Sat/Sun, Nov 28/29)

Jean Classic for her mother, Gladys Fuller, 15 Kislev, (Mon/Tue, Nov 30/Dec 1)

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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 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

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

2 To Donate a vehicle to Beth Tefilah

    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.

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 December 2020 Bulletin is 10:00 am on Tuesday November 24, 2020. 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:

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:

Office Hours for November 2020

Thursday Morning from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

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Community News

Negev in November

Join the Jewish National Fund on Sunday November 29th, 2020 @ 8:00 PM from the comfort of your own home for a delightful evening with two hilarious Canadian comedians - Jamie Elman & Eli Batalion from Yidlife Crisis and featuring special guest appearances by Colin Mochrie, Gal Gadot, Martin Short, David Broza, Elon Gold, Jay Baruchel, and so many more!

Jamie and Eli are very talented Montrealers who will be performing a special episode for the JNF. It will be all original material for a different type of Negev. Let us enjoy a fun filled evening with friends and family, so we can fill the house with laughter and joy. Want a sneak peek of Jamie and Eli? You can find their videos on YouTube and at

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