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.

High Holiday Schedule

See the High Holiday Schedule for candle lighting and Havdalah times throughout the High Holidays.

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

Kabbalat Shabbat

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

Time for Torah Hebrew School has finished for the year. 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.

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

Order Your Lulav and Etrog

This year, it is more important than ever to purchase your own Lulav and Etrog. Due to distancing protocols, sharing a Lulav can be complicated. Make your order with Rabbi Lazer ( (519) 694-7708). Sets will be compiled according to proper protocols.

High Holidays at Beth Tefilah

Because of the distancing guidelines, we will be able to accommodate fewer people at Shull. We emailed members a survey asking to reserve seats at our High Holiday services. If you have not already done so, please respond to and let us know if you will attend, with who (from within your ‘bubble’ and not from your ‘bubble’), and which services. It is imperative that our services are held in a manner that is safe and comfortable and that is consistent with legal requirements.

Fun Filled (Proper Distancing) High Holiday Youth Event

Fun in The Sukkah

When: Wednesday October 7, 4 – 4:40 PM

Where: Backyard of The Rabbi and Rebbetzen, 1059 William St. (btwn Regent & Victoria)

What: · Separate Family Pods · Individual Entry And Exit · Holiday Themed Craft · Fun Games and Activities

Admission $5.00. Must Reserve in Advance (226) 234 5022

Join Rabbi Lazer and Basie for two Zoom based High Holiday coaching Events.

- Make It Meaningful at Home: Rosh Hashanah, Thursday, September 17, 7:30 PM

- Make It Meaningful at Home: Yom Kippur, Thursday, September 24, 7:30 PM

Learn how to lead select prayers of the High Holiday liturgy at home; Learn how to recruit and activate your children to a home-based service; Hear Fascinating Insights into Foundational Liturgical Texts; Listen to Rabbi Lazer’s High Holiday Sermon

Shofar In The Park

Sunday, September 20, Second Day of Rosh Hashanah, 5:30 PM

If you won’t attend in-person services this year, join Rabbi Lazer in the Park on Adelaide Street near Beth Tefilah. We will gather in the area closest to the Shull for a 15 Minute outdoor Shofar Service. You may join us afterward for a Tashlich service near the river.



Week of September 19 - 25

Janet Fridman for her brother-in-law, Mark Mass, 4 Tishrei (Sep 21-22, Mon/Tue)

Nella Sverzhinsky for her grandmother, Barkovskaya Chaya Genya, 7 Tishrei (Sep 24-25, Thur/Fri)

For those who have a Yahrzeit during this time, you are invited to say Kaddish on the Shabbat before your Yahrzeit as that is the only regularly scheduled Minyan at Beth Tefilah.

High Holidays at Beth Tefilah

We are currently exploring options for High Holiday in-person services as well as zoom based pre High Holiday events. Because of the distancing guidelines, we will be able to accommodate fewer people at Shull. It is imperative that our services are held in a manner that is safe and comfortable and that is consistent with legal requirements.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions about how to make our High Holiday services safer or more comfortable, please contact Danny Bell or Rabbi Gurkow as your input will help us plan.

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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 October 2020 Bulletin is 10:00 am on Tuesday September 22, 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 September 2020

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

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