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1) Masks are no longer required in shul, for normal services. 2) Please be respectful of everyone’s choices. If you are seated near someone who is uncomfortable with unmasking, consider putting on your mask or sitting at a safe distance e.g. toward the front of the sanctuary. 3) If there is an event with a larger number of people in attendance 4) Self screening is still required and if you are not feeling well, please do not come to shul.

Additional information can be found in the Weekly email Bulletin.

Service at Beth Tefilah, Shabbat 9:30 AM

Beth Tefilah holds services (Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday after Candle Lighting) on Shabbat mornings at 9:30 AM.

Sunday Morning Services, Talmud Class, and Breakfast: 8:30 AM.


We are trying to organize daily minyan for mincha and maariv. If you would like to be involved, we have a WhatsApp group called "Minyan Maker" which you can join with this link:


Shul Programs

Three Weeks

The three weeks from Tuesday, July 23, to Tuesday, August 13, is a time of mourning for the destruction of the first and the second Bet Hamikdash. Both temples were destroyed on the ninth day of Av, in 420 BCE and 70 CE respectively. During this time we refrain from music, significant purchases such as homes, furniture, or clothing, and eating foods we had not eaten in a year. For the last nine days of this period, we refrain from meat, wine, freshly laundered clothes, and pleasure bathing.

The first and last days of this period are marked by fasting. July 23 is the 17th of Tammuz, it marks the day the walls of Jerusalem were breached. This fast begins 30 minutes before dawn, 4:10 am in London, and concludes at nightfall, 9:45 pm in London. August 13 is the 9th of Av. It marks the day both Temples were destroyed. This fast begins on Monday at sunset, 8:31 pm in London, and ends on Tuesday at nightfall, 9:15 in London. On this day we also refrain from wearing leather shoes and using ointments as well as bathing.

We pray for the coming of Mashiach when these days will be transformed into days of celebration and joy.

Kabbalat Shabbat

Beth Tefilah services for Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday and on Shabbat and Chag mornings at 9:30 AM.

Kabbalat Shabbat is held after Candle Lighting on Friday.

Sunday Morning Tefillin, Talmud, and Breakfast

Join us on Sunday mornings at 8:30 am for Tefillin, Shacharit, followed by a short fascinating Talmud class and a delicious breakfast. We are in-person, in-depth, and informal.

Talmud Class

Rabbi Lazer is teaching weekly classes via Zoom. Current study is tractate Erkin chapter one.

Rosh Chodesh Society

The Rosh Chodesh Society is an enriching monthly group for women. The final in person celebration for this year was held on June 26. There are no meetings in July and August. Information about next year's course will be announced.

Sunday Hebrew 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.

Upcoming Events Via Zoom (Information provided in Weekly Bulletin)

Rabbi Lazer is teaching his classes via Zoom.

Sunday mornings 9:15 am: Talmud Class.

Thursday Evenings 7:30 pm: Thoughts On The Parsha.



Week of July 12-18 (6 - 12 Tammuz)

Daniel Bell for his father, Moshe ben Yitzchak (Paul Bell), 7 Tammuz (July 12-13, Fri/Sat)

Judith Weinstein for her mother, Bronia Cola, 9 Tammuz (July14-15, Sun/Mon)




Cohen/Rishon 652/ 838

Levi/Sheni 654/ 840

Shlishi 656/ 842

Revi’i 657/ 844

Chamishi 658/ 846

Shishi 660/ 850

Shevi'i 662/ 852

Maftir 663/ 854

Haftorah 664/ 1187

Shul News

Bar Mitzvah

Mazel tov to Benjamin Harson, son of Shiri Reshef, grandparents Erica and Hugo Reshef, on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah. Benjamin had his Aliyah on Monday June 17 and will celebrate with a Kiddush lunch at Beth Tefilah on July 27, 2024.

Dedicate a Siddur or Machzor:

Dedication opportunities are available for $54 per Siddur/Machzor. If you would like to dedicate one in honor or in memory of someone special please contact the Shul office

Donations and Membership!

Beth Tefilah is set up for credit card contributions and for membership dues

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 and provide a tax receipt.

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? Sponsor one yourself or with others. Birthdays, anniversaries, Yahrzeits 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 August 2024 Bulletin is 10:00 am on Tuesday July 23, 2024. 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: office@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:

Office Hours for July 2024, Thursday, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

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Community News

London United Jewish Appeal

London Jewish Appeal has joined Jewish Federations of Canada- United Israel Appeal to launch an emergency campaign to support Israel. Please give generously. Donations can be made by calling (519) 673- 3310 or online using the Jewish London website.

Message from JFLT Outreach

This is a community reminder that Jewish Free Loan Toronto can provide critical financial assistance in times of need. Please see the attached poster to find out more, and be sure to refer anyone you know who could benefit from our services. For more information please go to www.jewishfreeloan.ca

Gan Gani Preschool- London

This fully licensed Jewish program offers preschool education up to 5 full days per week, Monday to Friday from September to end of June. Gan Gani is a place where kids are loved, nurtured, experience their Judaism with joy and make lasting friendships! A holistic approach blends Judaic experiences with science, nature, music, art and drama. Registrations are currently being accepted for Fall 2024. For more information, please contact Mrs. Basie Gurkow bgurkow@gmail.com or call (519)673- 3310.

London Community Hebrew Day School

London Community Hebrew Day School has been providing excellence in Jewish and secular education for over fifty years. There are so many reasons to choose LCHDS for your kids – visit www.lchds.ca or call today for more information! (Confidential financial assistance is available.) Call (519) 439-8419 office@lchds.ca or more information.

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