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Mask Mandate Lifted

In keeping with Ontario rescinding the mask mandate, Beth Tefilah is doing the same, with a few caveats. 1) Masks are no longer required in shul, for normal services. However, mask wearing continues to be strongly encouraged until we see how unmasking is affecting the numbers. 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, e.g. the number of people that attended the Purim party, masks will be required. 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 Bulletin.

Indoor Service at Beth Tefilah, Shabbat 9:30 AM

Beth Tefilah now holds indoor services (Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday after Candle Lighting) on Shabbat mornings at 9:30 AM with appropriate distancing protocols.

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

Updated Protocols for Synagogue service, Hebrew School and Event attendance are listed at the end of the bulletin.

Gardening Help:

Special thanks to Kayla Molnar and Patti Cufio for taking care of the shul garden this year.

Do you like gardening? Kayla Molnar is looking for volunteers to help keep the gardens at Beth Tefilah looking nice. Help out as much or as little as you like. Please contact Kayla at 519-709-0544.

Shul Programs

Beth Tefilah now holds indoor services for Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday 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

Kabbalat Shabbat is held after Candle Lighting on Friday.

Sunday Morning Tefilin, Talmud, and Breakfast

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

Talmud Class

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


Dinner and Late Night Study: Thursday Evening May 25, 8:40 PM

Join us for dinner and a late night study session to welcome Shavuot. Thursday, May 25. Candle Lighting 8:30. Minchah 8:40. Study Session A 8:55. Maariv and Dinner 9:45. Study Session B 10:45 to midnight. We will explore question such as why are there no miracles of biblical proportions today? Why do we pray if G-d knows what we need? Why is there so much fragmentation in Jewish practice? Why is the star of David a Jewish symbol? Why does immersion in a Mikvah purify? These and many other questions will be explored.

Shavuot Day One: Friday Morning, May 26, 9:30 AM

Join us on the first day of Shavuot as Beth Tefilah welcomes LCHDS for a lovely interactive morning service. Children will take a leading role in portions of the service. We will listen to the Ten Commandments followed by a delicious Ice Cream party for children. Services will be followed by a dairy lunch for the entire congregation. We invite all children to join us for this service.

Shavuot Day Two: Shabbat May 27, 9:30 AM

The second day of Shavuot is when we traditionally recite Yizkor. Join us for services on this morning at 9:30. The Yizkor service followed by Musaf and Birchat Kohanim will commence at approximately 11:30.

Rosh Chodesh Society

A women’s group that meets monthly. This year’s course ” To Be-lieve or not to Be-lieve in Yourself” is a revolutionary course based on the 225 year old text the Tanya, on navigating our inner complexity to chart a clear path for ourselves.

The next class will take place on Sunday, May 21. The title is, “Wheeling and Dealing To Feeling The Healing; Imperfect Action is Far Better Than Perfect Inaction.”

This event will be hybrid in person and online. If you intend to come in person, please rsvp bgurkow@gmail.com.

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 May 28 - June 3

Cecile Shore for her father-in-law, Shalom ben Ephraim, 8 Sivan (Sat/Sun, May 27-28)

Mazal Tov Wishes

A belated Mazal Tov to Danny and Eli Bell for the engagement of their daughter to Shirah to Zachary Abenhaim. May you enjoy many happy decades of nachas from your children and grandchildren and may we only share simchas. Good news is always good to share, but we apologize for the belated notice.

Mazal Tov to Maish and Maxine Levine for the birth of their grandson to their daughter Amy and son in law Gary. The Bris took place on May 11 and the name is Ze'ev Chaim. May you enjoy many decades of nachas from your children and grandchildren and may we only share simchas.

Mazal Tov to Isaac Shapiro on completing a years long halachah study project and receiving Semichah. Isaac Shapiro is now Rabbi Isaac Shapiro and we, as a congregation, could not be more proud. What an amazing achievement. Welcome to the rabbinate and may others follow your lead.



Shul News

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 once we start having Kiddush after Shabbes services again? Sponsor one 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 2023 Bulletin is 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 23, 2023. 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:

Office Hours for May 2023, Thursday, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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Community News

The Children’s Aid Society of London & Middlesex Seeking Foster Homes

The Children’s Aid Society of London & Middlesex is committed to placing children in loving, supportive foster homes when they cannot be with their biological families. We are currently experiencing an extreme shortage of families willing to provide temporary care for children & youth in need. When we cannot find a local home, children are placed in group care facilities or out-of-town foster homes far from their community. Recently, we were tasked with securing a permanent home for a Jewish child, however had no foster families who were a religious match.

The foster application process takes approximately 4-6 months and includes online training, making the process more accessible for all schedules. Foster families are provided with ongoing training, a foster parent mentor, ongoing agency support and a monthly, tax-free financial stipend which covers all of the children’s needs. We welcome those with flexible schedules and invite retired adults in the community who have the time, space, and compassion to offer children & youth who need it most.

Please contact us to learn more: www.caslondon.on.ca/foster_adopt - info@caslondon.on.ca - 519-455-9000 x2777”

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

London Community Hebrew Day School

Call (519) 439-8419 office@lchds.ca. 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.)

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