Current provincial regulations allow for a maximum of 25% capacity at religious services. This means that we can accommodate more than a minyan and the concern that your presence will prevent others from attending is no longer an issue. However, pre-reservation with the Rabbi is still required. ( 519 694-7708.)

We are thrilled to announce the resumption of our Kiddush following Shabbat services. The Kiddush is served outdoors on the back patio with individually packaged food and drinks.

The Kiddush for October 16 has been sponsored by Shel & Dalia Krakofsky.

Sunday School will continue to meet remotely for the time being.

Indoor Service at Beth Tefilah, Shabbat 9:30 AM

Beth Tefilah now holds indoor services (Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday Evenings at 8:30 PM) on Shabbat mornings at 9:30 AM with appropriate distancing protocols.

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

Return Your Machzor

If you borrowed a Machzor from Beth Tefilah for the High Holidays, please come to Beth Tefilah on Sunday, October 17 to return it/them. Rabbi Gurkow will be available to receive them from 10:00 to 11:30 PM. If you can’t make it during that time slot, please contact Rabbi Gurkow or make alternative arrangements with the Shull office.

Board Meeting

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

Indoor Services at Beth Tefilah, Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning. See changes as per Front Page

Beth Tefilah now holds indoor services for Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday Evenings at 8:30 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

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 9:15 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.

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 October 17 - October 23

Basie Block for her grandfather, Chaim Aaron Block, 10 Cheshvan (Oct 15/16, Fri/Sat)

Isaac Rubinchik for his father, Aaron Rubinchik, 13 Cheshvan (Oct 18/19, Mon/Tue)

With deep sadness we inform you of the passing of Phyllis Strauss, beloved mother of Martin and Tobie Strauss and mother-in-law of Shi Sherebrin. The funeral was held on Wednesday, Oct. 6, in New Jersey.

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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

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 November 2021 Bulletin is 10:00 am on Tuesday October 26, 2021. 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 October 2021, Thursday, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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Community News

London Community Hebrew Day School

LCHDS is now accepting registration for 2021-2022. Call (519) 439-8419 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 or call today for more information! (Confidential financial assistance is available.)

Chanukah Art Program at Jewish London:

A Jewish London program led by artist Zahava Goldstein will take place socially distanced, in person, in the JCC Harris Room. The program will run on Thursday, Nov 18, 6:30-8 PM and offer participants a chance to paint their own latke dish. The dishes will be taken to a kiln and completed so they can be returned to participants in the days before Hanukkah. The program is open to anyone age 7 and up through adulthood.

Admission: $40 To register, call 519 673 3310.

Negev Dinner, honouring Denise & Ron Wexler

The Jewish National Fund of London will host the Negev Dinner honouring Denise & Ron Wexler on November 14, 2021, at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn, Regency Room, 591 Wellington Rd. The strolling dinner begins at 5:30 PM. The program begins at 7:00 PM.

Full evening tickets begin at $210 each. Show and dessert tickets are $136 each with special pricing of $100 for JNF Future (under 40). Call our office at 519-432-2139, the Regional Ontario office at 1-866-527-5516 or email for details.

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