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SHABBAT PESACH - 15 - 21 Nisan (April 20 - 26, 2019)


There will be no Kiddush until after Passover.

Shul Programs

Certificate Authorizing the Sale of Chametz

Please note the correct Fax number on the Certificate Authorizing the Sale of Chametz is 1-419-745-5041. All certificates must be in by today, Thursday, April 18.

Erev Pesach

There are several time points to keep in mind for Friday Erev Pesach. If you are a male first born, it is incumbent upon you to fast on Erev Pesach to thank G-d for sparing the lives of the Jewish first born. If fasting on Erev Pesach is not your preference, you may attend the Rabbi’s Siyum (Celebration upon concluding a tractate of Talmud) on Friday, April 19 immediately following morning services. The morning service begins at 7:00 AM.

The last time to eat Chametz on Friday, Erev Pesach, is 10:35 AM.

All Chametz must be burned and destroyed by 11:53 AM. If you don’t have a fire in which to burn your Chametz, you may join the rabbi in his backyard at 11:15 AM. Make sure to come on time as the fire will only last approximately fifteen minutes. By 11:53 AM, all the Chametz you included in your Sale of Chametz Certificate, should be placed in the place you designated for it, and that space should then be sealed. It can be sealed by affixing a piece of tape to the cover of the box or to the door of the room. Alternately, you can drape a sheet over it to form a barrier. You can also place it behind a wall of boxes or the like. The wall should be at least thirty-six inches high.

After this point, any Chametz that comes into your possession cannot be given away and must be destroyed. If someone brings a Chametz gift to your home, thank them graciously and explain that you are not at liberty to accept the gift. The item may be placed in a corner, out of the way, and then returned to the gifter as he or she leaves the home. Gifts accepted in error may not be returned. They must be destroyed. If it is in the middle of Yom Tov, place a cover over it or a barrier around it and burn it on Sunday night, immediately after Yom Tov.

Rosh Chodesh Society

Rosh Chodesh Society: It’s About Time, is a women’s topical discussion group led by Rebbetzin Basie that meets once a month at the homes of community members. Each month the group explores the Kabbalistic energies attributed to the month in a practical life lesson.

Rosh Chodesh Society will not meet in the month of April. The next event will take place on Monday, May 6, 7: 30 PM at the home of Devorah Leah Brown, 1411 Hastings Drive. The topic will be “Knowing the Unknowable - Bridging the Gap Between Faith and Reason.”

Talmud Class

Rabbi Lazer teaches Talmud every Sunday morning after services at approximately 9:45 AM. Current study is tractate Makot chapter three. Due to Chag, there will be no class this Sunday morning.

COR Passover Guide

The Guide can be found at http://cor.ca/passover.html

Sunday Hebrew Day 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.

Shul Board Meeting



Week of April 20/26:

Basie Gurkow for her grandmother, Rose Block, 16 Nissan (Apr 20/21, Sat/Sun)


We wish a heartfelt Mazaltov to Levik Gurkow, who will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah birthday on the fourth day of Pesach, Tuesday, 18 Nisan / April 23. Levik and his parents will be in New York on that day, where Levik will have his first Aliyah to the Torah at a special Minyan that will convene in the study of the Lubavitcher Rebbe OBM. Levik’s Bar Mitzvah celebration will be held on June 18 after shavuot.

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 Louise at 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 www.CanadaHelps.org.


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

2 To Donate a vehicle to Beth Tefilah

    visit https://donatecar.ca
    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.

We plan to start sending more emails fulfilling this list's other mandate, to notify you about specific upcoming programs: one several weeks before a given program and another one several days before the program.

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 May 2019 Bulletin is 10:00 am on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. 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:

April 2019 - Thursday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon (except Thursday April 25)

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