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SHABBAT VAERA - 28 Tevet to 5 Shevat (25 to 31 January 2020)


The Kiddush for 28 Tevet, January 25, is sponsored by Congregation Beth Tefilah. Please contact the office if you would like to sponsor a Kiddush during the rest of the month of January.

Rabbi Gurkow Will Be Away

Rabbi Gurkow and family will be in New York for a family Simcha from the afternoon of January 29 to the evening of February 2.

The following week, Rabbi Gurkow will be in Springfield, Massachusetts on a speaking engagement. He will leave on February 6 and return on February 9.

Shul Programs

Kabbalat Shabbat

We introduced a Kabbalat Shabbat service several months ago and it has been very popular. Until the clock is changed again in March, Kabbalat Shabbat will be held at 5:30 PM. Join us for this short, fun, and exciting service and welcome Shabbat as a community.

LCHDS Kabbalat Shabbat

Please join us on Friday Night, February 28, for an LCHDS Kabbalat Shabbat. The students of LCHDS will lead the various songs and other parts of the service. This will be followed by Kiddush and refreshments.

Please note that Kabbalat Shabbat will begin a half hour later than usual that week. It will begin at 6:00 PM rather than 5:30 PM.

Talmud Class

Rabbi Lazer teaches Talmud every Sunday morning after services at approximately 9:45 AM. Current study is tractate Makot chapter three. All are welcome.

Sunday Hebrew Day School

The new school year has started and we still have space for your child. For more information about Time for Torah or to register your child, please call Rebbetzin Basie (226) 234-5022.

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) at the homes of community members. Each month the group will look at the arts through the lense of the Torah and explore the life lessons inherent therein.

The next meeting will take place on Monday January 27, 730 PM at the home of Mrs. Sondy Taran #7-27 Northcrest Drive. The topic will be The Art of Storytelling: How Words Become a Narrative! RSVP to bgurkow@gmail.com. Admission $10.



Week of January 25-31

Philip Weinstein for his mother, Irene Weinstein, 2 Shevat (Mon/Tues, Jan 27/28)

Svetlana Sverginsky for her mother, Esfir Korobko, 4 Shevat (Wed/Thurs, Jan 29/30)

Chana Sherebrin for her mother, Shoshana Kuger, 5 Shevat (Thur/Fri, Jan 30/31)

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 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 February 2020 Bulletin is 10:00 am on Tuesday, January 21, 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: 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:

Thursday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Community News

Israeli Brunch, Sunday, January 26th - 11:00 AM at JCC London

This year Jewish London is excited to welcome Head Chef Sagi Yaakov to lead our Israeli Brunch team! Chef Yaakov is a veteran of the 5-star Kind David Hotel in Jerusalem and the Stratford Chef School. Get early bird rates prior to January 13, 2020, when prices go up! Seats are selling fast, so get yours today. Contact brandi@jewishlondon.ca.

This Month's Sponsor

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You can sponsor our monthly bulletin, in honour of a birthday, anniversary, yahrzeit, or any other occasion. Contact the office for further details.

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