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Audio: Our New Senior Rabbi Designate – Monday April 14, 2014

Rabbi Splansky has led our congregation through a trying time of transition. She has provided stability, attracted additional professionals who bring their own strengths to the table and reinvigorated our commitment to Renewal of Space and Spirit. Thanks to the … Read More…

 

Announcement from the Temple Board – Senior Rabbi Appointment

Erev Pesach, 5774 April 14, 2014 Announcement from the Temple Board Re: Senior Rabbi Appointment Dear Fellow Congregants: It is my great pleasure to inform you that Holy Blossom Temple’s Board of Directors has appointed Rabbi Yael Splansky as our … Read More…

 

Video: The Future of Aboriginal Education with Rt. Hon. Paul Martin

By Dr. Harvey Schipper, President Thursday’s extraordinary evening with the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin was, to me, an expression of the best of Holy Blossom. We welcomed an international figure and learned with him, not only about our Aboriginal community, … Read More…

 

Holy Sprouts CSA: Spring/Summer 2014

Click image above to play Want to feed your family the freshest, organic, local food while helping to build a vibrant local food system? Join our CSA today! WHAT IS A CSA? Through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, your … Read More…

 

HBT Family Mitzvah Day

Sunday, April 27, 2014 this year at Leo Baeck South. If we could bottle Jewish Values, we’d have something like Family Mitzvah Day. Bring your children (ages 2-18) for our inter-generational hands-on Mitzvah Extravaganza!  Multiple mitzvah stations for multiple worthy … Read More…

 

Yom HaShoah with Jack Kuper

Monday, April 28, 2014 7:00 p.m. Join us for a service of music and poetry, remembrance and reflection. Our children will be the last generation to hear first-hand from Holocaust survivors. If you feel your child or teen is ready, … Read More…

 

Encore Challah Covers Event May 1

A unique event was held in the studio of Temma Gentles, our artist-in-residence, in late autumn under the auspices of the Bikur Cholim Committee. With Temma’s guidance, at a stencil-printing workshop, eight participants designed 8 different Challah Covers to be … Read More…

 

Harry and Blanche Posen Memorial Lectures 2014

May 12 & 14, 2014. ISRAEL AND ITS NEIGHBOURS FACING THE UPHEAVAL IN THE MIDDLE EAST. Professor Gabi Ben-Dor, University of Haifa, National Defense College. Monday, May 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The Middle East is undergoing massive changes, the … Read More…

 

Theatre Talk – Stars of David

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Avery Saltzman, Director Join us for a conversation before seeing the production with the Director and cast members of the upcoming production of Stars of David, at the Harold Green Jewish Theatre – … Read More…

 

The HABSTY Bagel Project

(Holy Blossom Senior Youth) Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 11th 2014 The HABSTY Bagel Project is about so much more than just Bagels! The HABSTY Bagel Project is: a yummy surprise on a Sunday morning a wonderful way to say … Read More…

 
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Shabbat Menucha with Abbot Stan

By Dr. Harvey Schipper, President. Two summers ago Karen and I, along with our daughter and son-in-law, travelled to Charleston, South Carolina for a wedding.  It was to take place at Mepkin Abbey, an exquisite Trappist Monastery about an hour outside … Read More…

 

Pesach in Arrandale: A Frozen Seder

By Jeremy Sandler. #FrozenSeder Our family all together at Pesach is probably the highlight of the holiday for me, along with springtime in the air, afikomen negotiations and, hopefully, someone serving brisket. But one challenge of Passover has always been … Read More…

 

Songs of Haggadah: Celebrate Passover with Song

By Cantor Benjamin Maissner. As we approach the festival of freedom and mark our liberation from bondage we try to celebrate this occasion with song, dance and telling the story of “Yetziat Mitzrayim“. The nicest way, of course, to celebrate … Read More…

 
Our Rabbis Sermons and Reflections
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Criticism and Commitment

By Rabbi Dow Marmur. As we’re packing our bags for our summer sojourn in Toronto brings to my mind Amos Oz’s confession that he loves Israel even when he can’t stand it; I discern similar mixed feelings in Ari Shavit’s, … Read More…

 

Sermon: April 12, 2014 – Rabbi Teri Appleby

Click image above to listen. I remember. It was Wednesday, August 28th 1963. I was eleven years old. My family and I were sitting in front of the TV. Transfixed. We were watching a march on Washington D.C. by thousands … Read More…

 

Pesach: Liberation from Cynicism

By Rabbi Yael Splansky. Our Hagadah instructs us to tell the story:  “From Degradation to Exaltation.”  It’s an exercise in being truthful about the brokenness in our world and nevertheless, refusing to be resigned.  The central theme of Pesach is … Read More…