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Israel Committee: Initiative for Israel – September 2, 2014

What did Israel gain? Israelis are uncertain on the benefits achieved from the war in Gaza.  Ban Ki Moon says the blockade should end in return for Israeli security. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/world/middleeast/israel-gaza-strip-conflict.html?_r=0 Is it time to restart the peace process? Author David … Read More…

 

Musical Heritage Concert Series 2014/2015

Dear Friends, I hope you all enjoyed a restful summer in spite of the difficult times and the horrific news of the tragic war in Israel. We all are deeply concerned and worried about our brothers and sisters in Israel … Read More…

 

Religious School Registration 2014/2015

We hope you are having a wonderful relaxing summer! We are looking forward to an exciting year together which begins on Sunday, September 7, Wednesday, September 10 or Monday September 8. We want to send one more reminder to those … Read More…

 

Save the Date: Out of the Cold Sign-up Night

Tuesday, October 21, 2014. 6:30 p.m. Come learn about this incredible program helping to ease the plight of the homeless and socially isolated people during the winter months. The program starts on November 6 and there are a number of … Read More…

 

Mondays @ the Temple: the comfort that being together brings

To the senior members of the congregation, I hope you have had a good summer. The weather may not have lived up to expectations and the news from Israel has been anything but good but those of you who have … Read More…

 

Holy Blossom Temple’s KEF 2014-2015

What is כיף KEF?? (KEF = fun in Hebrew) KEF is HBT’s ‘afterschool program’, right here at Temple!  Each program is active and hands on, allowing children to take part in creative, skill-building activities with an added Jewish and/or Hebrew … Read More…

 

The Rabbi Splansky Celebration Fund: Let us go forward, together

September 19-21, 2014 | 25-27th of Elul, 5774 The Rabbi Splansky Celebration Fund In honour of the Appointment of Rabbi Yael Splansky as Senior Rabbi Designate at Holy Blossom Temple As Senior Rabbi Designate, Yael Splansky is leading the way towards … Read More…

 

Does Junior Need Jewish Preschool — or Is Shabbat Sing-Along Enough?

By Pamela Cappe Hamovitch, Director, Early Childhood Centre at Holy Blossom Temple. Our Early Childhood Centre at Holy Blossom Temple is committed to providing a high-quality learning experience in which Jewish values and traditions are integrated into a play-based curriculum. In … Read More…

 

Yiddish lovers at HBT: The Chaim and Inna Grade Archive

By Rabbi Edward Goldfarb. Imagine that a hitherto unknown cache of unpublished manuscripts and correspondence of Ernest Hemingway had just been discovered. The interest in the scholarly community and the public would be enormous. Hemingway was a giant. Chaim Grade, … Read More…

 

Preparing for the High Holy Days

Get your Rosh (head) Ready; prayer of Rosh Hashanah Rabbi Jordan Helfman Tuesday September 16, 2014 7:30 p.m. The High Holy Day prayer book is like a mirror, showing us reflections of different parts of our being throughout this season … Read More…

 
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Observations From the Periphery

Adult B’nai Mitzvah program – A peak experience. Bob Hodes, Temple member and Adult B’nei Mitzvah class graduate. …All of us to whom Judaism, to whom being a Jew, has again become the pivot of our lives, we all know … Read More…

 

Israel and Gaza: Hope in time of tragedy

By Mark S. Anshan. August 1, 2014. These are difficult days for Israel and all Israelis, many of whom are close friends.  We follow the news closely and hope that with each report we read, there will be news of … Read More…

 

Visiting Israel this week…

By Joan Garson, Vice-President. via AZRA Canada. Jerusalem July 30, 2014 Dear Friends, I decided last Sunday that it was time to be in Israel, with my daughter and my Israeli friends. I knew it would be easier to be … Read More…

 
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Kever Avot: Remembering our Loved Ones

By Rabbi Michael Satz. Sunday, September 28, 2014 11:00 a.m. Brimley Road Cemetery This year at Holy Blossom we are going to institute the traditional practice of visiting the graves of our loved ones during the High Holy Day season. … Read More…

 

We Will Not Be Silent

By Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner. The slogan shouted loud and clear as thousands gathered in the parking lot of our synagogue on Wednesday evening, August 20, 2014 and marched vigorously to Bialik Jewish Day School. The march was organized as … Read More…

 

Bridges Beyond Faith: Interfaith Peace Day

By Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner. Dear Congregants and Friends, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 – INTERFAITH PEACE DAY METROPOLITAN UNITED CHURCH (56 Queen Street) DEDICATED TO LEARNING ABOUT TOLERANCE BETWEEN PEOPLE This day is a milestone and hopefully a turning point in … Read More…