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Shimon Peres z”l

Today our congregation mourns with Israel and the Jewish World. Shimon Peres z”l led his country with tireless courage and with eyes open.  He served twice as Israel’s Prime Minister and again as her ninth President.  Shimon Peres will always … Read More…

 

Kids, parents and grandparents are invited to help us decorate the Holy Blossom Sukkah!

Sunday, October 16, 2016 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Sukkot is our festival of wandering. At Holy Blossom we know that our rituals are bound to the ethical. This year for Sukkot we are asking our congregants to bring used … Read More…

 

Holy Chag! Sukkot!!

Be sure to register your kids for an afternoon of fun and games, Sukkot Style!! Come as a family to congregational Sukkot services.  the ‘kids only’ fun will begin at the start of the Torah service (approx. 11:30 a.m.) We’ll … Read More…

 

Lessons of the Holocaust: An Author’s Presentation

Thursday, November 3 , 2016 7:30 p.m. When Professor Michael Marrus was a student in Toronto and then at Berkeley in the 1960’s, the Holocaust—the great catastrophe of European Jewry—was hardly a footnote to the study of WWII. Since then, as … Read More…

 

Zentangle! What is it? How does one do it?

Zentangles are miniature pieces of unplanned, abstract, black and white art created through a very specific Method from an ensemble of simple, structured patterns called tangles Zentangles are not only exquisitely beautiful, they are fun and relaxing to create. Join … Read More…

 

Contemporary Jewish Novels with Cynthia Good

The Holy Blossom Centre for Contemporary Jewish Literature Contemporary Jewish Novels with Cynthia Good Tuesdays, October 18 – November 8, 2016 10:00-11:30 a.m. Join us for Cynthia Good’s iconic Conversation on Jewish books. Each Fall Cynthia shares some of her … Read More…

 

Out of the Cold: Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses … of clothes that is!

Please help Holy Blossom’s Out Of The Cold program by donating your gently used clothing. A bin for drop-off will be placed near our Ava Road lobby, and during the High Holy Days at all of our entrances. Or get … Read More…

 

In conversation with… Affinity Konar, Author of Mischling

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 7:30 p.m. MISCHLING is about twin sisters fighting to survive the evils of World War II. Arriving in Auschwitz Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and … Read More…

 

The Golden Age of Jewish Television at the CBC

Holy Blossom Temple Centre for Art and Culture presents: The Golden Age of Jewish Television at the CBC Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Stuart Hands, Program Director for the Toronto Jewish Film Festival Special Guest: Jack Kuper, author of … Read More…

 

Visions of People and Land: Hebrew Poetry

Visions of People and Land: The Hebrew Poetry of Rachel Bluwstein, Nathan Alterman, Leah Goldberg and Yehuda Amichai Rabbi Bill Tepper Thursdays, October 6-20, 2016 7:30 p.m. Join Rabbi Bill Tepper, who returns to Toronto after 8 years in Chattanooga, … Read More…

 
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Our Shinshinim – Divrei Yisrael

Our Shinshinim, Gil and Noga have started their excellent work in our schools and as participants in Family Service each Shabbat. Please read their thoughtful comments about life in Israel which they shared with our congregation over the last two … Read More…

 

Renewal is Here

L’Shanah Tovah! Happy (Re)New(al) Year! By Rabbi Yael Splansky. This Rosh HaShanah, we celebrate Holy Blossom’s 160th Anniversary! Today, our sacred congregation renews itself once again – in space AND in spirit. With our eye on the coming generations, we … Read More…

 

Consecration! Our very special ceremony for our Grade 1 students

We had an amazing gathering of the congregation’s grade 1 students along with their parents, or grandparents, or aunt and uncles joined together to prepare for Consecration! Consecration is our very special ceremony when our Grade 1 students are recognized … Read More…

 
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SHIMON PERES – Personal reflections  

By Cantor Benjamin Maissner. The world over bids farewell and mourns the death of one of the greatest nation’s, greatest leaders. Shimon Peres was a key figure in Israeli politics for more than 50 years. He was elected Prime Minister … Read More…

 

Intense Preparation for Rosh Hashanah

In depth of authenticity, with vigour and passion our final touches on the Rosh Hashanah repertoire. The last few moments in great anticipation for our remarkably beautiful Second Day of ROSH HASHANAH worship service. The magnificent haunting doxology of Yafim … Read More…

 

Peres, Politics, Prophecy and Peace

By Rabbi Dow Marmur. Many years ago I attended a conference in Jerusalem at which the late Abba Eban was a speaker. At the end of his address he got a standing ovation. “Thank you,” he said, “normally I have … Read More…