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Havayah: G’MILUT CHASSADIM / VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Are you or a teen you know looking for volunteer hours, or a way to be more involved in our Holy Blossom Community? Be sure to share this list of upcoming opportunities for volunteer hours, and Avodah experiences! Contact Rabbi … Read More…

 

Renewal Project Update – We are so very close!

A very brief, post High Holy Days update on our Renewal Project… As noted in lay leader remarks from the bimah at Rosh Hashanah, we’ve been working very hard to achieve the 85% in pledges required to start construction of … Read More…

 

Jewish Communities Around the World – Sponsored by Sisterhood

The Jews of Ethiopia Judie Oron, journalist, lecturer and award-winning author Thursday, November 20, 2014 7:30 p.m. Join us for a fascinating view of the Jewish community of Ethiopia Her award-winning novel, Cry of the Giraffe, is based on the true story of … Read More…

 

Parent Mingle – Parenting a Teen with Sara Goldman and Michael Waxman

Monday. November 24, 2014 8:00 p.m. Join Sara Goldman and Michael Waxman, clinical social workers who will share their experience working with teens and their families.  They will begin the Parent Mingle with a short discussion about parenting your teen along with some top-teen-tips. There … Read More…

 

Collaboration and the Jews in Wartime France: the Myth of la France eternelle

Holocaust Education Week. Professor Michael Marrus. Wednesday, November 5, 2014 7:30 p.m. Join us as we welcome Professor Michael Marrus who shares the following: This lecture will take us back seventy years, to the delirious events of the liberation of … Read More…

 

עזור תעזור לו: Our Jewish Responsibility To Help: The Challenges Facing Native Canadians

November 28, 2014. Social Justice Shabbat – Azor Taazor Lo: The Challenges Facing Native Canadians and Our Jewish Responsibility to Help. Kabbalat Shabbat: 6:00 p.m. Dinner: 7:00 p.m. Location: Holy Blossom Temple For who: Young Professionals (22-39) What can we … Read More…

 

Jewish Leadership Institute at Holy Blossom Temple

To be launched January, 2015 Rabbi Yael Splansky and Lisa Taylor, Founder of Challenge Factory  What’s Jewish about Jewish Leadership?  How to lead in a secular world, Jewishly? The Leadership Institute is an innovative four month course designed for congregants in their 20s, 30s, … Read More…

 

The Sweet Sound of Music: High Holy Day Trope

Wednesdays, November 12 – 26, 2014 7:30 p.m. With Lindi Rivers, Cantorial Soloist Now that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are behind us, come and learn High Holy Cantilation! Perhaps you can become one of our Torah or Haftarah chanters … Read More…

 

Our Bikur Cholim annual soup evening is just a few weeks away

Please join us as we chop, measure, and stir in the Temple kitchen to produce over 100 (500 ml) containers of nourishing soup. Our recipients are congregants who are frail, elderly, or unwell – every spoonful is enjoyed and appreciated! … Read More…

 

Shabbat Family Education

“Our Jewish Journey” November 1, 2014. Join us for the first of our Shabbat Family Education programs. All children in our Temple community from Grade JK-5 are invited along with their parents to participate in a simultaneous child-friendly and thoughtful … Read More…

 
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I have attended a Profeti della Quinta Concert and Loved it!

By Jack Kugelmass. In March 2013, Cantor Maissner heard about a concert scheduled for the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts of a group that sings the music of the noted Jewish Renaissance composer Salomone Rossi (ca. 1570 – … Read More…

 

Congratulations to the Holy Bs – ISBL Champions

By Richard Borins. Congratulations to the Holy Bs on bringing back the ISBL softball trophy with an exciting, come from behind, 17-14 win against Beth Tikvah today at Bayview Reservoir! Congratulations as well to Beth Tikvah for an excellent season, … Read More…

 

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…

 
Our Rabbis Sermons and Reflections
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Raising Socially and Environmentally Aware Children…

Or raising children that love dance, or ice-hockey, or Israel, or music, or simply being Jewish. Step one: Find a community for your children that loves it, too. Different hockey leagues have different cultures, levels of sportsmanship and competitiveness.  Some … Read More…

 

Sermon: October 18, 2014 – Rabbi Jordan Helfman

Click image above to listen. Anita Sarkeesian studies the portrayal of women in video games. Brianna Wu develops video games in which female characters, as she describes it, transcend the ordinary roles of girlfriends, bimbos, sidekicks, and prizes to be … Read More…

 

Sermon: Shemini Atzeret/Yizkor Service – Rabbi Yael Splansky

Click image above to listen. Jerome Groopman, professor at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Experimental Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital, is also a deeply committed Jew who says the misheberach for healing for each of his patients. In one … Read More…