2016 Brotherhood: Retreat Weekend

Brotherhood Retreat

Friday, November 4, 2016
Carriage Hills Resort Oro-Medonte, Ontario

We are on a path to living our lives with greater integrity, holiness, and meaning. Learn how to live a more compassionate life in a warm, supportive community of like-minded souls at the Retreat Weekend this fall from November 4 to 6, 2016.


Friday Afternoon: arrival and check-in, coffee and snacks available. Kabbalat Shabbat services with life music. Dinner, Birkat Hamazon, Post-dinner activity or if weather permits, a light stroll outside, Late-night social activity.

Saturday Morning: walk and stretching, breakfast, Torah study, morning services, pre-lunch activity either indoor or outdoor, lunch, Birkat Hamazon and singing, Afternoon program, dinner, Birkat Hamazon and leading into Havdallah, coffee and ice cream and sprinkles for a ‘make your own sundae’, evening program, late night program.

Sunday Morning: stretching and walk, breakfast, shacharit service, tefillin welcome
quick gathering to say farewell, head home.

Cost: $290/ person double occupancy – includes accommodation, services, studies with Rabbi Satz, meals and snacks.

Transportation: The retreat center is 60 minutes from Toronto. Driving directions will be provided. We will arrange car pools

Pre-registration required. Please RSVP, the space is limited.

Leave a message on the Brotherhood hotline 416-789-3291


Brotherhood and Sisterhood present: “HAVDALLAH BBQ at Holy Blossom Temple”

bbq havdallah 1Saturday, June 4, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Come for Music Song and Socializing and a most Delicious BBQ Havadallah!

Bring your Family and Friends for a Wonderful evening you won’t want to miss!

Be sure to reserve your seats by calling Elana at the office 416-789-3291 ext. 0

$12 per adult | $10 per child 12 and under


Breakfast with Brotherhood: Psychiatric help – the doctor is IN! 

Dr Marcia ZemansSunday, April 10, 2016

Dr. Marcia Zemans, a life long Holy Blossom Temple member, is a practicing psychiatrist and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Harvard University, she specializes in child and adolescent mental health. She will be speaking with us about the many facets of mental health and psychiatry, and is offering a unique and informal question and answer session open to all Temple members.

Whether you have questions about illnesses, medications, or want to learn more about terminology, or learn a coping strategy, Marcia will share her knowledge and experience with all.

Please join us in the Philip Smith foyer after Shacharit services, Shacharit services will be in the Youth Chapel.


Brotherhood Breakfast: Yiddish Pirates Made Me Jewish

Gary Barwin

Discovering a Brave “Nu” World While Writing the Novel Yiddish for Pirates

Sunday, March 6, 2016
Brotherhood Breakfast after shacharit services.

Gary Barwin will read from his forthcoming novel Yiddish for Pirates and discuss various aspects of the writing process as a Jewish author.

These elements will include his investigation of the use of Yiddish in his writing, and his historical influences for the book, a list which includes Columbus, the Inquisition, the exploration of the New World, Native culture, and approaches to memory and the Holocaust. He will also reflect on how writing Yiddish for Pirates greatly intensified his interest in his Jewish heritage and culture.

Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist and the author of twenty books of poetry, fiction and books for children. His recent books include the soon to be released Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada), the short fiction collection, I, Dr. Greenblatt, Orthodontist, 251-1457, and the poetry collection Moon Baboon Canoe. A PhD in music composition, Barwin has been Writer-in-Residence at Western University and Young Voices E-Writer-in-Residence at the Toronto Public Library, and has taught cre­ative writing at a number of colleges and universities. He will be writer-in-residence at several shelters/custody facilities with ArtForms’ “Writers in the House” program for at-risk youth. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Born in Northern Ireland to South African parents of Ashkenazi descent, Barwin moved to Canada as a child. He is married with three adult children and lives in Hamilton, Ontario.


Notice of Holy Blossom Temple Brotherhood AGM


FEBRUARY 21, 2016
TIME: 9:30 AM

  1. Welcome and D’var Torah (to be determined)
  1. Approval of Minutes
  • Approve minutes of last AGM held November 12, 2015.
  1. President’s Report from Mike Morgulis (MM)
  • Update on HBT Board.
  • Update on construction activities.
  • Update on requests for funding from BH including $40,000 allotted for a named contribution towards the new Temple project to be determined.
  1. Treasurer’s Report
  • Presentation of financial statements for last fiscal year(s) and budget for upcoming fiscal year.
  1. Brotherhood Annual General Meeting
  • Election of Brotherhood Board of Directors positions, including President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Chair, Programming Chair, Communication Chair and general board members.
  1. Summary of significant Brotherhood projects and undertakings from the past year
    • Yartzheit candle initiative.
    • Plaut commentaries.
    • Donations to Camp George, Kutz Camp, Richard Ludwig re: HBT’s study in Israel initiative.
  1. Reports from Brotherhood members on other committees
    • Temple Board nominating committee (Peter Weinwurm)
    • Transition Committee.
    • Worship Committee
  1. Upcoming events
    • final winter breakfasts, June Sisterhood/Brotherhood BBQ Havdallah, Autumn Retreat.
  1. Sunday morning breakfasts
  • Next Breakfast on Sun. Mar. 6.
  • Speaker: TBD.
  • Confirm food to be served.
  1. Other
  • Including new business.
  1. Confirm date of next Brotherhood business meeting with new executive board members
  • Scheduled for Wed. Mar. 9, 2016.
  1. Motion to Adjourn



Act to End Violence Against Women

TH_Penny_headshot___GalleryBreakfast Sponsored by Brotherhood

Sunday, February 7, 2016
9:30 a.m.

Penny Krowitz, Executive Director of the organization Act to End Violence Against Women, will  share her expertise on issues of domestic violence within the Jewish community and the various strategies to support the victims and their families.

Everyone is invited to attend – the social and legal ramifications are of concern to us all.

This is a Sisterhood and Brotherhood co-sponsored event and breakfast will be provided. 

about Penny Krowitz

Penny joined Act To End Violence Against Women, previously known as Jewish Women International of Canada (JWIC) and B’nai Brith Women of Canada in 1984. She assumed the role of Executive Director in 1987.

Since that time, she has guided the organization through a number of significant changes including two name changes, a refocused mission and a paradigm shift in governance.

Over the years, Penny has played a leadership role in identifying the strategic issues facing Jewish women and their families and developing and implementing programs and projects to strengthen their lives. In the late 1980’s Penny was instrumental in developing the first and only shelter program for Jewish abused women and their children in partnership with Jewish Family and Child of Toronto. Since that time, culturally sensitive shelters have been established by Act To End Violence Against Women in Montreal and Winnipeg. She has also been instrumental in implementing other Act To End Violence Against Women projects: Turning the Page – a project that transforms a space in a shelter for women & children into a children’s library; the Legal Information Service for Jewish Women who have experienced abuse.

Penny graduated with honours with a Certificate in Voluntary Sector and Arts Management from the Faculty of Administrative Studies at York University.  She has a Certificate in Voluntary and Non-Profit Sector Management from The Canadian Centre for Philanthropy and she earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in June 1995.  She has participated in many task forces and committees in the violence against women sector to affect change, to evaluate programs and to advocate to government.


Sisterhood and Brotherhood Present: Havdallah Open Mic

Open Mic

The congregation is invited to attend the Sisterhood/Brotherhood Havdallah-Open Mic musical evening on January 9th.

This recurring enjoyable annual event is a pot-luck dinner with home-brewed musicians serving up an intimate night to celebrate the end of Shabbat.

This year we’re especially happy to have Susan Baskin’s Ukelele group, in addition to our usual song leaders and performers.

Please contact Elana in the Temple office for details – 416-789-3291, ext. 221.


Watch the video above for a sneak peek of the The HBT/Susan Baskin’s Ukelele group


Brotherhood Study Group: Maimonides and Buber

1A Religion of the Intellect vs.a Religion of Personal Encounter

Rabbi Michael Stroh, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Har Zion

Thursdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2016
7:30 p.m.

2Maimonides thought in terms of a religion that speaks to the mind; Buber thought in terms of life and its meaning.

Which speaks to us? Can we have both?

Both men and women welcome!


Taking Root: Contemporary Jewish Community Farming

Risa Alyson CooperBrotherhood Breakfast
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Shacharit Services at 9:00 a.m.

Risa Alyson Cooper, Executive Director of Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs, will share Shoresh’s vision for developing Bela Farm, a rural centre for sustainable, land-based Judaism in Hillsburgh, Ontario.

She will outline the Jewish values that are guiding and grounding this 100 acre farm project and highlight the various educational programs, volunteer opportunities, and farm ventures that will animate the space.

Risa Alyson Cooper is the Executive Director of Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs. She completed her B.A. Honours at Queen’s University in Comparative Religious Studies and her M.A. at the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, focusing on Contemporary Jewish Environmental Ethics. Upon graduating, Risa moved to rural Connecticut where she worked as a Jewish environmental educator at the Teva Learning Centre for three years. She then transitioned into small-scale organic farming as a member of the Adamah Jewish Farming Fellowship where she grew vegetables on a four-acre farm, worked in a raw goat-milk dairy, and dabbled in the art of fermentation. In 2008, Risa returned to her native Toronto to work as the Director of Shoresh and to establish the Kavanah Garden, bringing together her experience in Jewish outdoor education with her love for Canadian soil and the plants and people that it sustains. In 2010, Risa was profiled as a Woman to Watch by PresenTense Magazine and in 2012 she was honoured to be selected as a fellow in the prestigious Joshua Venture Group Dual Investment Fellowship. In 2013, shortly following the birth of her daughter Ayda, Risa was awarded the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize for exceptionalism in Jewish Education. Risa believes that growing food sustainably is an expression of her deeply-rooted Jewish ethics. Her favourite vegetable is the beet.


Brotherhood Breakfast: You are what you eat!

Darlene LitmanSunday, November 15, 2015

Darlene Litman, president of Creative Ingredients, Inc.

Come and hear local Jewish poultry farmer Darlene Litman’s first hand experience with raising different chickens, and how we can raise the bar for Kosher chicken. There is a vast difference between the chicken you THINK you are eating as opposed to what industrial chicken farmers are actually growing, and the news is not good.

Before you buy your next Shabbat chicken, please listen to what Darlene has to say.