Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood and Brotherhood: Havdallah BBQ

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Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood and Brotherhood are pleased to invite all congregants to our first joint Havdallah-BBQ on Saturday June 14, 2014.

Not only is it a great opportunity to enjoy meeting fellow congregants informally, it’s also a great time to come together before our kids go to camp, before everyone heads off to the cottage or away on summer vacation.

We will have activities for young and old, we will have an opportunity to see the latest designs for our synagogue, and we will catch up on the latest synagogue news. After burgers, hotdogs and veggies, we will enjoy an enjoyable evening of music from a variety of performers and we will all participate in a huge song-session leading up to an intimate Havdallah service, followed by more singing and dessert.

Please contact Elana Fehler at the Temple office (416-789-3291, ext. 221) or click below and purchase your tickets online.

If you know of someone who is not yet a member, please feel free to invite them and introduce them to our committed and energetic congregational family.


Brotherhood Breakfast: Holy Blossom’s own Canadian Test Pilot

Major Jonathan Knaul,

Major Jonathan Knaul

Sunday, April 6, 2104

I’m pleased to announce that the next BH breakfast is quickly approaching, and our speaker will be one of HBT’s own,

Major Jonathan Knaul, PhD, PEng, CD, Experimental Test Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force

Jonathan is the son of our beloved congregant Marie Knaul and the late Sigmund Knaul (a survivor of Auschwitz and escapee from Dachau) and brother of Dr. Felicia Knaul. He attended religious school at Holy Blossom and later went to the Canadian Forces to pursue his dream of becoming a pilot. As a combat helicopter pilot he has flown missions in Kosovo and later in Afghanistan as a flight commander.

As a test pilot Major Knaul has flown over 40 different aircraft types in 3 different countries and helped to shape the cockpit redesign of our newest heavy-lift helicopter, the CH-147F Chinook, the same aircraft used in Afghanistan. He is currently a flight commander in a tactical helicopter squadron near Ottawa, and has most recently completed a second mission aboard the undersea laboratory “Aquarius” in conjunction with the US Navy and NASA.

He will share some of his experiences with us as a Jewish member of the Canadian Forces.

This is one mission you will not want to miss!!
Chinook CH147F


“When You Listen To A Witness, You Become A Witness”

Eli Rubenstein

Eli Rubenstein

March of the Living Exhibit at the United Nations

Sunday, March 2, 2014
9:30 a.m.
Brotherhood Breakfast Club following Shacharit breakfast

Each year, the March of the Living brings students from all over the world to Poland to visit sites of mass murder and genocide. On Holocaust Remembrance Day, they march from Auschwitz to Birkenau in memory of all Nazi victims decrying prejudice, intolerance and hate.  Accompanying the students are Holocaust survivors who share their stories standing in the very places their tragic histories unfolded.

Last month, a unique exhibit opened at the United Nations – “When You Listen To A Witness, You Become A Witness” includes powerfully moving images and reflections in verse, gleaned from 25 years of March of the Living. The exhibit documents the stories of the aging survivors and their young students who, hand in hand, embark on this life changing journey and return profoundly transformed.  Much of the material is Canadian, as Eli Rubenstein of Toronto, and National Director of March of the Living Canada, was one of the creators of the Exhibit.

Eli Rubenstein will share images, stories, prose and poems from the students and survivors featured in this powerful exhibit.


Christianity Through Jewish Eyes with Rabbi Michael Stroh

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Our Brotherhood Study group will meet with Rabbi Michael Stroh, Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., January 30 to March 6, 2014.

This will be our eighth year studying with Rabbi Stroh!

Our topic will be Christianity through Jewish eyes.

Please join us.


Havdallah Open Mic

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On a dark, cold January Saturday night, nothing warms the body and soul more than Havdallah, good food and singing with friends.

We’ll have some house musicians and song leaders to get us started and we are inviting those who would like to share a song or two with the rest of us via an ‘open mic’ session. Think of it as an indoor campfire song-session!

Please contact Jan Simonsky at Sisterhood to bring a dish (this is the admission price) and contact Mike Morgulis at Brotherhood to bring a song or two.

The event is open to all ages; please RSVP above as soon as possible but no later than January 8th.


Brotherhood Breakfast with Professor Lee Maracle

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Holy Blossom Temple, in conjunction with CCRJ initiatives, has undertaken the mitzvah of opening up dialogue with our First Nations. Bob Rae joined us in November to teach and guide us so that we may learn how to communicate with First Nations, and how best to open up dialogue for better engagement between our communities.

The next critical step is meeting both formally and informally with representatives from the First Nations, and our next opportunity will be on December 15th when Professor Lee Maracle joins us for the next breakfast sponsored by Brotherhood.

Lee is from the Sto: Loh nation in British Columbia; she teaches at the University of Toronto and University of Guelph. She is also part of the U of T First Nations House and will be speaking with us about an issue which affects both of our peoples; engaging our youth. This presentation is open to all members of the synagogue, and especially those who are members of the Youth Engagement Committee.

As Canadian Jews, this talk is of the utmost importance and will help our two peoples to move forward with better understanding.


Breakfast sponsored by Brotherhood: The Right Stuff with Mike Morgulis

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Jews have been in the cockpit and designing aircraft since the dawn of manned flight.

Learn about the Jewish aviation personalities like pilot Harry Houdini, aircraft designer Marcel Bloch, German fighter ace Wilhelm Frankl, WASP Bernice Falk Haydu, Soviet fighter ace Lydia Litvak, Israeli Spitfire pilot and IAF Commander Ezer Weizman, IAI’s founder Al Schwimmer, Israel’s first fighter ace Giora Rom and our own congregant, Flt Sgt. Leonard Levy.

While the airplane is something that both inspires and fires the imagination, Jews only receive quiet mention for their contributions, and yet their achievements are like Nobel prizes – disproportionate to the overall population.

All are welcome and encouraged to join us on November 24th as our own pilot and flight instructor, Mike Morgulis, speaks to us in-depth about Jews with the “right stuff” based on his research and personal interviews with Jewish aviators.


Remembering Post-Holocaust Theologian, Rabbi Emil Fackenheim

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This Sunday: Remembering Post-Holocaust Theologian, Rabbi Emil Fackenheim on the occasion of his Tenth Yahrtzeit.

Best known for “The 614th Commandment,” Fackenheim courageously asked how the Holocaust changes the relationship between God and the Jewish People.

Rabbi-Professor Michael Morgan, Fackenheim’s most trusted student, will share excerpts from his new book dedicated to Fackenheim’s 60 years of Jewish Thought. We are especially pleased that Rabbi Fackenheim’s daughter, Suzy, will also be with us to mark the tenth Yahrtzeit.

  • 9 a.m. Shacharit & Kaddish
  • 9:30 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast with Professor Morgan
  • Remembering Rabbi Fackenheim and his Teachings
  • Books for Sale and Signing

This event is proudly offered in partnership by The Centre for Jewish Studies at The University of Toronto, The Temple Brotherhood, and The Schwartz Reisman Centre for Adult Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple.


Witty Wills, Insulting Bequests & More

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Brotherhood Breaskfast Club with Barry Seltzer, B.A., LL.B., TEP

Sunday, February 10, 2013.
10:00 a.m.

Barry Seltzer is considered to be a leading expert in his preferred areas of practice – estate planning, estate administration, business succession planning and elder law.

Barry is author of two books No one should have an unplanned death and Fat Cats and Lucky Dogs.

Breakfast will be served at 9:30, following services, and the presentation will begin at 10:00 a.m. All Temple members, men and women are welcome.


Brotherhood Breakfast Club: Rabbi Teri Appleby and Jonathan Leo

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The Brotherhood at Holy Blossom Temple welcomes Rabbi Teri Appleby and her husband Jonathan Leo as their guest speakers on December 2nd, 2012.

Rabbi Appleby joined the clergy team at Holy Blossom this past November. She was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2007. Prior to rabbinical school Rabbi Appleby practiced criminal and juvenile law as a Los Angeles County Public Defender for six years. Rabbi and Jon met in their first year at the University of Southern California Law School in Los Angeles.

Jonathan Leo is an environmental consultant and an environmental attorney licensed in California state and federal courts. He has also taught environmental law and managed Pacific Environment, an international environmental non-profit.

Rabbi Appleby will speak on:
Why the Rabbinate as a Second Career?

Jonathan Leo will speak on:
My work with the Israeli environmental community and the Arava Institute during my wife’s first year of rabbinical school in Jerusalem