‘Be the change’ with Mira Lyon

Breakfast Sponsored by Brotherhood.

Sunday, April 12, 2015
10:00 a.m.

On the Great Wall

On the Great Wall

By Mira Lyon.

‘Be the change’ is not just a good quote for a t-shirt or a student council speech; it’s truly a way of living. If we hope for or expect change, we need to embody it. I’m excited to be talking about how small, local actions connect intricately with large, global causes, and how my work in youth education and international development – and now with Me to We and Free the Children – aims to bring those together.

This generation of youth is not apathetic, they’re just treated like they are; I’ll address how my involvement in youth group and other programs brought me to where I am today (including dancing with the Kichwa in Ecuador, learning to shoot a bow and arrow with the Maasai in Kenya, and scaling the Great Wall of China last week) and how we can best work with today’s youth to ensure their voices are heard.


POSTPONED: “Michael Cole Down Under”

Brotherhood Breakfast still happening on March 8, 2015
NEW DATE for Speaker Michael Cole: Sunday, June 7, 2015
10:00 a.m.

The Brotherhood Breakfast Club event will end early this Sunday so that those who wish to attend the funeral of Steve Rivers at 11:00 a.m. may do so

Michael Cole, long-time Holy Blossom Member, engaged volunteer, and former Brotherhood president, escaped Toronto’s cold last winter by visiting Australia with his wife Josephine.

Michael will deliver an illustrated lecture of his trip to this distant country—from coral reef to rain forest to cosmopolitan cities. He will also bring us up to date on Jewish life Down Under.

Michael in front of the iconic Sydney Opera House

Michael in front of the iconic Sydney Opera House


Brotherhood Havdallah/Film event

Above and Beyond

Brotherhood Havdallah/Film event

Saturday, February 7, 2015
7:00 p.m.

It was not their war, but they made it their fight!

In 1948 Israel was under attack. They had some planes, but what Israel needed was pilots. Jews and non-Jews from the Diaspora answered the call, all WW2 veterans who had survived aerial combat missions against the Axis.

These unsung heroes tell their story as they helped to create one of the strongest and most determined air forces on the planet.

Sponsored by Brotherhood


Radical Thoughts: Torah, Talmud, Reform Judaism

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Rabbi Michael Stroh joins us once again for a 6 session course, sponsored by our Brotherhood.

Rabbi Stroh always brings the perfect mix of intellectual stimulation and casual learning style. Everyone loves to learn with Rabbi Stroh.

Join us for one or all six sessions!


Brotherhood Breakfast with Mike Fegelman – Honest Reporting Canada

Mike Fegelman

Mike Fegelman

Mike Fegelman, the Executive Director of Honest Reporting Canada (HRC), will speak with us about the ongoing battle against the anti-Israel/anti-Jewish media bias in mainstream media today.  The media sways public opinion, which directly affects foreign policy towards Israel and in turn the lives of her citizens.

“‘Honest Reporting’” monitors the media, exposes cases of bias, promotes balance, and effects change through education and action. Since 2003, HRC has prompted hundreds of apologies, retractions, and revisions from news outlets. These efforts are changing the face of the media and reporting of Israel throughout the world.

This is not merely about Israel; public opinion affects Jews everywhere in the world and most certainly here at home.

Come on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. and learn how you can help in this effort!


Breakfast Sponsored by Brotherhood with Daniel Roher

Daniel Roher

Daniel Roher

Daniel Roher,
filmmaker, HBT member

Sunday, November 9, 2014
10:00 a.m.

Please join us for the next Breakfast Sponsored by Brotherhood on November 9th to learn from film maker Daniel Roher, a member of Holy Blossom, former religious school student, and graduate of the Etobicoke School of the Arts.

Among Daniel’s films is “Kids of the Rocket Siren”, a documentary about the children of Sderot, Israel, and their daily life under the constant threat of rocket attacks.

Daniel will share his journey as a documentary filmmaker, will teach us about the many people and far-off places he’s travelled to, and the films he’s made so far through his own company, Loud Roar Productions. He will also share with us one of his short documentaries. This presentation promises to inspire all, especially our youth who may want to pursue a career path which is definitely off the beaten path.


Kids of the Rocket Siren – 2013

Kids of the Rocket Siren- 2013 from Loud Roar Productions on Vimeo.


Congratulations to the Holy Bs – ISBL Champions

Holy Bs - 2014

Holy Bs – 2014

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, also reaching the championship game for the 3rd year in a row.

We trailed by a score of 12 – 6 after five innings but that is when the defence settled down and the bats heated up.  Defensively, there was an excellent catch in left field by Jordan Glicksman and some very nice catches in right field by Adam Griff.  David Rosenberg came in as an infield rover in the 9th inning and he turned a very nice (and important) double play.

We had some great hitting performances today with almost every member of the team reaching base at least once.  Jordan Glicksman and Ryan Abrahamson were each 4 for 4 at the plate including a double for Ryan.  Joe Cass went 2 for 4 and it was his two out hit in the 7th inning that started our 5 run inning in which we took the lead, a lead that we would not relinquish.  David Rosenberg, Matthew Dicker, Steve Gryfe, Randy Cass and Allan Lyons all went an impressive 3 for 4 at the plate.  Allan knocked in our final two runs of the game with an opposite field double in the 8th inning playing on a banged up knee.  Jon Burton played very well at shortstop and had a couple of big hits for us including an opposite field double.

Randy Cass deserves special mention for playing through a couple of injuries today as well.  Randy had to come off the field twice but each time he kept going back out there.

We had some other injured players who were not able to play today but still came out to cheer on the team.  John Phillips has been out all season with a bad back but expects to be back next year.  Bob Cooper was a late scratch due to a nagging ankle injury.  Bob came just in time to see us finish off the come back.  Richard Banks and Jeff Levy helped coach today.  Ken Herlin played well today and also did a very nice job coaching at 3rd base (as mentioned by the guys a couple of times at lunch).

We had more fans out today than for any other game this season and that really helped us!  Thank you to:  Zita Gardner (David Rosenberg’s mother in law), Marion Rosenberg (David’s mom), Ben Rosenberg (David’s son), Harry and Marsha Glicksman (Jordan’s parents) and their dog Winston, Nathan Cass (Joe’s grandson and Randy’s son), Adam Oaknine (my nephew and son of Holy B alumnus Avy), Matthew Dicker’s dad Jeff Dicker and Matthew’s girlfriend (and new team photographer) Emily, Jerry Borins (my Dad), Sheryl Brodey (my better half), Max Borins (who helped track Beth Tikvah hitting), Jack Borins (Holy Bs scorekeeper), Isabelle Borins (my daughter) and Slash Borins (our dog).

It was another great season and we finished with an overall record of 12 -1 – 1.  The Holy Bs had what was probably a league high 18 players contribute this year.  Josh Silver and Nate Charach were out of town today but have been big contributors all season long; they were important factors in our first place finish and playoff run and they deserve mention in this final entry.

It has been a real team effort all year.  We celebrated once again at Yitz’s with a great lunch (thanks Barry Silver for hosting and for providing the ice for the injured players).  Thanks as always to Jeff Levy for schlepping all the equipment, drinks etc. and to Marc Levy for always taking care of the bases, bats, etc.

Plans are under way to honour our 2nd championship in Holy Blossom history (and in the last 3 years).

What a great way to start the New Year!


For the third year in a row, the Holy Bs will be playing Beth Tikvah for the ISBL trophy!

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By Richie Borins.

Congratulations to the Bs on a very exciting and well played game against Temple Kol Ami today.  We prevailed over TKA by a 15-10 score, defeating the best defensive team from the regular season.

Offensively, every player who took the field today had at least one hit.  David Rosenberg, Josh Silver, Steve Gryfe, Matthew Dicker, Marc Levy and I all went 3 for 4.  David, Josh and Steve (our 2, 3 and 4 hitters) scored a combined 7 runs today.  Ken Herlin was 2 for 4 including a key double in the 5 run seventh inning.  We hit some other hard hit balls that were tracked down by the speedy TKA outfielders.

On the defensive end, there were some great catches in the outfield by the likes of David Rosenberg, Ryan Abrahamson and Adam Griff.  Josh Silver made some nice plays at shortstop.  One of my favourite plays of the game was when Randy Cass fired a rocket on a relay throw from the outfield to catch a TKA runner at the plate by a foot and a half.  I believe that it was either Ryan or Adam on the initial throw into the infield.

Many thanks to all of our fans out today including Ben Cass, Nate Cass, Jack Borins (scorekeeper), Max Borins and Quincy Gryfe.  We also want to thank the coaching staff today who did a great job for us; they were Joe Cass (3rd base coach), Richard Banks (1st base coach) and Jeff Levy our bench coach.

Can’t wait until next week guys!  Go Bs!


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