HADRACHA Our next HADRACHA session will be on Sunday, December 8, 2013 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Our guest teacher will be Rabbi Noam Katz, Dean of Jewish Living at the Leo Baeck Day School, and formerly Camp George. His session will include drama and improv games, as a tool to teach ‘Leading out-of-the-box T’fillah’. Lunch and Yogurty’s included! Please RSVP to Lisa Isen Baumal: firstname.lastname@example.org Read more »
There’s lots to do at Holy Blossom Temple for our families with children, and it all starts with Family Programming.
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For more information, please send an email to Rabbi Jordan Helfman or (416) 789-3291, ext.277.
For a detailed listing of all our Family Programs, please click to download our
Family Programming Booklet.
The Family Programs News Archive
Click image above for more details The next JVC HOME program (Junior Volunteer Corps Hands on Mitzvah Experience) will be on Monday, December 2, 2013 5:00 p.m. We will be making friendship bracelets which One Family Fund in Israel will distribute to young victims of terror in Israel. This act will fulfill the mitzvah of comforting the bereaved. Pizza dinner included. Please RSVP email@example.com or 416-789-3291 ext. 242. Read more »
Learning at HBT All families are invited to join us on Shabbat, December 14 for an active learning experience. This session, entitled, Shabbat Shalom (Shabbat Peace), will look at various ways to fill Shabbat with joy and relaxation. At this session, Rabbi Helfman will have a chance to study with parents. Our teachers and HABSTY friends (senior youth group) will learn together with our students. We will conclude as whole families, deepening Read more »
Ellen Yack Sunday, December 15, 2013 10:00-11:00 a.m. Let’s learn about play with Ellen Yack, co-author of Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration: Occupational Therapy for Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders. We will enjoy learning from our dynamic teacher about the pros and cons of iPad use with young children. She will review the current recommendations regarding the use of technology with toddlers and preschoolers, and Read more »
Click image above for more details Saturday, December 7, 2013. 5:30 p.m. For families with children 8 years old and younger. Give you kids a chance to run around and have fun on a Saturday night. Come to Holy Blossom and enjoy Sportball with Rabbi Helfman and his family. The kids will spend an hour playing Sportball, followed by a musical Havdallah service and a pizza dinner. Parents will have an opportunity to enjoy some schmooze time. Read more »
Click image above for more details Are you in grades 4-6? Don’t miss our first ever shul-in, coming up on December 7, 2013. Eat dinner with your family, then come join us for Havdallah, snacks, movie, fun and sleep! Breakfast will be served in the morning – pick up between 9:00-9:30 a.m. Don’t forget your sleeping bag!! Want to come for the fun but not stay the night? That’s ok too! For more info and to RSVP, contact Lisa Read more »
Click image above for more details JVC (grade 7&8) Sunday, December 8, 2013 Come for an afternoon of tag!! We will meet at Laser Quest (Richmond Hill location) at 2:30 p.m., pick up at 5:00 p.m. Carpooling there and back recommended. Bring your friends!!! $15 includes 2 games and snacks! Reserve your spot with Lisa Isen Baumal: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more »
HABSTY Need a place to hang and relax at the start of the week? Each Monday night the HABSTY lounge is open from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. come by for the whole hour, or stay after Senior School for a bit. There is something different each week: First Monday of each month – HABSTY Homework Help: bring your homework, and we’ll provide snacks and company while you work Second Monday – Games night - bring your own or play ours – Electronic Read more »
Click image above for more details The next JVC HOME program (Junior Volunteer Corps Hands on Mitzvah Experience) will be on Monday, November 4th, from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Join us in the Activity room as we fulfill the mitzvah of ‘Welcoming the Stranger’, by baking muffins, and making welcome packages to be distributed to our Out of the Cold guests on Thursday evening! Pizza will be served for dinner. Please let me know if your Read more »
Learning at HBT All of our families with children JK-grade 6 are invited to join us for this special Family Learning Shabbat on November 16th. The learning starts at 9:00 a.m., and is directly followed by family service at 10:30 a.m. In total we are having six shabbatot when our day school and religious school families have time to learn together and meet each other. There will be a section of the program for family learning, and a section Read more »
Click image above for more details On the first Friday of the month, “Hot Shot Shabbat” is for those families with children who are ages 6 through 12. The Hot Shot Shabbat Service will be held in the Youth Chapel (3rd Floor) and the Tot Shabbat in the Philip Smith Foyer, both services followed by a pot luck dinner in the Philip Smith Hall. Twenty minutes into the service all Hot Shots will be ushered into a nearby classroom for some creative, Read more »
Click image above for more details Join other families with infants and young children for a warm musical welcome to Shabbat. On November 1st join Rabbi Helfman and David Gershon for Bim-Bam and other Shabbat favourites, followed by a potluck dinner. The programs begin with a service at 6:00 p.m. concludes with a semi-potluck dinner. The costs for the dinner portion of the evening are: $12.00 per adult / $7.00 per child for members and $15.00 Read more »
Intergenerational Family Chanukah Party Friday, November 29, 2013 at 4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Followed by Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 p.m. Nosh on latkes and soufganiyot. Spin the dreidel in Jacob’s Tower. Create Chanukah crafts . Hear the talented and infectious band – Oozakazoo! Light your menorah. Children under 3 - free Ages 3-12 – $5 (members), $6 (non-members) Ages 12+ – $10 (members), $12 (non-members) RSVP required by Read more »
Click image above for more details URJ Camp George, Canada’s ONLY Reform Jewish camp provides an unparalleled summer experience for children in Grades 2 through 10. Funding is available through HBT’s Brotherhood and the UJA’s One Happy Camper program. 2014 Camp George registration is NOW OPEN. Save your space for a summer experience of a lifetime. Registration is easy. Follow this link to apply today! To talk to our member, a constant Read more »
Click image above for more details Saturday Mornings join Juno Award-wining David Gershon and Rabbi Jordan Helfman, generally in the Youth Chapel on the third floor, for a Shabbat service that is welcoming for the whole family. Young adults and children in our congregation help to lead parts of the service, and our younger learners, below the age of Bar Mitzvah have special learning sessions with engaging teachers. Adults with children over Read more »
Click image above for more details On the first Friday of the month, Hot Shot Shabbat Service "Hot Shot Shabbat" is for those families with children who are "graduating" from Tot Shabbat-geared for those ages 6 through 12. The Hot Shot Shabbat Service will be held in the Youth Chapel (3rd Floor) and the Tot Shabbat in the Philip Smith Foyer, both services followed by a pot luck dinner in the Philip Smith Hall. Twenty minutes into the service Read more »
Click image above for more details Join other families with young children and infants for a warm musical welcome to Shabbat. October 4th is with Rabbi Splansky and Mark Weinstock. Come for Bim-Bam and other Shabbat favorites, paired with a communal pot-luck dinner. Leave with new connections and new play-dates! The programs begin with the service at 6:00 p.m. and the semi pot luck dinner to follow after the service. The cost for the dinner Read more »
Click image above for more information and for a complete listing of all our Parent Education Series Sessions November 10, 2013 - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Room 209. With Jennifer Samara Shuber and Rabbi Jordan Helfman. Rabbi Helfman will begin the session with an overview of practical family law in a Reform Jewish framework. Jennifer Samara Shuber will then continue by dispelling popular family law myths and misconceptions. She will give information Read more »
Please take 30 seconds and tell us where your children go to camp! We are updating our database to include summer camps, so we can better serve you by, knowing where your children go for this important step in their Jewish education. If you do not yet send your children to camp, please let us know. Please click here to complete the form. Thanks so much for your help! Read more »
Click image above for more details The first JVC H.O.M.E. is coming up – Monday, October 7 at 5 p.m. We will be fulfilling the Mitzvah of Bikkur Cholim – to visit the sick. We will be making soup that our Bikkur Cholim committee will then take to members of our congregation who are ill. Pizza will be served, and we will be finished in time for Senior School at 6:30. *Meet in the Activity Room at 5 p.m. Please RSVP to Lisa if you Read more »
Click image above to play KEF is underway, and it’s awesome! Check out some of our Holy Blossom kids’ moves ‘In the Mix’! although the first session has already started, there are still spots available if you would like to sign up your JK-grade 2 child! It’s not too late! Second session begins on November 24th with another session of ‘In the Mix’ and ‘Dynamix’. There are still spaces available. For more information, and Read more »
Shabbat Family Education Programs All Holy Blossom Temple families in Grades JK-5 are invited to join us for our Shabbat Daytime Family Education Programs. Jewish Day School families are encouraged to participate. Religious School families have been asked to register for at least two of them. The program will begin at 9 a.m. with a light snack followed by a creative education program for the entire family, participation in the Family Service Read more »
By Rabbi Jordan Helfman. Click image above to download a complete Family Programming Guide Dear Friends, The dual goals of this Family Program Brochure and poster are to help us build a stronger community and to better lay out the Jewish Journey on which we hope all of our children will participate. Holy Blossom Temple is a place where day-school families can live what their children are learning in school, through Holy Day celebrations Read more »
Click image above for full details We turn to experts to learn and grow as parents Sunday, September 22, 2013 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. We may be in moments of crisis, or we may just want advice so we can be the best parents and grandparents we can be. There are many issues facing all parents and children, so please come and learn as we explore mature adolescence in Jewish text and through the eyes of our experts. Introduction Dr. Karen Read more »
Click image above for full details Come celebrate Sukkot with your friends at HBT! Following special break-out activities led by David Gershon, Suzanne Hirsh, and our new Shinshinim, Maya and Tally, we will head to the kitchen for some fall harvest cooking fun!! Contact Lisa Isen Baumal for registration information. Please RSVP by Monday, September 16th. Read more »