Family Programs

There’s lots to do at Holy Blossom Temple for our families with children, and it all starts with Family Programming.

Click the titles below to explore Our Family Programs.

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.


Upcoming and Recent Family Programs at HBT

Because each family is unique: Introducing a new membership model for young families!


Because each family is unique… We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new membership model for young families whose oldest child is 8 or younger. Based on Terumah – “Gifts from the Heart” – this personalized approach to membership lets each family determine a membership contribution that works for them. And just like all Temple membership contributions, you can make them on a monthly basis and receive a full tax receipt. Read more »

Little Blossoms Reunion with Marky Weinstock!

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Friday, June 17, 2016 4:30 p.m. Pizza, Ice Cream Truck and Bouncy Castle 5:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat Service The congregation is celebrating ‘A More Open House’ – its renewal of space and spirit with a pizza, bouncy castle and more.  We are going to join for the food, and then join together just as a Little Blossoms Alumni Community for a special Tot Shabbat service with Rabbi Helfman and Marky inside. Since we will be having the pizza before Read more »

Bringing Jews and Arabs together in Israel: Hand in Hand

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  Come to hear how one group of parents and social activists put their children where their ideals are, and tackle one of the biggest challenges in Israeli society. Saturday, May 28, 2016 1:00 p.m. Following Shabbat Shacharit services, after Kiddush Most Jewish Israelis and Palestinian Israelis have very little contact with others that are not like them. One great program HBT members support buses Jewish teachers into Palestinian Israeli Read more »

Mitzvah Day 2016

Mitzvah Day

Sunday, May 15, 2016 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Leo Baeck Day School South Campus Join us for Mitzvah Day 2016 in partnership with Leo Baeck South. The centerpiece of the event are different basketball games to support and raise awareness for Nothing But Nets an international organization that helps refugees prevent malaria. A $10 donation to play basketball goes right to this amazing organization. To sign-up for basketball or to help Read more »

Family Havdallah Night: Winterfest


Click image above for more details Saturday, February 20, 2016 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Pizza $1/slice 7:00 p.m. - Havdallah Ice skating and tobogganing kick off the night, then we’ll pop inside for a hot slice of pizza and a cozy guitar-led Havdallah service surrounded by friends. Join us as our community of families with children 2-14+ gets together with our friends at URJ Camp George for this great event. Read more »

Shabbat Shira!

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MUSICAL HERITAGE CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS: Folk/World Music Shabbat Service and Shabbat Shira Dinner Concert Featuring Noam Katz and Mark Weinstock Friday, January 22, 2016 6:00 p.m. Service 7:00 p.m. Dinner Concert A joyful Kabbalat Shabbat service with two special guests: Rabbi Noam Katz, a composer and artist who brings a unique spirituality and sense of world music to his worship; and renowned entertainer Dr. Mark Weinstock, who brings his Read more »

Family Camp with HBT


Spend August 26-28, 2016 with our community at Family Camp! Wrap up the summer having fun with your kids and other HBT families -- relaxing, playing, worshiping, crafting, singing and learning in the great outdoors just 45 minutes from HBT. We’ll spend the Friday night at HBT, return to our homes, then join together at YMCA Cedar Glen, just 45 minutes north of HBT. Each family has its own room with a private bath. Join in all the activities Read more »

Family Havdallah Night: Music and Motion with Josh Skye Engel

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Saturday, November 28, 2015 5:30 p.m. Pizza dinner included. Come join us as our 2-6 year olds enjoy some music and motion to end Shabbat.  Josh Skye Engel comes back this year by popular demand to help bring joy to the end of Shabbat and help sustain us into the week ahead. This is the second in our Family Havdallah Series.  Look out for Winterfest with Ice Skating and Tobogganing, and for a Pancake Party (Mimuna) with drumming as we end Read more »

P.E.P. Talk: Parenting on the Spectrum


Monday, November 23, 2015 7:30 p.m. Room 209 With Jill Farber, Executive Director of Autism Speaks Canada and Esther Rhee, National Program Director of Autism Speaks Canada We have a number of families in our community that have questions about parenting children on the autism spectrum.  If you are a parent of a child with autism, a professional in the field, or just interested in the topic, please feel free to join us for this discussion.  Read more »

Help your kids become Mitzvah Superstars


The HBT Kids Mitzvah Club is back with an all-new format just in time for Chanukah 2015. This year the Mitzvah Club is delivering gifts to families being supported by Chai Lifeline, a Jewish charity that helps children dealing with serious illnesses. The twist for the Mitzvah Club this year is that Holy Blossom’s families will register and then be assigned the profile of a specific gift recipient for whom they will purchase an age-appropriate Read more »

Looking for fun Jewish programs for your children?

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Click the image above to download our Family and Youth Education Centre Programming Guide At Holy Blossom Temple, we blend the formal with the informal, the knowledge-based with the hands-on in order to create a unique blend of programs for students in Jewish day school and in our HBT schools. From newborn classes and tot shabbats to teen drama electives and teen trips to Washington D.C., and Israel take a look at what we have for you. If you Read more »

Family Havdallah Night: Drumming with Ora Schwartz Living Rhythm

Drumming with Ora Schwartz Living Rhythm

Drumming with Ora Schwartz Living Rhythm Saturday, May 9, 2015 5:30 p.m. Four times a year, our community of families with young children gather to separate Shabbat from the rest of the week with a Havdallah ceremony full of light, spices and music.  We also take the joy of Shabbat into the rest of the week by pairing the ceremony with a fun activity starting at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP soon to Elana Fehler at 416-789-3291 ext. 221. Read more »

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

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Monday, April 27, 2015 7:30 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 will be plenty of time for questions and conversation.  Snacks will be provided. Sara Goldman, MSW, RSW is a clinical social worker in Private Practice, Read more »

2015 Family Mitzvah Day

Family Mitzvah Day

Click image above for more details One mitzvah leads to another (and another, and another...) Sunday, May 3, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Holy Blossom Temple Holy Blossom Temple and the Leo Baeck South Campus are partnering again for our annual Family Mitzvah Day. Bring your family, all ages, for this day of hands on helping with important organizations from the GTA. The Leo Baeck choir will be singing at 11:30 a.m. For more information Read more »

Holy Chag! Pesach for Families with school-age children (JK–Gr. 6)

Holy Chag! *FAMILY* Pesach

Holy Chag! *FAMILY* Pesach Join us for this *special* Holy Chag! Pesach event for families! Saturday, April 4, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The whole family is invited to join the congregation for First Day Pesach services in the Main Sanctuary.  Students will be called out for extra-special Pesach themed break-out sessions during the Torah service, then following services, students and parents will reunite in the Eisendrath Hall for a special Read more »

Kosher Internet: A Parent Conversation

The Toronto police officer who collapsed and was saved by a paid-duty officer became friends and are training for a marathon together.

Click image above for complete details The internet has great opportunity for our children, but interacting with others through this medium is a learned skill. Come and learn some tips that can help parents like us teach our children how to grow up online. “We often think that e-mails or text messages are like oral conversation: that once the words are pronounced they disappear, but it is not the case. They stay in the minds of people that have Read more »

Family Friendly Shabbat Shira with The New Gershonites!


Friday, January 30, 2015 6:00 p.m. Co-Sponsored by Leo Baeck Day School Parents at Holy Blossom Temple, Holy Blossom Temple Religious School and the Musical Heritage Committee. This Shabbat Shira (Shabbat of Song), Judy & David, are joined by their son Jared to make The New Gershonites! Their soulful and uplifting harmonies will inspire us during our congregational Kabbalat Shabbat services.  This is truly a not-to-be-missed service for Read more »

The Great Camp: Adventure / Parents’ Night Out

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HBT at Camp George Saturday November 22, 2014 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Location: Holy Blossom Temple Join Holy Blossom and URJ Camp George for an evening of Adventure. Open to kids in Grades 1-5 this fantastic event will give you a taste of what makes reform camp programming so special. Our program includes Havdalah, singing, pizza, and snacks PLUS an engaging fun program where you will have the chance to hang out with friends and make some Read more »

Shabbat Family Education

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“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 adult conversation on “Jewish Journeys, Where have we been, Where are we Going?” The program begins at 9:00 am, followed by the Shabbat Family Service at 10:30. All participants are Read more »

Revealing Seven Secrets for Your Child’s Success

Beyond Intelligence

Click image above for more details With Dona Matthews, PhD and Joanne Foster, EdD - 
Authors of “Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids” (Anansi Press, 2014) October 28, 2014 7:00 p.m. Cosponsored by the UJA Federation’s Julia and Henry Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education In this presentation, Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster reveal seven key secrets to help parents support and encourage their children’s Read more »

Parent Mingles: Meet the Parents, Meet the Clergy


Click on the image above for complete details Join us to meet other HBT parents and discuss topics of interest and concern. Some dates will include either an outside expert speaker or a conversation with one of our professionals at Holy Blossom.  These thirty-minute chats (including plenty of time for Q&A and schmoozing) will include coffee and a nosh.  These mingles are open to all parents, including dayschool and religious school parents. Read more »

NEW! Family First Fridays in the ‘Main’ Service and Shabbat Dinner

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Family First Fridays Give Bubby a Break!  An intergenerational Shabbat for the whole Holy Blossom Temple community.  Join us as we gather monthly for Friday services, then RSVP for our monthly congregational intergenerational dinner complete with (kosher) chicken, Shabbat music and good company. Join us on the first Friday of every month during the school year at 6:00 p.m. for a joyful service led by Cantor Beny Maissner and Mark Weinstock Read more »

Family Camp: Thanksgiving Weekend – Oct. 10-12

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Family Camp Wrap up the summer having fun with your kids and other HBT families -- relaxing, playing, worshiping, crafting, singing, learning, and s’moring in the great outdoors. Thanksgiving Weekend October 10-12, 2014 Camp George is located on Maple Lake near Parry Sound – about 2.5 hours from Toronto. The beautiful setting features a beachfront, outdoor chapel, walking trails, campfire pit, dining hall. All meals, snacks, lodging Read more »

Tot Shabbat: 2014/2015


Tot Shabbat Join our growing (literally) Tot Shabbat community! Come at 5:30 p.m. on the third Friday of nearly every month October to June for Tot Shabbat.  It is a great way to meet other Jewish parents with newborn to five-year-old children. September 18, 2015 October 16, 2015 November 20, 2015 (5:45 p.m. start with our Early Childhood Centre families.  A kosher chicken meal, please register) December 18, 2015 January 15, 2016 Read more »

Free books and music!

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Click image above for more details By Rabbi Jordan Helfman. If you are an active member of our Jewish community, or trying to find a way of introducing Judaism to your children and grandchildren, you should sign up for the PJ Library. Inspired by Dolly Parton’s program which gives free books to children in need, Jewish philanthropists have joined together to make sure all Jewish children are able to get a taste of our tradition from birth. Read more »