Join us for the Fifth Annual Family Mitzvah Day which offers us a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community to repair the world one deed at a time.Sunday April 28, 2013 12:00-2:00 p.m. Brought to you by the HBT Family Programming and the LBDS Tikun Olam Committee Rabbi Tarfon says: You are not obligated to complete the task, but neither are you free to desist from it all together. – Pirke Avot 2:16 Read more »
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.
A chance to give back to the community while having fun with your family.
Here’s a chance to have a Shabbat dinner, after the service, with families just like yours. Prayer, food, music and fun — it’s the perfect Shabbat.
Join other families at our annual weekend retreat at Camp George near beautiful Parry Sound, Ontario for swimming, games, bonfires and much more, all while having an incredible Shabbat experience with your whole family.
Bring your youngest to our monthly service aimed at our smallest members.
Shabbat music, a few prayers, a story, and arts and crafts make for a wonderful Kabbalat Shabbat, and you can stay, after the service, for our regular Tot Shabbat Dinners (held once per month), a chance for an easy Shabbat dinner with other parents and kids.
For more information please contact Elana Fehler at (416) 789-3291, ext.221 or click here to send an email.
Often referred to as the best kept secret at Holy Blossom, it is time for this cat to be let out of the bag!
Family Services take place weekly throughout the school year on Shabbat morning from 10:30am to Noon.
The service is led by Professional David Gershon, a rabbi, and those young persons in attendance each week.
The prayer, music, and study, is all geared toward both children and adults. At the beginning of the Torah service, the children are invited to their own area for snack, creative study, and engaging activity with our amazing teachers David Gershon and Suzanne Hersh. Adults remain in the worship space for Torah study. Twenty minutes later, our children and adults come back together for the brief conclusion of the service, followed by an optional delicious and lovely lunch where community is built. This is all a fabulous morning, and appropriate for all ages—from 0 years of age to teenage years to adulthood.
Baby and Parent program: For families with children 3 and under. Join Marlowe & tHe MiX and the rest of our younger friends, their parents or grandparents, members and non members alike, as we prepare for Shabbat with songs, music stories and your own Challah.
Bring a friend.
All are welcome.
For more information please contact Elana Fehler at (416) 789-3291, ext.221 or click here to send an email.
For more information, please click here to send an email to Rabbi Yael Splansky or (416) 789-3291, ext.244. For a detailed listing of all our Family Programs, please click to download our Family Programming Booklet.
The Family Programs News Archive
Click to enlarge January 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 5:30pm Dinner and Havdallah 6:30pm Babysitting program provided for kids 0-3 Sportball and other creative programming for kids 4+ Parent-only conversation (sponsored by the Campaign for Youth Engagement) A Note from the Campaign for Youth Engagement regarding the special parent conversation: Engaging our youth begins at birth, carries through their youth, and the rest of their lives. Read more »
Socialize over lunch and warm drinks at Aroma in the Spadina Village at 12:30 this Sunday the 11th. Then, walk as a volunteering corps to St. Michael’s College at Bathurst and St. Clair for a 2-5pm program that raises money for research through SickKids. Volunteering will include greeting children at this children’s concert fundraiser, giving out snacks, running areas, and generally helping out. Volunteer hours awarded! A good and Read more »
Two Jewish teachers and specialists, David Gershon and Suzanne Hersh, host childrens programming in the midst of the Temple's Shemini Atzeret Morning Service. The service begins at 10:00am. At approximately 11:00am, at the beginning of the Torah service, our youngest children ages 0 through 6 are invited with their parents and/or grandparents to join David Gershon for a holiday snack, an age-appropriate story time, lots of music, and other Read more »
A Yiddish Expression: "Going backwards is still a kind of travel." Our Yizkor service is a kind of time travel. We go back to keep company with the loved ones we miss so dearly. Come to honour the memories of those who have come and gone before us. Come to celebrate the Festival of Shmini Atzeret, this Monday morning at 10 am. Kiddush-lunch for everyone to enjoy. Read more »
It’s not a Service – It’s a Celebration! Hear the last words of the Torah… hear the first words of the Torah. Come to the sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. then continue dancing with the Torahs downstairs. Fantastic band, refreshments and fun at HBT! Do you like working with children? Do you wish to flex/increase your muscles? Do you want to get to know your teen peers better? Do you seek a creative way in which to celebrate Read more »
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Every Shabbat morning during the school year, this family-friendly service brings us together for delightful prayer and song. Three simultaneous, age-appropriate learning sessions and an informal lunch make Shabbat family time. All are welcome every Shabbat of course. In addition, here’s a special invitation for Religious School and Jewish Day School students alike! Read more »
Consecration Service: Monday, October 8, 2012, 6 p.m. All Grade 1 students receive their own little Torah Scroll to treasure. For more information please contact Debbie Spiegel at (416) 789-3291, ext.239 Simchat Torah Flag Decorating & a Healthy Nosh: Monday, October 8, 2012, 6:15 p.m. Simchat Torah Service & Celebration: Monday, October 8, 2012, 7:00 p.m. Seven Joyful Parades around the Sanctuary with our 10 beautiful Torah Read more »
Monday, October 1, 2012: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. HOLY CHAG! is now open to all students in JK through grades 4. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to join us as counselors. (Community service hours awarded.) The day includes: Sukkot T'fillah in our Main Sanctuary, lunch, learning, games, singing, festive snacks, a goody-bag and more! Pre-registration required: email Lisa or call 416.789.3291 ex.242. Read more »
Sukkah Decorating: Sunday, September 30, 2012, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Erev Sukkot Service: Sunday, September 30, 2012, 6 p.m. Congregation-wide Sukkot Morning Services: Monday, October 1, 2012, 10 a.m. For details on our Simchat Torah celebrations, please click here Read more »
Two simultaneous services -- one for young readers, one for those too little to read -- will be held on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Afternoons. Music, storytelling, and prayer introduce our children to the High Holy Days. Members and not-yet-members are all welcome, but tickets are required. Contact Loriellen Karam at 416-789-3291 ext. 227 for tickets Read more »
Our Fall/Winter Family Programming booklet pulls nearly all the pieces together in one place, so busy parents can make good choices for their busy children. Jewish learning, Jewish living, and joyful Jewish memories are here for you at Holy Blossom Temple. Read more »
Join us for a summer-casual Outdoor Tot Shabbat program at Holy Blossom Temple on Friday, August 24 at 4:30 p.m. Bring along friends & family as members of the Temple community will answer questions about our congregation. Special activities for the kids include crafts, a bouncy castle & snacks Drinks & BBQ hot dogs for sale. Kid-centric Kabbalat Shabbat will begin at 6:00 p.m. Contact Loriellen in the Temple Office at 416.789.3291 Read more »
By Rabbi Yael Splansky. Yasher Koach! Together the families of Holy Blossom Temple and The Leo Baeck Day School have done a world of good. 350 Kinder Kits were packed with school supplies for students in Haiti (Thanks to Jascha Jabes and Eli Shore, together with our partners at VeAhavta) 75 Potted Flowers and cards were decorated and hand-delivered to elderly congregants (Thanks to Liz Tarshis, Jennifer Hunter, Lynn Gluckman, and the Read more »
By Rabbi Yael Splansky. Eleven are the mitzvah stations ready for us, our children, and grandchildren this Sunday. Let's roll up our sleeves and get to work, making this world a little kinder one mitzvah at a time. Holy Blossom Temple, The Leo Baeck Day School, 11 partner organization and many dedicated volunteers have prepared a wonderful afternoon, so that together we can raise up the next generation of kids and teens who are responsive Read more »
Family Mitzvah Day, Sunday, April 29, 12-2 p.m. Family Mitzvah Day will turn your new and gently used items into much appreciated gifts for those in need. We are now specifically looking for: Birthday party supplies (cake mixes, gifts for children and teens, tableware, etc.) Warm clothing and shoes for men and women, blankets, Tim Hortons cards. Books for children and teens. Drop-off boxes are waiting for you in the Temple foyer. Read more »
Little Blossoms is the best way to introduce your child, age three and younger, to the joy of Jewish music, preparing for Shabbat, and taking his/her place in the circle of Jewish community. Singer-songwriter and troubadour, Mark Weinstock uses melody, movement, and storytelling to create a warm setting for your child or grandchild to grow. All are welcome. Read more »
Wednesday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m. Our children will be the last generation to hear first-hand from Holocaust survivors. If you feel your child or teen is ready, please join in this important service of commemoration. Music, prayer, and poetry surround the personal testimonial of Temple member, Anci Shafran. Read more »
Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. A block party in celebration of Israel's birthday! And if you have travelled to Israel within the last year, we want to honour you (kids too!) with a group aliyah on Shabbat morning, April 21 at 10:30 am when Israeli Consul General Amir Gissin will address the congregation. Click accompanying image for details. Read more »
Monday, May 14 at 7:00 pm Learn from experts about how to recognize when risky behaviour crosses the line into dangerous territory. Click the accompanying image for more details. Read more »
Sunday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. Sam is a master of creating community through music. Holy Blossom Temple is proud to be bringing this popular singer-songwriter to Toronto. Grandparents and not-yet-member friends are welcome! Click the accompanying image for details. Read more »
Family Mitzvah Day, Sunday, April 29, 12-2 p.m. This annual event of hands-on mitzvah projects does a world of good. When spring cleaning, please keep our "Items Needed List" in mind. Drop off new and like-new goods at the security desk. For teen community service hours, please contact Rabbi Thomashow about volunteering. Click the two accompanying images for details. Read more »
Join us for this special Pesach event for families! HOLY CHAG! Pesach Saturday, April 7th. 10a.m. – 2p.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 kosher for Pesach lunch, followed Read more »
Support for Holy Blossom Temple Members Living With and Caring for those with Dementia A participating partner of the Reitman Centre CARERS Program of Mount Sinai Hospital Do you have a loved one - a spouse, parent, sibling or friend – living with Alzheimer's or similar dementia - for whom you provide care? As a care-giver, you can find emotional support and learn practical skills by attending a new program- ‘Our Loved Ones, Ourselves' Read more »
Dr. Wendy Mogel will inspire and challenge each parent. Monday, February 13 - 6:30 p.m. The inspiration is that there is a way in which for parents to live with their teen and preteen and do so with comfort and strength. The challenge is to potentially shift our way of thinking about parenthood and childhood too. Dr. Mogel will also bring her professional wisdom plus comedic hilarity. It is entertaining to be with Dr. Mogel. It is also truly Read more »