Family Programs

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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.


Upcoming and Recent Family Programs at HBT

HBT Family Mitzvah Day


Click image above for more details Sunday, April 27, 2014 this year at Leo Baeck South. If we could bottle Jewish Values, we’d have something like Family Mitzvah Day. Bring your children (ages 2-18) for our inter-generational hands-on Mitzvah Extravaganza!  Multiple mitzvah stations for multiple worthy causes here, across town, in Israel, and in far-off lands. Together we’ll open the eyes of our youth to see the world and their place Read more »

"Israel is Real" - Final Family Education program of the year

Adult Learning at HBT

Adult Learning at HBT Our final Family Education program will take place on Shabbat, April 5 at 9:00 a.m. The theme of the morning is "Israel is Real". We will have the opportunity to learn much more about Israel and its place for us in Canada with the assistance of our Shinshiniyot, Maayan and Taly. Rabbi Helfman will work with the parents at their special program. The program is followed by our wonderful Family Service at 10:30 a. m. and Read more »

Shinshinim in August

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Click image above for more details Our new Shinshinim for 2014-2015 have been chosen and will be in Toronto in August! If you might have room in your heart and your home, we would love to have you think about hosting one of these beautiful young Israelis. Please join us on Sunday, March 2nd at 11:45 a.m. in Room 209 for an information session about hosting, a special “meet Aviv and Tal” via Skype and all kinds of information about what hosting Read more »

Family Megillah Reading and Purim Carnival


Click image above for more details Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Lego Star Wars Family Megillah Reading. Come in costume. Carnival admission for ages 3+: $5 members / $8 guests includes games, prizes and a hamentash (other refreshments available at an additional cost.) Volunteering: Pre-teen, teen and adult volunteers welcome. Volunteer sign up at To download the Volunteer Form, please click Read more »

Mitzvah Day: Passover

Family Mitzvah Day

Family Mitzvah Day The HBT Mitzvah Club is excited to announce our next Mitzvah Day! In keeping with Passover celebrations, we have the opportunity to pack Passover boxes with the volunteers of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada. This event takes place on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Please sign up through NCJWC, they have three time slots available on March 30th (2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.) - they are booking up fast! Call or email today Read more »

Shabbat Family Program: Tikkun Olam


This coming Shabbat, February 8, 2014 we welcome you to our (almost last) Shabbat Family Program for the year. This Shabbat we will investigate the theme of Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World). There are many ways that we as a community or even individuals can make our world a better place. We will have a chance to look at the numerous opportunities we have at Temple and in our general community; opportunities where we can make a difference. It doesn’t Read more »

Purim: The After-Party (Teen Purim)

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Click image above for more details Join us for an open-mic + lounge night in the HABSTY Lounge from 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17th. Come to share your music, jokes and talent or just to enjoy desert and the company of friends. For information, please e-mail Lisa Isen Baumal: Read more »

Ages 8 and younger: Family Havdallah and Skating!

Family Havdallah and Skating

Family Havdallah and Skating Family Havdallah and Skating Saturday, February 1, 2014 5:30 p.m. For families with young children. Skating, tobogganing, pizza, hot chocolate and Havdallah! Join us for skating, tobogganing, pizza and hot chocolate from 5:30 -7:00 p.m. Havdallah will be at 7 p.m. inside of Leo Baeck Day School South (501 Arlington Ave), in partnership with URJ Camp George's Winterfest. Pizza is $1.00 per slice, from 6:00-7:00 Read more »

We are all Mammals, so lets figure it out like they do on the Discovery Channel!

Sandra Rotholc

Talking with your teen about Sex. Sandra Rotholc Parent Education Series with Sandra Rotholc Sunday, January 26, 2014 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Talking with your children about sex and sexuality is a Jewish conversation. Sandra Rotholc with share her knowledge as a Registered Social Worker, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Sex Therapist. There are certain things we would rather our children learn from us than Read more »

Our Children's Library

Our Children's Library

Our Children's Library You may not know it - but lurking behind the shelves in our Youth Chapel is a wonderful full collection of children's books! Sharon Singer, our part-time librarian is desperate to share these books with you!  We want to encourage you to read Jewish books with your children and we have so many options for you. In order to make these more accessible to you, please stop by the Youth Chapel/HBT Children's Library, on your Read more »

Kids Mitzvah Club is back in action: Children's Choir

Children's Choir

"As Jews, we are commanded to bring happiness into each other's lives, and what better way to do so than through song?" The Kids Mitzvah Club is pleased to announce the launch of a new KEF option, starting in January - kid's choir! Each Sunday, the kids will learn Hebrew songs with Cantor Maissner and Mike Morgulis. As part of the choir, they will be given the opportunity to perform for elderly community members and to record a CD. There will Read more »

HADRACHA with guest teacher Rabbi Noam Katz


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: Read more »

JVC Home meets again Monday, December 2

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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 or 416-789-3291 ext. 242. Read more »

All Family Learning Shabbat: Shabbat Shalom

All Family Learning Shabbat

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 »

HBT Parent Education Series with Ellen Yack

Ellen Yack

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 »

Sportball and Family Havdallah

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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 »

Grades 4-6: Don’t miss our first ever shul-in!

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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 »

Laser Quest with JVC

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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: Read more »

HABSTY Lounge Nights!


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 »

JVC Home meets again Monday, November 4, 2013

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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 »

All Family Learning Shabbat: Sacred Texts of Our Tradition

All Family Learning Shabbat

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 »

Rabbi Helfman invites you... Hot Shot Shabbat and Dinner

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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 »

Rabbi Helman invites you... Tot Shabbat

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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

Intergenerational Family Chanukah Party

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 »

Camp George registration is NOW OPEN

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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 »