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

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 »

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

Shabbat Family Education Programs

Monday. November 24, 2014 8:00 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 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 »

Family First Fridays: Give Bubby a Break!

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Family First Fridays Give Bubby a Break!  Join our community of families that gather monthly for Friday night dinner complete with (kosher) chicken, Shabbat music and good company. September 5, 2014 November 7, 2014 December 5, 2014 January 9, 2015 February 6, 2015 is now January 30, 2015 (Shabbat Shirah) March 6, 2015 May 1, 2015 June 5, 2015 Nearly every ‘first’ Friday night during the school year at 6:00 p.m., Read more »

Family Camp: Thanksgiving Weekend – Oct. 10-12

HBT at Camp George

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 »

Family Havdalah Programs 2014/2015

Family Havdalah

Family Havdalah Separate Shabbat from the rest of the week with candles, juice and spices, community, dinner and lots of fun! November 15, 2014 January 24, 2015 April 11, 2015 May 9, 2015 Four times a year, our community of families with young children gather to separate Shabbat from the rest of the week with a Havdalah ceremony full of light, spices and music.  We also take the joy of Shabbat into the rest of the week by pairing Read more »

Tot Shabbat: 2014/2015

Tot Shabbat

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. Oct. 10, 2014 (Service and dinner in the Sukkah) Nov. 21, 2014 Dec. 19, 2014 Jan 16, 2015 Feb 20, 2015 March 20, 2015 (tentative) April 17, 2015 May 15, 2015 June 19, 2015 New 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 »

JVC H.O.M.E. is back again!


Click image above for more details JVC’s (Junior Volunteer Corps) Hands On Mitzvah Experiences (H.O.M.E.) are now open to any students in grades 6*, 7 & 8. These mitzvah experiences take place once a month on Mondays, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (prior to Senior School), and include a light pizza dinner. The mitzvot that we do at H.O.M.E. can be counted towards part of a completing a students’ Shaarei Kehillah workbook, however, Read more »

Shabbat Family Education Program Line-up 2014/2015

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Shabbat Family Education Program Line-up 2014/2015 We are excited to share with you our Shabbat Family Education program line-up for families with children ages 4 (or younger) to 12. In anticipation of these exciting events, we want to share with you a complete list of dates and themes. Shabbat Family programs are geared towards ALL families in our congregation, and are designed for children who attend public school, private school, Jewish day Read more »

CANCELLED: Summer in the City! Picnic in the Park(ing) Lot


Click image above for more details Summer in the City! Come enjoy a few warm summer nights with your friends and family at Holy Blossom!  Join our Picnic in the Park(ing) Lot on Wednesday, August 13.  Bring the kids, a picnic dinner, and a blanket to sit on!  This will be a fun way to reconnect with Holy Blossom friends over the summer, and meet some new ones! Freezies will be on us!! For more information, contact Lisa Isen Baumal at Read more »

Family Education Program 2014-2015

Family First Fridays

The dates for Family Education programs for the 2014-2015 school year have been set. Please mark these dates down and join us for as many Shabbat experiences as possible.  We will surely enrich your Shabbat! Our program begins at 9:00 a.m., followed by a concurrent children’s program and adult/Rabbi study program. Our program continues with Shabbat Family services in the Youth Chapel at 10:30 a.m. and the experience is complete with a wonderful Read more »

Families with children of all ages: HBT Family Camp

Camp George

Camp George Friday night, October 10 – Sunday morning October 12.  Create lasting friendships over Thanksgiving Weekend by joining other Holy Blossom Temple families at URJ Camp George!  Come for the singing, campfires, and camp activities, leave with a deeper connection to our community. This retreat is back by popular demand. For more information contact Rabbi Jordan Helfman, Read more »

Grades 6-12: Ashrei Club


Are you interested in taking more of a leading role in services here at HBT? Join the ‘Ashrei Club’ a group of teens who will learn, polish, and maybe even help teach this tapestry of psalms of praise.  There are seven family services over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, plus Festival Services and Family Services throughout the year where you could have the honour of leading our sacred community in this prayer. For more information contact Read more »

Families with Children 2-8: Saturday Night Family Havdalah Subscription


Four times a year, our community of families with younger children gather to separate Shabbat from the rest of the week with a short Havdalah ceremony full of light, spices and music.  To take the joy of Shabbat forward, we pair this special ceremony with a fun activity, starting at 5:30 p.m.  This past year we played Sportball, had a drumming circle, went tobogganing in Cedarvale Park, and had a fun musical experience with Marlowe from Marlowe Read more »

Families with Children Birth – Grade 7: Family Friday Night Dinner Subscription


Give Bubby a Break! On the first Friday of every month during the school year, 2014-15, we will be gathering for monthly Family Friday Night Services and Dinners.  The service, co-led most regularly with David Gershon of Judy & David fame is appropriate for children of all ages.  Worship and storytelling begin at 6 p.m., and are followed by a semi-potluck dinner.  Families are asked to bring a dairy-free and nut-free side-dish (coordinated Read more »

HOLY CHAG! Shavuot


Click to enlarge Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Holy Chag is back! Come with your family to our Congregational Shavuot service at 10:00 a.m., which includes great breakout sessions for children. The Kids only fun begins at 12:00 p.m. Our picnic themed afternoon will include lunch, music and singing, outdoor games, and a giant ice cream sundae bar! *wear running shoes, and bring a picnic blanket if you have one! Pick-up time at 2:30 p.m. Read more »

Bring your Family by Holy Sprouts!

Holy Sprouts! CSA

Holy Sprouts! CSA Interested in teaching you children about sustainable farming and where the food you buy comes from? Bring them by Holy Blossom Temple any Tuesday from 3:00-6:00 p.m., rain or shine, for a stop at our Holy Sprouts farmer’s market! Farmer Zach and his team are happy to give you recipe ideas and talk to you about the food you are about to enjoy.  Holy Sprouts, a Shoresh CSA hosted by our volunteers, also allows you to Read more »

World Pride at Holy Blossom Temple

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Holy Blossom Temple is proud that gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender Jews find their home in our community.  We have a long history of supporting the LGBT community in periods of need including at the height of our domestic AIDs crisis, and we work hard to continue to support the many identities in our community. World Pride June 20-29, 2014 Toronto, Ontario, Canada  World Pride 2014 Friday, June 20, 2014 5:30 p.m. - Family Read more »

Going to Jewish Camp? Graduating this Year? We want to honour you!


We would like to invite all of our families sending their children to Jewish camp this summer to the Youth Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on June 14th for the honour of an Aliyah. Your selection of a Jewish camp will benefit your children into the future as they receive a fun, immersive experience living Judaism this summer, and deserved recognition by our sacred community. Please contact JoAnne Polito to let us know you are claiming this honour. Read more »