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

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 »

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

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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!

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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 »

Family Havdallah and Kids Drumming Circle

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With Ora Schwartz of Living Rhythm. Saturday, May 3, 2014. 5:30 p.m.   Ages 3-8 especially welcome.  Bring your family along for a fun session of drumming, followed by an interactive havdallah and pizza dinner.  This is a chance to spend a fun Saturday night with other families with young children in a joyful setting. $5 / child includes drumming, drinks and pizza. Please RSVP soon to JoAnne Polito or at 416-789-3291 ext. 276. Read more »

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

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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

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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!

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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 »