By Jeff Denaburg. After attending the first session in Rabbi Englander's series on Reform Zionism, I can't wait for this week's continuation. Rabbi Englander's wealth of knowledge and engaging style made the first session enjoyable as well as thought-provoking. The course explores our relationship to Israel and Zionism specifically as Reform Jews. It's an important topic and Rabbi Englander helps us to explore our own views and emotions as we Read more »
Schwartz/Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning
The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple
Holy Blossom Temple is as much a House of Study as a House of Worship. Our Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning reflects this, affording our members, and the larger Toronto Jewish Community, the opportunity to come together for major public lectures which address the important issues of our day. The Centre also provides the opportunity to study in smaller groups and classes — everything from the Bible to Rabbinic Texts; from Jewish Literature to Jewish History; from how to make Jewish marriage work to how to raise Jewish children of strong character.
The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple is made available through the generosity of our members Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman. Gerry and Heather’s generosity reflects their belief in Holy Blossom Temple as a place of deep engagement in the larger issues of concern to the Jewish People. Gerry and Heather’s commitment reflects their belief that the synagogue is the central address in the Jewish Community.
While our lectures are designed to draw larger numbers, our study classes are no less integral to the Schwartz/Reisman Centre. They reflect the character of Holy Blossom Temple as much as do our lectures: substantive and engaging at the same time, open to all regardless of the level of Jewish learning.
We offer many ongoing classes, providing our members the opportunity to study sacred texts in depth. These classes, designed for the adults in our community, encourage each of our members to move from one level of learning to another. This enables each of us to slowly build a foundation of Jewish learning.
For more information on our Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple, please send an email to Debbie Spiegel or call (416) 789-3291, ext.239.
The Adult Learning News Archive
By Ashley Berger. In our Grade 7 Religious school class, we have been learning about different religions and cultures as part of our study of our own faith and traditions. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to hear Cheryle Jacobs from the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto speak about some aspects of her tradition. Her focus was on the medicine wheel teachings, which represent so many aspects of life and our world including seasons, directions, Read more »
Thursday Shacharit, Breakfast and Talmud Study Temple members may be interested in a new study opportunity. After morning services on Thursdays, those who come for breakfast receive an additional treat. A group of regular morning service attendees have initiated their own Talmud study session. We are currently studying a section of Sanhedrin that discusses what our sages teach about life after death. Handouts are in English and the discussion Read more »
Click image above for more details Saturday, November 16, 2013 Shabbat morning Torah Study at 9:00 a.m. ''The Challenges of Leadership - Biblical and Rabbinic texts'' Shabbat Morning Sermon at 10:30 a.m. Service ''Autonomy and Authority - What Claims Us?'' Rabbi Sabath Beit-Halachmi will hold a round-table discussion over Shabbat lunch about Hebrew Union College. Read more »
Click image above for more details. Wednesday, November 20, 2013. 7:30 p.m. Have you worked with or for First Nations communities? In education, health, social services, arts or public policy? We are looking for congregants with previous experience and/or a current passion. If you'd like to help shape our congregation's efforts, please contact Rabbi Appleby at email@example.com. And be sure to join in the roundtable discussions Read more »
Rabbi Gilad Kariv. The role of Reform Judaism in securing Israel's democratic and pluralistic future. Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Our own Reform movement in Israel is making huge strides working with the Israeli government in many areas. Please join us as we learn together with the leader of the Reform movement in Israel as he will share the Read more »
Click image above for complete details By Larry Babins. Joe Oliver, a member of our congregation, will talk about his experiences as a Member of Parliament and his role as cabinet minister confronting the extraordinary challenges and opportunities of Canada's vast natural resources. He will also discuss his experience in representing Canada around the world, how others see our country and our special relationship with Israel. This evening Read more »
On Wednesday evenings, November 13 and 20, 2013 we welcome two interesting and dynamic members of our congregation. On November 13th join us as we welcome The Honourable Joe Oliver who will share some of his experiences as a Jewish Cabinet Minister. On November 20, The Honourable Bob Rae will join us as he embarks on a new venture as the chief negotiator for the Matawa First Nations Tribal Council. Both of these events will take place at 7:30 Read more »
Click image above for more details This Sunday: Remembering Post-Holocaust Theologian, Rabbi Emil Fackenheim on the occasion of his Tenth Yahrtzeit. Best known for “The 614th Commandment,” Fackenheim courageously asked how the Holocaust changes the relationship between God and the Jewish People. Rabbi-Professor Michael Morgan, Fackenheim’s most trusted student, will share excerpts from his new book dedicated to Fackenheim’s 60 years Read more »
Shimon Fogel By Les Rothschild, Chair, Adult Education Committee. We have invited Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), to speak to us Wednesday, October 16. This will be his first address in a Reform Congregation and I hope that you will be part of the discussion. Let’s find out about the role that CIJA plays, advocating for Israel and the Jewish community, and how we fit in. CIJA is not without controversy Read more »
Click image above for more details Dr. Gillian Helfield, York University. Wednesdays, Oct 30-November 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Co-Sponsored by Sisterhood. This three-part series explores the phenomenon of the ‘Closeted Jew’ within Hollywood film and television. This term refers to characters whose Jewish identities are ‘closeted’ and ‘coded’ in order to conform to the dominant gentile culture, while at the same time remaining Read more »
Click image above for more details DJ Schneeweiss, the Consul General of Israel for Toronto and Western Canada, will be at Holy Blossom Temple on Wednesday October 2nd at 7:30 PM. Of the myriad of issues that affect Israel, the ongoing dilemmas relating to peace in the region are front and centre. However, the internal issues in the country are also pressing. Join DJ as he shares his thoughts on both the external forces which affect Israel, Read more »
Shimon Fogel Feeling Good or Doing Good…Why We Can't Have it Both Ways. Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. Shimon Fogel, CEO, CIJA The entire community is invited to listen and learn from and respond to Shimon Fogel, CEO of CIJA (Centre for Jewish and Israel Affairs). This is your opportunity to learn more about what CIJA is, what they represent, and what we can learn from the important work that they do in and for our community. Read more »
Rabbi Michael Stroh Please join us for Rabbi Michael Stroh’s next course: Will Herberg / Reinhold Niebuhr: Religion and Politics Thursdays, October 24-November 14, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. The interaction of religion and politics is very significant at this historical moment and some would say it's a disaster. Should religion have nothing, at all, to do with politics; would that Christian churches in Germany had opposed the Nazis? What is Read more »
Dalia Alalouf Wednesdays, October 9-December 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Dalia Alalouf, instructor How is your Hebrew? Do you want to improve it? Join a group of adults who want to make Hebrew an "easier" skill. Dalia Alalouf is happy to work with all who are interested to learn or improve! Please contact Dalia Alalouf (ext. 238) for more information. Read more »
Click image above for more details Wednesday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us for captivating conversation with DJ Schneeweiss, Consul General of Israel for Toronto and Western Canada. As tensions in the Middle East continue to mount, and efforts to find true peace continue, we will hear from DJ as he shares his thoughts on “Peacemaking in a Turbulent World: Israel’s Policy priorities in the Changing Middle East. Bring your friends, Read more »
Click here to download Highlights of The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple Dear Congregants, Although I am a relatively new member of Holy Blossom, I have significant experience with the Canadian Reform Movement and adult education, and so I am very enthusiastic about being the Chair of the Adult Education Committee for this coming year. Holy Blossom has a long tradition of exceptional adult Read more »
Torah Stitch by Stitch Since its inauguration at Holy Blossom on Tikkun Leil Shavuot in May, the project is thriving, and now includes over 220 stitchers in 8 countries. Torah Stitch by Stitch is an international project of ordinary people who want to experience the spirit and rigour of producing holy texts. Rather than ink and parchment, each participant uses cross-stitch on canvas to "write" four Biblical verses that have been graphed Read more »
D.J. Schneeweiss D.J. Schneeweiss on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 7:30 p.m. With the Middle East once again monopolizing headlines in the news, it's difficult to assess the impacts on Israel. The civil war already raging in Syria threatens to expand further beyond its borders, and with it the risk of chemical weapons falling into the wrong hands. The conflict in Egypt risks becoming civil war. And, with this background of regional instability, Read more »
Click to enlarge How were our sacred texts produced? How are they different than other documents produced by other cultures at the same time? How do these understandings help us, as Reform Jews, understand the text? We will look at some tools that can help us understand the text in its context: how to applying modern literary and linguistic techniques to understanding the biblical text; how our rabbinic tradition helps us understand the Read more »
Click image above for more details Please join us on Thursday evening July 4th at 7:30 p.m. for a stimulating conversation with Jim Lederman. Jim will present ISRAEL - THE FACTS BEHIND THE NEWS. JIM LEDERMAN, An Israel based analyst, he is the Senior Middle East regional analyst for Oxford Analytica. He advises the writers and analysts on whom we rely. He has lectured widely at universities and to independent public affairs groups. Has Read more »
Click image above for more details Richard Marceau understands the treatment of Israel in Quebec from all angles. As a Catholic Francophone, Marceau was three times elected to the House of Commons as a member of the Bloc Quebecois. Having taken an interest in Israel, the self-described "Pro-Palestinian Zionist" converted to Judaism and is now an Israel activist working as General Counsel for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. On Read more »
Click image above for more details Thursday, May 9, 2013. 7:30 p.m. Yossi Alpher is an independent Israeli strategic affairs consultant and commentator. He served in the Israel Defense Forces as an Intelligence officer, followed by 12 years in the Mossad. From 1978 to 1980, he was an intelligence analyst on Iran. From 1981 to 1995 he was associated with the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies (JCSS) at Tel Aviv University, ultimately serving Read more »
Click image above for more details May 7 & 8, 2013 7:30 p.m. The Harry and Blanche Posen Memorial Lecture is bringing in Professor Gabi Ben Dor from Israel who will join us for two evenings, Tuesday May 7 & Wednesday May 8, 2013. Professor Ben-Dor’s lectures are sponsored by the family of the late Harry & Blanche Posen. Gabi has been a part of the Holy Blossom culture for almost 10 years. His audiences continue to be awed by Read more »
Click image above for more details May 10-11, 2013. Rabbi Michael Marmur will be joining us on Friday, May 10, 2013. Rabbi Marmur, the son of our own Rabbi Dow Marmur, is the Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Hebrew Union College (HUC) in Jerusalem. As always, Rabbi Marmur’s teaching will be uplifting and dynamic. During the Friday evening dinner, our all will have an opportunity to learn more about the YES Fund, which supports all rabbinical Read more »