Rt. Hon. Paul Martin Thursday, April 10, 2014 7:30 p.m. Throughout his business and political careers, The Right Honourable Paul Martin has been devoted to the cause of the First Nations, Métis, and the Inuit. After he retired from political life in 2006, Mr. Martin founded the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, a charitable organization (MAEI). MAEI’s activities focus on providing educational opportunities for Aboriginal Peoples 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
Click image above for more details Wednesday, March 19, 2014 8:00 p.m. Rabbi Miri Gold Rabbi Gold was the third woman to be ordained as a Reform rabbi in Israel, and the first non-orthodox rabbi to be recognized by the government of Israel. Join us as she looks at the future of progressive Judaism in the State of Israel. Dessert reception sponsored by Sisterhood. Also sponsored by Arza Canada and Israel Committee. Read more »
Click image above for more details Not due out until June 2014, in their new book, Natural Law: A Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Trialogue, by David Novak, Anver Emon and Matthew Levering examines natural law doctrine, rooted in the classical writings of our respective three traditions: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic. Each of the authors provides an extensive essay reflecting on natural law doctrine in his tradition. Each of the authors also Read more »
Natural Law: A Jewish, Christian, Islamic Trialogue Thursday, March 20, 2014 7:30 p.m. Professors David Novak and Anver Emon In their new book, Emon, Novak and a third collaborator, provide a sense for how natural law doctrine arises and functions in each tradition, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic with a reflection upon natural law doctrine and the religious other, giving a sense for why this topic is important. Read more »
The Art Forger Sunday, March 23, 2014 10:00 a.m. Sisterhood Library The Art Forger - a mystery book, a crime novel, literary fiction. Which one or all? The story grows and takes shape after the heist in the 1990’s from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of millions of dollars of art. Claire Roth, a young painter, creates “art” for Reproductions.com. She is approached by a well-known gallery owner in Boston who offers her a large sum Read more »
Rabbi Shaul Judelman Tuesday, February 18, 2014 6:30-7:30 p.m. The CSA ends at 6:00, Ma’ariv is 6:00-6:30, and so we’ll start right after Ma’ariv. Reflections on how to understand and apply todays environmental challenge from within a Torah-based Judaism. How can traditional Judaism meet a modern issue and what lessons can we as socially aware Jews learn from this. The talk will be based on gleanings from an attempt to obtain "environmental Read more »
Click to enlarge Thursdays, April 3-May 8 (not April 10) Knowledge of the history of Zionism and the State of Israel can illuminate our understanding of current events in Israel and provide valuable context for interpreting policies, actions, the peace process and political arena. Today's headlines make more sense when you analyze them in the context of the critical events that have led us to today. In a series of 5 sessions, Temple member Read more »
NEW DATE: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, February 19th we'll remember Former Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel (Arik) Sharon z"l, whose illustrious military and political career included prominent roles in all of Israel's major wars and a courageous attempt to promote peace with the Palestinians. The evening will include both a memorial to this great yet controversial leader, and reflections on his career and its impact Read more »
Click image above for more details Professor Paul Kay, Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo Feb 24, March 3 & 17, 2014. 7:30 p.m. Join us for one or all three sessions as Professor Paul Kay walks us through some of the issues which affect Israel and the environment. Professor Kay is an expert in this field. He will join us fresh from a recent presentation at Limmud, UK, where people of all ages and every perspective, from Read more »
Click image above for more details Sponsored by Jews for Judaism Rabbi Michael Skobac, Director of Education and Counselling at Jews of Judaism. Wednesdays, January 15 - February 19, 2014 8:00 p.m. Come to Holy Blossom Temple, Jan 15 - Feb 19, 2014, for Jews For Judaism's Counter-Missionary Survival Seminar, a six-week course, free of charge. This highly acclaimed seminar provides the tools and knowledge to respond confidently to any Read more »
Click image above for more details Professor Barrie Wilson, Religious Studies, York University Monday, January 20, 2014 7:30 p.m. Professor Barrie Wilson has a unique perspective on Jesus. As a Jew by Choice, Barrie will bring more to the table than others, who have discussed and explored the life of Jesus as a Jew. Please join us for this one time program, which will give all great insight into the life of Jesus. Along with others of Read more »
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 »
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 »