Our new shinshinim, Noga Ben Zvi and Gil Peled arrived in Toronto on August 26 after a great orientation week at Camp Shalom, and have already begun their work at Holy Blossom and Leo Baeck South! We are so looking forward to introducing them to our congregation and community, and hope you will join us in giving them a warm welcome. They will both be at Family Services this coming Shabbat, Saturday, September 10, so please stop by to say Read more »
Youth Education Centre
The vision of Holy Blossom Temple Religious School is to create an atmosphere of warmth, excitement and love of Jewish learning in which students from JK-5 (Lower School) and Grades 6-10 (Senior School) acquire:
- Commitment/love of Judaism and Israel
- Jewish values, skills and knowledge
- Values of life-long Jewish learning and service to the community
Through a combination of creative and didactic learning experiences we aim to build a sense of community and belonging to Holy Blossom Temple, to the Jewish communities within Toronto and Canada, the broader Reform movement and Israel.
The development of skills and knowledge are meant to enable Jewish young people to read Hebrew, participate comfortably and capably in worship services, and master the basic skills required to study Torah, Haftarah and the holy days.
To attain these goals, we rely on an integrated curriculum and experiential/creative teaching models. Success depends upon dynamic, enthusiastic and Jewishly learned teachers, home/family support and commitment, and appropriate, responsible allocation of resources.
It is our hope that all our Confirmation students will join in a trip to Israel upon completion of their formal studies at Holy Blossom Temple.
Register for Religious School
We welcome you to Holy Blossom Temple Youth Education Centre. We are honoured to have your family share the wonders and beauty of Jewish education together. We are proud that our current application is fully on-line. Please read through our application carefully.
Holy Blossom Temple School is pleased to provide age appropriate learning opportunities from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Our program provides a single-day option which combines Religious education and Hebrew language education, or the option of working with a tutor organized through us at the YEC. We will provide you with a tutor and the curriculum. Please feel welcome to call or email me with any questions. Going forward, we will continue to encourage and welcome your input as we make further improvements to the Youth Education centre.
Classes for Grades JK-5 will be offered on Sunday mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m. We have an excellent Hebrew language program for students in Grades 2-5; as well as an option to join Project Tikvah, our Hebrew language program for students with learning challenges.
Senior School (Grades 6-7) meets on Monday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, a part of our Senior School and Grade Seven program, is for all students (Jewish Day School students included) celebrating Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Holy Blossom Temple.
We have a new program this year called JTEM, Jewish Teen Experience Midtown. In cooperation with Congregation Beth Tzedec and Beth Sholom Synagogue, JTEM will provide and engaging program for all students in Grades 8-12 from each of our congregations. Courses will include
Holy Blossom students throughout the school will be given greater tools and experiences which are necessary to be comfortable in participating in worship and Torah discussion. Shabbat service (Friday evening or Shabbat day) participation is another way to bring school and synagogue together. Special Shabbat dinners will be scheduled for various grades and will be advertised in our school calendar which will be available in the August.
We always encourage our parents’ participation. Please consider joining your child often during their time at school. Shabbat Family Education programs are a central part of our experience. Families will have the flexibility to choose from the 6 Shabbat program options offered – either a Friday evening or Shabbat morning program. We look forward to sharing Shabbat and other holiday and program times with each family at various times throughout the school year.
As a way of fostering the friendships in our classrooms, we will be compiling and distributing class contact lists. We hope that you will schedule visits with your children’s friends from Temple outside of school. It is a great way to create and form life-long bonds.
We learn through experience and teach through deed and example. At Holy Blossom there are many opportunities for Temple members of all ages to be students and to be teachers. Your involvement will guide us into the next generation. We look forward to learning with you.
Director of Education
Chair, Department of Education
The Religious School News Archive
Holy Blossom's Youth Education Centre in partnership with Beth Tzedec Congregation is looking to create an exciting, new, innovative pilot program for children in JK and SK, housed at Holy Blossom. This program will begin in the fall of 2016.'Hebrew Playdate' will bring the Hebrew language to life through games, activities and song. Hebrew Playdate will run on Wednesdays, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., starting on September 21, 2016 - (no class Read more »
We hope the start of summer has been an enjoyable one for you and your family. JTEM (Jewish Teen Experience Midtown) is a new teen program that connects participants in grades 8-12 with each other and meaningful Jewish learning experiences. JTEM is a partnership of Holy Blossom Temple, Beth Tzedec Congregation and Beth Sholom Synagogue. Our three liberal minded institutions are working together, a first in Toronto, to offer unique and relevant Read more »
Click image above for more details Looking for a great after-school activity for your children in Grade 2-5 next Fall?? Join us at HBT on Wednesday afternoons!! Art of the Big Masters will share important information on favourite artists and give your children an opportunity to create art “like those masters”. We may have our own Picassos, Brittos or Chagalls in our midst! Click image for details! Contact Debbie Spiegel, email@example.com Read more »
Dear Friends, We welcome you to Holy Blossom Temple Youth Education Centre. We are honoured to have your family share the wonders and beauty of Jewish education together. We are proud that our current application is fully on-line. Please read through our application carefully. Holy Blossom Temple School is pleased to provide age appropriate learning opportunities from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Our program provides a single-day option Read more »
Noam Nadler and Bar Cohen, our Shinshinim for 2015-16 shared a final d’var Yisrael this past Shabbat. Their comments were from the heart. We are honoured that they were with us this year. We wish them hatzlacha –success in their travels to camp, and look forward to their return at the end of the summer. Hi everyone and Shabbat shalom, The time we didn’t want to come, came, and with it being the end of the year it's also the end of Read more »
For the past 9 years, we have been fortunate at Holy Blossom Temple to host two wonderful Israeli Shinshinim, Israeli teens who join us for the academic year as emissaries of Israel. These teens work with us and with Leo Baeck Day School to bring Israel alive to our students, along with their extended families. In our 10th year in the program we will welcome Gil Peled (male), and Noga Ben-Tzvi (female) in just a few short months - August 2016. Read more »
Saturday, June 11, 2016 10:30 a.m. Join us as we celebrate with all of our Grade 10 Confirmands in our special service as we acknowledge their dedication to Torah study. These students are our treasures, they have been with us for many years, we have watched them grow into beautiful young people who have much to share with others. Our special service with include an Aliyah for all of our Confirmands with the Torah read by one of the students. Read more »
Join us in Family Service on Shabbat, June 4th as we say SHALOM to our wonderful Shinshinim, Noam Nadler and Bar Cohen. Noam and Bar have worked with us all year long – bringing Israel to life for our community. It is time to say TODAH RABBAH – thanks so much for all that they have done for us! Our service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Youth Chapel. Bar and Noam will honour us with Torah and Haftarah readings that morning. We will also have Read more »
As we begin to mark the 10th year of the Israel Engagement Shinshinim program, we are happy to welcome are newest Shinshinim, Noga Ben Tzvi and Gil Peled. Here is a preview of them…..enjoy! We want welcome to the Holy Blossom Temple family two wonderful new Shinshinim, Israeli emissaries, Gil Peled and Noga Ben Tzvi will join us for the 2016-2017 school year – Holy Blossom’s 10th year in UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Israel Read more »
Since about September I have been working in the Youth Education Centre with Ariella Markus, the teacher in one of the Grade 1 classes on Sunday morning. Opposite to what many people would think, Sunday is one of my favorite days of the week! When I walk in the classroom, the kids that are there before me yell my name and run for a hug. Volunteering as a Madricha (student teacher) makes me feel so useful and it is one of the most rewarding things Read more »
Ben Mansoor is a student in the JK class at Leo Baeck Day School, and additionally attends our Youth Education Centre JK class. Ben brought his class project “Nobody” for a visit. Nobody arrives to the Leo Baeck class barren, even bereft of body parts! Each week a family in the class adds either a body part or piece of clothing and that item reflects a good deed done in conjunction with the addition. As a part of the project, Nobody does something Read more »
Our Shinshinim, Bar Cohen and Noam Nadler, have been with us all year on a Shnat Sherut – a year of service. Theirs is outside of their country, experiencing our Canadian Jewish community. In these two stories, one from Noam and the other from Bar, we learn more about each of them. After returning to Israel (home) at the beginning of January – each of them brings an added perspective – Noam about Aliyah, food and Israelis. Bar shares with Read more »
We want welcome to the Holy Blossom Temple family two wonderful new Shinshinim, Israeli emissaries, Gil Peled and Noga Ben Tzvi will join us for the 2016-2017 school year – Holy Blossom’s 10th year in UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Israel Engagement program! This new team will join us at the end of August 2016. Gil will join us from Haifa, where he is a Grade 12 student at the Leo Baeck High School. He volunteers as a supervisor of counsellors Read more »
Grade 1 Parents are invited to visit and participate in programs with their children and with each other. It is a great way to get to know your classmates families. We have had many “visits” already this year – here is a re-cap of some of them: JK and SK parents joined together for a program on Shabbat. Children made some very creative placemats together. We hope they are using them often. Children in JK & SK also take home “The Read more »
We are looking forward to opening our door officially on Sunday, September 13th for Sunday programs, September 16th for Wednesdays and September 21st for Mondays. When you arrive there will be beautiful signs directing you to your room! Click here for the full 2015-2016 calendar. Read more »
Summer is Fantastic! We know that this summer has been fantastic and we have all enjoyed the great weather, the relaxing days, and the lack of school schedules……. BUT, September is coming soon….. Don’t miss out on the fantastic opportunities that we have in store for you at the Youth Education Centre at Holy Blossom Temple! Registration is underway and you do not want to miss out! Join us for great teachers, great learning, great friends, Read more »
The reason we are asking is two-fold. Firstly, it is because it is important to us that you feel supported in your Jewish educational choices, and we want to make sure we tailor our own programs to meet your needs. Secondly, we have already made great steps in re-working what youth activities looks like at HBT to include day school families, families with private tutors, those who have “not-yet” engaged in formal Jewish education, and the many Read more »
Tal and Aviv On Shabbat, June 6th, at 10:30 a.m., we will formally say “Shalom” to our current Shinshinim, Aviv Naftali and Tal Yitzhaki. They have been a tremendous addition to all that we have done here at HBT. Join us in the Family Service, in the Youth Chapel, where we will share some thoughts, some laughs and maybe some tears as we prepare to send them off to camp for the summer. AND……Our new Shinshinim for 2015-2016 will be joining Read more »
After spending their year learning about a variety of Life Cycle experiences our Grade 3 students enjoyed participating in a Mock Wedding of two of our own HBT families – Josh Berger, son of Eileen and David Berger and Ilana Goodman, daughter of Mindy and Howard Goodman. Josh and Ilana were actually married last summer, and were kind to let us celebrate with them once again. Our students learned the language surrounding the wedding ceremony and Read more »
May 2015 Iyar 5775 Dear Friends, We welcome you to Holy Blossom Temple Religious School. We are honoured to have your family share the wonders and beauty of Jewish education together. We are proud that our current application is fully on-line. Please read through our application carefully. Holy Blossom Temple School is pleased to provide age appropriate learning opportunities from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Our program provides multiple Read more »
By Meredith Englander. Earlier this year I was invited to join the task force for Youth Education at Holy Blossom. I accepted, thinking it would be a good way to play a part in how and what my daughters’ learn at our Temple’s Religious School. What I didn’t realize at that time, however, was that being a part of this committee would actually prove to be a great learning experience for myself! Michelle Lynn-Sachs, our own former Director Read more »
Tal and Aviv Hello everyone, This week we had the opportunity to take part and learn about the Temple’s Renewal project. We placed out handprints on the big Community Mural and toured with the all of the members’ children throughout the Temple. We also had the privilege to talk in front of Brotherhood breakfast (Sunday) and we are looking forward to more opportunities of working with the adult community of Holy Blossom. We have two important Read more »
Debbie Spiegel, Noam Nadler, Bar Cohen, Avra Rosen I am pleased to share with all that we have chosen our Shinshinim who will join us in August 2015 Noam Nadler (female) and Bar Cohen (male) are wonderful young energetic thoughtful Israelis. We are so fortunate to have them. More information to follow... SHABBAT SHALOM from Jerusalem. Read more »
Shinshinim alumni together in Jerusalem Thursday evening all alumni Shinshinim over the past 9 years gathered together in Jerusalem! Debbie Spiegel and lay leader Avra Rosen along with counterparts at Leo Baeck Day School, Miriam Glaser and Cindy Opler welcomed many of our alumni. We are so proud of these amazing young people. Each one has made terrific contributions while they were with us and continue to do incredible things in Israel. Read more »