Religious School

Our Vision

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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.

For more information please send an email to Debbie Spiegel, Director of Education, or call 416-789-3291, ext.239.

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The Religious School News Archive

Shinshinim for 2014-2015

Tal Yitzhaki and Aviv Naftali

Tal Yitzhaki and Aviv Naftali We welcome Tal Yitzhaki and Aviv Naftali as our new Shinshinim for the coming year. Get ready – they are arriving the last week of August! They are a wonderful team – already working well together. Families have been set and this is a huge HBT year for hosting. Thanks to all who have raised their hands to welcome and care for our wonderful Shinshinim. Tal comes from Timrat (in the Galilee). She majored in Read more »

Religious School Registration 2014/2015

Religious School 2014/15

Religious School 2014/15 Please remember to register your children/grandchildren for HBT’s Religious School. We look forward to engaging the entire family with our various school, Temple and youth activities. Check us out! We ask for your registration to be in by June 30th. For any questions, please contact Debbie Spiegel, Read more »

Confirmation: A Compilation of our Students’ Reflections

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A Compilation of our Students’ Reflections What is it that you hope your children will achieve through being involved in Jewish life? Our Grade 10 students discuss how impactful their time has been here at Holy Blossom Temple and on our Israel trip. After many years of Jewish education, time spent learning in our building, doing Mitzvot and engaged in Jewish life, they tell us how it has affected them, to this moment, as Jews about to confirm Read more »

Video: HBT Israel Trip!

Israel Trip

In March 2014, a group of Confirmation class students travelled to Israel with Debbie Spiegel and Lisa Isen Baumal as their madrichim, for a week of travel, exploration and friendship. Jessica Baldachin and friends, created a memory of the experience which they want to share with everyone. Our visit included seeing sights in Tel Aviv/Yaffo, digging and spelunking (cave crawling) at Tel Maresha. Visiting an elementary school in Bat Yam Read more »

Meet our new Shinshinim!


HBT! Please take a minute and have a look to meet our new Shinshinim - Tal and Aviv. They will join us at the end of August and cant wait to be with us. We know that our families, students and adults alike will have a great time with them. We are still looking for housing for them - if you have room in your home, please contact Debbie Spiegel. Read more »

Our Grade 3 Religious School class had a wedding...

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Click to enlarge As  a part of their studying Jewish Life-Cycle events, our Grade 3 Religious School class had a wedding.  Mazal Tov and a huge thank-you to the bride and groom, Esther Connors and Joshua Miller, who were married under a beautiful chuppah created by the students. Members of the grade 3 class made up the wedding party and the bride and groom’s parents. In learning and preparing for the wedding, a special ketubah was 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 »

Holy Blossom Temple Senior School invites all teens and their parents for a stimulating and engaging conversation


Click to enlarge An Evening from “Heart to Heart”, with Lina Medlij Monday, February 24 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Lina Medlij, a Heart to Heart* alumnus will join us on Monday evening, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. for a stimulating and exciting look at a wonderful program which brings Israelis both Arab and Jewish alongside Toronto counterparts. All teens (Grade 7-12) and their parents are invited to participate in this dynamic conversation. Lina Read more »

Grade 5 students this Tu B'Shevat: an inter-congregational study program

Maggi and her Holy Blossom friends show off their parsley plants at the Grade 5 inter-congregational activity.

Maggi and her Holy Blossom friends show off their parsley plants at the Grade 5 inter-congregational activity. Grade 5 students from Holy Blossom Temple Religious School met together with students from Beth Tzedec congregation and Congregation Beth Sholom for an inter-congregational study program. In honour of our recent holiday of Tu B’Shevat, we gathered to have a serious look at water usage in Canada and in Israel. The students were very Read more »

"Prophet Deborah" performed at Religious School

Religious School 2014/15

Samantha S., Lily G., with Noa O. and Rebecca K. (as our back up dancers), present a song/dance about the Prophet Deborah. Their teacher Tali Weiss watches from behind... The girls had a great time learning and presenting some of the valuable information for their friends at HBT Religious School! Read more »

Reform Community Retreat Weekend for Grades 5 & 6

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Click image above for more details All Grade 5 & 6 Reform congregations and Leo Baeck Day school students throughout the GTA are invited to join together for a wonderful weekend at Camp George. We look forward to so much fun! Playing, singing, eating, spending Shabbat together and so much more. All of our Shinshinim (from each congregation) will be with us… Taly and Maayan can’t wait! Save the date – April 11-13, 2014! More Read more »

Tzedakah Fair: Toddah to our presenters and kol hakavod to our students

Our Grade 7 families participated in the Tzedakah Fair on November 18th. Seventeen agencies from around Toronto (including Israeli-based) joined together to share information about their specific agency and meaningful ways to get involved – either hands-on or by financial donation. It was a great evening. Toddah to our presenters and kol hakavod to our students who thoroughly enjoyed the event. Tzedakah Fair Tzedakah Fair Read more »

Video: Student Chanukah Celebration

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Chanukah celebration in the school were excellent. Our students of all ages danced away and created amazing videos with “In the Mix”, a dance group which combines technology and movement. Watch our students have a great time using their creativity to make the most amazing and fun Chanukah video! Thanks to Jackie Faibish, Natalie Simonsky (our own Jan Simonsky’s daughter!) and the rest of the team who assisted us with this project! Read more »

Family Shabbat Programs

Family Shabbat Programs

Family Shabbat Programs This year each family in our Religious School has been asked to join us for two Shabbat Family Education programs. These programs are intended to bring families together of various grade levels to study, play and pray together! We will begin with fun Shabbat snacks, followed by a parent learning session with the Rabbi and a student session with teachers, Shinshiniyot, Debbie Spiegel and Lisa Isen Baumal – our Education Read more »

Religious School and the First Nations Priority

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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 »

Join us to celebrate with Dori Levine, as she retires from HBT!

Dori Levine

Dori Levine Join us to celebrate with Dori Levine, our treasured Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutor and teacher as she retires from HBT! Teachers are the heroes in Jewish life. After 30 years of devotion, one of our finest teachers, Dori Levine, is retiring from her work at Holy Blossom Temple.  Dori has been the expert who prepares our Project Tikvah students for Bar and Bat Mitzvah.  With skill and compassion she helped each one to find his and her confidence Read more »

Missing you! Shinshinim alumni

Shinshinim alumni

Hello from former Shinshinim, Gal Baruch, Mai Levy, Gefen Chazan, Or Shalom who were together and sent us this picture reminding us of the “Fun times” that we had with them! They were together at a meeting for Shinshinim alumni which is a new project facilitated by the Jewish Agency and our own Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto. They miss us and we miss them! Shinshinim alumni Read more »

Jacob’s Tower Tours during Religious School

Religious School visits Jacob's Tower

Click to enlarge By Rabbi Jordan Helfman. This Sunday, October 20th, we began taking religious school classes up to see our renewed Jacob’s Tower. Nearly all of our Sunday Grades 3-5 participated on the hike up to the top to look out on our beautiful city. After spending time being awed by the clear view, we discussed how our tower has a different purpose than the towers on churches and mosques.  Instead of being a place to call others of Read more »

Shabbat Family Education Programs

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Shabbat Family Education Programs All Holy Blossom Temple families in Grades JK-5 are invited to join us for our Shabbat Daytime Family Education Programs. Jewish Day School families are encouraged to participate. Religious School families have been asked to register for at least two of them. The program will begin at 9 a.m. with a light snack followed by a creative education program for the entire family, participation in the Family Service Read more »

Family Programming 5774 - A complete guide

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By Rabbi Jordan Helfman. Click image above to download a complete Family Programming Guide Dear Friends, The dual goals of this Family Program Brochure and poster are to help us build a stronger community and to better lay out the Jewish Journey on which we hope all of our children will participate. Holy Blossom Temple is a place where day-school families can live what their children are learning in school, through Holy Day celebrations Read more »

Grades 7 and 8: Spend Saturday night in the Sukkah!

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  Click image above for more details If you are in grades 7 & 8, bring your friends and come spend Saturday night in the Sukkah!  The evening will include dinner, Havdallah, and an outdoor movie!  It’ll be a great evening of ‘shmoozing in the sukkah’, to kick off the year!  our new Israeli ShinShinim Taly and Maayan will be there, so come meet them! Saturday, September 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Admission cost is a non-perishable Read more »

KEF is Holy Blossom’s new afterschool program


KEF at HBT KEF (fun in Hebrew) is Holy Blossom’s new afterschool program on Sundays, for children in JK-grade 2. KEF runs from 11:30 – 12:30, and we are offering three 8-week sessions, with different activities to choose from each time, including Sportplay, mixed media art with Artistic Way, In the Mix dance/technology program and more!  (cost is $125/session per child, and $140 for non-members). You don’t have to be enrolled in Religious Read more »

Holy Blossom Temple has a Youth Director!

Lisa Isen Baumal

Lisa Isen Baumal We are excited to announce that Lisa Isen Baumal’s role has been expanded at Holy Blossom Temple into a full Youth Director position. By linking the youth groups and the religious school departments under the responsibilities of a Youth Director  we can work together to move HBT’s youth offerings into cutting-edge Jewish experiential education.  Lisa’s new responsibilities include being the advisor for YEAH, JYG, and Read more »

Introducing our next Shinshiniyot!

Maayan Sharon and Tali Epstein

Maayan Sharon and Tali Epstein I am honoured to introduce our new Shinshiniyot (plural for Shinshiniya - they are both female this year)... Maayan Sharon and Tali Epstein arrive in Canada at the end of August. We are excited to welcome them. Maayan Sharon (left) is from Haifa. She is an active member of her school (Leo Baeck) and youth community. Maayan has been involved with a variety of activities from Teen exchanges in New York and Italy, Read more »

Announcement for all High School students grades 9-12!

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Click image above for more details The new Chai School (sponsored by all Reform congregations in the GTA) is offering 2 Ministry of Education approved high school courses for credit! The first course is for students in Grade 11 & 12, ‘Pride and Prejudice – Moving through Jewish Identity’; the second course is for students in Grade 9 and up, ‘Hebrew - Level 1’. The Chai School is also offering a CAA approved Driver’s Training Read more »