When I moved back to Toronto after university, the city’s “large synagogue scene” hardly seemed like a welcoming place for twenty-somethings. Many of my friends seemed to be gravitating towards small grassroots Jewish communities downtown, but I struggled to find one to call my own: as a committed Reform Jew, I was uncomfortable with the practices of some organizations; as a grad student, I was priced out of several others. But over the past years, I have found in Holy Blossom a community of young adults that is much more vibrant than it felt when I left for university. I value that our community is welcoming and progressive. I admire that we never hesitate to lead social action initiatives. I appreciate that Holy Blossom’s leadership truly cares about our voice in the overall congregation and that people in our cohort are invited to be part of that leadership. Holy Blossom – and especially the 20-30s group that I’ve been part of for several years – feels dynamic, intimate, and inviting in a way that I wouldn’t have expected from a large synagogue. I’m glad to be part of such a great community!
Life can blossom here.
My membership at Holy Blossom Temple is very important to me. Growing up in a mixed-faith family, I was exposed to my mother’s Judaism and my father’s Catholicism through my grandparents since neither of my parents were particularly religious. Read more »
We’re not your typical Jewish family next door. We’re a Korean-Quebecois couple who, while living in Asia, decided that Judaism was how we wanted to live our faith and our life Read more »
My membership has afforded me the opportunity to not only feel part of a community, through Sisterhood and various other committees but also to give back as leader of this special group of HBT members Read more »
We were attracted to HBT because of its outstanding reputation in Human Rights, Social Justice and Interfaith work Read more »
As a young family, Holy Blossom Temple has become an important spiritual extension of our home, helping us enhance our Jewish identity and feel connected to our community Read more »
We joined Holy Blossom because it gives our interfaith family a foundation on which to build our Jewish life Read more »
We chose Holy Blossom Temple because this special congregation not only welcomes but also enthusiastically celebrates a diversity of members Read more »
When I moved back to Toronto after university, the city's "large synagogue scene" hardly seemed like a welcoming place for twenty-somethings Read more »
I am told by my daughter that there is an emphasis on engaging young Jews to find their way to a meaningful Judaism. Read more »
The new Senior Rabbi, W. Gunther Plaut, was on the bima. A preschool student was sitting in the sanctuary about fifteen rows back between her parents. Congregants were self-reflecting during the silent prayer. Read more »