We chose Holy Blossom Temple because this special congregation not only welcomes but also enthusiastically celebrates a diversity of members. We feel fortunate to live in Toronto, a city that leads the way in the inclusion and integration of same-sex families. One of the city’s major congregation that programs specifically for the lesbian and gay community, Holy Blossom understands that a homogenous membership, one in which everyone looks exactly the same, has a shrinking and diminishing place in our multicultural society. By ensuring the lesbian and gay communities understand they too have a home at Holy Blossom, the Temple has positioned itself as the most welcoming major congregation for same-sex families. We hope that as we spread the word that all of us are welcome as valued and cherished Temple members that more and more diverse families will choose Holy Blossom as their spiritual home.
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 »