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Why we love to belong to Holy Blossom…

We live in a modern, complex world. A place where our faith, values and cultural traditions give us the strong foundation we need to navigate life’s challenges and opportunities.

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.

Life is busy raising little kids – it truly takes a village. Every parent strives to teach their kids what they need to become worldly, thoughtful and caring people. We can’t do it alone, but we don’t have to: Holy Blossom has been a wonderful partner, helping our two young boys discover their Jewish identity, and learn our shared history and cultural traditions. They enjoy Sunday morning religious school and the KEF (Hebrew for “fun”) aftercare programs, including “Jewnior Chefs”, Lego and Pawsitively Pets. The teachers are warm and welcoming, with lots of youthful energy to engage them in class and beyond. We love socializing our boys around temple, making it a regular part of our weekly routine, and a special part of our religious holidays and family celebrations. We love HBT’s family activities that bring us together with our kids, whether in making crafts to decorate the Temple’s lovely sukkot, or doing mitzvot as part of HBT’s Out of the Cold Project, reminding us how fortunate we are and how important it is to give back.

We take comfort in the support Holy Blossom gives our family. We know that in life, there are ups and downs, joyful celebrations and times of pain and sacrifice. As our family’s needs will change over the years, we are comforted knowing that HBT is a welcoming community with a generous spirit to help guide and support us. Any institution is only as strong as the people who lead it – we are so fortunate to have such exemplary, forward-thinking leaders like Rabbi Yael Splansky and Rabbi Jordan Helfman to guide us along this unpredictable journey.

We want to be part of something bigger than ourselves. We are very excited about HBT’s impressive renewal project, and we are delighted to continue supporting fundraising, membership and parent engagement efforts to do this. Through this commitment, we feel connected to something that will grow over time, creating a legacy for our children and their families to enjoy for generations to come.

David, Sarah, Max and Jacob Kaufman

Life can blossom here.

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August 31, 2018 - My membership at Holy Blossom Temple is very important to me

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 »

August 12, 2018 - Our membership means that people like us can find a home in the Jewish people.

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 »

August 12, 2018 - My membership has given me new friendships

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 »

July 10, 2018 - My membership builds the bonds of community through Holy Blossom's interfaith programs

We were attracted to HBT because of its outstanding reputation in Human Rights, Social Justice and Interfaith work Read more »

July 10, 2018 - Why we love to belong to Holy Blossom…

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 »

July 10, 2018 - My membership creates a Jewish home for my interfaith family

We joined Holy Blossom because it gives our interfaith family a foundation on which to build our Jewish life Read more »

June 22, 2018 - My membership means we belong

We chose Holy Blossom Temple because this special congregation not only welcomes but also enthusiastically celebrates a diversity of members Read more »

June 22, 2018 - My membership builds Jewish programming for adults in their 20s and 30s.

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 »

June 27, 2017 - "I found the Jewish soulfulness I had been seeking for so long..."

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 »

July 21, 2016 - ...and that moment set the tone for my life at Holy Blossom Temple

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 »

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