Rabbi HelfmanI am officially the ‘Assistant Rabbi’ here at Holy Blossom Temple.  I help coordinate and run programs for brand-new individuals (babies) up to our 20s and 30s group, and then again for parents of these individuals who come into the building for our Parent Education Programs.  This includes our family programs, teen programs, Holy Blossom on Campus, and more.  Come along, and there is a good chance you’ll see my family with my wife – Jemma – and our three kids – Toby, Mollie and Henriette.

I also have the pleasure of serving on the World Union of Progressive Judaism’s executive board, whose mission is to help expand the reach of Progressive Judaism around the world.  My particular interest in the WUPJ comes from my time working with Liberal Jewish Youth-נוער ציוני רפורמי for Liberal Judaism, a sister movement of the Union for Reform Judaism, in the United Kingdom and leading High Holy Day services in Europe.

My rabbinic thesis, “Towards an Explicit Integrated Jewish Curriculum for Union for Reform Judaism Summer Camps” was a great opportunity to learn educational theory, and to see how it is applied in one of the Reform movement’s most impactful settings.  My biggest personal learning from writing this thesis was on how we need to empower our teens to make their own Jewish decisions within a supportive Reform Jewish framework.

I am a proud graduate of Michigan State university, where I played trombone in the marching band for four years, and I still play for Cantor Maissner’s Neginah band on some Friday nights.

Looking forward to seeing you around!

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June 28, 2017 - Canada at 150, Holy Blossom at 160

I once mentioned in a sermon that I was still learning the words to O Canada, to have a congregant come up and tell me to get myself in gear. Read more »

May 29, 2017 - Sermon: Zionism, Not Activism - Rabbi Jordan Helfman

This time last week, I was sitting in Jersualem. Sitting in a park, Gan HaPa’amon, towards the middle of the city, towards the middle of the beating heart of our people. Read more »

April 27, 2017 - Israel at the Centre: Working on a World-Wide Progressive Jewish Siddur at Holy Blossom

After the creation of the State of Israel, just 69 years ago, Judaism was changed forever, and our prayer books and rituals have since evolved to reflect this change. Read more »

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