Youth programs at Holy Blossom Temple are often, dynamic, and diverse. Our youth are our tomorrow. And, they are simultaneously our today!

See below for a complete listing of all our Family and Youth programming, and learn how you can get involved!

Find Your Place

Our youth group for all students in Grades 3-5.

YEAH provides monthly activities for our students both in and out of our building, as well as opportunities to take part in Temple events together.  YEAH is a great way to spend time with your Holy Blossom friends, and make new friends!  Have an idea for an activity you’d like to do?  Let us know, and we’ll make it happen!

Join the mailing list at [email protected] to get information about monthly events and Temple activities YEAH is a part of!  Non-member friends are welcome. Contact: Lisa Isen Baumal, [email protected] 416-7879-3291 ext. 242

JVC offers a combination of age-appropriate social events, as well as an opportunity for students to participate in monthly Social Action/Hands-on Mitzvah programs: HOME (hands on mitzvah experiences). HOME events take place on the first Monday of each month, at 5pm, prior to Senior School.  These are opportunities for students to get a hands on ‘taste’ of what doing mitzvot is all about, and these experiences can count towards their Shaarei Kehillah B’nei Mitzvah program.  Join the mailing list at [email protected] to get information about upcoming events, or contact us if you have an idea for a great Mitzvah project! Non-member friends are welcome.  JVC students are also eligible to participate in some high school events.

Questions? Contact Director of Youth Engagement Lisa Isen Baumal. [email protected]

(part of NFTY-NEL – North American Federation of Temple Youth)

HABSTY is a great way to gain leadership experience and training, network and meet other Jewish teens from across the GTA and into the USA.  HABSTY is Holy Blossom’s link to NFTY – the URJ’s Youth Movement.  In addition to weekly lounge nights on Mondays, and participation in Temple events and celebrations, HABSTY’s teen board organizes their own monthly programs and events, and gets together with youth from other local synagogues.  HABSTY members also participate in NFTY-NEL (North Eastern Lakes) regional events, which include weekends at camps, and cities throughout Ontario, and parts of the US.  Register to get on the email list and receive details on upcoming events. Regional and North American NFTY programming requiring HABSTY membership.

For more information, contact Lisa Isen Baumal or HABSTY President Talia Rivers. [email protected], [email protected]

For those in grades 9-12

Want to earn community service hours? You can fulfill those community service hours at Holy Blossom Temple year round!

Interested in being part of teen community? You can volunteer with other teens, while doing the types of volunteer things you love!

Love working with kids? That is one of the most available volunteer options at the Temple!

Family and Youth Calendar

  • Havdallah: Winter Fun!

    February 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Spend your Saturday night with our community of young families! Skating at Cedarvale, tobogganing, and enjoying pizza and hot chocolate at the LBDS South.

  • KEF 2016-2017

    February 26 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

    KEF is HBT’s version of ‘afterschool programs’, housed right here at Temple! Each program is active and hands on, and offers our children to take part in creative, skill-building activities with an added Jewish and/or Hebrew taste! It’s KEF!!!

  • Family First Friday, Tot Shabbat & Little Blossom’s Reunion

    March 3 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Join together as a Little Blossoms Alumni Community for a special Tot Shabbat service with Rabbi Helfman and Marky Weinstock.

  • Help us send our kids to camp!

    March 4 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Join us for a ‘camp-style’ Saturday night spaghetti dinner and Havdallah song session...

  • Shabbat at the Barns is Back!

    March 11 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

    Join Eric Petersiel, Rabbi Jordan Helfman and Rabbi Noam Katz as we celebrate Shabbat with the neighborhood. Last Shabbat at the Barns was a joyous adventure...

  • The Spectacular Family Megillah Reading and Purim Shpiel

    March 12 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Followed by an Amazing Carnival for kids of all ages. Look out for new games for kids 8 and older, a bouncy castle for the little ones, and more!

  • Alternative Spring Break in North Bay

    March 16 - March 19

    Join JTEM’s (Jewish Teen Experience Mitdtown) Jewish Service Network Trip to North Bay!

  • JVC H.O.S.T. is going out!

    March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    If you are in grade 6 or 7, don’t miss this Hang Out Social Time of bubble soccer! Dinner and hanging out with your friends included!

  • Ten years of Celebrating Our Shinshinim

    March 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    All are invited to join us for a special Shinshinim Shabbat!

  • Family First Friday

    April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Join with other Youth Education Centre families for these special Shabbat programs. Each of these Friday evening Shabbat services will be targeted to a specific age group.

For more information, please send an email to Lisa Baumal or call (416) 789-3291, ext.242.

Our Youth Photo Gallery

Our Youth Stories

November 17, 2016 - Students Reflect on their Grade 7 Tzedakah Project

By Camille Lisser and Zoey Wallhouse Read more »

November 17, 2016 - HABSTY board for 2016-17

President: Carly Baldachin VP Programming: Amy Lester VP Social Action: Avery Beutel VP Membership: Max Mickelson VP Communications: Georgia Blatt VP Religious and Culture: Avishai Sol General Board Members: Liam Vrooman, Ezra Kirsh, David Friedland Song Leader: Harley Jonatan Past President: Neil Jonatan Hi! I’m Avery and I’m the Social Action VP for HABSTY. I’m... Read more »

March 28, 2016 - The Bagel Project - 2016

The weather is getting warmer, the snow is melting, spring is in the air. This means two things: Mother’s Day is on the way, and The HBTeens HABSTY Bagel Project is back! Our bagels are about so much more than just breakfast: In addition to giving your mother/daughter/sister/grandmother/aunt/friend/etc a bagel breakfast, complete with treats, delivered... Read more »