Because this group has different needs and interests from other members, several programs and services exist for our senior members to ensure they feel connected to the Temple.

Mondays @ the Temple:

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., each Monday, the Temple offers a variety of opportunities for older adults, including interesting speakers, exercise classes and time to shmooze.

The cost for each session is $3 for Members / $5 for Non-Members. For more details, or if you need or can offer a ride to the program, please leave your name and phone number on the Seniors’ Hotline at 416-789-3291 ext. 517, at the Temple.

For upcoming and past program highlights, visit Our News Archive below on this page. Click the image to the left to view Our Video.

Read the poem Mondays at the Temple, by Beverly Borins, Holy Blossom member.

Daytime learning
in our Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning:

We offer many daytime courses geared towards adults of all ages interested in life-long learning. Courses include our current offerings:

Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

The Caring Community comprises several sub-committees, including the Connecting Team. The Connecting Team has close to 30 members who contact older adults unable to travel outside the home regularly by phone, to help them keep in touch with the Temple community. Volunteers remind members of special events at the Temple and encourage them to take part. These phone calls by the Connecting Team help alert the rabbis and staff if members are having difficulties or are in need of assistance from the Bikur Cholim Committee.

Most of the deaths of Holy Blossom Temple members have been older, sick or frail people. Following shloshim (30-day period of mourning), calls are made to the bereaved family members to determine if there are any special needs to which we can respond.

Most of the volunteers within the Caring Community are older adults themselves, who can empathize with those whom they are contacting.

The Gathering Committee organizes special social programs for our seniors, centered around a tea with musical entertainment, and light refreshments, including home baking. The Summer Gathering brings members together for the Shabbat Service and a light lunch. The Connecting Team calls almost one third of the senior membership to encourage them to come out for this event, and also acts as hosts and hostesses, to ensure newer members are made welcome.

Our Library contains two copies of a specially prepared resource manual, identifying health and social services provided in many parts of Toronto. Older members and their adult children have found the information to be useful when they are facing a potential crisis situation.

For more information or to volunteer with Holy Blossom Temple’s programs for older adults, please send an email to [email protected] call (416) 789-3291, ext.221.

Senior Stories


August 8, 2016 - Religious School Stories - We need your stories!

By Bob Cooper Read more »

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

By Suzie Lyon. Yom Kippur 5722. 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. The upstairs balcony door opened and in walked Mr. Heinz Warschauer, Director of Education. In a loud,... Read more »

June 13, 2016 - You're Invited! Summer Gathering: The Summer Tradition for our Senior Congregants

An invitation for our senior congregants to gather for a special Shabbat celebration. Saturday, July 23, 2016 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Join us for our Annual Summer Gathering. We’ll begin with services & enjoy each other’s company over a light lunch & music. It will be a delightful reunion. Together with volunteers from Sisterhood, from... Read more »