There’s lots to do at Holy Blossom Temple for our families with children, and it all starts with Family Programming.

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1st Fridays 6:00 p.m.

Give Bubby a break and join us for an intergenerational Shabbat with the Holy Blossom Temple community.  We gather monthly for Friday services and join together for dinner complete with chicken, Shabbat music and good company.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

We ask those staying for the semi-potluck chicken dinner, which is $12 for adults and $7 for kids, to please contribute a dairy-free, nut-free side dish.  Please also bring serving utensils.

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3rd Fridays 5:30 p.m.

On the third Friday of every month during the school year (September – June), we hold a service at 5:30 pm, especially appropriate for children who are newborn up to  age 5, followed by a potluck dinner.

The service includes, songs, stories, Shabbat music, dancing, storytelling and food!  Everyone is welcome.  Our community includes multi-generational families.

Our potluck dinner is free of charge!  Please bring a nut-free dish as well as  serving utensils. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Tot Shabbat – Chicken Semi-Pot Luck Dinner

1st Fridays 6:00 p.m.

On December 2, February 3 and March 3 join us for Tot Shabbat at 6:00 p.m. followed by a  semi-potluck chicken dinner which is $12 for adults and $7 for kids to please contribute a dairy-free, nut-free side-dish.  Please also bring serving utensils. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Our growing Tot Shabbat community is a great way to meet other Jewish parents with newborns to five-year-old children.

Important dates to note:

  • Friday, December 02, 2016 – Family First Friday Gr 4 + 5 is the HBT Community Grades 4-5 Shabbat.
  • Friday, May 05, 2017 – Family First Friday JK-1 is the HBT Community Grades JK-1 Shabbat.
  • Friday, February 03, 2017 – Family First Friday Gr 2-3 is the HBT Community Grades 2-3 Shabbat.

For information on our occasional Shabbat at Wychwood Barns, or Saturday Family Service, please be in touch with Rabbi Jordan Helfman [email protected] ext. 277.

family programming collageShabbat Morning Family Service: Come as you are Shabbat!

Throughout the school year, join us at 10:30 am each Saturday in the Youth Chapel, for a musical Shabbat service that is welcoming for the whole family.

Young adults and children over 6 years of age enjoy a Torah Study discussion. The service id followed by an informal brunch and opportunity for children to play.

The YEC invites you to “ReJEWvinate you Shabbat” in a 3-part program. Join us in the Youth Chapel at 10 am on the following Family Service dates for a small learning activity before service:

  • Saturday, November 19, 2016
  • Saturday, January 21, 2017
  • Saturday, April 1, 2017

RSVP to Sara Novak at [email protected].

NEW! Intergenerational Shabbat Service

All are welcome! …and a special invitation goes out to Grandparents and their Families!

The third Saturday of every month in Holy Blossom Temple’s Youth Chapel at 10:30am
(Jan 21, Feb 18, March 18, April 15, May 20)

L’dor va’dor – from generation to generation. Once a month, our whole congregation is invited to sing and pray together in the Youth Chapel to celebrate Shabbat.  This service in an opportunity for extra-special family time on Shabbat morning with the joyful leadership of David Gershon, together with our Rabbis and Cantors.

Midway through the service, kids and their grandparents are invited to nearby classrooms for storytelling, snacks, and creative learning games. Parents are welcome to stay in the Chapel for some adult  learning or come along to the intergenerational program. A light Kiddush lunch follows for all to enjoy.

For more information, please send an email to Rabbi Jordan Helfman or (416) 789-3291, ext.277.

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