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Social Action has been a priority at Holy Blossom Temple since the mid-1800s. Projects in our Temple over the years have included women’s rights, civil rights, interfaith activity, support of migrant farm workers, Vietnamese boat people, Toronto homeless people, people afflicted with AIDS, and much more. Our work has involved advocacy, direct services to those in need, education, raising the awareness of our own community about the needs of vulnerable people all over the world. The guiding principles behind our actions are tzedek, tikkun olam, and g’milut Hasidim–to pursue justice and to repair the world through acts of loving kindness.

While our efforts have helped large numbers of those in need, we are also meeting a need in our own community. In November 2009, Craig Kielburger, who with his brother, Marc, won the W. Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award for 2009, said that “the greatest challenge of our time is that we are raising a generation that so often closes their eyes and hearts to the suffering of others”.

We ask you to please take 5 minutes to watch a video. We hope it will excite you to join our Social Action Committee or to participate in our Social Action Initiatives and Projects.

Social Action Stories

August 8, 2018 - No Charlottesville in Toronto

May this Shabbat come and go peacefully and with no news of fear or worry.  At our Shabbat tables we sing “Shalom Aleichem” and implore the angels of peace: “Come in peace.  Bless us with peace.  Go in peace.” Read more »

July 25, 2018 - The Annual Congregational Appeal Supports Social Action at Holy Blossom

At Holy Blossom Temple, we are a congregation that cares about others. Read more »

February 21, 2018 - CARING IN CANADA: The Period Purse Project

Holy Blossom Sisterhood members have been highlighted by CHAI Mitzvah for the good work they are doing for homeless women! Read more »

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