See the month at a glance here

Sunday, March 26, 2017
  • 9:00 am
    Shacharit Service
    9:00 am-9:30 am

  • 9:30 am
    YEC (Youth Education Centre) in Session.
    9:30 am-12:30 pm

    JK, SK & Grade 1 is from 9:30 - 11:30
    Grades 2 - 5 is from 9:30 - 12:30

  • 10:00 am
    Temple Singers Rehearsal
    10:00 am-12:00 pm

  • 10:30 am
    Grade 1 Student & Parent Program
    10:30 am-11:30 am

  • 12:00 pm
    You Can Ukulele
    12:00 pm-2:00 pm

  • 1:30 pm
    JVC & HABSTY Skyzone
    1:30 pm-4:30 pm

    If you are a teen/tween in grade 6 and up, you should join us!!!!!

    Join us on Sunday, March 26, 2017 for an afternoon of jumping at Skyzone!!

    Once we are done jumping, we’ll head to Aroma for refreshments.
    •Meet at Skyzone (45 Esander Dr) by 1:45 p.m.
    •We’ll bounce until 3pm, and walk over to Aroma.
    •Pick-up will be at Aroma (89 Laird Dr) at 4:30 p.m.

    Cost: $20/person – includes jump time, skysocks and a drink @ Aroma

    Friends are welcome!!!

    Location: Off Site

Monday, March 27, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 10:00 am
    [email protected]
    10:00 am-1:30 pm

    Special Guest: Rabbi Jordan Helfman - Chasid versus Hipster:appearing as a Jew in Modern Society

    Our Seniors' program begins at 10 a.m. with coffee and socializing and continues with a special guest speaker. At 11:30 a.m. we have Creative Exercise with Melanie Nesbitt and Chair Yoga with Shana Sandler and then continue at 12:30 with a light lunch.
    Cost: $3 a session for Temple members; $5 for non-Temple members.

  • 6:00 pm
    Ma'ariv Service
    6:00 pm-6:30 pm

  • 6:30 pm
    YEC (Youth Education Centre) in Session.
    6:30 pm-8:30 pm

    Grades 6 - 7
    *JTEM

    Location: Session.

  • 6:30 pm
    YEC - JTEM
    6:30 pm-8:30 pm

  • 7:30 pm
    A Season of Musar
    7:30 pm-9:00 pm

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 8:00 am
    Rosh Chodesh Breakfast sponsored by Sisterhood
    8:00 am-9:00 am

    Location: Enkin Boardroom

  • 12:00 pm
    Breaking the Stained Glass Ceiling
    12:00 pm-2:00 pm

    Holy Blossom Temple’s Schwartz Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning and Young Professionals @ HBT invite you to a Lunch and Learn

    Breaking the (Stained Glass) Ceiling:

    Joann S. Lublin, Management News Editor, The Wall Street Journal and author of Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World in conversation with Rabbi Yael Splansky, Senior Rabbi at Holy Blossom Temple.

    $36 (pre-registration by March 10th includes a copy of Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World)
    •12:00-12:30: Registration, Networking and Buffet Food
    •12:30-12:35: Introductory Remarks
    •12:35-12:55: Joann Lublin discusses “Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the top of the Business World”
    •12:55-1:15: A conversation between Rabbi Splansky and Joann Lublin
    •1:15-1:30: Q&A and Book Signing.

    Book Synopsis: More than fifty trailblazing executive women who broke the corporate glass ceiling offer inspiring and surprising insights and lessons in this essential, in-the-trenches career guide from Joann S. Lublin, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and management news editor for The Wall Street Journal. Among the first female reporters at The Wall Street Journal, Joann S. Lublin faced a number of uphill battles in her career. She became deputy bureau chief of the Journal’s important London bureau, its first run by women. Now, she and dozens of other women who successfully navigated the corporate battlefield share their valuable leadership lessons. Lublin combines her fascinating story with insightful tales from more than fifty women who reached the highest rungs of the corporate ladder—most of whom became chief executives of public companies —in industries as diverse as retailing, manufacturing, finance, high technology, publishing, advertising, automobiles, and pharmaceuticals. Leaders like Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, as well as Mary Barra, current CEO of General Motors, were the first women to run their huge employers. Earning It reveals obstacles such women faced as they fought to make their mark, choices they made, and battles they won—and lost. Lublin chronicles the major milestones and dilemmas of the work world unique to women, providing candid advice and practical inspiration for women of all ages and at every stage of their careers. The extraordinary women we meet in the pages of Earning It and the hard-won lessons they share provide a compelling career compass that will help all women reach their highest potential without losing a meaningful personal life.

    Location: Denton’s Canada LLP, 77 King St W #400, Toronto, ON M5K 0A1

  • 6:00 pm
    Ma'ariv Service
    6:00 pm-6:30 pm

  • 6:30 pm
    Understanding Bereavement
    6:30 pm-7:30 pm

    Starting Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    Continuing every Tuesday at 6:30-7:15 p.m.

    Immediately following our 6 pm evening service in the Youth Chapel, and over a little nosh, our very experienced grief counsellor, Helen Gia Levin MSW RSW, will provide a supportive environment for congregants to find new insight into the meaning of their losses.

    Whether a loved one died recently or long ago, we hope you will take comfort in this opportunity to find meaning and motivation in memory.

    You are welcome to “drop-in” from time to time or attend regularly.

    No fee or registration is required.

    “Understanding Your Bereavement & Healing” is made possible through the generosity of Elen Steinberg and family in loving memory of Anna Steinberg z”l ( nee Liverant)

    Location: HBT - room 308

  • 7:30 pm
    CJN & HBT present Gil Troy
    7:30 pm-9:30 pm

    Gil Troy is a leading political historian, and one of today’s most prominent activists in the fight against the delegitimization of Israel.
    He is Professor of History at McGill University, and a Research Fellow in the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Engaging Israel Program. Professor Troy’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, and other major media outlets.
    He writes a weekly column for The Jerusalem Post, and is Editor-at-Large of The Daily Beast‘s Open Zion blog. He is the author, most recently, of The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 9:30 am
    Sisterhood Torah Study, Mark Goodman
    9:30 am-10:30 am

    The Evolution of Judaism: From the Torah to the Talmud

    This year we will continue our exploration of the root and tree of Judaism. We will be discussing the era of the Kings that ruled both Israel and Judea, until their obliteration (Israel) and destruction (Judea), and the belief system that they took with them into the Exile to Babylon. The Books of Samuel and Kings and Ezra and Nehemiah will serve as our guides to the various adaptions in practice and the start of the evolution in thinking about and relating to God.

    Location: Room 209

  • 6:00 pm
    Ma'ariv Service
    6:00 pm-6:30 pm

  • 7:00 pm
    Aspirational Judaism
    7:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Location: Room 209

  • 7:00 pm
    HBT Mitzvah Bakers
    7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Thursday, March 30, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 8:30 am
    Talmud Study with Mark Goodman
    8:30 am-9:00 am

    The Talmud contains records of over four hundred years of legal discussions between various scholars deliberating over a broad variety of laws, some ritual but mostly related to communal living. Its texts reflect Judaism's historic development and its expressions shaped the dynamics of the Jewish communities and their discussions for the following thousand years. Weekly, we look at different selections whose wisdom is timeless and which still prove as provocative today as when they were first collected.

    Location: Room 209

  • 6:00 pm
    Ma'ariv Service
    6:00 pm-6:30 pm

Friday, March 31, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 10:00 am
    Little Blossoms
    10:00 am-1:00 pm

    Let’s Get Ready for Shabbat with Mark Weinstock

    Get ready to welcome in Shabbat with music, movement and more! This fun and interactive program is offered for babies and children 3 years and younger, accompanied by their parents or grandparents. Marky Weinstock is excited to be back leading ‘Little Blossoms Shabbat Prep’ bringing his enthusiasm and experience as an award winning musician and respected educator. His blend of traditional and original songs will have everyone singing, moving and smiling! Each week, participants will go home with a fresh challah for their own Shabbat table and a song in their heart.

    ALL JANUARY SESSIONS ARE NOW FULL!

  • 6:00 pm
    Kabbalat Shabbat Service & N'ginah
    6:00 pm-7:00 pm

    Location: Youth Chapel

  • 7:00 pm
    10th anniversary Celebration of Shinshinim
    7:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Join us for Shabbat dinner as we celebrate 10 year of Shinshinim at Holy Blossom Temple and Leo Baeck Day School. We are honoured to have been a part of the program since the beginning and this is a great opportunity to celebrate!

Saturday, April 1, 2017
  • 9:00 am
    Shabbat Torah Study
    9:00 am-10:00 am

    Together we’ll study the weekly Torah portion, its corresponding commentaries both ancient and modern, and discover their eternal relevance. Experienced students are valued for their accumulation of knowledge. Newcomers are valued for their fresh insight. Make a weekly commitment or stop by from time to time.
    All are welcome.

    Location: Max E. Enkin Boardroom

  • 10:30 am
    Shabbat Service
    10:30 am-12:30 pm

    Usually held in our beautiful sanctuary, our Shabbat morning service is the centrepiece of our week. The voices of our Cantors and Temple Singers lead our prayers in celebration of Shabbat. The teachings of our Rabbis explore Jewish ideas and Jewish ideals. The life cycle occasions of our congregants --
    Babynaming, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Aufruf, Special Anniversary, Significant Birthday, acknowledging recovery, accomplishment or loss -- bring our congregation together in sacred community to share in each others' joy and sorrow.
    Kiddush-lunch follows for all to gather and greet.

  • 10:30 am
    Family Service
    10:30 am-12:00 pm

    One of our well loved core communities at Holy Blossom Temple! This service is followed by lunch. If you are looking for a meaningful musical Saturda then this is the place for you.
    More information contact [email protected]

    Location: Holy Blossom Temple

  • 1:00 pm
    Sisterhood presents - Israeli Dancing with Paula Warren
    1:00 pm-3:30 pm

    Her love of Israel shines through with each step as she teaches the basics and also for those more experienced in Israeli dance.

    Join Paula for the monthly class after a delicious kiddush for fun, laughter and a new (or even not so new) skill. It is a great opportunity to be with friends of all ages.

Sunday, April 2, 2017
  • 9:00 am
    Shacharit Service
    9:00 am-9:30 am

  • 9:30 am
    YEC (Youth Education Centre) in Session.
    9:30 am-12:30 pm

    JK, SK & Grade 1 is from 9:30 - 11:30
    Grades 2 - 5 is from 9:30 - 12:30

  • 10:00 am
    Temple Singers Rehearsal
    10:00 am-12:00 pm

  • 12:00 pm
    You Can Ukulele
    12:00 pm-2:00 pm

  • 12:30 pm
    YEAH - Maple Sugar Festival
    12:30 pm-4:00 pm

    We will celebrate the start of our Canadian Springtime with this annual tradition, as we prepare for our springtime festival of Passover!

    We’ll spend the afternoon at Kortright Conservation Centre for maple syrup demonstrations, wagon rides, activities…. and of course pancakes and real maple syrup!

    If you are in grades 3-5, be sure not to miss this fun afternoon, and feel free to bring a friend!

    Dress for being outdoors, and bring a light lunch – we’ll eat pancakes while we are there!

    Cost: $15/child

    *send extra $ if you want your child to buy fresh maple syrup – makes a great topping for Fried Matzah!!!

    Contact Lisa for more info: [email protected]

Monday, April 3, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 10:00 am
    [email protected]
    10:00 am-1:30 pm

    Special Guest: Jack Newman - comedian Neil Simon and a Sing-a-long with Paula Warren

    Our Seniors' program begins at 10 a.m. with coffee and socializing and continues with a special guest speaker. At 11:30 a.m. we have Creative Exercise with Melanie Nesbitt and Chair Yoga with Shana Sandler and then continue at 12:30 with a light lunch.
    Cost: $3 a session for Temple members; $5 for non-Temple members.

  • 5:00 pm
    JVC HOME (Junior Volunteer Corps. - Hands On Mitzvah Projects)
    5:00 pm-6:30 pm

    Details to follow.

  • 6:00 pm
    Ma'ariv Service
    6:00 pm-6:30 pm

  • 6:30 pm
    YEC (Youth Education Centre) in Session.
    6:30 pm-8:30 pm

    Grades 6 - 7
    *JTEM

    Location: Session.

  • 6:30 pm
    YEC - JTEM
    6:30 pm-8:30 pm

  • 7:30 pm
    A Season of Musar
    7:30 pm-9:00 pm

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 6:00 pm
    Ma'ariv Service
    6:00 pm-6:30 pm

  • 6:30 pm
    Understanding Bereavement
    6:30 pm-7:30 pm

    Starting Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    Continuing every Tuesday at 6:30-7:15 p.m.

    Immediately following our 6 pm evening service in the Youth Chapel, and over a little nosh, our very experienced grief counsellor, Helen Gia Levin MSW RSW, will provide a supportive environment for congregants to find new insight into the meaning of their losses.

    Whether a loved one died recently or long ago, we hope you will take comfort in this opportunity to find meaning and motivation in memory.

    You are welcome to “drop-in” from time to time or attend regularly.

    No fee or registration is required.

    “Understanding Your Bereavement & Healing” is made possible through the generosity of Elen Steinberg and family in loving memory of Anna Steinberg z”l ( nee Liverant)

    Location: HBT - room 308

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 9:30 am
    Sisterhood Torah Study, Mark Goodman
    9:30 am-10:30 am

    The Evolution of Judaism: From the Torah to the Talmud

    This year we will continue our exploration of the root and tree of Judaism. We will be discussing the era of the Kings that ruled both Israel and Judea, until their obliteration (Israel) and destruction (Judea), and the belief system that they took with them into the Exile to Babylon. The Books of Samuel and Kings and Ezra and Nehemiah will serve as our guides to the various adaptions in practice and the start of the evolution in thinking about and relating to God.

    Location: Room 209

  • 6:00 pm
    Ma'ariv Service
    6:00 pm-6:30 pm

  • 7:00 pm
    Aspirational Judaism
    7:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Location: Room 209

  • 7:30 pm
    Shalom Hartman Lecture Series, Visions for a Shared Society: The “Tribes” of Israel
    7:30 pm-9:00 pm

    • What are the core values of some of the “tribes” that comprise Israel today - Secular, Arab Palestinian Israeli, Religious Zionist, and Ultra-Orthodox?
    • How does a people divided along religious, geographic, and ideological lines build a shared society?
    • What are the challenges and the possibilities for Israel in building a Jewish and Democratic state?

  • 7:30 pm
    Chai Mitzvah Program with Rabbi Satz
    7:30 pm-9:30 pm

    What Do You Want Your Jewish Life to Look Like?

    Being Jewish means you learn and do, all your life. Our tradition teaches us the world stands on Torah, Avodah and G’milut Chasadim: learning, spirituality and social involvement. That is, head, heart, and hand.

    We point our children’s learning toward that moment when they become full members of our community, when they become Bar or Bat Mitzvah. What about after that? How do you develop, re-define your own adult Jewish lives? How do you re-engage as adults?

    You become a Chai Mitzvah.

    Our sisterhood has decided to launch an innovative initiative for adults called Chai Mitzvah.

    What Is Chai Mitzvah?

    Chai Mitzvah is a unique adult engagement program that encourages an integrated, experiential approach to Jewish life through five simple components. Each participant:
    1.Attends monthly group learning with a set curriculum provided by Chai Mitzvah.
    2.Chooses an independent study topic for the year.
    3.Chooses a ritual/spiritual practice to take on for the year.
    4.Commits to a social action activity for the year.
    5.Celebrates the journey!

    Chai Mitzvah will plant a tree in Israel through JNF for each participant who completes the program.

    Location: Enkin Boardroom

Thursday, April 6, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 8:30 am
    Talmud Study with Mark Goodman
    8:30 am-9:00 am

    The Talmud contains records of over four hundred years of legal discussions between various scholars deliberating over a broad variety of laws, some ritual but mostly related to communal living. Its texts reflect Judaism's historic development and its expressions shaped the dynamics of the Jewish communities and their discussions for the following thousand years. Weekly, we look at different selections whose wisdom is timeless and which still prove as provocative today as when they were first collected.

    Location: Room 209

  • 6:00 pm
    Ma'ariv Service
    6:00 pm-6:30 pm

Friday, April 7, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 6:00 pm
    Kabbalat Shabbat Service
    6:00 pm-7:00 pm

    Location: Youth Chapel

  • 6:00 pm
    Family First Fridays Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Semi-Potluck Dinner
    6:00 pm-8:30 pm

    Join us on the first Friday of every month during the school year at 6:00 p.m. for a joyful service led by Cantor Beny Maissner and Mark Weinstock with Rabbi Jordan Helfman. This service is especially appropriate for families with children 6 and older. All family members are welcome. After services we join together for a kosher chicken semi-pot luck dinner. The cost is: $12/adult, $7/child and a side dish. Please RSVP by Wednesday at 4pm the week of the dinner by visiting our website and clicking on the event. For additional information contact [email protected]

    Location: Service in Youth Chapel

Saturday, April 8, 2017
  • 9:00 am
    Shabbat Torah Study
    9:00 am-10:00 am

    Together we’ll study the weekly Torah portion, its corresponding commentaries both ancient and modern, and discover their eternal relevance. Experienced students are valued for their accumulation of knowledge. Newcomers are valued for their fresh insight. Make a weekly commitment or stop by from time to time.
    All are welcome.

    Location: Max E. Enkin Boardroom

  • 10:30 am
    Shabbat Service
    10:30 am-12:30 pm

    Usually held in our beautiful sanctuary, our Shabbat morning service is the centrepiece of our week. The voices of our Cantors and Temple Singers lead our prayers in celebration of Shabbat. The teachings of our Rabbis explore Jewish ideas and Jewish ideals. The life cycle occasions of our congregants --
    Babynaming, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Aufruf, Special Anniversary, Significant Birthday, acknowledging recovery, accomplishment or loss -- bring our congregation together in sacred community to share in each others' joy and sorrow.
    Kiddush-lunch follows for all to gather and greet.

  • 10:30 am
    Family Service
    10:30 am-12:00 pm

    One of our well loved core communities at Holy Blossom Temple! This service is followed by lunch. If you are looking for a meaningful musical Saturda then this is the place for you.
    More information contact [email protected]

    Location: Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst St, York, ON M5P 3K9, Canada

Sunday, April 9, 2017
  • 9:00 am
    Shacharit Service
    9:00 am-9:30 am

  • 9:30 am
    YEC (Youth Education Centre) in Session.
    9:30 am-12:30 pm

    JK, SK & Grade 1 is from 9:30 - 11:30
    Grades 2 - 5 is from 9:30 - 12:30

  • 12:00 pm
    You Can Ukulele
    12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Monday, April 10, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 10:00 am
    No [email protected]
    10:00 am-1:30 pm

    No program due to the onset of the First Seder.

  • 6:00 pm
    Ma'ariv Service
    6:00 pm-6:30 pm

  • 6:00 pm
    Erev Pesach Service
    6:00 pm-7:00 pm

    Location: Youth Chapel

  • 6:30 pm
    ****No YEC School is NOT in Session****
    6:30 pm-7:30 pm

    Location: Session****

  • 6:30 pm
    YEC - JTEM
    6:30 pm-8:30 pm

  • 7:30 pm
    A Season of Musar
    7:30 pm-9:00 pm

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 10:30 am
    Passover Service - 1st Day
    10:30 am-12:30 pm

    Location: Sanctuary

  • 11:30 am
    Holy Chag
    11:30 am-2:30 pm

  • 3:30 pm
    3:30 pm-4:30 pm

  • 6:00 pm
    Ma'ariv Service
    6:00 pm-6:30 pm

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 9:30 am
    Sisterhood Torah Study, Mark Goodman
    9:30 am-10:30 am

    The Evolution of Judaism: From the Torah to the Talmud

    This year we will continue our exploration of the root and tree of Judaism. We will be discussing the era of the Kings that ruled both Israel and Judea, until their obliteration (Israel) and destruction (Judea), and the belief system that they took with them into the Exile to Babylon. The Books of Samuel and Kings and Ezra and Nehemiah will serve as our guides to the various adaptions in practice and the start of the evolution in thinking about and relating to God.

    Location: Room 209

  • 6:00 pm
    Ma'ariv Service
    6:00 pm-6:30 pm

  • 7:00 pm
    Aspirational Judaism
    7:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Location: Room 209

  • 7:00 pm
    Veahavta's 3rd Night Seder with Holy Blossom
    7:00 pm-9:30 pm

    This will be the third year of partnership between Ve’ahavta and Holy Blossom Temple in running our Third Night Seder – a chance for our community to share of its resources to those who are hungry in our city.

    Please join us for this nice meal, served to tables mixed between our members who host our guests during the festival of Pesach. Registration required.
    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/veahavtas-third-night-seder-at-holy-blossom-temple-2017-tickets-32501950208

    Two nights earlier we will have read the words, “Let all who are hungry, come and eat.” Join us as we open the doors of our congregational hall to bring words into action.

    Location: Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst St, York, ON M5P 3K9, Canada

Thursday, April 13, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 8:30 am
    Talmud Study with Mark Goodman
    8:30 am-9:00 am

    The Talmud contains records of over four hundred years of legal discussions between various scholars deliberating over a broad variety of laws, some ritual but mostly related to communal living. Its texts reflect Judaism's historic development and its expressions shaped the dynamics of the Jewish communities and their discussions for the following thousand years. Weekly, we look at different selections whose wisdom is timeless and which still prove as provocative today as when they were first collected.

    Location: Room 209

  • 6:00 pm
    Ma'ariv Service
    6:00 pm-6:30 pm

Friday, April 14, 2017
  • 9:00 am
    Shacharit Service
    9:00 am-9:30 am

  • 6:00 pm
    Kabbalat Shabbat Service
    6:00 pm-7:00 pm

    Location: Youth Chapel

Saturday, April 15, 2017
  • 9:00 am
    Shabbat Torah Study
    9:00 am-10:00 am

    Together we’ll study the weekly Torah portion, its corresponding commentaries both ancient and modern, and discover their eternal relevance. Experienced students are valued for their accumulation of knowledge. Newcomers are valued for their fresh insight. Make a weekly commitment or stop by from time to time.
    All are welcome.

    Location: Max E. Enkin Boardroom

  • 10:30 am
    Intergenerational Shabbat Service
    10:30 am-12:30 pm

    NEW! Intergenerational Shabbat Service
    All are welcome!

    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)

    לדור ודור L’dor va’dor – from generation to generation. Once a month, our whole congregation sings and prays together in the Youth Chapel to celebrate Shabbat. This service in an opportunity for extra-special family time on Shabbat morning with David Gershon of Judy & David and our clergy team.
    Midway thought the service, kids and their grandparents are invited to a break-out experience with storytelling and snacks. Parents are welcome to stay for the regular service, or come along to the intergenerational program. We encourage you to stay after the service for a light Kiddush lunch.

  • 5:30 pm
    Family Havdallah - Sportball
    5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Sunday, April 16, 2017
  • 9:00 am
    Shacharit Service
    9:00 am-9:30 am

  • 9:30 am
    ****No YEC School is NOT in Session****
    9:30 am-10:30 am

    Location: Session****

  • 12:00 pm
    You Can Ukulele
    12:00 pm-2:00 pm

  • 7:00 pm
    Passover Celebration (Glorious)
    7:00 pm-10:00 pm

    7 p.m. Erev 7th Day Passover Service
    7:45 p.m. "A Glorious Leap of Action" with Rabbi Yael Splansky followed by "Glorious", a musical extravaganza by Abraham Kaplan, inspirational biblical narrative of Psalms. In praise of the Festival of Freedom for choir and instrumental ensemble. Dessert reception following. This program is sponsored by the Musical Heritage Committee.

Monday, April 17, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 10:00 am
    No [email protected]
    10:00 am-1:30 pm

    No program - Last Day of Pesach

  • 10:30 am
    7th day Pesach Service
    10:30 am-12:30 pm

    Location: Sanctuary

  • 6:00 pm
    Ma'ariv Service
    6:00 pm-6:30 pm

  • 6:30 pm
    ****No YEC School is NOT in Session****
    6:30 pm-7:30 pm

    Location: Session****

  • 6:30 pm
    YEC - JTEM
    6:30 pm-8:30 pm

  • 7:30 pm
    A Season of Musar
    7:30 pm-9:00 pm

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 6:00 pm
    Ma'ariv Service
    6:00 pm-6:30 pm

  • 6:30 pm
    Understanding Bereavement
    6:30 pm-7:30 pm

    Starting Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    Continuing every Tuesday at 6:30-7:15 p.m.

    Immediately following our 6 pm evening service in the Youth Chapel, and over a little nosh, our very experienced grief counsellor, Helen Gia Levin MSW RSW, will provide a supportive environment for congregants to find new insight into the meaning of their losses.

    Whether a loved one died recently or long ago, we hope you will take comfort in this opportunity to find meaning and motivation in memory.

    You are welcome to “drop-in” from time to time or attend regularly.

    No fee or registration is required.

    “Understanding Your Bereavement & Healing” is made possible through the generosity of Elen Steinberg and family in loving memory of Anna Steinberg z”l ( nee Liverant)

    Location: HBT - room 308

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 9:30 am
    Sisterhood Torah Study, Mark Goodman
    9:30 am-10:30 am

    The Evolution of Judaism: From the Torah to the Talmud

    This year we will continue our exploration of the root and tree of Judaism. We will be discussing the era of the Kings that ruled both Israel and Judea, until their obliteration (Israel) and destruction (Judea), and the belief system that they took with them into the Exile to Babylon. The Books of Samuel and Kings and Ezra and Nehemiah will serve as our guides to the various adaptions in practice and the start of the evolution in thinking about and relating to God.

    Location: Room 209

  • 6:00 pm
    Ma'ariv Service
    6:00 pm-6:30 pm

  • 7:00 pm
    Aspirational Judaism
    7:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Location: Room 209

  • 7:30 pm
    Wit, Voice and Mystery, The Three Jewish Poets , Adam Sol, Ron Charach, Ken Sherman, Michael Greenstein
    7:30 pm-9:00 pm

    Three Toronto Jewish poets who use wit as a pathway to wisdom will read poems on Jewish themes in celebration of National Poetry Month.

    Born in Toronto, Kenneth Sherman is the author of three books of prose and ten books of poetry, including the highly acclaimed long poems, Words for Elephant Man and Black River. His most recent publications are Wait Time: A Memoir of Cancer, and the poetry collection, Jogging with the Great Ray Charles.

    Ron Charach‘s most recent poetry books are Forgetting the Holocaust and Prosopagnosia. His dystopian novel cabana the big, a Canadian response to all things Trump was published last fall. He has been a member at Holy Blossom for the past 35 years.

    Adam Sol has published four collections of poetry, including Complicity (M&S 2014) and Jeremiah, Ohio (Anansi 2008). He has also published fiction, scholarly essays, and reviews for a variety of publications. Most recently he started a blog called How a Poem Moves – howapoemmoves.wordpress.com.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 8:30 am
    Talmud Study with Mark Goodman
    8:30 am-9:00 am

    The Talmud contains records of over four hundred years of legal discussions between various scholars deliberating over a broad variety of laws, some ritual but mostly related to communal living. Its texts reflect Judaism's historic development and its expressions shaped the dynamics of the Jewish communities and their discussions for the following thousand years. Weekly, we look at different selections whose wisdom is timeless and which still prove as provocative today as when they were first collected.

    Location: Room 209

  • 6:00 pm
    Ma'ariv Service
    6:00 pm-6:30 pm

  • 7:30 pm
    Jewish Song Writers And The Evolution Of American Music, a documentary, Dr. Larry Gaum
    7:30 pm-9:00 pm

    The history of Jewish songwriters beginning in Eastern Europe and how they influenced the creation and evolution of popular music in America.

Friday, April 21, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 5:30 pm
    Tot Shabbat Service and Vegetarian Pot Luck Dinner
    5:30 pm-8:00 pm

    On the third Friday of every month during the school year (September - June), we hold a Service at 5:30 pm appropriate especially for children 0-5, including Shabbat music, dancing and storytelling.

    Our youngest members love the opportunity to dance and sing as we welcome Shabbat. Families enjoy the schmoozing time which comes with the meal. New families to our community and multi-generational families choose to come together for their Friday evening meal. Everyone is welcome, siblings family and anyone you think would benefit from this wonderful service.

    There is no charge for this evening as it is totally pot luck. Our growing Tot Shabbat community is a great way to meet other Jewish parents with newborn to five-year-old children. For registration information please check the website at holyblossom.org or contact Sara Novak at [email protected]

    Location: Service in the Activity Room and dinner in the Enkin Boardroom

  • 6:00 pm
    Kabbalat Shabbat Service
    6:00 pm-7:00 pm

    Location: Youth Chapel

Saturday, April 22, 2017
  • 9:00 am
    Shabbat Torah Study
    9:00 am-10:00 am

    Together we’ll study the weekly Torah portion, its corresponding commentaries both ancient and modern, and discover their eternal relevance. Experienced students are valued for their accumulation of knowledge. Newcomers are valued for their fresh insight. Make a weekly commitment or stop by from time to time.
    All are welcome.

    Location: Max E. Enkin Boardroom

  • 10:30 am
    Shabbat Service
    10:30 am-12:30 pm

    Usually held in our beautiful sanctuary, our Shabbat morning service is the centrepiece of our week. The voices of our Cantors and Temple Singers lead our prayers in celebration of Shabbat. The teachings of our Rabbis explore Jewish ideas and Jewish ideals. The life cycle occasions of our congregants --
    Babynaming, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Aufruf, Special Anniversary, Significant Birthday, acknowledging recovery, accomplishment or loss -- bring our congregation together in sacred community to share in each others' joy and sorrow.
    Kiddush-lunch follows for all to gather and greet.

  • 10:30 am
    Family Service
    10:30 am-12:00 pm

    One of our well loved core communities at Holy Blossom Temple! This service is followed by lunch. If you are looking for a meaningful musical Saturda then this is the place for you.
    More information contact [email protected]

    Location: Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst St, York, ON M5P 3K9, Canada

Sunday, April 23, 2017
  • 9:00 am
    Shacharit Service
    9:00 am-9:30 am

  • 9:30 am
    YEC (Youth Education Centre) in Session.
    9:30 am-12:30 pm

    JK, SK & Grade 1 is from 9:30 - 11:30
    Grades 2 - 5 is from 9:30 - 12:30

  • 10:00 am
    Temple Singers Rehearsal
    10:00 am-12:00 pm

  • 12:00 pm
    You Can Ukulele
    12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Monday, April 24, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 10:00 am
    [email protected]
    10:00 am-1:30 pm

    Special Guest: Josh Matlow

    Our Seniors' program begins at 10 a.m. with coffee and socializing and continues with a special guest speaker. At 11:30 a.m. we have Creative Exercise with Melanie Nesbitt and Chair Yoga with Shana Sandler and then continue at 12:30 with a light lunch.
    Cost: $3 a session for Temple members; $5 for non-Temple members.

  • 6:00 pm
    Ma'ariv Service
    6:00 pm-6:30 pm

  • 6:30 pm
    YEC (Youth Education Centre) in Session.
    6:30 pm-8:30 pm

    Grades 6 - 7
    *JTEM

    Location: Session.

  • 6:30 pm
    YEC - JTEM
    6:30 pm-8:30 pm

  • 7:30 pm
    Yom Ha'Shoah Service
    7:30 pm-8:30 pm

    Location: Youth Chapel

  • 7:30 pm
    A Season of Musar
    7:30 pm-9:00 pm

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