See the month at a glance here

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
  • 7:30 pm
    Conversational Yiddish, Sharon Power
    7:30 pm-8:30 pm

    Conversational Beginner’s Yiddish
    Sharon Power, Yiddish enthusiast & facilitator
    Tuesdays, April 25-May 23, 2017 at 7:30 -9 PM
    Join us for this unique 5 week session of Conversational Yiddish. Beginners welcome – no knowledge of Yiddish required.
    We hope to be able to spread awareness and love of Yiddish culture amongst all Yiddish lovers. It's vitally important to keep the language alive beyond the Chassidic world, as the native Yiddish speakers.
    Learn a new language!
    Come for the fun! No pressure at all!

    “Thanks to the UJA Federation Committee For Yiddish for their support for this program”

Wednesday, April 26, 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 Baordroom

  • 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

  • 11:00 am
    Cancelled today Rabbi Goldfarb's Yiddish Novel
    11:00 am-12:30 pm

    We continue reading the wonderful, classic novel by Israel Joshua Singer "Di Mishpoche Karnovsky."

    " Di Mishpocheh Carnovsky", a novel written in the early 1940s , set largely in Berlin and New York, depicting the trials and tribulations of 3 generations of a Polish Jewish family trying to "make it " in the new world.

    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

Thursday, April 27, 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 28, 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

Saturday, April 29, 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
    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

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

    It is an honour to welcome the Israeli Consul General back to Holy Blossom Temple. In anticipation of Yom HaAtzmaut, Galit Baram, will give a sermon, entitled “Israel: 69 Years of Struggle and Achievement.”

    A special Aliyah to the Torah is planned for all who have travelled to Israel in the last year.

    No RSVP required. Just come!

    A celebratory Kiddush-lunch will follow for all to enjoy.

Sunday, April 30, 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, May 1, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 10:00 am
    Mondays @ The Temple
    10:00 am-3:00 pm

    Special Guest: Ella Burakowski, author of "Hidden Gold"

    Our Seniors' program begins at 10 a.m. with coffee and socializing and continues with a Creative Chair Exercise with Melanie Nesbitt and Chair Yoga with Shana Sandler. At 11:30 a.m. we will feature our program and special guest and then continue at 12:30 with a light lunch. Following lunch from 1:15-3 p.m. there will be games: Mah Jongg, Bridge, Scrabble and Canasta. You are welcome to come for all or part of the program.
    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

  • 6:00 pm
    Yom Hazikaron
    6:00 pm-7:00 pm

    A Service to commemorate the fallen soldiers of Israel

    Location: Sanctuary- Youth Chapel

  • 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'Atzmaut Service
    7:30 pm-8:30 pm

    Program and refreshments

    Location: Sanctuary

Tuesday, May 2, 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

  • 7:30 pm
    Jewish Communities Around the World, The Jews of Japan, Tony Fattal
    7:30 pm-9:00 pm

    The Jews of Kobe, Japan (1930 – 1945)

    Join in conversation with Dr. Tony Fattal about this unique time in Jewish history. Tony Fattal was born in Kobe, Japan in 1942. Tony will share stories about his father, Sassoon Fattal coming to Kobe in the early 1930’s and the Sephardi community that welcomed him into their midst. The Sephardi community and the Ashkenazi community in Kobe had a separate and mutually-supportive existence.

    The Japanese psyche, at the time, positioned the Jews as foreigners like any other aliens, who were not a particular threat, and did not warrant any special attention. In fact, the Japanese looked upon the Jews relatively favourably and were not then, and are not now, particularly anti-Semitic. The consequences of their particular psyche at that time were very significant to the Jews of Kobe during World War II.

    Sponsored by Sisterhood, with thanks to the Toronto Jewish Mosaic for their assistance with this program.

    Location: Enkin Boardroom

  • 7:30 pm
    Conversational Yiddish, Sharon Power
    7:30 pm-8:30 pm

    Conversational Beginner’s Yiddish
    Sharon Power, Yiddish enthusiast & facilitator
    Tuesdays, April 25-May 23, 2017 at 7:30 -9 PM
    Join us for this unique 5 week session of Conversational Yiddish. Beginners welcome – no knowledge of Yiddish required.
    We hope to be able to spread awareness and love of Yiddish culture amongst all Yiddish lovers. It's vitally important to keep the language alive beyond the Chassidic world, as the native Yiddish speakers.
    Learn a new language!
    Come for the fun! No pressure at all!

    “Thanks to the UJA Federation Committee For Yiddish for their support for this program”

Wednesday, May 3, 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

  • 11:00 am
    Rabbi Goldfarb's Yiddish Novel
    11:00 am-12:30 pm

    We continue reading the wonderful, classic novel by Israel Joshua Singer "Di Mishpoche Karnovsky."

    " Di Mishpocheh Carnovsky", a novel written in the early 1940s , set largely in Berlin and New York, depicting the trials and tribulations of 3 generations of a Polish Jewish family trying to "make it " in the new world.

    Location: Room 209

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

    Location: Room 209

  • 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, May 4, 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

  • 10:30 am
    Must a Jew Believe Anything: Viewpoints on the Essence of Jewish Religious Faith, Rabbi Michael Stroh
    10:30 am-12:00 pm

    We will discuss three essays by Jewish thinkers on the core of Jewish faith.
    In the opening session after a brief introduction followed by, “Must a Jew believe anything?”
    Each following sessions will have a look at the philosophy and guidance from our teachers.
    Session 2 will look at the learnings of Emil Fackenheim
    Session 3 will investigate the writings of Eugene Borowitz
    and in Session 4 we will learn from and about the teachings of Yeshayahu Leibowitz.
    Join us for one or all four sessions.

  • 1:00 pm
    Sisterhood Mahj Jong
    1:00 pm-4:00 pm

    Sisterhood Mahj Jongg Afternoon - details to follow

    Location: HBT - Philip Smith Congregational Hall

Friday, May 5, 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. This month, we are delighted to extend a special invitation to our JK, SK and Grade 1 students. 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, May 6, 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

  • 9:30 am
    Shabbat at the Barns
    9:30 am-11:00 am

    Join Eric Petersiel, Rabbi Jordan Helfman and Rabbi Noam Katz as we celebrate Shabbat with the neighborhood. Last year Shabbat at the Barns was a joyous adventure through morning service meant for those 2-6, done through music and an interactive story.

    This Shabbat at the Barns we look forward to having you join us!

    Location: Wychwood Barns

  • 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, May 7, 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
    10:00 am-12:00 pm

  • 10:00 am
    Sunday Morning Book Club
    10:00 am-11:30 am

    The Mathematician's Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer

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

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

  • 10:00 am
    Mondays @ the Temple
    10:00 am-3:00 pm

    Special Guest: Cathy Tile - Book review of "Thirteen Ways of Looking" by Colum McCan
    Our Seniors' program begins at 10 a.m. with coffee and socializing and continues with a Creative Chair Exercise with Melanie Nesbitt and Chair Yoga with Shana Sandler. At 11:30 a.m. we will feature our program and special guest and then continue at 12:30 with a light lunch.
    Following lunch from 1:15-3 p.m. there will be games: Mah Jongg, Bridge, Scrabble and Canasta. You are welcome to come for all or part of the program.
    Cost: $3 a session for Temple members; $5 for non-Temple members.

  • 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
    The Trump Transformation: Patterns, Prospects and Pitfalls
    7:30 pm-9:00 pm

    Blanche & Harry Posen Memorial Lecture
    THE TRUMP TRANSFORMATION: PATTERNS, PROSPECTS AND PITFALLS
    Professor Gabi Ben Dor, Director in the National Security Studies Center, University of Haifa

    The Trump Administration seems enigmatic and full of contradictions. Yet it is possible to see a consistent pattern in its fundamental ideological direction, representing deep seated cultural trends in American society, many of which are also reflected in the current politics of the UK, France and Holland. One main objective of this administration is to create a new world order, which will also change the fundamental regional political patterns in the Middle East. The practical implication of this orientation is full of traps and obstacles, yet it is considered by most regional actors a welcome change from the policies of the previous administration.

    Please join us for a fulsome conversation. One Night Only!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 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
    Conversational Yiddish, Sharon Power
    7:30 pm-8:30 pm

    Conversational Beginner’s Yiddish
    Sharon Power, Yiddish enthusiast & facilitator
    Tuesdays, April 25-May 23, 2017 at 7:30 -9 PM
    Join us for this unique 5 week session of Conversational Yiddish. Beginners welcome – no knowledge of Yiddish required.
    We hope to be able to spread awareness and love of Yiddish culture amongst all Yiddish lovers. It's vitally important to keep the language alive beyond the Chassidic world, as the native Yiddish speakers.
    Learn a new language!
    Come for the fun! No pressure at all!

    “Thanks to the UJA Federation Committee For Yiddish for their support for this program”

Wednesday, May 10, 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

  • 11:00 am
    Rabbi Goldfarb's Yiddish Novel
    11:00 am-12:30 pm

    We continue reading the wonderful, classic novel by Israel Joshua Singer "Di Mishpoche Karnovsky."

    " Di Mishpocheh Carnovsky", a novel written in the early 1940s , set largely in Berlin and New York, depicting the trials and tribulations of 3 generations of a Polish Jewish family trying to "make it " in the new world.

    Location: Room 209

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

    Location: Room 209

  • 7:30 pm
    The Skin We're In - Desmond Cole Documentry
    7:30 pm-9:00 pm

    Described by the CBC as "urgent, controversial, and undeniably honest," this 45-minute documentary shines a bright light on today's racism in Canada. After the film, Michael Levine will introduce us to journalist-activist Desmond Cole, director Charles Officer, and producer Jake Yanowski.

    They will speak personally about the making of The Skin We're In and invite us to join in the mitzvah of working for racial justice in our city, our country.

    Location: - Desmond Cole Documentry

Thursday, May 11, 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

  • 10:30 am
    Must a Jew Believe Anything: Viewpoints on the Essence of Jewish Religious Faith, Rabbi Michael Stroh
    10:30 am-12:00 pm

    We will discuss three essays by Jewish thinkers on the core of Jewish faith.
    In the opening session after a brief introduction followed by, “Must a Jew believe anything?”
    Each following sessions will have a look at the philosophy and guidance from our teachers.
    Session 2 will look at the learnings of Emil Fackenheim
    Session 3 will investigate the writings of Eugene Borowitz
    and in Session 4 we will learn from and about the teachings of Yeshayahu Leibowitz.
    Join us for one or all four sessions.

  • 7:30 pm
    May 11 – Memories of Germany
    7:30 pm-9:00 pm

    The forgotten nostalgic Jewish Musical Folklore of Germany and western Europe is nowadays the backbones of our Ashkenazic synagogue music.

    I came across an impressive five volume Encyclopedia of German Jewish folklore during my resent visit to Israel. These precious volumes were discovered in a remote household in Kibbutz Chafetz Chaim by a young led Shlomi Honig cleaning his grandfather’s library. The encyclopedia was published in Berlin during 1927 and 1930s. by G Herlitz and B kirshner with the help of three hundred scholars. Its content widely includes Jewish History, religion, philosophy, culture and folklore. Many famous personalities were still alive during the publication period. Among them Bialik, Jabotinsky, Eisenstein Freud. The volumes include many paintings reproductions sketches and many pages of Musial notations. During my discussions with Shlomi and while analyzing the music I discovered a great similarity between the original manuscripts and much of our musical tradition.

    German Jewry is one of the most ancient influential Jewish communities of Europe. Ashkenaz is rooted in Jewish migration since the first millennium (AD) until its almost total inhalation with Nazi period. German Jewry contributed much to life, religion, science, art and culture of the western world. The fifth Aliyah of German Jews to Israel during the thirties contributed and influenced in large measures life in Israel.

    I shall have the privilege to analyze present compare and teach some of the musical aspects and similarities which make up the backbones of our musical tradition.

Friday, May 12, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

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

    Location: Youth Chapel

Saturday, May 13, 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

  • 5:30 pm
    HABSTY Shul-In
    5:30 pm-11:30 am

Sunday, May 14, 2017
  • 7:00 am
    Bagel Project
    7:00 am-11:00 am

  • 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

  • 5:30 pm
    HABSTY Shul-In
    5:30 pm-11:30 am

Monday, May 15, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 10:00 am
    Mondays @ the Temple
    10:00 am-3:00 pm

    Special Guest: Reps from Mt. Sinai - new program at Mt. Sinai

    Our Seniors' program begins at 10 a.m. with coffee and socializing and continues with a Creative Chair Exercise with Melanie Nesbitt and Chair Yoga with Shana Sandler. At 11:30 a.m. we will feature our program and special guest and then continue at 12:30 with a light lunch.
    Following lunch from 1:15-3 p.m. there will be games: Mah Jongg, Bridge, Scrabble and Canasta. You are welcome to come for all or part of the program.
    Cost: $3 a session for Temple members; $5 for non-Temple members.

  • 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 Mussar
    7:30 pm-9:00 pm

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 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
    Conversational Yiddish, Sharon Power
    7:30 pm-8:30 pm

    Conversational Beginner’s Yiddish
    Sharon Power, Yiddish enthusiast & facilitator
    Tuesdays, April 25-May 23, 2017 at 7:30 -9 PM
    Join us for this unique 5 week session of Conversational Yiddish. Beginners welcome – no knowledge of Yiddish required.
    We hope to be able to spread awareness and love of Yiddish culture amongst all Yiddish lovers. It's vitally important to keep the language alive beyond the Chassidic world, as the native Yiddish speakers.
    Learn a new language!
    Come for the fun! No pressure at all!

    “Thanks to the UJA Federation Committee For Yiddish for their support for this program”

Wednesday, May 17, 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

  • 11:00 am
    Rabbi Goldfarb's Yiddish Novel
    11:00 am-12:30 pm

    We continue reading the wonderful, classic novel by Israel Joshua Singer "Di Mishpoche Karnovsky."

    " Di Mishpocheh Carnovsky", a novel written in the early 1940s , set largely in Berlin and New York, depicting the trials and tribulations of 3 generations of a Polish Jewish family trying to "make it " in the new world.

    Location: Room 209

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

    Location: Room 209

Thursday, May 18, 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

  • 10:30 am
    Must a Jew Believe Anything: Viewpoints on the Essence of Jewish Religious Faith, Rabbi Michael Stroh
    10:30 am-12:00 pm

    We will discuss three essays by Jewish thinkers on the core of Jewish faith.
    In the opening session after a brief introduction followed by, “Must a Jew believe anything?”
    Each following sessions will have a look at the philosophy and guidance from our teachers.
    Session 2 will look at the learnings of Emil Fackenheim
    Session 3 will investigate the writings of Eugene Borowitz
    and in Session 4 we will learn from and about the teachings of Yeshayahu Leibowitz.
    Join us for one or all four sessions.

Friday, May 19, 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, May 20, 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

    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.

  • 1:00 pm
    Sisterhood presents - Israeli dancing with PAula Warren
    1:00 pm-3:30 pm

    Location: ROOM 308

Sunday, May 21, 2017
  • 9:00 am
    Shacharit Service
    9:00 am-9:30 am

  • 10:00 am
    No Temple Singers Rehearsal
    10:00 am-12:00 pm

Monday, May 22, 2017
  • 9:00 am
    Shacharit Service
    9:00 am-9:30 am

  • 10:00 am
    Mondays @ the Temple - No Program
    10:00 am-3:00 pm

    No program (Victoria Day)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Shacharit Service
    7:30 am-8:00 am

  • 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
    Conversational Yiddish, Sharon Power
    7:30 pm-8:30 pm

    Conversational Beginner’s Yiddish
    Sharon Power, Yiddish enthusiast & facilitator
    Tuesdays, April 25-May 23, 2017 at 7:30 -9 PM
    Join us for this unique 5 week session of Conversational Yiddish. Beginners welcome – no knowledge of Yiddish required.
    We hope to be able to spread awareness and love of Yiddish culture amongst all Yiddish lovers. It's vitally important to keep the language alive beyond the Chassidic world, as the native Yiddish speakers.
    Learn a new language!
    Come for the fun! No pressure at all!

    “Thanks to the UJA Federation Committee For Yiddish for their support for this program”

Wednesday, May 24, 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

  • 11:00 am
    Rabbi Goldfarb's Yiddish Novel
    11:00 am-12:30 pm

    We continue reading the wonderful, classic novel by Israel Joshua Singer "Di Mishpoche Karnovsky."

    " Di Mishpocheh Carnovsky", a novel written in the early 1940s , set largely in Berlin and New York, depicting the trials and tribulations of 3 generations of a Polish Jewish family trying to "make it " in the new world.

    Location: Room 209

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

    Location: Room 209

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