Tema SmithThinking of joining our Temple community? I would love to talk to you about how we can best welcome you to Holy Blossom.

Tema Smith, Director of Community Engagement
T. 416-789-3291 ext. 232 | [email protected]

Already a member of Holy Blossom? Renew online today! Click here

T. 416-789-3291 ext. 229 | [email protected]

Membership

Become a part of Holy Blossom’s vibrant Jewish community — Life can blossom here.

Find your home in this historic congregation — Toronto’s first synagogue; a place where tradition meets modernity. Here we honour our noble past while boldly preparing for our future.

Join this leading synagogue as we come together to pursue Tikkun Olam — mending the world — through our wide-reaching social justice initiatives.

Pray with our sacred community at our daily minyan, on Shabbat, Festivals and Holy Days.

Learn from our inspiring clergy, as well as scholars and leading figures from around the world, who come to share the wisdom of our tradition in ways that challenge the intellect and enrich our lives.

Find your Jewish home away from home in our community of communities, where our members come together to form lasting bonds with one another.

We hope you will join us.

Our Inclusive Spirit — You Are Welcome Here

Holy Blossom Temple is guided by our values. As a community, we are always learning and growing together, as we aspire to fulfill our promise to be an inclusive spiritual home to all who seek Jewish community. Our Director of Community Engagement would be happy to speak with you if you have any questions about inclusion at Holy Blossom Temple.

Learn more


Benefits of Membership

As a member of Holy Blossom Temple, you become part of our congregation, a Jewish community that will cater to your spirit, your intellect, and your drive to make the world a better place. Together, we mark simchas (celebrations) and sorrows, we build friendships, and grow our Jewish identities.

Membership contributions to Holy Blossom Temple help us to build a vibrant community for all of our members, from our littlest Blossoms to our cherished elders, and to provide the highest quality programming and services for every stage of life.

The benefits of membership include:

  • Rabbis and Cantors to officiate your lifecycle events;
  • Empathic pastoral care in times of difficulty or bereavement;
  • Tickets to our inspiring High Holy Day services and programs;
  • Consecration, B’nei Mitzvah, and Confirmation rituals for your children;
  • A subscription to the Temple Bulletin;
  • Membership in the Union for Reform Judaism, where you will join a North America-wide network of Jews with shared values;
  • Meaningful connections with the Reform Movement in Israel;
  • Members’ pricing on Holy Blossom’s stimulating and inspiring educational, social and cultural programming;
  • Access to congregational trips, where our Rabbis and Cantors teach and learn with you as you explore Jewish destinations;
  • Access to burial plots at our three cemeteries, including Beit Olam, our purpose-built cemetery for interfaith families wishing to be buried together in a Jewish context;
  • The ability to book exquisite event space in our renewed facility;
  • Unique volunteer opportunities where you can enrich yourself as you build your Jewish community;
  • Access to our Portal for Meaningful Membership;
  • The chance to feel part of Jewish history-in-the-making and to contribute to the Jewish future;
  • The opportunity to be a part of a congregation which carries the responsibilities of leadership with creativity, devotion and joy;
  • and much, much more.

Contact our Director of Community Engagement to learn more about what membership at Holy Blossom could mean for you.


Find Out What Membership Means to Our Community


July 10, 2018 - My membership builds the bonds of community through Holy Blossom's interfaith programs

We were attracted to HBT because of its outstanding reputation in Human Rights, Social Justice and Interfaith work Read more »

July 10, 2018 - Why we love to belong to Holy Blossom…

As a young family, Holy Blossom Temple has become an important spiritual extension of our home, helping us enhance our Jewish identity and feel connected to our community Read more »

July 10, 2018 - My membership creates a Jewish home for my interfaith family

We joined Holy Blossom because it gives our interfaith family a foundation on which to build our Jewish life Read more »

June 22, 2018 - My membership means we belong

We chose Holy Blossom Temple because this special congregation not only welcomes but also enthusiastically celebrates a diversity of members Read more »

June 22, 2018 - My membership builds Jewish programming for adults in their 20s and 30s.

My membership builds Jewish programming for adults in their 20s and 30s When I moved back to Toronto after university, the city’s “large synagogue scene” hardly seemed like a welcoming place for twenty-somethings. Many of my friends seemed to be gravitating towards small grassroots Jewish communities downtown, but I struggled to find one to call... Read more »

June 27, 2017 - "I found the Jewish soulfulness I had been seeking for so long..."

I am told by my daughter that there is an emphasis on engaging young Jews to find their way to a meaningful Judaism. 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 »

July 24, 2015 - The HBT Cyclopaths - Being and Belonging on Wheels

Four Years and Growing Stronger Together. By Denise Gordon, card- carrying member of the HBT Cyclopaths. In the beginning, initially, we met at weekly Shabbat Family Services with our children in tow. As we prayed, shared kiddush lunch, and schmoozed together, so began the infamous conversations about travel and bicycles. Little did we realize that... Read more »

May 28, 2014 - Confirmation: A Compilation of our Students’ Reflections

What is it that you hope your children will achieve through being involved in Jewish life? Our Grade 10 students discuss how impactful their time has been here at Holy Blossom Temple and on our Israel trip. After many years of Jewish education, time spent learning in our building, doing Mitzvot and engaged in Jewish... Read more »

June 4, 2013 - Bar Mitzvah at 13 in Terezin. Now 83, at Holy Blossom Temple

By John Freund. At my age of 83, I am surely not the only Holocaust survivor member of our Temple, but I am probably the youngest. Having lost my freedom in April 1942 at the age of 12, as a second son of a pediatrician in a small town in Czechoslovakia, I was free and... Read more »

Most Recent Projects