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The voices of our community tell what our synagogue is about. We invite you to find your way through the videos and stories below and throughout the website. Hear what people have to say. This is the best way to get to know Holy Blossom. Our members represent who we are.

The Membership Stories Archive

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 »

November 15, 2016 - The Diamond-Penn Torah Dedication

By Michael and Janette Diamond 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 »

April 25, 2016 - Third Night Social Justice Seder: My eyes have been opened and I am forever changed!

By Jen Grossman. Today I’m feeling humbled and grateful. The two Seders I attended this weekend were beautiful, meaningful and the food was plentiful and delicious. As always, I left with my belly full, and Said to myself “why did I eat so much, I’m never eating again”  Tonight I realized how truly lucky I am... Read more »

February 29, 2016 - Reflection after Bar Mitzvah: Wandering Jew with Compass of Hope

By Peter L. Weinwurm. The phrase “One who has struggled with God and has overcome” offers such natural alternative embodying into our human identity. My own wrestling with God began in time of horrible human struggle, accepting it as an outcome of my total despair. The life was projected to me as an ongoing hopeless termination,... Read more »

January 19, 2016 - Out of the Cold: has been recognized by the Mayor of Toronto

By Bob Charendoff. Holy Blossom Temple’s Out of the Cold program is honoured to have been recognized by the Mayor of Toronto, John Tory, for its ongoing work in easing the plight of homeless and socially isolated people in our city. As HBT OOTC is in its 20th season, it is particularly special to be acknowledged in this... Read more »

November 17, 2015 - 37th Zionist Congress: To be a free nation in our land

By Charlotte Axelrod. I am fortunate to say I have been to Israel many times. With friends, with family, with a program; every trip offers me something new and challenging. This time around, I saw a side of Israel I never thought to explore. And here I share my remarkable experience at the 37th Zionist Congress... Read more »

October 19, 2015 - Welcoming New and Recently Returned Members

By Phyllis Denaburg. On the final weekend of Sukkot we welcomed new and recently returned members in the sukkah on a lovely sunny but cool afternoon. We expanded the traditional concept of ‘ushpizin’ – welcoming guests to the sukkah  – to include our newest members. Rabbi Yael Splansky spoke briefly about the different types of members... 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 »

July 13, 2015 - Community in Action: HBT at Toronto Pride 2015

By Andrew Cohen. It started with a call from Cheryl Sylvester, passing on a suggestion from a congregant, that we mark Toronto’s LGBT Pride Week with a rainbow flag in our sanctuary or youth chapel. It ended with Holy Blossom’s participation in the Pride Parade. None of this would have been possible without the effort... Read more »

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