Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.
— Thomas Beecham (1879–1961), conductor

A Sacred Bridge – A Community Under One G-d – April 10, 2011

When we’re gathered together in worship at Holy Blossom Temple, the language of music forms the tapestry holding our awareness of being Jewish. Music is one of the most unique ways the Jewish people express themselves liturgically and culturally, and it serves as the vehicle through which we communicate our thoughts and beliefs to the members of our congregation. Truly great music can be the message itself, and music at Holy Blossom Temple has always been of the highest order.

Our internationally renowned cantor, Benjamin Z. Maissner, lives, breathes and exists through music, and in particular, the music of the Jewish People. Carrying the message of music to the congregation and then far beyond the synagogue walls, Cantor Maissner acts as a shaliach tzibbur, an emissary of our people.

At Holy Blossom Temple, music is present everywhere and makes its mark on every aspect of Temple life: worship services, concerts, Oneg Shabbat song sessions, study sessions, lectures, life-cycle events such as Bar/Bat Mitzvah, weddings and funerals, Temple Singers’ rehearsals and children’s choir practices. We believe that music is an integral experience with the power to shape the lives of Jewish people by helping them strive towards holiness. Above all, we strive to build the kind of praying and cultural community that makes our members and guests feel warm, familiar and welcome.

Musical Stories

July 13, 2018 - Musical Mission to Bulgaria

Cantor Maissner led a musical mission to Bulgaria in early July. He had been invited to participate in the European premiere of A Melancholy Beauty Read more »

July 11, 2018 - Celebrate with the Lachan Choir in Sofia, Bulgaria

Enjoy the photos and memories made by our very own Cantor Maissner and the Lachan Choir! Read more »

June 25, 2018 - Cantors Assembly Convention 2018

Singing is only the beginning Read more »

June 21, 2018 - Varna International 2018: Celebrating a musical experience

I am so proud and privileged to be part of the VARNA INTERNATIONAL musical experience Read more »

May 16, 2018 - Musicians of Tomorrow

On May 30, 2018, our young trio will be giving a concert in Toronto as part of Toronto’s Jewish Music Week. Ronnie Arbitman, violin; Manya Suisa, piano; and Lavi Zarfati, clarinet will perform a repertoire of Jewish composers from Mendelssohn to Gershwin Read more »

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