January 2, 2018 - Sermon in Song - Saturday, January 27, 2018

Adon Olam  all you want to know, listen, and hear about this divine religious poem Read more »

December 14, 2017 - Boston URJ Biennial 2017

What a spiritual, intellectual, fun and informative few days, together with over 5500 reform Jews. Read more »

December 13, 2017 - Behind the Music: A Few Words About 'The Prayer'

We had the great privilege this past Shabbat to sing an English/Hebrew version of “The Prayer,” a song originally written in by David Foster and Carole Bayer Sager, with Italian lyrics by Alberto Testa and Tony Renis. It was made famous as a duet by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli in 1999. The Hebrew lyrics... Read more »

December 5, 2017 - Celebrate Chanukah and Cornerstone Dedication with the Holy Blossom Temple Singers

Even Hapinah The cornerstone for our renewal of SPACE AND SPIRIT will be celebrated with pomp and ceremony on the first night of Chanukah. Read more »


By Cantor Benjamin Maissner Read more »


In the interim heights of these Days of Awe, we ought to reflect on what lifts our souls, soothes our minds and is reflective in our lives Read more »

September 24, 2017 - My harmonious message for the High Holy Days


September 12, 2017 - Musical Heritage Concert Series 2017-2018

As is our custom year after year, our Music Committee and I are thrilled to announce our Musical Heritage Concert Series for 2018. Read more »

May 30, 2017 - VIDEO: Concert Review - Mattan Klein

To have Mattan Klein in honor of Yom Yerushalayim was an incredible experience. Read more »

May 2, 2017 - Cantor Maissner and Holy Blossom Share an Important Development

I am pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2020, I will become Holy Blossom’s first Cantor Emeritus. Read more »

May 1, 2017 - YOM HULEDET SAMEACH to my beloved ISRAEL

We all pray for peace and safety and a triumphant celebration. Read more »

April 21, 2017 - The Vocation of the Choir

The 40 voices at Holy Blossom create a fullness of sound unique among Toronto's synagogues. Read more »

March 27, 2017 - A Multimedia Exhibition of Synagogues in Germany

A Virtual Reconstruction Read more »

March 21, 2017 - It is my pleasure to introduce you to Songs of the Haggadah

Haggadah, literally means telling. Read more »

March 6, 2017 - Hobart Tasmania

Surprising there is a synagogue in Hobart Tasmania. Read more »

January 25, 2017 - The Minor Prophets: Road Stories - Greater Cincinnati

By Rabbi Michael Satz. Read more »

January 23, 2017 - It was indeed a special intimate gathering for a MELAVEH MALKAH celebration

Video: Enjoy the few musical measures of an intimate evening. Read more »

December 15, 2016 - Festival of Light: From the Cantor

How many “dedications” of Chanukah do we celebrate? Read more »

November 14, 2016 - Musical Heritage Concert Series 2017

It is with great pleasure that we announce... Read more »

November 9, 2016 - The Cantor's Remembrance Day: My Father-in-Law, A War Hero

It is my honor to share this love romantic story with all... Read more »

November 8, 2016 - Interfaith Concert: Celebrating our uniqueness and bond as Canadians

By Jeff Baker Read more »

October 20, 2016 - Peace and Harmony in Our Neighborhood

The Interfaith Peace Concert is A Festival of Love and Harmony... Read more »

July 20, 2016 - Spain - the view from a congregant

By Susan Cohen. Our trip to Spain was intense – rich in learning and emotion. Sometimes, as we toured Seville, Cordoba, Girona, Toledo, Barcelona and Madrid, it felt like we were walking with ghosts. But the tour helped us understand more fully how the rich history of Sephardic communities was interrupted, brutalized, destroyed and scattered. I’m... Read more »

June 23, 2016 - Video: The Mambo Angels at Holy Blossom Temple

By Cantor Beny Maissner. Great performance with THE MAMBO ANGELS: Gaston, Ari, and Claudio. Jewish Music Week in Toronto is a unique, enriching experience, and THE MAMBO ENGELS lifted the roof off of Holy Blossom Temple. Read more »

May 2, 2016 - Yom Ha'Atzmaut Reflections

NOSTALGIC MEMORIES By Cantor Benjamin Maissner. Each year as Yom Ha’atzmaut Israel’s Independence Day approaches I am filled with nostalgic and yearning memories of years past. It is hard to believe that over five decades have passed since I served in the IDF in the Special Unit NACHAL. It was exactly November 29,1962 when our... Read more »

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