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February 23, 2017 - D’var Israel – February 22, 2017

By Gil Peled, Shinshin. Read more »

February 8, 2017 - The Minor Prophets: Road Stories - The Tale of the Classic Album

By Rabbi Michael Satz. Read more »

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

By Rabbi Michael Satz. Read more »

January 9, 2017 - “There’s our shul!” - Intergenerational Shabbat Service

By Michael Ryval. Read more »

December 22, 2016 - VIDEO: Happy Chanukah from KEF

Created by KEF Read more »

December 5, 2016 - Celebrating 10 Years of UJA's Shinshinim

Take a photo/video with our Shinshinim! Read more »

December 1, 2016 - Thank you! China and the Zionist Project

By Gillian Helfield and Denise Gordon Read more »

November 22, 2016 - JTEM (Jewish Teen Experience Midtown) in Action!  

By The JTEM 3Ders Read more »

November 17, 2016 - Students Reflect on their Grade 7 Tzedakah Project

By Camille Lisser and Zoey Wallhouse Read more »

November 16, 2016 - Soup Is the Fastest Way to the Heart

By The "Intergenerational" Soup Brigade! Read more »

November 15, 2016 - The Diamond-Penn Torah Dedication

By Michael and Janette Diamond Read more »

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

By Jeff Baker Read more »

November 3, 2016 - It Takes a Congregation

From the Holy Blossom Temple Community Read more »

October 21, 2016 - Thank you! The Golden Age of Jewish Television

By Gillian Helfield Read more »

October 18, 2016 - Consecration! Our very special ceremony for our Grade 1 students

By Debbie Speigel Read more »

August 8, 2016 - Religious School Stories - We need your stories!

By Bob Cooper 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 18, 2016 - We all love camp! Camp George and HBT - Summer 2016

Jewish camping is shown to be one of the key factors in developing and engaging Jewish children on their path to their individual Jewish identities. Camp George is our Jewish camp! It is a wonderful environment for children. What a pleasure it was to spend a day in camp – watching our children swim together,... Read more »

July 5, 2016 - What we do with the stories we hear, tikkun olam, and our preschoolers...

By Jessica Lipinski, Director of the Early Childhood Centre at Holy Blossom Temple Last week my friend’s family hosted an evening to listen to her grandmother’s Holocaust survivor story.  It was an incredible evening.  Everyone was so quiet that you could hear a pin drop while Lenka Weksberg, now 90 years old, eloquently shared her harrowing... Read more »

May 17, 2016 - The Junior Kindergarten Shabbat Puppy

By Our Junior Kindergarten Students. We named our Shabbat puppy Amen. He joined us for all of Shabbat – sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday. Friday night we had a special night and went out to dinner with our Shabbat puppy. He joined our family for bagels on Saturday morning. Then we drove to... Read more »

May 3, 2016 - We've Built Our Box!

The Holy Blossom Gardeners by Nate Charach Holy Blossom’s Community Garden just built our first ever square foot garden! Measuring 4 ft by 4 ft it is set to grow 16 different types of vegetables this summer! We are looking for more people who would love to learn how to grow their own food. If... Read more »

May 2, 2016 - 3 Stories... from our Senior School Students

Our visit to Imdadul Islamic Centre with our Grade 7s By one of our student’s, Remy Abramson Recently, the grade 7 Monday night Hebrew School classes went to Imdadul Islamic Center for a class field trip. Immediately, we all felt very welcome in the mosque, because of how nice the people who greeted us were.... Read more »

April 26, 2016 - Kedusha: It was emotional and uplifting--a unique and very special moment in my life

By Sara Charney. Thank-you a thousand times over for all of the work you devoted to the magnificent performance of the Kedusha yesterday. Cantor Osborne wrote a magnificent liturgical piece which you then brought to life in all its glory! I know that you devoted countless hours to rehearsing the score with the Temple singers, the... 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 »

April 14, 2016 - Why host Shinshinim? Host Families Speak!

CALLING ON HOST FAMILIES: THE SHINSHINIM ARE COMING! See what our HBT Families have to say about their amazing experiences hosting Shinshinim. We are still looking for families for Noga and Gil… If you are interested please contact our lay leader Gillian Helfield for more information. We have been incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to... Read more »

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