November 3, 2016 - Welcoming Refugees: UPDATE! - The good work that Holy Blossom has been historically known for...

By Rabbi Michael Satz. Almost a year ago members of Holy Blossom Temple came together to sponsor Syrian refugee families to come to Canada. Working with the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society (JIAS), people raised money, collected household items and clothes, and did many other things to make sure that the transition to life in Toronto... Read more »

August 8, 2016 - Help us welcome our HBT Syrian Refugee Families!

We are asking for your words in helping to welcome these families... Read more »

April 20, 2016 - Passover and those who have joined together to sponsor Syrian refugees at HBT

By Jacqueline Friedland. Over the past few weeks, I have been preparing for Passover with a tremendous mix of emotions. I am delighted to once again share the traditional story of our liberation and exodus with my family and friends, but I am saddened to think of how many people around the world are still fighting... Read more »

March 14, 2016 - Syrian Refugees in Canada: The Issues and Our Response

Thursday, April 7, 2016 7:30 p.m. What are our obligations as Jews and Canadians to Syrian refugees coming to our shores and to the global refugee crisis? Come to this program to learn from and discuss with experts and activists. Thanaa Sarif, Syrian Born Shia-Ismaili-Muslim, married with two children, immigrated to Canada 22 years ago,  currently working at... Read more »

November 18, 2015 - A wonderful celebration of generosity of spirit

By Rabbi Yael Splansky. Two communities came together in reunion to share stories of survival and sponsorship. Our congregant, Professor Howard Adelman was honoured for his scholarship and activism, devoted to making Canada more hospitable to refugees. Former Minister of Immigration Ron Atkey and Senator Ngo Thanh Hai were among the dignitaries present. The evening... Read more »

October 7, 2015 - An Evening of Honour and Gratitude with the Vietnamese Community

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 7:30 p.m. Still in the 40th anniversary year since the fall of Saigon, the local Vietnamese Community wishes to honour Professor Howard Adelman and Holy Blossom Temple for our help in bringing refugee families to Canada and in helping them to establish their new lives here. A special invitation goes to all congregants who... Read more »

October 6, 2015 - Syrian Refugees Task Force

By Jacqueline Friedland. December 2015 Here is a brief update on the range of activities taking place related to the resettlement of Syrian refugee families and the Holy Blossom community. There have been many members and non-members who have generously donated over the past two months. As a result, we are already looking at our third... Read more »

September 21, 2015 - Our Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

By Rabbi Michael Satz. Our Torah teaches, “You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 23:9) We as Jews know what it is like to be immigrants, exiles, and refugees. The Torah obligates us to protect those who are... Read more »

September 10, 2015 - Syrian Refugee Crisis

Sometimes the weekly Torah portion and the weekly newspapers speak to one another. This was such a week. Shabbat Ki Tavo, 5775 Holy Blossom Temple In memory of Alan Kurdi, age three IDENTITY. Deuteronomy 26: 5-10 You shall recite as follows before Adonai your God:  “My father was a wandering Aramean.  He went down to... Read more »

September 9, 2015 - Syrian Refugee Crisis

By Rabbi Yael Splansky. Recent History — Over the summer I met two young representatives of the local Vietnamese community.  They sought us out because they wish to thank Holy Blossom Temple and to honour Professor Howard Adelman for helping their families settle in Toronto.  A number of our congregants stepped forward then to sponsor... Read more »

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