Life Cycle Occasions at Holy Blossom

We publicly recognize the sacred rhythm of the life cycle.
— Rabbi Yael Splansky

Rabbi Yael Splansky once wrote: “Consider how our synagogue can bring joy at every stage of life.”

Only once you’ve joined the Holy Blossom community can you truly come to understand how important a role the synagogue plays in the lives of its members.

Each week at the Temple, we recognize life milestones — Brit Milah and baby namings, Consecration, B’nei Mitzvah, Confirmation, Marriage, special birthdays, anniversaries, and End of Life.

Brit Milah / Baby Naming

Are you expecting? B’sha’ah tovah, we pray that joy and mazal tovs are in the future. Holy Blossom wants to celebrate with you as we welcome your new baby into the Covenant.

If you are having a boy, one of the rabbis would love to help lead your brit milah (the ritual circumcision and naming). Please contact us and we can give you a list of our recommended mohelim (ritual circumcisers) who are doctors and trained by the Brit Milah Program of Reform Judaism. A Reform trained Mohel will lead your family in an egalitarian and modern service in partnership with Holy Blossom clergy.

If you are having a girl, a Holy Blossom rabbi will lead a service of welcoming your new baby into the Covenant and our community in the Temple on a Shabbat, Monday, Thursday, or in your home.

All of this can be arranged by contacting Elana Fehler by email or call (416) 789-3291, ext.532.

Consecration

Consecration is a beautiful and meaningful life-cycle event marking the beginning of a child’s formal Jewish education. At Holy Blossom Temple, we have a long-standing tradition of celebrating Consecration early in the school year of Grade 1, with an interactive parent/student program, followed a week later by the Consecration Service. The Service is a family celebration where each child receives a small Torah and is blessed by parents and a rabbi.

Our Consecration ceremony emphasizes the value we place on Jewish learning and on the study of Torah.

For more information please send an email to Debbie Spiegel or call (416) 789-3291, ext.239.

B’nei Mitzvah

Mazel tov to you and your new teenager! We take special pride when our young people embrace Torah as their own and become Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Holy Blossom Temple!

Read more about B’nei Mitzvah here

Confirmation

Confirmation is unique to Reform Judaism and has been observed at Holy Blossom for more than 70 years.

It is celebrated by Grade 10 graduates of the religious school and usually takes place on Shavuot, the festival in which we mark the giving of the Torah.

Read more about confirmation here

Marriage

A wedding is a momentous occasion, both as a milestone in a couple’s life and in terms of the planning and preparation needed for such a celebration. Holy Blossom Temple is here for you throughout the process of planning your simcha. Just as each couple is unique, we will work with you to your wedding a true reflection of you and your families.

If you are interested in having your wedding at Holy Blossom Temple, or a wedding officiated by a member of our clergy, please call Elana Fehler as early as possible at 416-789-3291 x 221. She will help you get the planning process started.

End of Life

As a member of Holy Blossom Temple Congregation, we are here to support you in your time of need, with guidance and counselling both before and after a loss. The Moments Following a Loved One’s Death

Celebrations

In addition to the big life cycle events, we also love those “Shehechiyahu moments” — the times when we are thankful for new and special experiences — at Holy Blossom Temple.

Let us know when you are celebrating a simcha, or click here to plan your event.

Commemorate special occasions and support Temple pillars

Many members celebrating life-cycle events are interested in making donations to our Foundation to commemorate their special occasions. Among the many ways to contribute, establishing an endowment fund in the family’s name is a wonderful way to celebrate the simchas and achievements of loved ones or to honour their memory. Endowment funds support the pillars of our Temple — Torah (study), Avodah (worship), Gemilut Chasadim (deeds of social responsibility) and the building of a vibrant synagogue community.

As families mark each stage of life, they can continue to contribute to their fund. A growing fund will not only honour the family name in perpetuity but will ensure that our synagogue will continue to bring joy at every stage of life — from generation to generation.

For information on establishing a family endowment fund, please call the Foundation Office at (416) 789-3291, ext. 265.

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