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Please join us in welcoming our new Associate Rabbi, Michael Satz.

Rabbi Satz comes to Holy Blossom with seven years of experience, most recently in a large Reform congregation in San Diego. He brings many strengths and interests. In addition to his wide range of rabbinic responsibilities, Rabbi Satz will reignite our Social Action agenda and will work closely with our Education Team to plan our ambitious Adult Education Program.

We look forward to welcoming Rabbi Satz to Holy Blossom in mid-July.

We thank Past President, Morris Cooper for chairing the Associate Rabbi Search Committee which was successful in bringing Rabbi Satz to Holy Blossom Temple. We appreciate the good work of the committee.

They are: Gord Arbess, Morris Cooper, chair, Eric Klein, Erin O’Connor, Les Rothschild, Carole Sterling, Rabbi Yael Splansky, Liz Tarshis

Rabbi Michael Satz

Rabbi Michael Satz

My path to the rabbinate began during high school when I spent a summer studying in Israel, but it was when I was a junior in college that I decided that I had to be a rabbi. While spending my year abroad at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, I had the opportunity to help lead Pesach seders in small towns in Ukraine with other young Jews from America and Ukraine. After helping people rediscover the beauty and meaning in their Jewish lives, I knew that I had to dedicate my life to the same task back in the U.S. I entered Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem and then in Cincinnati with the goal of thinking of ways to awaken in people of all ages the quest for Jewish learning and living that animates my life.

At Beth Israel in San Diego I worked a lot with our preschool and religious school students and families. I especially loved teaching our tenth grade Confirmation class and taking them on a yearly trip to Washington, DC. I was also the rabbinical advisor to the Social Action Committee and concentrated on outreach to San Diego Jews in their 20s and 30s.

Before coming to Beth Israel I was the assistant rabbi at Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ. I grew up in St. Louis, MO and will always be a Cardinals fan. I graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans in 2002. I am married to Rabbi Janice Elster, a Toronto native, and we are the happy parents of Eitan Elster-Satz and Ammiel Elster-Satz.

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  • Michael Satz

    It’s great to finally be here. Yesterday was my first day at the Temple, and I am ready to get going! I am looking forward to becoming part of the community.

  • Bob Hodes and Barbara Thal-Hodes

    We look forward to meeting you, and working with you on Social Action projects. Best wishes to you
    & your family for an easy move and a peaceful transition to your new home.

    Bob Hodes and Barbara Thal-Hodes

  • Janet and Norman Shiner

    Dear Rabbi Satz,

    Mazel Tov to you and your family on joining a tremendous congregation and religious community. Thank you to the search committee for putting another brick in place towards Holy Blossom’s bright future.

    Wishing all a peaceful and enjoyable summer.

    Sincerely, Janet and Norman Shiner

  • Sheila Smolkin

    Rabbi Satz, I wish to add my welcome to those you have already received. I am looking forward to meeting you and your family upon your arrival in Toronto and know that I will enjoy learning from you and working with you in the years ahead. May your move not be too stressful!
    Sheila Smolkin.

  • Lisa Rose, Sid Fox, Wendy, Emma, Alex, Molly and Bumpy

    Our family is thrilled to have you in Toronto and look forward to celebrating holidays and Shabbat with your family.

  • Liz Tarshis

    Dear Rabbi Satz,
    A warm welcome from the Bikur Cholim committee and the Holy Blossom Temple community. We are all so pleased to have you and your family join us at this very exciting time.
    Liz Tarshis

  • Rabbi Michael Satz

    Thank you all for your warm welcomes. My family and I are excited about our move, and I am looking forward to getting started at Holy Blossom soon. It is my honor to be a part of your vibrant community, and I hope to get to know you all shortly.

  • Debbie Spiegel

    It is a pleasure to welcome the whole family on behalf of our Education team. We look forward to working closely with you!

  • Linda Wolfe

    A warm welcome to you, Rabbi Satz and your family. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you. Mazal Tov!

  • John and Nora Freund

    We welcome you to our renewing congregation and feel sure that you and your wife will be a large part of our hopes for the future. John and Nora Freund

  • Denise Gordon

    Welcome to the Holy Blossom Temple community. We are pleased to have you and your family in our fold and look forward to growing Jewishly with you.
    All the best,
    Denise Gordon, Dennis Chow, Jonathan and Chloe Gordon-Chow

  • Lisa Isen Baumal

    So excited to have you and Janice join the Holy Blossom family!

  • Jack (Hon. President) & Sybil Geller

    We warmly welcome you to HolyBlossom & look forward to getting to know you.

  • Barry & Susan Borden

    What a great way to greet Shabbat as it approaches – by being able to welcome Rabbi Satz and his family to HBT
    May your transition to HBT be positive – we look forward to meeting you and your family and observe what we feel will be a positive melding of your expertise and knowledge and all that HBT has to offer
    Yasher Koach to you and to our selection committee
    Barry and Susan Borden

  • Etienne and Aubrey Kaplan

    What wonderful news!!! Look forward to meeting and welcoming Rabbi Satz and his family.

  • Pnina Margolese

    Dear Rabbi Satz,
    Welcome to our Holy Blossom Temple family. As a regular attendee, I look forward to celebrating Shabbat with your family. These are exciting times at Holy Blossom and I am sure you will be a welcome addition to our clergy. Mazel Tov.

  • Lindi Rivers

    We very much look forward to welcoming you and Janice, Eitan and Ammiel to Toronto (or back to Toronto in Janice’s case!) and to our Holy Blossom community. I am excited about working together and so happy for you to be joining us at this time of great opportunity and movement in our Temple life. Thank you for making our clergy team complete!
    with best wishes,


  • Mike Morgulis

    Dear Rabbi Satz,
    On behalf of HBT Brotherhood I’d like to welcome you and your family to Holy Blossom Temple. And as regular Family Service members we look forward to celebrating Shabbat and other occasions with you. You’re arriving at a very exciting time for us … if you forgot to pack a hard-hat and some power tools, no worries, I have plenty. 🙂
    Warmest regards and best wishes for an easy move,
    Mike Morgulis (and Thuy, Nate, Ari & Lior)

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