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Israel is always in our heart, and this May, we at Holy Blossom are focusing on Israel in its 68th year with a panoply of programs.

Arts, culture, prayer, politics, and many other areas are the ways we can express our love for the Land and People of Israel.

Israel Month

Yom HaShoah with Dr. Frank Sommers

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
7:00 p.m.

Join us for a service of music and poetry, remembrance and reflection.

Our children will be the last generation to hear first-hand from Holocaust survivors. If you feel your child or teen is ready, please join in this important service of commemoration.

Our speaker this year is our congregant Dr. Frank Sommers, MD, FRCPC, DFAPA, DFCPA

Frank Sommers, a child survivor from Budapest, Hungary is  President of the Ontario District Branch, American Psychiatric Association, a lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry a the University of Toronto, and a world leading sex therapist.

Big News this Rosh Chodesh Iyar

Women_of_the_WallSunday, May 8, 2016
In Israel with Rabbi Splansky, Joan Garson and Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers

In solidarity with the Women of the Wall we are bringing our Baby Torah into the Kotel.  Lindi Rivers will chant from it, as will others.  The women from Holy Blossom, including Rabbi Splansky and Temple President Joan Garson will have an aliyah.  The men from our group will lend strength and support with their voices in prayer from the men’s section of the Kotel.

The Story of Hatikvah

As we approach Israel’s Independence Day, we are fortunate to present, “The Story of Hatikvah” by Astrith Baltsan. This is an incredibly moving performance about the history of the national anthem of our beloved Israel. The evening will surprise you as what appears to be “just another program” becomes an incredible experience. Please join us.

This program is sponsored by all congregations in our community who are involved with UJA’S Israel Engagement Initiative.

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Commemorate and Celebrate Yom Hazikaron/Yom Ha'Atzmaut


Yom HaZikaron – Israel’s Remembrance Day for all fallen soldiers and victims of terror is one of the most important and somber dates in Israel’s calendar and one of the most significant for all Israelis. Please join us for a special service dedicated to the memory of lives lost. Our Shinshinim will share their personal thoughts and remembrances.

Yom HaZikaron is immediately followed by Yom Ha’Atzmaut, one of the most joyous events in Israel’s calendar – a complete 180 degree change in the mood in the country. We too, will change our mood as we watch a fun, interesting movie targeted to our adult and teen population about Israel’s army. Please join us for this great evening.

A time to remember, to celebrate and of course to eat!

Holy Blossom and Beth Tzedec Yom Ha'atzmaut Family Celebration

YOMHAThursday, May 12, 2016
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
in the Beth Tzedec parking lot

Come celebrate Israel!

Families with children of all ages are invited to join our Shinshinim at a BBQ and outdoor party complete with Israeli dancing, picnic games, relay races, crafts, karaoke, sports and even a cupcake bar! (BBQ will include hotdogs, chips and drinks for purchase.)

We will celebrate rain or shine!

Check our website for more details, or contact Lisa Isen Baumal [email protected] for more information.

The Two State Solution: Time to Say Kaddish?

With Professors Emanuel Adler and Clifford Orwin

Thursday, May 12, 2016
7:30 p.m.

As we celebrate Israel in May, it is a perfect time to ponder the possibilities of peace.

Rabbi John Moscowitz will moderate an open conversation between two noted scholars about the future of the two state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians.

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Mitzvah Day 2016

Mitzvah Day

Sunday, May 15, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
at Leo Baeck Day School South Campus

Join us for Mitzvah Day 2016 in partnership with Leo Baeck South. The centerpiece of the event are different basketball games to support and raise awareness for Nothing But Nets an international organization that helps refugees prevent malaria. A $10 donation to play basketball goes right to this amazing organization.

To sign-up for basketball or to help our by volunteering, please contact Rabbi Satz at [email protected].

Harry and Blanche Posen Memorial Lectures with Professor Gabi Ben Dor

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Harry and Blanche Posen Memorial Lectures
Israel 2016/5776

Professor Gabi Ben Dor

War and Peace in the Middle East | Monday, May 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Israel 2016 – Good Life in a bad Neighbourhood | Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 7:30 p.m

Professor Gabriel Ben Dor, a leading Israel scholar on strategic initiatives joins us once again for the Harry & Blanche Posen Memorial Lectures on Monday May 30, and Wednesday June 1, 2016. Gabi’s knowledge of the current heartbeat of Israel is unsurpassed. Gabi has been with us many times, and each year he brings something special and unique to our congregation.

Please join us for the very special event

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