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We were delighted to recently learn that some of the families that we are assisting will be arriving in Toronto this month – hopefully on August 17. (Others are still awaiting interviews in Turkey, and we hope for news of their arrival in the next few months.)

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

Please leave a comment below and these welcome notes will be placed in the families home prior to their arrival.

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  • Tema Smith (HBT Director of Community Engagement)

    To the newly arrived:

    Salaam aleikum. Welcome to Canada. While surely this will be a period of great transition for you, I hope that you will find a home and a community here, Insh’allah.

    Your friends at Holy Blossom have been praying for your safe arrival, and are now wishing for your speedy settling in your new lives. We are so happy that you are here.

  • Jemma Helfman

    Welcome to Canada! Wishing you a smooth transition into your new home. We are here for you when you need us. Just let us know.

    Jemma, Rabbi Jordan, Toby, Mollie & Henriette Helfman

  • Joan Garson

    Dear Families,
    We are so thrilled to welcome you. We hope your new home will bring you all happiness and comfort and a wonderful place to build a new lives together.
    Joan Garson

  • Cheryl Sylvester

    Welcome to Toronto & Canada. We are happy that you made it this far and hope your first steps to living here will be as smooth as possible. Your strength to journey here inspires us, even as the journey was very difficult. And we know you will draw on that strength to find your way to building a good life here for your family, with some helping hands along the path. Welcome and our best to you.

    Robert Schenk & Cheryl Sylvester, Aaron & Nate

  • Denise Gordon

    Dear Families,
    With open arms we welcome you to Toronto, Canada. May you find happiness in your new home and may you feel peace and love from your new Canadian friends. We wish you only the best!
    Blessings always,
    Denise Gordon, Dennis Chow, Jonathan and Chloe Gordon-Chow

  • Gail Berman

    Dear Newly-Arrived;

    Hello, and welcome to our wonderful nation of Canada – your new and hospitable home! May each and every one of you be happy, healthy and fruitful here. Please reach out to us for anything that we can do to make your lives the best that they can be in this lovely place!


    welcome to our wonderful canada may your life here be peaceful full and full of promise all the best

  • Jacqueline Friedland

    We can’t wait to meet you and help make Canada your new home! Please, never hesitate in letting us know how we can assist – in the early days and once you are feeling more settled. We are so looking forward to developing long-lasting relationships and sharing special times with you and your extended family!

  • Rabbi Michael Satz

    Yashar Ko’ach to all the Holy Blossomites who have worked so hard to make this happen!
    To the arriving families:
    Salaam alaikum. I pray that Canada will be to you a land of peace, freedom, and opportunity. While I can’t imagine what you have been through these last few years, I hope that life here will bring healing and wholeness. Your spiritual cousins from Holy Blossom Temple welcome you with open arms.

  • Rabbi Yael Splansky

    Dear Families,
    We have been anticipating your arrival for many months now. Welcome!
    Our tradition teaches that we must welcome and protect newcomers. Thank you for enabling us to fulfill this sacred duty. It is our pleasure to share this good country of Canada with you. We pray that it will quickly become a real home for you.
    “Blessed may you be in your arrival.” May this new beginning, so filled with potential, be graced with God’s abundant blessings.
    Peace. Salaam. Shalom.
    Rabbi Yael Splansky

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