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Our membership means that people like us can find a home in the Jewish people

We’re not your typical Jewish family next door. We’re a Korean-Quebecois couple who, while living in Asia, decided that Judaism was how we wanted to live our faith and our life. We moved to Toronto with our young daughter before we could complete our conversion process in Hong Kong and we immediately went on a search for a synagogue where we would feel at home. The choice was obvious – we wanted a Reform synagogue close to home, with great family programming, and where we felt a sense of community and spirituality that resonated with our values. Holy Blossom ticked all the boxes. But talking about box-ticking would not even be half the story.

For us, Holy Blossom seemed like it was meant to be from the start. Whenever we needed a sign, there was one – from the way we bumped into Rabbi Satz on our first visit, where we agreed to meet again and discuss our conversion, to an Arts and Culture small group being formed just when Claudia was becoming obsessed with Jewish art. We even won second place in last year’s family latke competition (a proud achievement for our family). There have been plenty of opportunities to get involved and provide help and support to those in need. And then, there are those spiritual moments, when everything suddenly becomes overwhelmingly filled with meaning and purpose. We’ve had a few of those at Holy Blossom.

High Holy Days tend to have their fair share of them for us. But what topped it all was our conversion Mikveh. When Claudia and our daughter received their Hebrew names through the wall, we heard Rabbi Helfman’s voice as if it was coming from another world as they were submerged in the water, surrounded by the candle lights. It definitely was one of the most touching moments in our lives.

Claudia Paradis Kim and Gregory Kim

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