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A Message from Cantor David Rosen, Incoming Senior Cantor






Dear Congregants and Friends,

I am honoured and humbled to join you as Senior Cantor at Holy Blossom Temple this coming July. My wife Ilyse, our son Joel and our shih-tzu, Molly are all eager to meet you. We have already felt the warmth and friendly embrace of this community in our brief encounters thus far and we look forward to deepening those relationships and creating new ones with all of you.

Music has been, and will continue to be, at the heart of this sacred community. Under the leadership and guidance of world-renowned Cantor Benjamin Maissner these past four decades, Holy Blossom has become a model of Jewish Music and worship in Toronto and beyond. I plan to continue the legacy that Cantor Maissner brought to this congregation and I look forward to expanding upon it while continuing to nurture your souls and spirit with song. I’m greatly looking forward to working with the incredible choirs and musicians who are a vital part of worship at Holy Blossom.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with an incredible clergy team led by Rabbi Splansky along with a talented and dedicated Senior staff. I look forward to connecting with multiple generations from singing songs and telling stories with our Early childhood students, to celebrating B’nei Mitzvah and Confirmation with our teens, to rejoicing in a milestone birthday of one of our centenarians.

Holy Blossom is also guided by a strong cadre of lay leadership and volunteers who work tirelessly to make Holy Blossom a warm and welcoming community to all who enter its doors.

I would like to take a moment to extend a huge thank you to the entire Cantorial Search Committee led by co-chairs Rachel Malach and Jeff Denaburg.

As Holy Blossom’s next Senior Cantor, please know that my door is always open and it is my hope that you will visit often!

This synagogue holds such prominence within Canada and is internationally known as one of the leading congregations in the Reform Movement; I will always aspire to honour that distinction.

May this kehilla kedosha (holy community) continue to go from strength to strength for generations to come and may we all work together to embrace our past, celebrate our present, and envision our future.

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