A Message from Avra Rosen, Holy Blossom Board President & Rabbi Yael Splansky, Senior Rabbi
Dear Holy Blossom Community,
It is our pleasure and privilege to announce that we have made a shiduch (a match) with Cantor David Rosen!
On and off the bimah, a Cantor plays many roles in the spiritual life of the congregation. We’ve been on a quest to find a Mensch, a Maestro, and a Mover. One of North America’s most esteemed cantors, Cantor Rosen is certainly all three.
As a Mensch, Cantor Rosen has amazed us with his ability to connect with young and old and everyone in between. He will be an excellent partner for our Clergy Team. And it won’t be long before he is recognized as a sought-after leader of the Toronto Jewish Community and beyond.
As a Maestro, Cantor Rosen is as masterful with a full choir and instrumentalists as he is with a circle of students in our Early Childhood Centre. His voice is both commanding and engaging. His expansive repertoire draws from a wide range of Jewish musical genres to uplift any occasion.
As a Mover, Cantor Rosen will both move us in prayer and move our congregation from strength to strength with creativity, curiosity, and confidence. Cantor Rosen is full of energy and ideas which will build bridges from our current time of pride and joy to our future which is brimming with possibilities and promise.
We thank our Pulpit Committee, chaired by Lisa Taylor and our Search Committee, so ably co-chaired by Jeff Denaburg and Rachel Malach, for successfully bringing us to this exciting moment in the life of Holy Blossom Temple. The search process has been thorough and thoughtful. We thank the hundreds of congregants who participated in our Listening Campaign, which informed our search and shaped the Committee’s outlook.
We look forward to officially welcoming Cantor Rosen and his family on July 1, 2020, when Cantor Maissner will become our Cantor Emeritus. Please mark your calendars for the many musical moments planned for the spring, culminating in a celebratory, never-to-be-forgotten tribute to Cantor Beny Maissner on June 10, 2020.
With gratitude and anticipation,
President Avra Rosen and Rabbi Yael Splansky