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Holy Blossom Temple is pleased to introduce you to our newest staff member, Iris Spitz. Iris works as our Cantorial Administrative Assistant & Funeral Coordinator. Read below to get to know her!

 

 

 

 

What attracted you to the position at Holy Blossom?

I enjoy working for non-profit organizations. I have always wanted to work for a Jewish Organization and this was the right opportunity at the right time..

 

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Toronto, in Bathurst and Wilson area and went to Bannockburn Public School, Ledbury Park Middle School, Sir Sanford Fleming High School and received by BFA in Theatre (Drama Studies) at York University.

 

Can you tell us a bit about your work in the theatre world?

I performed some volunteer work in fundraising and administration for some startup theatre companies and then worked at the St. Lawrence Centre as a secretary to the General Manager.

Left the theatre to help my husband start his own computer software firm where I was responsible for the administration and business side of the organization.

 

Can you tell us a bit about your Family?

My husband’s name is Robert and we have been married for 42 years. I have two daughters, Sarah(28) and Emma(23). Sarah is a lawyer and Emma is an aspiring musical theatre actor.

 

What are some of the things you’ve enjoyed most at HBT?

The amazing staff, clergy and admin. In spite of Covid, we communicate and collaborate in a way that makes COVID seem less prevalent. I enjoy the opportunity to connect and help our congregants.  Everyone has been so kind and welcoming.

 

As part of your many roles at Holy Blossom, You carry with you the  “Funeral” phone, meaning that you are the first point of contact when someone in the community has lost a loved one. Can you tell us a bit about your experience thus far?

It is rewarding to be there for people during their time of need. I wasn’t sure what it would be like to assist congregants at such a difficult time, losing a loved one.   They are so appreciative of someone being there to provide support and guidance.  I actually feel fortunate that I can fulfill this role for them.

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