Rabbi Yael Splansky

Rabbi Yael Splansky

Yael Splansky is the Senior Rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto’s first synagogue.

From the Boston area, she came to Toronto in 1998 after ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She served as Assistant Rabbi for two years, concentrating on youth and young families, then as Associate Rabbi from 2000-2013.  She became the thirteenth Senior Rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple in 2014. Under her leadership, the congregation enjoys a Renewal of Space and Spirit, opening its doors to news spaces on the first night of Chanukah, 2018.

Rabbi Splansky completed her undergraduate studies in Anthropology and Jewish Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington and at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  Her rabbinical thesis is entitled, “All is Foreseen and Freewill is Given:  A Debate in Rabbinic Literature.”

She is a past chair of the Reform Rabbis of Greater Toronto, currently serves on the Executive of the Toronto Board of Rabbis, and is a Vice President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.  She also sits on the President’s Rabbinic Council of Hebrew Union College.  Two distinct highlights of her leadership in the Reform Movement were leading Shabbat Services for 5,000 people at the URJ Biennial in 2015 and

giving the Ordination Address to the Class of 2018 at the historic Isaac Meyer Wise Temple.

Rabbi Splansky is committed to life-long learning.  She attended the Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business for certification in management for clergy.  She studied for two years with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and is now a Rabbinic Fellow of The Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem.

She is the editor of a prayerbook, Siddur Pirchei Kodesh, author of the Union for Reform Judaism’s “Reform Voices of Torah:  2012 Commentary on Deuteronomy,” and monthly contributor to The Canadian Jewish News.

Rabbi Splansky demonstrates the power of multi-faith responses to terror through Rings of Peace and commitment to interfaith relations by serving on the Canadian Council of Bishops and Rabbis. In 2020 she will teach Judaism to students earning a certificate in interfaith dialogue from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto.

Her husband, Professor Adam Sol, is an award-winning poet and teaches Literature and Creative Writing at The University of Toronto.  Together they raise their three sons.

Rabbi Splansky has the unique privilege of being a fourth-generation Reform Rabbi.

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The Rabbi Splansky Blog Archive

October 18, 2019 - Rabbi Yael Splansky: Kol Nidre 5780 Sermon

Vunerability and Power Here and in Israel Read more »

October 18, 2019 - Rabbi Yael Splansky: Yom Kippur 5780 Morning Sermon

October 9, 2019 Read more »

October 18, 2019 - High Holy Days 5780: Thank you!

It takes a village Read more »

October 17, 2019 - Rabbi Yael Splansky: Shabbat Sermon

October 12, 2019 Read more »

October 8, 2019 - Rabbi Yael Splanksy: Rosh HaShanah 5780 Sermon

A Response to Today's antisemitism Read more »

September 27, 2019 - How We Prepare

The Prime Minister’s apologies made international headlines. Meanwhile, as the High Holy Days approach we must ask ourselves: What forgiveness do I seek?  Read more »

August 30, 2019 - Rabbinic Reflection: Rabbi Yael Splansky

As a Rabbinic Fellow of the Hartman Institute, I had a chance to learn from Professor Deborah Lipstadt this summer. Read more »

August 2, 2019 - Rabbinic Reflection: Rabbi Yael Splansky

The Courage of a Cantor Read more »

June 28, 2019 - Rabbinic Reflection: Rabbi Yael Splansky

Setting Intentions This Summer Read more »

June 24, 2019 - Rabbi Yael Splansky - Shabbat Sermon

What Keeps Me Up at Night? Children Languishing in Detention Centres Read more »

June 17, 2019 - Rabbi Yael Splansky - Shabbat Sermon

Five Jewish Virtues of Raptors-mania Read more »

June 10, 2019 - Shavuot 5779 Sermon: Rabbi Yael Splansky

On Jewish Loyalty Read more »

June 10, 2019 - Shabbat Sermon: Rabbi Yael Splansky

How to Travel In a Wilderness - for the Confirmation Class of 5779 Read more »

April 25, 2019 - Rabbinic Reflection: Rabbi Yael Splansky

The Sixth Sense: Memory Read more »

March 29, 2019 - Rabbi Yael Splansky: Address to the Imdadul Islamic Centre Congregation

Rings of Peace on Friday, March 22, 2019 Read more »

February 22, 2019 - Rabbinic Reflection: Rabbi Splansky

From Here to There -- Part II Read more »

January 31, 2019 - Shabbat Sermon: Rabbi Splansky

Marie Kondo and the 10th Commandment Read more »

January 10, 2019 - Rabbinic Reflection: Rabbi Yael Splansky

I’ve just returned from a week’s vacation with my family in Curacao, a beautiful island off the coast of Venezuela.  We enjoyed the sunshine and snorkelling with the sea turtles, but the most meaningful moments were when we stepped into Jewish history Read more »

November 28, 2018 - Two Anchors, One Mezuzah

For over two millennia the two anchors of Jewish life have been the synagogue and the home Read more »

November 12, 2018 - Rabbi Splansky: Shabbat Sermon

Can a Prime Minister's Apology Restore Shattered Glass? Read more »

November 4, 2018 - Rabbi Splansky: Shabbat Sermon

Holding Fast to the Tree of Life Read more »

October 31, 2018 - #ShowUpForShabbat

The Jewish Community has launched the #ShowUpForShabbat campaign, calling on both Jews and non-Jews to fill synagogues throughout North America this coming Shabbat Read more »

October 17, 2018 - Rabbinic Reflection: Rabbi Yael Splansky "From Here to There"

Shalom from Jerusalem!  At the invitation of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, I am here for a four-day Unity Mission with twenty-one Reform, Orthodox, and Conservative Rabbis of North America Read more »

October 10, 2018 - Rabbi Splansky: Shabbat Sermon

Death by A Kiss Read more »

October 2, 2018 - Rabbi Splansky: Shabbat Chol HaMoeid Sukkot Sermon

Woe to the generation whose judges are in need of being judged! Read more »

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