Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto’s first synagogue, is a leading Canadian Reform Jewish congregation with a rich history of responding to both tradition and modernity in our religious and spiritual expression. We pursue meaningful opportunities for personal growth and family fulfillment at every stage of life through belonging, learning, prayer and ritual, and acts of service for our congregation and community, our city and country, the Reform Movement, Israel, and all the world.
Tradition and Modernity - מסורה וחדשנות
Founded in 1856 as an Orthodox congregation in downtown Toronto, Holy Blossom Temple joined the Reform movement in the 1920’s and soon became known the world over as a flagship congregation of Reform Judaism. In the 1970’s we began to embrace more traditional practices and today our prayer language and ritual draw from the best of the Reform tradition as well as from Klal Yisrael (the totality of the Jewish People). Within our congregation there is a respectful range of Jewish observance and beliefs. Our commitment is to create a Jewish life, which is meaningful and challenging, authentic and joyful, responsible and relevant.
Belonging - קהילה קדושה
We aspire to be a sacred congregation in which all of our members, old and new, can connect through participation in Temple life. We come together to learn, pray, have fun, share in each other’s joys and sorrows, reach out to one another in support and compassion, and create lasting and meaningful memories. We strive to be a sacred community in which all congregants and those who may wish to join us feel they are known as individuals and families and that their participation and contributions of all kinds are welcomed, valued, and fulfilling.
Learning - תורה
We pursue lifelong learning — from formal and experiential education for children and teens to adult lecture series and seminars taught by our teachers, clergy and visiting scholars. Our wide range of enriching study includes sacred Jewish texts and music, Jewish history and literature, practical Judaism, and Jewish leadership, public affairs and Israel. We pride ourselves on the breadth and depth of our offerings and that we open our doors to the broader community to learn with us.
Prayer and Ritual - עבודה
Worship not only draws us closer to God, but also to one another. By coming together for prayer services every day of the year, we sanctify the Jewish calendar. By celebrating and mourning significant moments in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones, we sanctify the Jewish life cycle. Our congregation enjoys many prayer settings — formal and informal, grand and intimate, for young and old, for holy days and ordinary days, led by Rabbis, Cantors and Lay Leaders. Music is central to our religious expression. Our own prayerbook, Siddur Pirchei Kodesh, reflects our congregation’s unique blend of scholarship, innovation and tradition.
Acts of Service - גמילות חסדים
Throughout our history, Holy Blossom has fulfilled religious and civic duties by being at the forefront of major social justice issues, both within Canada and outside of its borders. Over the years our leadership has taken bold and courageous positions in support of such causes as the civil rights movement, refugees to Canada, Soviet Jewry, AIDS, and local poverty, to name a few. Through advocacy, fundraising, and fulfillment of ethical mitzvot, we strengthen the lives of individuals as well as our society as a whole. We encourage all who join us to continue our work in mending the world (Tikkun Olam).
Israel - אהבת ישראל
We recognize and celebrate Israel as the centre of the Jewish world. The relationship between Israel and Diaspora Jewry is one of partnership and shared destiny. We feel close to Israel and its growing Reform movement. We share in Israel’s joys and sorrows; we are proud of her many accomplishments and worry for her security. We hold a wide range of views on her social, religious, and political issues and encourage the expression and respectful exchange of these views. We encourage our congregants to provide tangible support for Israel through investments and donations. We also encourage our congregants to travel to Israel for tourism, study, volunteerism, leadership, and aliyah.
We warmly welcome and support interfaith families who choose to make Holy Blossom Temple their Jewish community. We invite families to immerse themselves in our full range of programming and to bring Jewish culture and practice into their homes. We provide tools for individuals and families who would like to explore deepening their Jewish commitment, including full rabbinic support to families for whom conversion is their chosen path.
We are strongly committed to creating a warm and welcoming home for all who seek an inclusive Jewish community. Holy Blossom Temple encourages and supports LGBTQ+ members to celebrate life milestones here.
Jews of Colour
Holy Blossom Temple recognizes the racism that Jews of Colour experience. We strive to create a safe community where Jews of all racial and ethnic backgrounds belong.
Intellectual Disabilities and Special Needs
Our Youth Education Centre has been a pioneer in educating our children with intellectual disabilities and special needs. Our Director of Education works with families individually to ensure that the Youth Education Centre can be accessible for all students.
Holy Blossom Temple has recently renovated many of our spaces to make them more accessible. For more information about accessibility, please visit the Accessibility page on our website.
If you would like more information about our commitment to inclusion, we invite you to be in touch with our Director of Membership and Community Engagement, who will be happy to direct your inquiry to the appropriate contact.
There are currently no employment opportunities at Holy Blossom at this time