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The Holy Blossom Fine Arts Committee welcomes new members to join the committee to:

  • Make arrangements “behind the scenes” for exhibits and art shows several times a year
  • Visit galleries and studios in and around Toronto
  • Attend art-related lectures and programs
  • Participate in committee work
  • Join us in other various activities and special events

The Fine Arts Committee was initiated over forty years ago by Rabbi Plaut to:

  • Enhance our Temple building
  • Exhibit professional quality art
  • Provide a showcase for Canadian and international work by Jewish artists or work that reflects Judaic content

Past Activities:

  • Worked with “Acceptance and Acquisition Committee” selecting and commissioning projects.(e.g.,  Holocaust Memorial in courtyard, Sisterhood Chuppah, specially designed and woven Torah cover)
  • Commissioned poster to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Holy Blossom Temple
  • Organized and displayed ancient artifacts of the ROM’s collection from the Kaifeng Synagogue in an elegant setting designed by late architect Jack Bronzel. (It stayed with us for 12 years until 1984 and is now at Museum of Diaspora in Israel.)
  • Organized members’ art shows
  • Displayed exhibits by artists such as Leonard Baskin, Ray Cattall, Ken Danby, Charles Pachter and many others

Fine Arts Stories

May 12, 2014 - Please give Torah Stitch by Stitch a Place to Grow

Torah Study Stitch by Stich was launched in June 2013 at Holy Blossom on Tikkun Leil Shavuot. In less than a year we have grown to almost 800 stitchers in 14 countries plus hundreds of registered supports. Artist-in-residence, Temma Gentles, is the project’s creator and coordinator. Read more »

April 4, 2014 - Encore Challah Covers Event May 1

A unique event was held in the studio of Temma Gentles, our artist-in-residence, in late autumn under the auspices of the Bikur Cholim Committee. With Temma’s guidance, at a stencil-printing workshop, eight participants designed 8 different Challah Covers to be given to families receiving meals through Bikur Cholim. These Challah Covers convey a tangible connection... Read more »

March 12, 2014 - In the Cecile and Harry Pearl Art Gallery

    Enjoy the art of the Ketubah/Marriage Contract revived and embraced by 15 contemporary artists from Canada, United States and Israel. The exhibit – which begins March 1 – is a collaborative venture by Temma Gentles, and the Fine Arts Committee. Read more »

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