High Holy Days 5783
With great anticipation, we are now preparing for our joyful Holy Days.
Holy Blossom Temple members: to access our High Holy Day Livestream Services, please go to www.holyblossom.org/hhd and enter the password that was provided to you in your ticket package.
If you require assistance, please contact [email protected] or call 416-789-3291 ext. 221
From Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, bring food to Holy Blossom to donate to kosher and other food banks across the GTA. Learn more here!
Frequently asked practical questions about the High Holy Days at Holy Blossom Temple
Where do I enter and exit the building for High Holy Day Services?
We can’t wait to welcome you back into the beautiful Schwartz/Reisman Atrium. Everyone will enter through the new main entrance (Ava Rd). In order to accommodate our growing congregation and help maintain the sanctity of the High Holy Days, congregants are asked to arrive on time. While there will be a single-entry point through the Atrium, congregants can exit as follows:
- Main Sanctuary: exit through Bathurst St doors or Herman Chapel doors (accessible)
- Philip Smith Congregational Hall: exit through Dewbourne doors (north side)
- Mishkan & Youth Chapel: exit through Atrium (north and south doors)
What health protocols are in place?
For the health & safety of all, if you feel unwell and have flu/cold-like symptoms (Covid or otherwise), we expect you will stay home and join services via livestream. Masks are appreciated and encouraged, though not required at Temple at this time. We respect each individual’s decision. Rigorous cleaning will continue and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building. Multiple service times and locations will allow for distancing options. Our rabbis, cantors, and choir will take a rapid test each day and a certified Emergency Medical Responder will be on-site during all services.
Holy Blossom Temple strongly encourages all who are eligible for vaccination to do so at your earliest opportunity, including pediatric vaccines and boosters. Please use discretion with Gut Yontif handshakes, hugs, and kisses.
What arrangements have been made for security?
In addition to security cameras and police presence in the neighbourhood, uniformed security representatives will be on-site and may check purses and bags. Unless you have small children accompanying you, please avoid bringing large bags. Ushers, Greeters, and HBT staff will be located throughout the Temple and have been trained in security procedures. Please give our Security team your full cooperation. We are all partners in helping to ensure our Temple is safe and secure. So please: if you see something, say something.
Is Holy Blossom Temple accessible?
Yes indeed. Accessible washrooms are available adjacent to each of the worship locations. Additional washrooms are on the Lower Level. For any special needs, please contact reception at ext. 221 to arrange assistance in advance. We can provide special seating for those with mobility, hearing or vision challenges. Limited accessible parking (first come-first served) may also be available.
Where can I park my car?
The Toronto Parking authorities are aware of the High Holy Days and will provide considerable leniency for those who park on area streets. They will ticket you if you park near a fire hydrant, in front of a resident’s driveway, or too close to a corner. The Ava Rd parking lot can be used to drop-off congregants who need easy access to the main entrance.
What’s special for families with children?
We have so many wonderful things planned for our young families. Please visit holyblossom.org/familyengagement designed especially for you.
How do I access the services remotely?
Main Sanctuary services will be streamed on the Holy Blossom website at: holyblossom.org/hhd. To access this page, a password is provided on your ticket in this package. We suggest you practice accessing the page before Rosh Hashanah. If you are having trouble in the thirty minutes before services begin and need remote assistance, please contact tech support at [email protected] or call 416.789.3291.
If you do not have a computer or reliable internet access, please call Membership at 416-789-3291, ext 232 for the call-in information before the holiday.
The link to download our Machzor (High Holyday Prayerbook) will be available on our website at: holyblossom.org/hhd. If you prefer to have a hard copy for home use and did not pick one up last year or the year before, you can stop by to pick one up from Temple the week of September 6th, 12th or 19th.
Will there be any opportunities to meet & greet fellow congregants online?
Yes! Our Virtual Atrium Zoom meeting room will be open from early to late on all High Holy Days. We encourage those joining online to meet and greet each other at your convenience surrounding service times.
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Are the services open to non-members?
Most of our services and Yom Kippur study sessions are for members of the congregation. For guests who would like a “taste of Temple,” our Second Day Rosh Hashanah service will be open to all via our Livestream page. And we are very pleased to open our in-house Children’s Services for Little Blossoms and Young Readers to guests. Advanced registration for guests is required: holyblossom.org/guestfamilies/