100 Years Reform: A Celebration of Holy Blossom Temple’s Centennial Anniversary as a Reform Congregation

Toronto’s first synagogue, Holy Blossom was founded in 1856 as a British Orthodox congregation.  In 1920, after years of growth and debate, Holy Blossom affiliated with the Reform Movement and welcomed its first Reform Rabbi in time for Rosh HaShanah, 5681.

From that day forward, Holy Blossom has been a flagship congregation of the Reform Movement, striking a dynamic tension between innovation and tradition, providing leadership and legacy, pursuing rigorous and relevant expressions of spirituality, life-long learning, and acts of righteousness and justice in every era.

This year we will celebrate “100 Year Reform” with leading figures of the International Reform Movement.  We’ll learn about the evolution of Reform Judaism from its roots in mid-19th century Germany to today’s vision for Jewish life that is values-driven and future-facing.

Just a few of many highlights:

Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit Halachmi: “What Still Claims Us as Reform Jews? The Theological Challenge of Eugene B. Borowitz,” Rosh HaShanah Afternoon Study Session. Saturday, September 19, 1:30 pm
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Rabbi Professor Dalia Marx: Tefillat HaAdam: The Newly Published Prayerbook for the Israeli Reform Movement,” Shabbat Morning Torah Study.
Shabbat Shuvah, September 26, 2020, 9 – 10 am
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Rabbi Hara Person, Chief Executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis: Rabbinic Leadership: Inspiration and Innovation,” Shabbat Morning Sermon
Saturday, October 31, 2020, 10:30 am
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Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism: “Today’s Reform Judaism”
Sunday, November 29, 9:30 am, followed by HBT’s Annual General Meeting
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Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center in Washington D.C.: “Prophetic Power & Politics: How Reform Jews Can Confront the Fierce Urgency of Now and the Covenant to Create a More Just World,” Shabbat Morning, Sermon
Saturday, December 12, 2020, 10:30 am
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