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:

Shabbat Afternoon Service, Havdalah, and Learning with Rabbi Dr. Joan Friedman
November 14, 2020, 5:00 pm Mincha and Havdalah, 6:00 pm Study
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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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Shabbat Shira, 5781 Sermon In Song: “100 Years of Reforming Sacred Music”
Cantor Richard Cohn, Director of the Cantorial School of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
January 30, 2021, 10:30 am
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