Testimonials from our community
Holy Blossom Temple is blessed to share moments of personal celebration and joy as well as times of struggle and sorrow, together as a congregational family. Below are testimonials from our congregants and community about what Holy Blossom means to them.
Friday, June 26, 2020
JTEM has truly been something that I look forward to. Over the years, I have made many lifelong friends through this program of all ages. The environment is always positive, and I always have a blast.
Thursday, June 4, 2020
What do I like about Holy Blossom? It’s a mix of modern and traditional, fully egalitarian, women can be rabbis, queer people can get married… Holy Blossom is engaging and educating youth to become proud Jews and understand where they are coming from. I feel really comfortable and welcomed.
Friday, May 22, 2020
A Message of Support
This is a poem for our bereavement group.
They’ve turned out to be an exceptional troupe.
Though we joined for help in learning to cope,
We find that our friendship has given us hope.
We also give thanks to our leader, dear Jack.
And after each week, we can’t wait to get back.
Our experiences, though different, are somewhat the same
Staying home makes grief worse – what a terrible shame!
Let’s try to be positive as we learn how to cope;
We have to move forward – and learn not to mope.
So carry on all – don’t be too meek –
Say what you think – and see you next week.
An original poem by Harriet Wolman
Friday, April 17, 2020
Little Blossoms has continued to the delight of our youngest members, their parents and grandparents. Marky Weinstock has been doing virtual sessions on Friday mornings. In some ways these online sessions have been even better than live because more families can be included online than in person.
I love “seeing” my grandchildren on Friday mornings while we are all in our own homes.
Thank you Holy Blossom for all that is being done to help us feel a part of this remarkable extended family.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Just a note to say thank you again for helping me out on Monday – thanks to you, I was able to participate in the whole service yesterday including Yiskor and was able to see and hear everything. I was especially comforted by the fact that you were willing to let me contact you yesterday morning in case I had trouble getting onto the live stream. Really appreciate your wisdom and your care.
Hopefully by Shavuot I will be savvy enough that I will be able to access the livestream myself – assuming (probably realistically) that we still need to livestream.
Please stay healthy and safe,
Your grateful luddite (aka Alexis)
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Dear [Rabbi Splansky],
We attended HBT Passover service today! Alan wearing his tallit and kippa.
Alan and I thank you, your clergy colleagues and the behind the scenes staff for all your hard work in making this happen. Our social isolation (because of age) isn’t easy, but being able to worship like we did today, was so important.
I do not have individual e-mail addresses, but please convey to Rabbi Helfman, Rabbi Goodman, and Cantor Soloist Lindi Rivers our appreciation. A question…how did Rabbi Goodman learn to do the fancy flip/turn around of the Torah? Could it be done the same way with a regular size Torah?
Looking forward to Shabbat and the last day of Pesach service.
Chag sameach to you all.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Dear Rabbis and Lindi,
Thank you for the wonderful Shabbat morning Service today. It was both moving and uplifting. And a huge thank you to Deanna who is keeping us all connected. Fred and I always look forward to our Saturday mornings. But they take on added impact in this challenging time.
With deepest appreciation for what you are doing.
Friday, April 3, 2020
I want to thank you and Lindi for making this [Kabbalat Shabbat] service so warm and comforting. Singing along with you I could imagine we were together and it did my heart good. As an older woman living on my own, I treasure such opportunities for sharing what we have whenever we can. I am grateful to the Temple for making it possible.
Wishing you and yours good health.