Baby Naming and Brit Milah
Are you expecting, whether through birth or adoption? B’sha’ah tovah, we pray that joy and mazal tovs are in the future. Holy Blossom wants to celebrate with you as we welcome your new baby into the Covenant.
One of our rabbis would love to be with you as we welcome your baby into the Covenant and our community. We can also provide you a list of our recommended mohelim (ritual circumcisers) who are doctors and trained by the Brit Milah Program of Reform Judaism, including our member Dr. Rhonda Wilansky. A Reform trained Mohel will lead your family in an egalitarian and modern service in partnership with Holy Blossom clergy.
Consecration is a beautiful and meaningful life-cycle event marking the beginning of a child’s formal Jewish education and emphasizing the value of Jewish learning and the study of Torah. At Holy Blossom Temple, we have a long-standing tradition of celebrating Consecration in Grade 1. Consecration occurs on Simchat Torah, with a special service for Consecration families where each child receives a small Torah and is blessed by parents and a rabbi. This service is then followed by the congregational celebration of Simchat Torah, where our Consecrands and their families are celebrated by the whole Holy Blossom Community.
All members of the Holy Blossom community who are in Grade 1 – YEC students, Day School students alike, participate in Consecration. We run a pre-consecration program for students and parents the Sunday prior to Consecration, to learn about the meaning behind consecration, and offer participants an ‘up-close and personal’ experience with the Torah.
Mazel tov to you and your new teenager! We take special pride when our young people embrace Torah as their own and become Bar (son), Bat (daughter) or Perach (non-binary/non-gendered) Mitzvah at Holy Blossom Temple!
At Holy Blossom Temple we ensure that the day of celebration is meaningful and memorable. Moreover, our holistic approach extends far beyond the Simcha on the bima. We are very proud of our Bar/Bat/Perach Mitzvah program, which creates an outlook, a Jewish identity, and a foundation of Jewish learning and action that will last a lifetime. ALL students who are becoming Bar/Bat/Perach mitzvah must participate in the YEC for their Grade 7 year. Our Grade 7 class meets on Monday evenings and includes a Shabbat retreat in October.
For information about our program, or to book a Bar/Bat/Perach Mitzvah contact Iris Spitz at [email protected] or call (416)-789-3291, ext 224.
Confirmation is unique to Reform Judaism and has been observed at Holy Blossom for more than 70 years.
Confirmation takes place in Grade 10, with a ceremony that takes place on the Shabbat closest to Shavuot. Holy Blossom’s Confirmation program prepares students to take their own place in our community, helping teens identify where and how their Judaism fits into their lives and shapes their identity. Confirmation students participate in a year-long group learning experience on Monday nights, as a part of our YEC’s JTEM program. Throughout the year, in addition to bonding as a cohort, Confirmation students study with members of our clergy, learn from other community leaders, explore topics of personal interest, develop leadership skills, and create and run special programs and events for the YEC’s senior school and JTEM students, and lead a part of the congregational service. Confirmation students volunteer in the YEC as madrichim, as well as in other areas of our congregation. Every other year, there is a Confirmation Israel trip over March break, in which all students are encouraged to participate.
Confirmation at Holy Blossom is of course not complete without a group picture that is added to our Wall of Confirmands, spanning almost a century of Confirmation students.
A wedding is a momentous occasion, both as a milestone in a couple’s life and in terms of the planning and preparation needed for such a celebration. Holy Blossom Temple is here for you throughout the process of planning your Simcha. Just as each couple is unique, we will work with you to make your wedding a true reflection of you and your families.
Holy Blossom Temple, and our Rabbis and Cantors, are proud to officiate at LGBTQ weddings.
If you are interested in having your wedding at Holy Blossom Temple, or a wedding officiated by a member of our clergy, please call Lindsay Mockler as early as possible at 416-789-3291 x 255. She will help you get the planning process started.
End of Life
As a member of Holy Blossom Temple, we are here to support you in your time of need, with guidance and counselling both before and after a loss.
If you need to contact Holy Blossom Temple regarding a death or a funeral, and the Temple office is closed, please call 416-565-7561 until 10 p.m.; after 10 pm please contact the funeral home of your choice listed below. To ensure we are available to you in your time of need, we do answer this emergency phone on Shabbat and on holy days.
- Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel:
- Glenview Memorial Gardens – Beit Olam:
– Click here to learn more about Beit Olam
- Hebrew Basic Burial:
- Steeles Memorial Chapel:
Commemorate special occasions and support Temple Pillars
Many members celebrating life-cycle events are interested in making donations to our Foundation to commemorate their special occasions. Among the many ways to contribute, establishing an endowment fund in the family’s name is a wonderful way to celebrate the simchas and achievements of loved ones or to honour their memory. Endowment funds support the pillars of our Temple — Torah (study), Avodah (worship), Gemilut Chasadim (deeds of social responsibility) and the building of a vibrant synagogue community.
As families mark each stage of life, they can continue to contribute to their fund. A growing fund will not only honour the family name in perpetuity but will ensure that our synagogue will continue to bring joy at every stage of life — from generation to generation.
For information on establishing a family endowment fund, please call the Foundation Office at (416) 789-3291, ext. 265.
Pardes Shalom Cemetery
The Holy Blossom Temple sections in Pardes Shalom Cemetery are RR/2R and TT/2T. The cemetery is located on Dufferin Street, north of Major Mackenzie Drive.
Pardes Shalom is open, with some restrictions. If you visit, please wear a facemask/covering, self-screen and ensure that you maintain physical distancing.
- Sundays to Thursdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
- Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Maintenance and floral arrangements
- Please visit their website for details
- Holy Blossom Temple members, in good standing for three (3) or more years, are entitled to purchase a plot at Pardes Shalom, from the Temple.
Holy Blossom Memorial Park/Brimley Road
Holy Blossom Memorial Park, owned by the congregation, is located on Brimley Road, between Eglinton Ave. East and St. Clair Ave. East. It is a short distance north of Kingston Road.
We are a licensed Cemetery Operator with the Bereavement Authority of Ontario: License number CM-04238.
Holy Blossom Memorial Park is open, with some restrictions. If you visit, please wear a facemask/covering, self-screen and ensure that you maintain physical distancing.
- Sundays to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please note that entry into the cemetery will not be permitted 15 minutes before our closing time.
We are closed for Shabbat, and we will also remain closed on all religious holy days, including 1st Day of Pesach, 7th Day of Pesach, 1st Day of Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah (both days), Yom Kippur, 1st Day of Sukkot, and Shemini Atzeret.
Maintenance and floral arrangements
Our floral arrangement letters go out in February for the upcoming planting season.
- For information or questions regarding cemetery maintenance and/or floral arrangements, please contact [email protected]
- For plot locations, please contact [email protected]
Unfortunately, we have a moratorium on sales of regular plots until a final survey can be done. Once complete, we will have the final batch of plots for sale. Cremation plots are available. Please contact Cindy Zimmer at [email protected] for more details.
Regular plots are $5,000 for members and $15,000 for non-members. Cremation plots are $1,800 for members and $5,400 for non-members. In order to purchase plots at the member price, you need to be a member in good standing for three (3) or more years. For the Holy Blossom Memorial Park price list, please click here
At Holy Blossom Temple Memorial Park, the Temple will issue you an interment right or ‘deed,’ identifying the exact plot(s) you have purchased.
Glenview Memorial Gardens – Beit Olam
At Beit Olam, Jews will be buried with all the Jewish rites and rituals, while having the comfort of being laid to rest alongside their loved ones. To Honour the Deceased (K’vod haMeit) and To Comfort Mourners (Nichum Aveilim) are essential mitzvot. With the establishment of Beit Olam, we will further our ability to do both with dignity and compassion. Glenview Cemetery is pleased to provide the Jewish community with an identifiably Jewish burial section, which will preserve the Jewish Heritage in their serene landscapes.
Holy Blossom Memorial Park By-laws
The updated Cemetery by-laws have been approved by the Board of Directors of Holy Blossom Temple – September 5, 2019, and by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario on February 26, 2020. To download a copy of the by-laws, please click here.
Holy Blossom Memorial Park is a licensed Cemetery Operator with the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, License number CM-04238.
As of July 1, 2012 the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act provides important consumer protection, please click here to get your copy of the Consumer Information Guide: A Guide to Death Care in Ontario from the Bereavement Authority of Ontario.