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HBTogether is a new way for congregants to come together to form their own communities within the larger Holy Blossom congregational family. 

Small Groups, also sometimes called Chavurot, provide micro-communities — groups of Temple members who you will get to know through small gatherings organized in one of four ways: by like-interests (affnities); by life-stage (demographics); by profession; or by neighbourhood (geography) — sometimes groups might be brought together based on all four! Each group may want a different structure, a different leadership model, different programming opportunities. 

The possibilities are endless! Whether it’s for adults of-a-certain age, families (with or without their kids — consider this: parents can schmooze while a Jewish educator provides an experiential educational experience with the kids!), teens, multi-generations, we know that Small Groups are one of the best ways to add even more meaning to your Temple life. 

What’s more, the Temple is here to support you! We will help you: 

  • Make “matches” — find participants for your group; 
  • Set up a leadership model;
  • Find educators;
  • Book space in the building for your programs; 
  • Identify opportunities for you to participate in Temple life as a small group; 

HBTogether co-chairs Jill Kamin and Karen Kollins

…and many other things that we learn together as we develop this initiative. With your HBTogether Manual in hand, our dynamic Co-Chairs, our Clergy Team, and the Director of Community Engagement behind you, we look forward to building this community of communities with you! 

How do groups form?

Any Temple member can form a group. If you have a Small Group (or Chavurah) that is already meeting, we want to applaud and support you. Your group is already part of the vision of HBTogether. We are happy to work with you to provide resources and leadership training to a group member if you wish. 

If you have a great idea for a small group and need help getting started, the Temple is here to support you and match you with members who might be a good fit.

Click here to join a small group now, or contact Abigail Carpenter-Winch, Director of Membership and Community Engagement (416-789-3291 x 232) with questions about starting a group.

Small Groups

Open Small Groups

These small groups are brought together by like-interests or shared hobbies. Groups can form to learn, take in arts and culture, watch and discuss film, read and discuss books, hike, bicycle, walk their dogs, knit, or anything else that sparks their interest. 

Book Club

Are you interested in joining at Book Club? We are in the processing of gauging interest – please complete this form

Book Discussion on Sundays with Sharon Singer

Whether fiction, philosophy, or history is your preference, the canon of Jewish books is large and growing.

Hebrew Speakers

Whether it’s your native language or your acquired tongue, there is a special music to the Hebrew language. Join other members of the Temple community for a small group conducted all in Hebrew. The content is up to you!

Israeli Folk Dancing

A monthly class after kiddush on Shabbat led by Temple member and avid Israeli dancer Paula Warren. Come for fun, laughter and a new (or even not so new) skill. It is a great opportunity to be with friends of all ages.

Understanding Your Bereavement & Healing

A supportive environment for congregants to find new insight into the meaning of their losses.

Whether a loved one died recently or long ago, we hope you will take comfort in this opportunity to find meaning and motivation in memory.

Temple Singers

The Temple Singers have been part of Holy Blossom for almost 50 years. Each year new participants join our ranks and under the tutelage of Cantor Maissner, learn to sing a diverse body of musical compositions created for the synagogue.

You Can Ukelele

In 1915, when the ukulele was first introduced to people, it sparked the world’s first uke craze. 100 years later the uke craze is back—and it’s coming to Holy Blossom. Beginners, intermediate players, and experts alike come together to jam, perform at Temple events, and get to know each other as they learn new songs in a fun and supportive environment.

Sisterhood

Holy Blossom Sisterhood is a place of friendship, where women can study, worship and socialize in a warm, supportive atmosphere. We continue to provide a high calibre of programming both educational and entertaining, as well as supporting a number of worthwhile Temple initiatives.

Brotherhood 

Holy Blossom Temple Brotherhood is the men’s club of Holy Blossom Temple. We invite all the men of the congregation to participate in Brotherhood. Join Brotherhood to make a hands-on contribution and to enhance your affiliation with the Temple and your own Jewish life. Help us pursue worthwhile enterprises.

Daytime Moms

This group of moms of school-aged children is for women with flexible daytime schedules. We meet in each others’ homes and at Temple events, sometimes with kids, but often without. A great opportunity to come together with a group of women of a similar life-stage as we build community in and out of a Family Programming context.

Manulife Centre

The Manulife Centre and adjacent buildings are home to many Temple members who come together monthly for some learning, some socializing and, of course, a nosh. A group especially well-suited to our older members who aren’t able to make it to Holy Blossom as often as they once did.

Beyond the Chuppah 

Meet with other couples in an informal and fun setting to discuss a variety of topics that will help strengthen your marriage, such as expectations and changing roles: family, career, friends; finances and setting Priorities: yours, mine, and ours; intimacy and romance for a lifetime; Jewish home and Jewish values: how might Judaism enrich your life?; and communication, negotiation, and compromise: speaking effectively. For engaged couples and newlyweds within their first year of marriage.

The Sky’s The Limit: Arts & Culture Lovers

This Art and Culture Small Group will focus on community building as we join together creatively on a path of common life interests and programming that is all up to our imaginations.

HBTogether Virtual Small Group

Led by Marty Steinhouse and sponsored by HBTogether, our small group initiative, connects members for intimate gatherings, conversations, learning, support and fun. Each week we have a guest appearance to inspire us, inform and stimulate us.

HBTogether Book Clubs

Caroline Ingvaldsen, Holy Blossom’s librarian volunteer, will present suggestions. We are always looking for people to volunteer to lead the discussions.

Grandparents Gathering: HBTogether Virtual Group

HBTogether is so pleased to introduce a unique, Zoom “drop-in” for all grandparents to share ideas, resources, and generally help each other with our family communications during this challenging time. Stay healthy and we look forward to meeting the wonderful grandparents of HB.

Closed Small Groups

These groups are currently not accepting new members.

Curling Club

A group of HBT members who bring out the brooms and the rocks and face off in a friendly curling match.

Israeli Film Night

Join together for a curated selection of Israeli film accompanied by discussion, led by Temple member and film professor Gillian Helfield.

Holy B’s Men’s Baseball

Our talented Brotherhood baseball team has led Holy Blossom to victory in the Inter-Synagogue Baseball League championships for many years. This intergenerational team has come together and honed their skills as they have built a community of baseball lovers.

Cyclopaths

A rag-tag group of Holy Blossom cyclists borne out of Shabbat Family Services who embark on bike trips together each year, stopping to celebrate Shabbat on the road.

Mussar

For graduates of Holy Blossom Temple’s Mussar class, this group gathers to continue to explore the middot in each others homes.

N’ginah Band

Imagine if we could attend synagogue and experience events such as Friday night services accompanied by a full-fledged band, made up of guitars, bass, piano, clarinet, flute, banjo, drums, and even an accordion or fiddle from time to time! That’s exactly what many of us witness when the Neginah band joins Cantor Maissner, our rabbis and congregants  to welcome Shabbat. No matter your level of proficiency, there’s a place in the Neginah band for you!

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