Jewish Holidays 5781

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  • All holidays begin at sundown on the start date listed and end at sundown on the end date listed.


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Chanukah 5781 at Holy Blossom

December 10-17 @ 5:30 pm (6:15 pm on Saturday, December 12)
Outdoor Candle Lighting for Chanukah
Each night another extraordinary Holy Blossom volunteer will be honoured with lighting our new outdoor Chanukiyah. All are invited to enjoy via Facebook Live or can enjoy the recording following the ceremony on our website.
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Thursday, December 10 @ 5:30 pm
Family Chanukah Party: Latke Going On.. Don’t FoGELT About It!
Build your own Menorah, and bring it to be judged (with real prizes for the winners) to a Family Chanukkah Candle Lighting and Concert!
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Friday, December 11 @ 6:00 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Service: We’ll celebrate Chanukah, welcome Shabbat, and the joy they bring.
We’ll honour our “Eight Candles,” eight extraordinary volunteers have brought light to our congregation during the dark months of the pandemic, and we’ll share greetings from our sister-congregations in Israel.
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Saturday, December 12 @ 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Livestream: with Rabbi Jonah Pesner
Holy Blossom Temple is honoured to welcome Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center in Washington D.C. for the Shabbat Morning Sermon
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Saturday, December 12 @ 5:00 pm
Shabbat Mincha, Havdallah and Candle Lighting
The celebration of Shabbat continues via livestream. After our afternoon service, grab your Havdallah set and menorah and join us in spreading light into the dark night.
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Saturday, December 12 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday Night Live: A Canadian Reform Community Hanukkah Experience!
Let’s join together for Saturday Night Live: A Canadian Reform Community Hanukkah Experience! The online program will include an evening of music, stories, learning and candle lighting.
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Sunday, December 13 @ 1:00 pm
“Musicians of Tomorrow” Hanukkah Global Gala
Join us in celebrating Israel’s gifted young musicians who continue to shine as some of the brightest lights of Israel’s musical future. These talented youngsters performed to great acclaim at Holy Blossom Temple in 2018.
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Sunday, December 13 @ 8:00 pm
Many Candles, One World: Worldwide Chanukah Celebration
Produced by the Tony Award-winning team of Yael Silver and Carmine Entertainment, the event will feature Chanukah music and traditions from around the world, showcasing acclaimed choirs, cantors, and special celebrity guests including Mayim Bialik, the Platt Brothers, Yasim Levy, and many more.
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Monday, December 14 @ 11:00 am
Seniors Virtual Chanukah Event
Join together with us as we sing Chanukah songs, light a chanukiah and connect with Holy Blossom Clergy virtually.
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Monday, December 14 @ 7:00 pm
The New Spice Box
Join us as we celebrate a collection of the best of Jewish writing in our country, including short fiction, memoir and poetry.
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Monday, December 14 @ 7:30 pm
YAD Virtual Chanukah Happy Hour
Welcoming all 20’s and 30’s to our virtual Chanukiah candle lighting and drinks. Gather up some latkes, sufganiyot, gelt and a couple of friends and come celebrate the festival of lights!
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Monday, December 14 @ 8:00 pm
HABSTY Virtual Lounge Nights: HABSTY does Chanukah!
same friends, same fun as the HABSTY lounge at HBT, but online!
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Tuesday, December 15 @ 7:30 pm
Spreading the Warmth: [email protected] HBT’s Chanukah Celebration and Mitzvah Bake
Spread the Warmth this Chanukkah, with the Out of the Cold at Holy Blossom Temple leadership as we bake treats together, to be delivered to our Out of the Cold program this year at St. Lukes. Directions for baking and drop-off will be sent before the event. During the program, we will have the chance to learn from Torontonians raising awareness and fighting poverty.
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Wednesday, December 16 @ 6:30 pm
Taste of HBTogether Groups Congregational Candlelighting
Come join for a Taste of HBTogether Groups – a chance to join a special short session of select small groups. Hannukah candlelighting will be led HBTogether Group leaders, and then each participant will be able to join a small group according to their interest. HBTogether, our small groups initiative, is a way for members to come together within the larger Holy Blossom congregational family. Small groups, also sometimes called Chavurot, provide micro-communities — groups of Temple members who come together over shared interests and identities. Small Groups are one of the best ways to add even more meaning to your Temple life, and to stay connected during this time. Try out a group, and see if you want to join!

Wednesday, December 16 @ 7:00 pm
HABSTY & HBTeen Mitzvah Bakers
All teens and tweens (grade 7 & up) are invited to bake for Ve’ahavta. Community service hours available if you register in advance and arrange to get your baked goods picked up or delivered for Ve’ahavta!
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Thursday, December 17 @ 8:00 pm
Gifts of Light: An Interfaith Holiday Concert for COVID-19 Relief
With The Imdadul Islamic Centre, The Metropolitan Community Church and featuring Steven Page, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Julie Michels, Jackie Richardson, Richard Margison, George Masswohl, and more!
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