HBT YouthHoly Blossom Temple, the Leo Baeck Day School and the other Jewish Day Schools share the belief that relationships and community are central to living a joyful, fulfilling Jewish life. Through learning, tikkun olam, prayer, celebration and caring, both HBT and our day schools foster Jewish journeys that are relevant and meaningful, and that enrich each child and parent individually and communally. With our shared vision and values, school and synagogue are each an extension of the other and both places feel like home. Read on to learn more about how you can deepen your connections. As you become more engaged, you will experience first hand what makes HBT and our day schools a perfect fit!

gr. 2 picPrayer: Shabbat and Holidays

Shabbat is a wonderful time for day school communities and the HBT community to come together. Join us to welcome Shabbat in prayer, song and study. Family First Fridays evenings we have family Shabbat activities and dinners for community members who are not yet bar/bat mitzvah. On Saturdays, we offer both traditional and family-style Shabbat services. Our family services are generally co-led with David Gershon (of Judy & David) and include age-appropriate learning for children and adults. Worshippers of all ages are welcome at our services.

Holidays bring the day schools’ and HBT’s community together through programming offered specifically for families that supplement the celebrations with the broader HBT community. From holiday-centred programming, ‘Holy Chag!” to carnivals to learning opportunities for all ages, there are numerous ways to celebrate and connect to the holidays throughout the year.

Act and Connect

We all connect to our Jewish identities and tradition in different ways. Where will your Jewish journey take you this year?

  • HABSTY 2015-16Participate in tikkun olam opportunities for children, adults & families.
  • Join a chavurah.
  • Get involved in our Kids Mitzvah Club programs.
  • Attend a broad offering of concerts, speakers and community events.
  • Come to Weekday YEAH and Kef.

Find your path!

Learn: Explore, Play, Discover, Connect

Holy Blossom Temple’s learning programs help our children take their day school experience to the next level as they begin to navigate their Jewish journeys and turn their passions into action.

Shuk pictureOur Kids’ Mitzvah Club provides hands-on mitzvah projects. We celebrate and honour our day school families and their commitment to Jewish learning and living, and include them in the shehechayanu moments we celebrate with students in many of our primary grades. HBT’s youth engagement programs help students and families explore their Jewish identities and connections through innovative, experiential and fun activities and projects while building strong relationships with peers, faculty and our community in a variety of settings.

IMG_20150120_170829Our sixth and seventh graders begin to design the next adventures of their Jewish journeys in our Na’arut learning program. Our day school students join in for seventh grade on Monday nights to experience what being at HBT is all about.

Havayah, the teen community at Holy Blossom Temple, honours post B’nai Mitzvah teens as adults in the community and meets the needs of their busy lives by providing many options for engagement. Our teens love spending time at HBT.

From affinity-based Chavurot to Shabbat experiences to youth group and leadership opportunities, we strive for our teens to find meaningful engagement in Jewish life based on their interests, schedules and Jewish journeys. As LBDS and other day school alumni head out to many different high schools, they stay connected to each other by participating in our Havayah community.

Parents can shape their Jewish journeys at HBT, too! From classes, Shabbat services, tikkun olam programs, we believe that making a commitment to a fuller Jewish life will help you become happier, find new meaning in the blessings of Judaism, and experience more gratitude in your life.

For more information, please contact Rabbi Jordan Helfman or Rabbi Noam Katz.

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