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Our Vision

The vision of Holy Blossom Temple Religious School is to create an atmosphere of warmth, excitement and love of Jewish learning in which students from JK-5 (Lower School) and Grades 6-10 (Senior School) acquire:

  • Commitment/love of Judaism and Israel
  • Jewish values, skills and knowledge
  • Values of life-long Jewish learning and service to the community

Through a combination of creative and didactic learning experiences, we aim to build a sense of community and belonging to Holy Blossom Temple, to the Jewish communities within Toronto and Canada, the broader Reform movement and Israel.

The development of skills and knowledge are meant to enable Jewish young people to read Hebrew, participate comfortably and capably in worship services, and master the basic skills required to study Torah, Haftarah and the holy days.

To attain these goals, we rely on an integrated curriculum and experiential/creative teaching models. Success depends upon dynamic, enthusiastic and Jewishly learned teachers, home/family support and commitment, and appropriate, responsible allocation of resources.

It is our hope that all our Confirmation students will join in a trip to Israel upon completion of their formal studies at Holy Blossom Temple.

Register for Our Youth Education Centre (YEC)

Dear Family,

We welcome you to Holy Blossom Temple Youth Education Centre (Y.E.C.). We are honoured to have your family share the wonders and beauty of Jewish education together with us. For our returning families, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to a great 2019-2020 year. When you use an email that we have on account, it will pre-fill the application for you with as much information as we have in our system.

Here is the link to our online application: https://cloud4good.tfaforms.net/387226

Please note a few changes this year:

  1. Tuition fees for the Youth Education Centre will be separate from your membership invoice. Please make arrangements to remit Y.E.C. fees independently of your membership.
  2. This year we have instituted a new approach to immunizing our students. The medical form is a part of your registration process. Please read the medical form carefully. We must have a copy of each students’ immunization record at the time of registration.

Holy Blossom Temple Youth Education Centre is pleased to provide age-appropriate learning opportunities from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Our program provides a single-day option which combines religious education and Hebrew language education, or the option of working with a private tutor. If you are interested in tutoring, please contact us. We will provide you with a tutor and the curriculum.  As always, we encourage and welcome your input as we make further improvements to the 2019-2020 Y.E.C. programming.

Classes for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5 will start on Sunday morning September 8, 2019 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. For students in Grades 2-5, our Hebrew language program meets each Sunday morning 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A complete calendar will be sent out in August including information about KEF – our after-school program for students in JK-Grade 1.

For students with learning challenges in Hebrew, we offer Project Tikvah. This is a one-on-one learning experience for Hebrew language for students with a trained tutor. This program takes place for ½ hour independent of our Sunday morning religious studies program.

Throughout the school year, Holy Blossom students are given tools and experiences which are necessary for them to be comfortable in participating in worship and Torah discussion. Shabbat service (Friday evening or Shabbat day) participation is another way to bring school and synagogue together. We look forward to welcoming all of you to a special Y.E.C. Family Shabbat.

We always encourage our parents’ participation. Please consider joining your child during their time at school. As well, we hope that you will join us for Shabbat – any Shabbat that you can join us in Family Service or the Main Sanctuary is appreciated.

As a way of fostering the friendships in our classrooms, we will be compiling and distributing class contact lists. We hope that you will schedule visits with your children’s friends from Temple outside of school hours. It is a great way to create and form life-long bonds. We will also be asking for assistance from “Class Parents” to help us from time to time. Please complete that section in our online form if you are willing to help.

We learn through experience and teach through deed and example. At Holy Blossom, there are many opportunities for Temple members of all ages to be students and to be teachers. Your involvement will guide us into the next generation. We look forward to learning with you.

Shalom,

Debbie Spiegel
Director of Education

Dylan Aster
Chair, Department of Education

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program and Beyond…

Dear Family,

We welcome you to Holy Blossom Temple Youth Education Centre (Y.E.C.) and JTEM (Jewish Teen Experience Midtown). We are honoured to have your family share the wonders and beauty of Jewish education together with us. For our returning families, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to a great 2019-2020 year. When you use an email that we have on account, it will pre-fill the application for you with as much information as we have in our system.

Here is the link to our online application for grades 6 & 7: https://cloud4good.tfaforms.net/387226

Here is the JTEM (grades 8-12) link: https://cloud4good.tfaforms.net/387290

Please note a few changes this year:

  1. Tuition fees for the Youth Education Centre will be separate from your membership invoice. Please make arrangements to remit Y.E.C. fees independently of your membership.
  2. This year we have instituted a new approach to immunizing our students. The medical form is a part of your registration process. Please read the medical form carefully. We must have a copy of each students’ immunization record at the time of registration.

Holy Blossom Temple Youth Education Centre is pleased to provide age-appropriate learning opportunities from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Classes for Grade 6-7 & JTEM (grades 8-12) will start on Monday evening, September 9, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

We will also be asking for assistance from “Class Parents” to help us from time to time. Please complete that section in our online form if you are willing to help.

We learn through experience and teach through deed and example. At Holy Blossom there are many opportunities for Temple members of all ages to be students and to be teachers. Your involvement will guide us into the next generation. We look forward to learning with you.

Shalom,

Debbie Spiegel
Director of Education

Dylan Aster
Chair, Department of Education


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