Tikun Olam at Holy Blossom
Social Action has been a priority at Holy Blossom Temple since the mid-1800s. Projects in our Temple over the years have included women’s rights, civil rights, interfaith activity, support of migrant farm workers, Vietnamese boat people, Toronto homeless people, people afflicted with AIDS, and much more. Our work has involved advocacy, direct services to those in need, education, raising the awareness of our own community about the needs of vulnerable people all over the world. The guiding principles behind our actions are tzedek, tikkun olam, and g’milut Hasidim–to pursue justice and to repair the world through acts of loving kindness.
Holy Blossom Temple Interfaith Committee
Our mission is to promote mutual understanding and respect among people of various faiths. By building bridges of cooperation, communication and appreciation, the committee aims to enrich the lives of congregants. The committee is the Temple’s hub for a range of interfaith activities that include offering public programming and educational opportunities, addressing social justice challenges and celebrating the culture and festivals of different faiths.
Out of the Cold
Over the past two decades, Holy Blossom Temple has generously opened its doors to the Out of the Cold Program (OOTC) during five winter months while providing nutritious meals and shelter to thousands of adults who are homeless, isolated, have mental illness, or are in need.
Holy Blossom is one of 16 faith-based sites who is supported by Dixon Hall. This organization is contracted by the City of Toronto to ensure that shelter standards are met.
OOTC is a non-profit volunteer based program that relies on hundreds of adults and youth each week to set up, cook, serve and clean up for 120 dinner guests and 45 overnight guests.
In addition to dinner, breakfast, bagged lunches, and overnight accommodations, our program provides weekly live musical entertainment, assistance from a Dixon Hall client intervention worker, nursing care, bingo, art, and clothing distribution.
Although the City of Toronto Food Allowance and various organizations including Mazon Canada have supported us throughout our history, we could not have provided the quality of food and programming without the ongoing generous donations from our congregation and members of the surrounding community.
Out of the Cold has become a staple in the City’s emergency response to homelessness.
Unfortunately, what began as a temporary support for Toronto’s homeless population has become a permanent fixture with the occupancy rate in the emergency system at 98% capacity.
For more information about Out of The Cold at Holy Blossom, email us at [email protected], and we’ll do our best to get you involved.