When hate tries to tear us down, we build
On Sunday morning, in response to the tragic and evil events on Shabbat at The Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Rabbi Splansky wrote:
“This morning’s service was full. The sounds of Jews at prayer buoyed me. The faces of these good people strengthened my faith in the future. Even the drilling in the background was music to my ears, because synagogue construction is the perfect response to yesterday’s news.”
Just as we did in 1938 and 1960, building a vibrant Holy Blossom Temple for future generations shows the wider world that Jewish institutions are strong. That we are here. And that we, as a community, are not shrinking or just remaining in place … we are growing.
What we’ve achieved to this point – achieved together – is nothing short of remarkable. Canada’s largest-ever synagogue building project. We’re marking our achievement with a Housewarming Celebration and Dedication of our beautiful new central Atrium and renewed spaces, on Dec. 2nd from 2:30-5:30.
Please do more than pencil it into your calendars. PLEASE COME, help us light the first Chanukah candle in our Beit Knesset … our House of Gathering, and share in the continuing history, in the strength of Holy Blossom Temple, with our whole community.
Renewal Project Panel Discussion – The Video
On Yom Kippur afternoon, you may remember that Rabbi Splansky moderated a panel discussion on our Renewal Project. Members of our Renewal Steering Committee (Tom Friedland, Cary Solomon, Judy Winberg, David Rosenberg and Russ Joseph) along with our architects from Diamond Schmitt (Martin Davidson and Duncan Higgins) talked about the vision for the project, what originally drew them to the effort, and how the project reflects the values and tells the stories of who we are as a congregation.
If you missed it on Yom Kippur, you can watch by clicking right here.
As always, we thank you for all your support, financial and otherwise, of our Renewal Project.