With grateful hearts, while maintaining our daily services on Zoom, we also welcome you back to in-person Shacharit services in the Mishkan from Monday to Friday each morning (7:30 am). Register for in-person Shacharit services here: https://slotted.co/hbtdailyservices
Mincha and Ma’ariv daily services (6:00 pm), Sunday Shacharit and Government Holidays (9:00 am) will remain online for the time being.
In-person attendees must be double vaccinated and registration for the limited spaces is required. Covid-19 protocols will be in place, including wearing masks, physical distancing and no food. Attendees will also need to fill in the pre-screening form prior to arrival (within two hours before).
- Our Shacharit Service is held daily at 7:30 am (9:00 am on Sundays and statutory holidays)
- Our Mincha/Ma’ariv Service (Erev Tov) is held Monday through Thursday at 6:00 pm
Join our Daily Services
- Weekday Morning Shacharit Service:
- Weekday Evening Mincha/Ma’ariv Service:
Siddur Pirchei Kodesh Morning & Evening Service Pages
Please find the Holy Blossom Temple Siddur Pirchei Kodesh Weekday Morning & Afternoon Service pages for download below.
Yahrzeit and Mi Shebeirach Daily Lists
Below you will find the names of those we are remembering for Yahrzeit and for Shloshim. Please note, the lists are updated every Monday. If there is a name you wish to have added to the list, please email [email protected]
At this time we think of those who are in need of healing of body, mind, and soul please find the names below. If there is a name you would like to have added to the Mi Shebeirach list, email JoAnne Bieman at [email protected]
The link to join us in person for Shabbat evening and morning services can be found here: https://slotted.co/hbtshabbatservices Up to 20 congregants can gather for our Kabbalat & Shabbat Morning Services, while many other congregants and guests gather online from home. Masks, social distancing, and pre-registration are required. Please note, that everyone returning to Holy Blossom for the first time will be invited to light Shabbat candles as a special ritual to mark the occasion.
Fridays at 6:00 pm in the Mishkan on the second floor
- Our Synagogue welcomes Shabbat with a warm, communal worship experience. This simple, engaging service is filled with congregational participation and community spirit. An informal service, Kabbalat Shabbat has become an important part of the week for many of our congregants.
5:30 pm Family and Tot Shabbats resuming soon
- From tots to teens, everyone is included and has a role in our family Friday night Services. The music of Shabbat enhances the feeling of community as we welcome Shabbat with our families.
Contact Lindsay Mockler for more information: [email protected]
Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
- Usually held in our beautiful sanctuary, our Shabbat morning service is the centrepiece of our week. The voices of our Cantors and Temple Singers lead our prayers in celebration of Shabbat.
- The teachings of our Rabbis explore Jewish ideas and Jewish ideals.
- The life cycle occasions of our congregants – Baby naming, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Aufruf, Special Anniversary, Significant Birthday, acknowledging recovery, accomplishment or loss – bring our congregation together in sacred community to share in each others’ joy and sorrow.
- Kiddush-lunch follows for all to gather and greet.
Family Service, Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (starting in October)
- Celebrate Shabbat at this all-ages service. An engaging and family friendly service service led by our Rabbis and David Gershon, with age-appropriate break out sessions.
- A family learning opportunity, in conjunction with our Youth Education Centre (YEC) is starting soon. Contact Lisa Isen Baumal for details: [email protected]
- Followed by lunch for all to enjoy.
Shabbat at the Barns
- Shabbat at the Barns is held 4-5 times throughout the year with the Leo Baeck Day School.
- Rabbi Helfman, Rabbi Katz, and Eric Petersiel lead a welcoming Tot Shabbat style service, open to the public, in the theatre near the playground at 9:30 am.
- Please contact Neomi Offman for more information: [email protected]
Siddur Pirchei Kodesh
Our new prayerbook is completed. Just the sixth siddur in the 150 plus years of Holy Blossom’s history, this is the only book we ourselves have produced.
Infused with the ethos of the tradition and of Peoplehood, this book is most responsive to the contemporary moment. There are few siddurim in the liberal Jewish world to match Siddur Pirchei Kodesh for its fullness, its elegance, its Jewishness. This will be a siddur to cherish both while praying in our synagogue and while reciting blessings at home. It can be read as a history; it can be studied as a way into Judaism and Jewish prayer; it is an important face of our congregation. The siddur is to be celebrated.
Music of Worship
Music is a language with the ability to permeate our outer shells and nourish our souls on a profound level. Holy Blossom is a place where music has always been an integral component for our congregation and defining what it stands for. It has developed our Jewish identities and connected us with the local community and the world at large.
Whether you experience music through our dynamic and engaging worship or you enjoy the sounds of our renowned concerts and musical events, Holy Blossom is the place to experience, create and feel music through a vast range of participation.
As part of your musical experience at Holy Blossom, there are opportunities for you to engage on multiple levels – and platforms. Whether you decide to join our Temple Singers, take part in one of our hilarious Purim Spiels, attend a tot Shabbat with a child or grandchild, are delighted/moved by the musicality of a world-class artist, or celebrate through worship and life-cycle events, music at Holy Blossom transcends the generations and elevates us in very meaningful ways.
Our new Senior Cantor and Music Director, David Rosen, joined Holy Blossom in 2020 and carries on the legacy of our former cantors – including Cantor Emeritus Benjamin Maissner – with enthusiasm, a depth of musical knowledge and a wide range of experience. Under his dynamic leadership and guidance, Holy Blossom proudly embraces music as a vehicle for connection, engagement, and spirituality.
Holy Days and Festivals
Jewish holidays, also known as Jewish festivals or Yamim Tovim (Hebrew: ימים טובים, lit. ‘Good Days’, or singular יום טוב Yom Tov, in transliterated Hebrew [English: /ˈjɔːm ˈtɔːv, joʊm ˈtoʊv/]), are holidays observed in Judaism and by Jews throughout the Hebrew calendar. They include religious, cultural and national elements, derived from three sources: biblical mitzvot (“commandments”); rabbinic mandates; Jewish history and the history of the State of Israel.
Jewish holidays occur on the same dates every year in the Hebrew calendar, but the dates vary in the Gregorian. This is because the Hebrew calendar is a lunisolar calendar (based on the cycles of both the sun and moon), whereas the Gregorian is a solar calendar.
Rosh Chodesh is the name for the first day of every month in the Hebrew calendar marked by the appearance of the new moon.
Rosh Chodesh or Rosh Hodesh is the name for the first day of every month in the Hebrew calendar, marked by the birth of a new moon. Throughout the years it has had different interpretations from Rashi to Rabbi Eliezer but the sages agreed in recognizing this holiday (minor) as a Women’s Holiday. Currently, women have reclaimed this holiday by expressing their own spirituality.
Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood cordially invites you to join our Rosh Chodesh, Shaharit services at 7:30 am (Sundays 09:00 am). Please note the following Rosh Chodesh dates for the upcoming year.
|Tishrei||Tuesday, September 7, 2021|
|Heshvan||Thursday, October 7, 2021|
|Kislev||Friday, November 5, 2021|
|Tevet||Sunday, December 5, 2021|
|Shvat||Monday, January 3, 2022|
|Adar 1||Wednesday, February 2, 2022|
|Adar 2||Friday, March 4, 2022|
|Nisan||Shabbat, April 1, 2022|
|Iyar||Monday, May 2, 2022|
|Sivan||Tuesday, May 31, 2022|
|Tammuz||Thursday, June 30, 2022|
|Av||Friday, July 29, 2022 *|
* Sunday services begin at 09:00 am