Welcome!

Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism is a grassroots Toronto community fusing Jewish tradition and progressive values since 2009.

Through joyous spirituality, stimulating learning, and arts and culture programming, Makom creates inclusive space that inspires participants – diverse in religious affiliation, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity – to explore together how Judaism can meaningfully enrich our lives.

Makom’s programming includes soulful and song-filled Friday night and holiday services, Jewish meditation, adult education classes, family activities, and arts and culture experiences. Makom Afterschool is an innovative, pluralistic, Hebrew-immersion and Jewish studies program for children in JK through Grade 4, now offered in three downtown neighbourhoods. Makom ATID is our innovative approach to serious Jewish and Hebrew learning and preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah for students in grades 5-8.

Please consider giving back to Makom by making a donation or becoming a Makom Member today!

We can’t provide meaningful Jewish experiences without your support. Please give generously so we can keep enriching your life with spirituality, learning and culture.


neySHEV Friday Morning Meditation

This is a beautiful way to begin the day. Come sit in a circle of community in stillness and in song.

You are not required to have previous experience in meditation to join this session. If you are completely new to practice, please consider joining the Sunday, four-class series in November for introductory instruction.

Friday mornings, 7:45 SHARP -8:45am
December 14, 21

PWYC – Suggested donation $15-$30

Please email if you are attending neySHEV so that we know to expect you: chernick.aviva@gmail.com


Fri Night SERVICES + DINNER

This Fri, Dec 14
6pm
– Doors Open; 6:15pm – Services Start
Makom
$20 for Adult Dinner Ticket; $12 for kids 1-10
(25% off for Makom Members)
Registration Required for dinner by Tues, Dec 11!

Celebrate Shabbat with spirit!

Wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat with soulful, song-filled services, in which everyone can participate.

After services, we’ll enjoy a delicious, vegan Shabbat dinner together, catered by Shalom India. Very limited space; register now.


FENTSTER presents: Lynne Heller: Suspended

Nov 12 – Feb 12 2018
Opening Event   Tuesday, November 20 | 7 – 9 PM
@ Makom – 402 College St

Curator: Evelyn Tauben

Collaged photographs and drawings that mine childhood memories, reflecting the volatility of nature, community and identity

Multi-disciplinary artist Lynne Heller creates an original, layered installation for the FENTSTER window gallery. The exhibition draws upon recollections from her childhood at Camp Naivelt (Yiddish for “New World”), a summertime family retreat in Brampton focused on secularist, socialist values, activism, and a celebration of Jewish and Yiddish culture. This haven of radical politics was the centre of Heller’s Jewish community as she was raised in a gentile area of Toronto where her Jewish background set her apart. As the child of a Jewish father and an Anglo-Protestant mother, Heller felt a sense of displacement in many settings. This experience of dislocation is explored in the installation through a poignant early memory of visiting Naivelt in the spring off-season to find the property covered with enormous ice floes ejected from the thawing Credit River that runs through the camp. The massive ice blocks appeared both organic and oddly unnatural. Similarly, Heller felt both integrated into the Naivelt community during the 1960s and 70s and also felt different in that milieu given her mixed heritage. Combining original photographs, drawings and renderings of that eerie frozen terrain, large-scale pictures hold out the promise of a new world, one that bridges seemingly distinct realms.

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