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.

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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, 7:45-8:45am
November 23, 30
December 7, 14

PWYC – Suggested donation $15-$30

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


Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, Nov 28
7:30-9pm

Makom
FREE | Please RSVP

Please join us for a review of the past year, discussion of plans for the year ahead, and to vote on budgets and a new Board of Directors. We’ll also have time to socialize and snack!

Everyone’s welcome to attend, but you must be a Makom Member to vote. Become a Makom Member now! (Makom doesn’t have set membership dues. We ask you to make a meaningful commitment, the amount of which is up to you.)


Rabbi Aaron’s Rosh Hashanah Divrei Torah (Sermons)

Click for Rabbi Aaron’s teachings on Rosh Hashanah (and parashat Vayera):

Disturbing Stories, Flawed Humans & #MeToo

Avraham’s & Our Sacrifice


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.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Lynne Heller is a post-disciplinary artist, designer, educator and academic. Her interests encompass material culture, new media performative interaction, graphic novels and sculptural installation. Heller completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her PhD at University College Dublin. Her research was practice-based with a specialty in Digital Media Arts and Feminist Studies. She is an Adjunct Professor at OCAD University and an Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty. Heller is co-director of the Data Materialization Lab at OCAD University. She is also an adjunct faculty member of SMARTlab, Ireland. Heller has an extensive exhibition record both nationally and internationally.

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