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.
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Most Makom programs take place at our storefront: 402 College St.
We’d love to welcome you to Makom!
Makom Afterschool is an innovative and pluralistic Jewish after-school program for children in JK through Grade 4. Founded by parents in 2011, Makom Afterschool enables children to attend their local neighbourhood school while gaining a high-quality Hebrew language and Jewish cultural education. Children learn to read, write, and speak Hebrew and learn Jewish studies in a fun, play-based, innovative, Hebrew immersion classroom. Makom Afterschool currently has three locations: Kensington Market (College & Spadina), Hillcrest Village (Dufferin & St. Clair) and Seaton Village (Bloor & Bathurst).
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NEYSHEV: Meditation w/ Aviva Chernick
Neyshev. Let’s sit. Chanting, meditation instruction and sitting. Everyone is welcome. No previous experience necessary. Led by meditation teacher, musician and prayer leader Aviva Chernick.
Please arrive before 7:45 to set up. There are chairs for sitting. Feel free to bring a cushion for the floor.
Pay What You Can • RSVP required
FENTSTER / SHEMA & IQRA’ present:
Presented together with the FENTSTER installation, Blood, Milk and Tears, Canadian filmmakers Zarqa Nawaz (journalist and creator of CBC’s Little Mosque on the Prairie) and Francine Zuckerman (writer, producer and director) share insights and excerpts from their ground-breaking documentaries, Me & The Mosque and Half the Kingdom.These films focus on the efforts of Muslim and Jewish women to reconcile deeply held faith commitments with their desires for equal access to communal and ritual spaces.
Join these visionary filmmakers in conversation about the impact of their films and their ongoing relevance in the current political climate. Together, the installation and the films reveal the complicated nature of religious identities in the 21st Century.
BAR/BAT-MITZVAH Info Night
Wednesday, May 3 • 8-9pm @ Makom – 402 College St
This coming fall, Makom will launch the next stage in our educational offerings: Makom Afterschool ATID (Future)!
Parents of children currently in grades 4-7 are invited to hear Rabbi Aaron and Rabbi Emma present the updated plan for multi-year programs of Jewish learning and experiences working toward individualized bar/bat-mitzvah ceremonies. (Even if you attended the general interest meeting in January, you should attend this meeting to learn program details.)
Friday Night Services + Kiddush
Wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat with soulful, song-filled services, in which everyone can participate. Please bring a certified kosher food or drink to share for a light kiddush (snacking & schmoozing).
Future Friday night services: May 19; June 9, 23
Makom is a diverse and inclusive community that welcomes participants who espouse many different approaches to Judaism, from secular to traditionally observant. In order to join together as one community without regard to denominational labels, our services blend traditional and progressive practices. We need a minyan of 10 women + 10 men to start the ma`ariv service, so we encourage you to come on time. Both women and men lead services and there is a low partition between women’s and men’s seating. Upon advance request, we’ll gladly set up a section for gender non-conforming individuals. Children are welcome in all sections
BLOOD, MILK & TEARS
Fentster @ Makom – 402 College St.
Muslim and Jewish women artists envision a Toronto where cultures consciously collide, differences do not divide, creativity and community-building thrive. Facilitated by noted artist Rochelle Rubinstein, women’s experiences of menstruation, breastfeeding and mourning in their traditions guide the creation of Blood, Milk and Tears, a site-specific collaborative installation for the FENTSTER window gallery. Read more about the project in NOW Magazine and The Forward.
Blood, Milk & Tears is presented by FENTSTER together with Shema & Iqra’: The Jewish-Muslim Text Project. Proud participant in Myseum Intersections, an annual festival of exhibitions and events showcasing different perspectives of the city’s natural, cultural, and historic diversity. Community