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.
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.
Makom Afterschool & ATID is HIRING:
Open Position: Teaching Assistant
Open Position: Hebrew Immersion Teacher
Open Position: Hebrew Teacher
Open Position: T’Fillah & Torah Trope Teacher
JOIN US at MAKOM for these UPCOMING EVENTS:
neySHEV: Meditation in Silence + Song
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 in. Please feel free to bring a cushion for the floor and a blanket to wrap up in for warmth and comfort. Registration required; please email Aviva.
Makom AFTERSCHOOL REGISTRATION
Registration for Afterschool 2018/2019 OPEN NOW
About Makom Afterschool: For grades JK – 4. Through play-based, experiential education, our students are immersed in a Hebrew-speaking environment centered around Jewish values. On the two core-curriculum afternoons each week, students focus on Hebrew speaking and literacy through games, stories, songs, and Jewish holiday. Additionally, students can attend our optional Jewish Enrichment day, where they learn about Jewish holidays, Torah stories, Jewish values, and traditions. Two further optional afternoons teach Hebrew through activities structured around the arts (music, drama, visual art) and movement (yoga, games, sports).
Friday Night SERVICES + DINNER
Friday, July 13 & Aug 24
6:45pm – Doors Open; 7pm – Services Start
Services @ Makom – 402 College St
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, catered vegan Shabbat dinner together. Very limited space; register now.
SERVICES w/ Instruments + KIDDUSH
Friday July 27 & Aug 10
6:45pm – Doors Open; 7pm – Services Start
Celebrate Shabbat with spirit! Wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat with soulful, song-filled services, in which everyone can participate.
Bring an acoustic instrument if you play one to jam along and elevate our Kabbalat Shabbat prayers.
Please bring a certified kosher food or drink to share for a light kiddush (snacking & schmoozing).
We’ll use instruments during Kabbalat Shabbat until the final stanza of Lekha Dodi, at which point we’ll stow the instruments, light candles, and bring in Shabbat a cappella before sunset.
SHABBAT in the PARK
Saturday, July 14 & Aug 29
@ Vermont Square Park
Bring Your Own Picnic Dinner
Spend Shabbat afternoon in the park. Fun for all ages!
4:30 Kids play in the park and splash pad
5:15 Shabbat activities for kids & adults:
6:00 Bring a picnic blanket and dinner for yourself/your family. We’ll provide dessert.
** In the event of rain, the program is cancelled. **
Presented in partnership with Miles Nadal JCC
FENTSTER presents: Every Thread that Binds You
May 28 – Oct 4, 2018
@ Makom – 402 College St
Inverting the renowned Jewish exorcism story of The Dybbuk, painted and sculpted figures stitch protective layers onto their own skin.
Multidisciplinary artist Jess Riva Cooper has a long-held interest in mystical characters of Jewish folklore. The notion of the evil spirit of the Dybbuk which enters a living person intertwines with Cooper’s ongoing exploration of parasitic, invading plant life. Noted writer and ethnographer S. An-ski (1863–1920) popularized the lore of the malevolent spirit in the renowned early 20th century Yiddish play: Der dibek: Tsvishn tsvey veltn (“The Dybbuk: Between Two Worlds”). The story centres on Leah – possessed on her wedding day by the tortured, wronged soul of her true beloved, Khonen, who died suddenly upon learning of her impending matrimony to another.
In this exhibition, the artist interprets the famed fantastical tale through a woman’s view, considering how Leah does not possess control over her destiny within a devout, patriarchal world order. The exhibition title is extracted from a climactic moment in the script; the Rabbi commands the Dybbuk to sever “every thread that binds you to the living world and to the body and soul of the maiden.” The world An-ski describes demands separation; cutting from the unknown. Integrating large-scale drawings and ceramic sculptures, Cooper takes up the metaphor of connective threads in a generative way. She transforms women’s idealized domestic work of sewing and mending into an otherworldly gesture equal to An-ski’s drama. Sewers stitch protective garments onto their clothing and even their own skin, attaching to themselves benevolent shadow-beings that only appear foreboding. Here the act of creation is one of salvation, returning power to the hands of women.
Presented together with the Ashkenaz Festival