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 Open House & Parent Info Nights
Come learn what we’re all about! Hear from current Makom Afterschool parents, learn about the curriculum, ask questions, and meet other families in your neighbourhood. And on March 27, witness a class in action!
Monday, Mar 27 | 5-6:30pm | Regal Road Jr Public School
Thursday, Mar 30 | 8-9pm | First Narayever Congregation
Please RSVP to Rabbi Emma and specify which date you’ll attend and your child’s name, grade and school next school year.
Makom Afterschool Early-Bird Discount Registration now open.
Friday Night Services + Pot Luck Dinner
Friday, Mar 31
6pm – Doors open
6:15 – Services start
Celebrate Shabbat with spirit! Wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat with soulful, song-filled services, in which everyone can participate.
After services, warm up with some wine, hallah and light dinner, provided by Makom.
Bring a certified kosher (pareve or dairy) food or drink to share for appetizer or dessert. Please make a donation to help contribute toward food costs: http://makomTO.org/donate
Future Friday night services: April 7, 21; May 5, 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.
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.
Fridays, April 7 – 28 • 7:45-8:45am @ Makom
Pay What You Can • RSVP required
PJ Plus Parent+Tot Program
Sundays, Apr 23 – June 11
@ Makom – 402 College St.
PJ Plus is a parent/ grandparent & tot weekly class. You and your child will enjoy Jewish content through hands on fun including storytelling, music and moovin’, arts and crafts, puppets and schmoozing. This session we’ll explore Shabbat fun, Shavuot Shakes, Mothers’ Day Magic and more. PJ Plus is a curriculum-based program, using PJ Library books as a springboard to develop engaging and inspiring sessions to enhance the educational development of young children. No class May 21 (Victoria Day).
For 1.5 – 2.5 year olds + Parent or Grandparent
Sundays, Apr 23 – June 11 • 10-11:15am @ Makom
Makom Afterschool is a five-day-a-week afterschool program for children in JK through grade 4, and growing. 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 (Bathurst & St. Clair) and Seaton Village (Bloor & Bathurst). REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR 2016-2017!
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