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.

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Most Makom programs take place at our storefront: 402 College St.

We’d love to welcome you to Makom!


Friday, July 21, 2017
6:30pm – Doors open; 6:45 – Services start
@ 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.

Please bring a certified kosher food or drink to share for a light kiddush (snacking & schmoozing). 

Future Friday night services: Aug 11 & 25Sept 8

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.


Intro to TALMUD: Text + Context

6 Tuesdays, July 18-Aug 29 (no class Aug 1) •  10am-12pm • @ 65 Harbour Square (on Queen’s Quay) •  $120 for the series – Register now

While you can’t go to the TO Islands, you can swim in the “Sea of Talmud” right next to the Lake! Through text study, analysis and discussion, we’ll learn a variety of fascinating passages from this core Jewish text with Rabbi Aaron. We’ll also cover the Talmud’s historical context, structure and layout. No experience necessary; sources presented in English and Hebrew/Aramaic. A great way to start understanding what Talmud is and how it works!

Questions or want to register? Contact Rabbi Aaron.


TISH`AH BE-AV Eve

Monday, July 31
8:30pm – Doors Open
8:45pm sharp – Services Start
10:15pm – Program Ends
@ Kiever Synagogue – 25 Bellevue Ave.
FREE
BRING FOOD TO DONATE + FLASHLIGHT

Please join Makom and the Kiever to usher in Tish`ah be-Av, the ninth day of the lunar month of Av. This date marks the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem and other tragedies in Jewish history. It is traditionally observed with fasting, refraining from wearing leather, and other mourning customs. (For more background, see here.)

Please BRING FOOD for St. Stephen’s Community House Corner Drop-In kitchen, in keeping with the spirit of Isaiah 58:6-7, “This is the fast I desire… It is to share your bread with the hungry.” Fresh produce, grains, and canned or boxed foods are all welcome.

We’ll pray the brief evening service and listen to the Biblical book of Eikhah (Lamentations), hauntingly chanted by a number of community members. As signs of mourning, it is customary to sit on the floor of the synagogue with the lights dimmed, so please BRING A FLASHLIGHT. We’ll also sing some songs, kinnot (elegies), and niggunim (wordless melodies).

If you’d like to chant a chapter or half-chapter of Eikhah, please contact Rabbi Aaron ASAP.

FYI, the fast begins Monday at sunset, 8:41 pm, and ends Tuesday at nightfall, 9:30 pm.
There will be a low partition between women’s and men’s seating for the evening service, which will be removed for Eikhah and the rest of the evening’s program.


Registration Now Open for Makom Afterschool

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).

Click for more AFTERSCHOOL INFO

Makom ATID for Bar / Bat Mitzvah Students

Introducing ATID – Makom’s innovative approach to serious Jewish learning and preparation for Bar /Bat Mitzvah for grades 5-8 students. ATID means “future” in Hebrew, and as an acronym, ATID stands for: Afterschool Torah Im Derekh-Eretz (Torah with Ways of the World). Interested in learning more about Bar/Bat Mitzvah learning at Makom? For information and to register, please visit our website.


FENTSTER presents – Jeremiah: Ha’aretz

May 25 – August 29 

Established Toronto artist Simon Glass creates an installation for FENTSTER featuring new work, exhibited publicly for the first time. Transcribing golden Hebrew letters for the word “ha’aretz” (the land) onto vintage airplane doors, Glass suggests a bird’s-eye view, reinterpreting the bleak and barren landscape described by the Biblical prophet Jeremiah as filled with the potential for healing. Click here for additional details.      www.fentster.org

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