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FENTSTER presents – Bernice Eisenstein | Nothing and All

November 24, 2017 – February 22, 2018
Opening Reception | Dec. 5 | 7 – 9pm | FREE

@ Makom  402 College St

Noted author of I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors and international-exhibiting artist Bernice Eisenstein opens the pages of her meditation on language, books and memory in a new site-specific installation. A long table is laid with an assortment of open books, each intricately manipulated and embellished by the artist who folds, paints, scribes and reinvents the pages of works by the likes of Albert Camus, Stefan Zweig and Robert Walser. Their poetic, philosophical writings are transformed into musings on “nothing and all,” a phrase drawn from a poem by Mark Strand. A large painted group portrait hangs in the window, based on a wedding photograph of the artist’s family taken on the cusp of the Second World War. Lost and unknown ancestors are audience to both this eclectic library and passersby on College Street. The painting and the exhibition as a whole become a palimpsest – an entirely new, pulsating creation revealing traces of what came before.

SPIRITUAL INSIGHTS from HANUKKAH

Wednesday, Dec 6
8-9:30pm
@ Makom 
 402 College St
PWYC; $15 suggested contribution,
$10 suggested for Makom Members
Register Now

What can Hanukkah teach us about about life and God’s role(s) in the world? Come learn and discuss with Rabbi Aaron how wisdom from Hanukkah can apply year-round.

Light vegan, kosher snacks will be served.
All are welcome!

SHABBAT-HANUKKAH Services + Dinner

Friday, Dec 15
6pm – Doors Open; 6:15 – Services Start
@ Makom  402 College St

Registration Required by Tuesday night, Dec 12
$10 for Dinner (only $5 for Makom Members)

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.

Makom is a proud participant in the Synagogue Vegan Challenge, in which the Shamayim V’Aretz Institute for Animal Welfare and VegFund are subsidizing our all-vegan food for 5778.

CHANTING Seudah Shelishit + HAVDALAH

Saturday, Dec 9
3:30-5:30pm

@ Makom  402 College St
Kindly RSVP by Thurs, Dec 7

Chanting is a way of tuning the soul. Guided by Alon Nashman, we’ll sit in song and silence to open our portals to the divine as we prolong the beauty of Shabbat in sacred community.

In keeping with Izhbitz hasidic custom, our seudah shelishit – third meal of Shabbat – will focus on feeding our souls rather than our bodies as the sun sets and the room darkens, before concluding with havdalah.

Alon Nashman is an actor and creator of theatre. His work has toured across Canada and internationally and includes Charlotte: A Tri-Coloured Play with Music, which premiered at Luminato Festival; Hirsch, which premiered at the Stratford Festival; and Kafka and Son, which recently returned from a sold-out run in Edinburgh and an acclaimed run in New York. Alon is also a student of Rabbi Shefa Gold and Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, who have guided him in the ways of Jewish chant.

Family HANUKKAH Party!

Sunday December 17
4 – 6pm
$10 per person ($5 for Makom or Kiever members)

@ Kiever Synagogue  25 Bellvue Ave.

Makom Families and Kiever Synagogue are throwing a Hanukkah party and you are invited!

Bring your own Hanukkiayah and light candles together as a community! Eat fresh latkes, and have a great time playing games and listening to stories.

Bring your family and friends – this is also a great opportunity to schmooze and celebrate with other downtown families.

Tickets: https://guestli.st/488973

Message for member discount code (admin@makomto.org)

Friday Night SERVICES + DINNER

6pm – Doors Open; 6:15 – Services Start
@ Makom  402 College St
$10 for Dinner (only $5 for Makom Members)
Registration Required

 

Dinner Dates:

DEC 15 | JAN 26 | FEB 23 | MAR 23 | APR 27 | MAY 25 | JUN 22 | JUL 27 | AUG 24

 

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.

Makom is a proud participant in the Synagogue Vegan Challenge, in which the Shamayim V’Aretz Institute for Animal Welfare and VegFund are subsidizing our all-vegan food for 5778.

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. Both women and men lead different parts of services. We offer men’s, women’s, and mixed-seating sections. We need an egalitarian minyan of 10 Jews in the room + a non-overlapping traditional minyan of 10 men in the men’s section to start the maariv service, so we encourage you to come on time.

Hope to see you there!


 

Annual General Meeting Minutes & Annual Report

Below is our annual report, which was presented at our Annual General Meeting on 26 Nov 2017:

Makom Annual Report 2017

And here are the AGM 2017 Minutes.

Makom Membership

If you’re reading this, then Makom is probably already your Jewish community and you should be counted as a memberIt’s not just about money (we don’t have set dues), it’s about counting in your community.

If you believe in Makom and our visionif you value a diverse, inclusive Jewish community and if you participate in Makom’s Shabbat or holiday services, adult ed classes, Makom Afterschool, Makom Families programs, meditation or cultural events, you should become a Makom Member.

Makom membership is about seeing yourself as part of our growing and thriving community, giving to it and receiving from it. (Privileges and responsibilities of Makom membership are listed here.)

Please fill out your membership form now, make your contribution and be counted as a Makom Member.

HAVDALLAH in Pajamas 

Saturday Dec. 2 2017
5:30-7pm

@ Makom  402 College St

RSVP: admin@makomto.org

Join us for our first annual Havdallah in Pajamas! We will end Shabbat with an musical havdallah, followed by crafts & games, coco & cookies. Bring a flashlight, pillow, blanket, stuffed animal, and of course, come in your favourite PJs!

Fun for kids up through grade 4 and their parent/caregiver

Hope to see you there!

Annual General Meeting

Sunday, Nov 26
7-8:30pm

@ Makom  402 College St
Kindly 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!

We’re looking for one or two more volunteers to stand for election to Makom’s Board of Directors. Specifically, we need people with one or more of these skill sets:

  • Strategic Planning,
  • Fundraising, and
  • Marketing.

Please contact Makom’s President, Louise, for more info and to express interest.