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Should We Eat Animals? VEGANISM + JUDAISM Text Study + Discussion

Next Wednesday, Oct 25

@ Makom  402 College St

We’ll explore diverse Jewish sources, from the Torah to modernity, on the ethics, halakhah (Jewish law), and kabbalah (mysticism) of eating animals, together with Rabbi Aaron.

Carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores are all welcome!  Please RSVP.


Saturday, Oct 28

@ Makom  402 College St

Join us for Makom’s first-ever soulful and song-filled Shabbat morning services in our storefront!

Volunteers Needed! We need Torah & haftarah readers and service leaders. Contact Rabbi Aaron ASAP to pitch in.

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, read Torah & haftarah, and receive aliyot. 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.

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.



Thursday, Oct 12
@ The Wolfond Centre – 36 Harbord St

Makom and Annex Shul are coming together to celebrate Simhat Torah – the completion and renewing of the annual Torah-reading cycle – with joyous evening services and hakafot (singing & dancing with the Torah).

All ages welcome!

B.Y.O.B. – see this handy list of kosher alcoholic beverages.

Further details forthcoming…


Rosh Hashanah: Sept 21 & 22
Yom Kippur: Sept 29 & 30
@ UofT – Hart House
Tickets on sale now!

Save even more; become a Makom Member today!

Schedule: hh5778schedule

We’re excitedly looking forward to Makom’s beautiful and powerful High Holiday services!  For our first time, we’ll offer men’s, women’s, and mixed-seating sections in the main service, along with two, mixed-seating family services and full childcare!




Steven Goldstein and Rabbi Steve Greenberg will return to lead our joyous main services and share inspiring words of Torah, along with Rabbi AaronRabbi Emma and other members of our community.

This year, we’ll also have two Family Services, for families with preschoolers through kindergartners and families with children in grades 1-5, both with mixed seating and led by Rabbi Emma.

We’re proud to announce that Kulanu Toronto will join us as a co-sponsor of High Holiday services.



Sukkah Decorating

Sunday October 1 
@ The Kiever Synagogue – 25 Bellevue Ave
RSVP by Sept 28

Come decorate the Kiever’s brand-new sukkah!

We’ll provide craft supplies, Sukkot stories, and a light snack so kids (and adults!) can make and hang decorations and can learn more about Sukkot


Hope to see you there!


Saturday, Aug 26
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:

  • Children ages 0-4 (and a parent) join MNjcc’s Kohenet Annie Matan and Todah the Sloth in slowing down and celebrating Shabbat and the world around us with song, stories & silliness.
  • School-age children join Rabbi Emma for a Shabbat story & game.
  • Adults & teens enjoy some Jewish learning & discussion with Rabbi Aaron.

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

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.


Shabbat in the Park!

Saturday, August 26
4:30pm – 7pm 
@ Vermont Square Park 

4:30pm: Play in the park
5:00pm: Community Shabbat gathering
Families with children ages 0-4 can join MNJcc’s Kohenet Annie Matan and Todah the Sloth in slowing down and celebrating Shabbat and the world around us with song, stories, and silliness.

School age children can join a sababa Shabbat activity.

Adults are welcome to join their children or enjoy some Adult learning with Makom’s Rabbi Aaron.

Bring a picnic blanket and dinner for your family. We’ll bring dessert.

** In the event of rain, the program is cancelled. **

We are Hiring!

Job Opening: Jewish Learning Teacher

Makom ATID (Afterschool Torah Im Derekh-Eretz) is Makom’s brand-new, innovative approach to serious Jewish learning and bar/bat mitzvah preparation. Makom ATID offers classes in Jewish learning, Hebrew language, and synagogue skills (prayer and Torah/haftarah chanting) to students in grades 5-8 in downtown Toronto.

Makom ATID’s Educational Goals
– Engage students in deep and meaningful Jewish learning
– Provide broader, foundational knowledge of Judaism and Hebrew
– Offer continuing education for Makom Afterschool students and educational opportunities for students coming from different Jewish day or supplementary schools or with no prior Jewish education
– Encourage Torah lishmah – Jewish learning for its own sake – with a secondary focus on the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony
– Create downtown Jewish peer community
– Develop future opportunities to engage in volunteering, outdoor experiences, downtown Jewish history, etc.

We seek a dynamic, creative, and energetic teacher who has knowledge of both traditional and contemporary Jewish texts, history, values, and traditions.

The Makom ATID Jewish Learning Teacher will:
– Teach children in grades 5-8 every Wednesday from September to June, 4-6pm
– Teach Jewish texts, history, and traditions through both traditional and experiential models of teaching
– Make Jewish tradition accessible and meaningful to diverse 10- to 14-year-old students
– Teach Jewish values, texts, and traditions in a pluralistic and inclusive fashion

Job Requirements:
– Deep knowledge of Jewish studies and tradition
– Familiarity and facility with the sacred texts of Judaism and their traditional and contemporary interpretations (Torah, Tanakh, Midrash, Mishnah, Talmud, etc.)
– Expertise in one or several of the following: experiential or informal Jewish education, differentiated classrooms, and classroom management
– Experience with classroom teaching, lesson planning, and pedagogy
– Commitment to children’s social and emotional development
– Desire to grow and learn professionally
– Passion for working with children and teens
– Strong oral and written communication skills

Preferred qualifications:
– Experience with experiential education methods
– Training or experience in formal and informal Jewish education
– Experience with differentiated classroom, teaching multiple ages at once
– Knowledge of child development and ability to apply it to lesson planning and instruction

In addition to a base salary, the Makom ATID Jewish Learning Teacher will receive vacation pay and paid sick leave, as well as CPP and EI benefits.

Please submit resumes to

Resumes will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
For more information, please visit our website: