Past Events

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.

Friday, Mar 17 • 7:45-8:45am @ Makom

Pay What You Can • RSVP required


 

PURIM DAY: Megillah Reading, Lunch, Kids’ Carnival

Join us for a fun-filled celebration with something for everyone!

Purim for kids downtown TorontoSunday, March 12, beginning at 11am @ The Kiever Synagogue 25 Bellevue Ave

Megillah readings are free for all! Lunch & carnival require registration by Wednesday, March 8th, 2017.

It’s a mitzvah to hear the megillah again on Purim day, so get out of bed and come to the Kiever for an encore performance.  Come in costume!

11am  Doors Open

11:15  Megillah Reading (women & men read megillah; mixed seating), all are welcome!

12:15  Lunch (registration required by March 8, 2017) Falafel + salads, hamantaschen provided, BYOB

1:00  Purim Stories read by our amazing Makom Afterschool staff! (intended for kids & families)

1:30-3:00   Makom Families Carnival (Registration REQUIRED)

CARNIVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please email Emma to help out.

If you can’t register online for lunch or carnival, please register by email by March 8th, and mail a cheque payable to Makom right away to 402 College St., Toronto, ON M5T 1S8.

Please bring cash to donate for the mitzvah of matanot le-evyonim – Purim Gifts for the Poor

($10 suggested contribution; sorry, we can’t accept donations for matanot le-evyonim online)

Co-presented with the Kiever Synagogue


 

PURIM EVE: Musical Havdalah & Megillah Reading

Celebrate Purim joyously with Makom! Co-presented with the Kiever Synagogue.

Saturday, March 11, 8pm @ The Kiever Synagogue25 Bellevue Ave

Don’t forget to come in costume!

Musician? Bring your instrument to play for Havdalah.

8pm       Doors Open

8:15        Musical Havdalah – We’ll conclude Shabbat with blessings, songs, and instruments

8:30        Megillah Reading with “Illuminated Manuscript” Community Art Projections

Both women and men will read megillah; mixed seating

Bring cash to donate for the mitzvah of matanot le-evyonim – Purim Gifts for the Poor ($10 suggested contribution; sorry, we can’t accept donations for matanot le-evyonim online) – and also some cash to help cover the evening’s costs.

SETUP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please email Aaron to help out.


 

JEWS + BOOZE Purim Class

Monday, March 6
7:30-9pm
@ Makom 
Register by Friday, March 3

To drink or not to drink? That is the question.

In this lively class with Rabbi Aaron, we’ll explore and discuss sources to learn Jewish wisdom and tales about drinking alcohol in general and particularly on Purim.

All are welcome; no previous Jewish learning (or drinking) experience necessary.

Registration required by Friday, March 3.
Email Rabbi Aaron in confidence if finances are an issue.


 

Joyous FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICES + Potluck Kiddush

Friday, Mar 3
6pm – Doors open
6:15 – Services start
@ Makom

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: March 17, 31; 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.


 

PJ Plus Parent + Tot Program

You and your child will enjoy Jewish content through hands on fun including storytelling, music, and moovin’, arts and crafts, puppets and schmoozing. 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 Feb 19 (Family Day).

For 1.5 – 3 year olds + Parent or Grandparent

Sundays, Jan 15 – Mar 5 • 9:30-10:45am @ Makom

$120 for 8 sessions Register now • Questions? Contact Adina or call 416-621-5675.


 

Grine Kuzine

On view until Feb 22, 2017
Fentster @ Makom

Using recycled cardboard and faded memories, artist Evan Tapper recreates his grandmother’s kitchen to reflect on past and present hardships of starting life anew as an immigrant. The installation prods us to consider what is handed down and what is lost in translation—between cultures, between places, between generations—through the immigrant experience. Read more

Curator: Evelyn Tauben
Presenting site-specific installations of contemporary art connected to the Jewish experience, FENTSTER (Yiddish for “window”) is an independent artist-run exhibition space located in the storefront window of Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism.


 

Joyous Friday Night Services + Hot Stew

Friday, Feb 17
6pm – Doors open
6:15 – Services start
@ Makom

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 hearty stew, provided by Makom. Bring a certified kosher food or drink to share for appetizer or dessert.

Please make a donation to help contribute toward food costs.

Future Friday night services: March 3, 17, 31; 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.


 

TU BI-SHVAT Spiritual Seudah Shelishit + Havdalah

Saturday, Feb 11
4:30-6:30pm

@ Makom

$5-20 suggested contribution in advance
Register by Friday, Feb 10

Celebrate the meaningful coincidence of Tu bi-Shvat – the Jewish New Year for Trees and Shabbat Shirah – the Shabbat of Song  through a contemplative and harmonious gathering.

In keeping with Izhbitz hasidic custom, our seudah shelishit – third meal of Shabbat – will focus more on the spirit than the body, so we’ll mindfully taste only a few morsels of fruit and keep speech to a minimum.

We’ll sing our way through the four kabbalistic worlds as the sun sets and the room darkens, and then conclude with havdalah.

Questions? Contact Rabbi Aaron.


 

FAMILIES’ Tu Bi-Shvat EXPO

Sunday, Feb 12
2:30-4pm

@ St. Stephen’s Community House 
– 91 Bellevue Ave.
$5 per person
Register by Thursday, Feb 9

Come for a fun and family-friendly exploration of Tu bi-Shvat – the Jewish New Year for Trees – through food, crafts, activities, books and more, geared toward elementary school-aged children and their parents!

Questions? Contact Rabbi Emma.