Past Events

TU BI-SHVAT Spiritual Seudah Shelishit + Havdalah

Saturday, Feb 11

@ 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.



Sunday, Feb 12

@ 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.

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 22 – Mar 5 • 9:30-10:45am @ Makom

$90 for 6 sessions Register by Jan 12 • Questions? Contact Adina or call 416-621-5675.


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, Jan 13, 27; Feb 3, 10, 24 • 7:45-8:45am @ Makom

Pay What You Can • RSVP required


Bar/Bat-Mitzvah Interest Meeting for Parents

Parents of children currently in grades 4-7 are invited to meet with Rabbi Aaron and Rabbi Emma to discuss the formation of a Makom bar/bat-mitzvah program beginning in Sept 2017. We’ll hear your ideas and interests and present our initial vision for multi-year programs of Jewish learning and experiences working toward individualized bar/bat-mitzvah ceremonies.

Tuesday, Jan 17 | 8-9pm | Makom – 402 College St
Please RSVP to Anya. Questions? Contact Rabbi Aaron.

Hanukkah – The Adult Version

What does Hanukkah really celebrate? Turns out, it’s not as simple as what you learned as a kid. Learn and discuss diverse sources – historical, Talmudic, prayer, and song lyrics – with Rabbi Aaron to explore Hanukkah’s multiple origin stories and gain an adult understanding of the holiday.

Tuesday, Dec 20 | 7:30-9pm |@ Makom, 402 College St | $15

Register by Dec 19. Email Rabbi Aaron if finances are an issue.

High Holidays with Makom 5777/2016

October 3 – 12, 2016

Hart House – University of Toronto
Rosh Hashana

Makom is delighted to offer WARM, SPIRITUAL, and PARTICIPATORY High Holiday services fusing TRADITION & CREATIVITY, MUSICALITY & REFLECTION.

For our fifth year, we’ll be gathering in beautiful Hart House for Rosh Hashanah on October 3 and 4 and for Yom Kippur on October 11 and 12.

Services will be led by Rabbi Aaron and our returning guest prayer leader Steven Goldstein. Steven’s husband, Rabbi Steve Greenberg, will also inspire us with his thoughtful teaching.

Click here to purchase tickets!

High Holiday Schedule for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur 5777


This year, we’re excited to offer FAMILY SERVICES on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur day. Led by Rabbi Julia Appel, Makom’s Director of Education and Family Programming, Family Services will include prayers, songs, and stories to meaningfully engage adults and children together. Family Services are egalitarian with mixed seating, 11-12pm both days.


We’ll also be offering children’s programming on both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur, 10am-11am. Our educators will lead engaging, thoughtful, and fun activities, divided into older and younger age groups, to explore the meaning of the holidays. Parents are welcome, but not required, to attend children’s programming with their kids.


Full childcare will be provided throughout adult services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Younger and older children will play in separate rooms under our babysitters’ supervision.


High Holiday tickets are fully tax deductible and you’ll receive a tax receipt for their full value.Ticket sales help cover the costs of putting on High Holiday services.  That said, we don’t want anyone to be unable to attend services due to financial constraints. If the cost of tickets is financially prohibitive, please contact Rabbi Aaron in confidence.


You can also pledge an additional tax-deductible contribution when you purchase tickets.  (It won’t be included in your ticket transaction; we’ll contact you shortly about it.)


We need volunteers for logistical and ritual roles. Please contact Jo Frisch or Rachel Ptashny if you can help out!


Makom’s adult services need a minyan to start, so we encourage you to come on time. Both women and men lead services and read Torah and there is a low partition between women’s and men’s seating; children are welcome on both sides.


Purim 2016!


Wednesday, March 23
25 Bellevue Ave
Bring $ for Tzedakah + Makom

Celebrate Purim with a full evening’s line up for kids and adults! Bring cash to donate for the mitzvah of matanot le-evyonim – Purim Gifts for the Poor – and also to help Makom cover the evening’s costs ($10 suggested contribution for each).

Come in costume!


5:45 – Doors Open & Light Dinner

$9/adult, $5/child – Dinner REGISTRATION REQUIRED by Tuesday, March 22

Join Makom for a light family dinner before our Makom Families Purim Puppet Show. Enjoy kid-friendly cheese pizza and falafel with salads, plus hamantaschen, of course! Takes the pressure off making dinner for your family before coming to celebrate! Register and submit payment here.

6:15-7:00 – Purim Puppet Show

Puppeteer and children’s educator Hugh Phillips presents The Story of Queen Esther! Bring your groggers and boo the evil Haman in this puppet adaptation of the Purim story. $10/family requested contribution – register and submit payment here.


7:15 – Doors Open

7:30-8:00 – Purim Games + Trivia


8:00 – Doors Open

8:15-9:15 – Megillah Reading

9:15-11:00 – Games Night

$10/person requested contribution –pre-register and submit payment here.

Hear the scroll of Esther chanted by members of the Makom and Kiever communities. Both women and men will read megillah; mixed seating.

Hamantaschen, B.Y.O.B. + schmoozing

Bring board + card games to play

Bring cash to donate for the mitzvah of matanot le-evyonim – Purim Gifts for the Poor          $10 suggested min. contribution. Sorry, we can’t accept donations for matanot le-evyonim online.

Volunteers Needed! Email Rabbi Aaron to help with the festivities.


Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur 5776

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photo: Sabrina Malach, Shoresh

CLICK HERE for the detailed schedule of services *

Need last minute tickets? available here 

Makom High Holidays
Sept 14-15 & 22-23

Makom is once again delighted to offer warmmeaningful, participatory and song-filled Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.

We will be returning as a community to the beautiful Hart House space on the University of Toronto campus to meet the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe) with joy and awe.

Services will be led by Rabbi Aaron and returning guest prayer leader Steven Goldstein. He’s on faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music and a long-time member of The Carlebach Shul in New York, and we look forward to Steven helping us elevate our Days of Awe prayers with his beautiful voice and extensive repertoire of participatory melodies.

Steven’s husband Rabbi Steve Greenberg will also be present to inspire us with thoughtful teaching. Steve is Senior Teaching Fellow at CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and a founding Co-Director of Eshel: Community for LGBT Orthodox Jews. Author of the award-winning book Wrestling with God & Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition, he has worked to make communities around the world more inclusive.

Full childcare provided throughout services – and we also offer engaging, thoughtful, and fun services for children, in two age groups. Parents are welcome but not required to attend the children’s services with their kids.

You can purchase tickets online here

Want to plan a break-fast? Read Torah? Schlepp stuff? Set up or Tidy up? Anything else? We need volunteers for both logistical and ritual roles. Please let us know how you can help.

Tish`ah be-Av Eve

Saturday, July 25

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 by fasting, refraining from wearing leather, and other mourning customs. For more background, see here.


10pm – Doors Open
10:15 sharp – Services Start
11:30pm – Program Ends (approx.)
The Kiever Synagogue
25 Bellevue Ave., Toronto

We’ll pray the brief evening service (including an abridged havdalah to end Shabbat) and listen to the Biblical book of Eikhah (Lamentations), hauntingly chanted by a number of community members.

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 of Eikhah, please contact Rabbi Aaron ASAP.

Please BRING ONE OR MORE FOOD ITEMS for the 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 vegetables, grains, and canned or boxed foods are all welcome.

FYI, the fast begins Saturday at sunset, 8:48pm, and ends Sunday at nightfall, 9:38pm. 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.