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NEYSHEV: Meditation w/ Aviva Chernick

Friday, May 26 • 7:45-8:45am @ Makom

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.

Pay What You Can • RSVP required

At the Mountain: Shavuot MINDFULNESS RETREAT

Sunday, May 28 • 9am-noon • @ Makom – 402 College St • $35-$50 sliding scale • Register by May 20

Join musician, prayer leader, and meditation teacher Aviva Chernick in this morning of spiritual preparation for the upcoming festival of revelation, of receiving Torah.

Come together for a practice of silence and song, a time for reflection and learning. All are welcome!

Registration by email confirmed with e-transfer to chernick.aviva@gmail.com by May 20.

Downtown Tikkun Leil Shavuot: All-Night Jewish Learning Festival

Tuesday, May 30 • 8pm-8:30am • @ Miles Nadal JCC – 750 Spadina Ave • FREE • Register

sign that says "where sinai meets spadina" Where Sinai meets Spadina: a full night of community, study, singing, snacking and more! Over 50 sessions reinterpret and reimagine traditional Jewish texts and open up new community conversations. Special programs for kids and teens. Come for the cheesecake. Stay for the learning. All are welcome!

Main (Adult) Program: 8:00 PM – 8:30 AM Doors open at 7:30 PM  

From 8:00 PM onward, you can choose from over 50 sessions that reinterpret and reimagine traditional Jewish texts and open up new community conversations.

Shavuot Groove: 7:30 PM – 12:00 AM • (For kids ages 5-11)

Come in PJs and stay up late! Let your parents learn while you play! Drop-off starts at 7:30 PM and kids are welcome to join throughout the program. Info about the kids’ program: anniem@mnjcc.org | 416-924-6211 x388.

Pre-Teen and Teen Programs: 7:30 PM – 12:00 AM

Hang out @ the J – Shavuot Style! Pre-teens and teens have separate programs this year! Hang out in a program tailor-made for you.

Call for Volunteers

We’re looking for outgoing people to greet participants; as well as kitchen helpers to set up and clean up snack service as we go through the night. Volunteer duties will be scheduled in shifts so you’ll still have a chance to learn in sessions. Please contact Deanna Di Lello to sign up at deannad@mnjcc.org. Volunteers are encouraged to attend a Volunteer Orientation Session: Monday May 15th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

Programs are free, registration requested

Co-sponsored with Miles Nadal JCCAnnex ShulAssociation for Canadian Jewish Studies
Base TorontoBeach Hebrew InstituteCity Shul, Congregation Beth TorahCongregation Darchei NoamCongregation Shir LibeynuDanforth Jewish CircleDowntown Jewish Community School,
First Narayever CongregationHabonim Dror and Camp Gesher, Hashomer Hatzair and Camp ShomriaHoly Blossom TempleJewish Family and ChildKensington Torah CircleLimmud TorontoMakom: Creative Downtown JudaismOraynu: Congregation for Humanistic JudaismPaul Penna Downtown Jewish Day SchoolUJA’s Committee for Yiddish

Friday Night Services + Kiddush

Friday, June 9 • 6:30pm – Doors open • 6:45 – Services start @ Makom

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 service: June 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.

Now Hiring: Admin & Marketing Coordinator

Are you great at marketing and social media, organizing, event planning, and office admin? Want to work at a dynamic and friendly small org? If so, apply now to be Makom’s next Administrative and Marketing Coordinator.

See the job description and application instructions here. Apply ASAP.

NEYSHEV: Meditation with Aviva Chernick

Fridays, May 19, 26 • 7:45-8:45am @ Makom

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.

Pay What You Can • RSVP required

Sell Your Hametz before Passover

Traditional Jewish law (see Exodus 12:19) forbids owning any hametz (leavened foods) during Passover. While it’s ideal to consume or donate (e.g., to a soup kitchen) all hametz prior to the morning before Passover starts, rabbinic tradition allows for the sale of hametz to a non-Jew, even while it remains on your premises.

If you would like to sell your hametz through Makom, please complete and sign the linked form (in either doc or pdf format), scan it, and email it to aaron@makomTO.org by 9:00am on Friday, April 7.

Or you may mail the completed and signed form to: Makom, 402 College St., Toronto, ON M5T 1S8. Mailed forms must reach Makom by Thursday, April 6.

There is no fee for this service.  Donations to Makom are appreciated (minimum suggested donation of $18). You may donate online or mail a cheque along with your form.

Hag kasher ve-sameiah – wishing you a happy and kosher Passover!

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.


Makom Families Havdallah

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Please join us for a family oriented Havdallah experience! Learn about the symbols of Havdallah with Rabbi Aaron Levy and Rabbi Emma Gottlieb, our new Director of Education and Family Programming. A great opportunity for parents and children to spend time together, do some parallel learning, and a chance for those who haven’t yet met Rabbi Emma to do so! January 21, 6:30pm at Makom, 402 College St.

Makom’s 2016 Annual General Meeting

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Thanks to everyone who came to Sunday’s Annual General Meeting and made it a productive and enjoyable evening. If you missed it, you can now read the annual report and minutes.

Welcome to our newest board member Ari Kaplan!

Thank you to our returning board members – Louise Smith, Margie Peskin, and Barak Queija – and our outgoing board members Leora Jackson, Neil Hirsch, and Alex Taub – for their leadership and dedication to enriching and expanding our community!