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Friday Night Musical 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.

Bring an acoustic instrument if you play one to jam along and elevate our Kabbalat Shabbat prayers.

Please bring a certified kosher food or drink to share for a light kiddush (snacking & schmoozing). 

Technical details:
We’ll use instruments during Kabbalat Shabbat until the final stanza of Lekha Dodi, at which point we’ll stow the instruments and bring in Shabbat a cappella before sunset.

Future Friday night services: June 23, July 7 & 21, Aug 11 & 25, Sept 8.

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.

NEYSHEV. Let’s Sit – Meditation with Aviva Chernick

Friday, June 9, 16 • 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

SANDCATCHERS in Concert + DICKSON BONFIELD

Tuesday, June 20 • 6:30 doors open • 7:00 Sandcatchers • 8:30 Dickson Bonfield • @Makom • $10 – advance tix here

 Playing TO for one night only, Sandcatchers (Brooklyn, NY) will kick off the evening with their original blend of Middle Eastern oud and the Americana-infused textures of lap steel. Check out this video from their last visit. Closing out the night will be local rock/folk/Americana band  Dickson Bonfield. Come out for an outstanding evening of live music.

Limited space; get your ticket now.

Co-sponsored by FENTSTER, Annex Shul & Beau’s Brewing Co.

 

 

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.


 

FENTSTER presents – Jeremiah: ha’aretz

May 25 – August 29, 2017

Opening Event  Wednesday, June 7  @ Makom 7 – 9  PM FREE

 

Established Toronto artist Simon Glass creates an installation for FENTSTER featuring new work, exhibited publicly for the first time. Transcribing golden Hebrew letters for the word “ha’aretz” (the land) onto vintage airplane doors, Glass suggests a bird’s-eye view, reinterpreting the bleak and barren landscape described by the Biblical prophet Jeremiah as filled with the potential for healing. www.fentster.org

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

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

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.