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


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









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!


New! Makom Membership Form


A Co-Existence: a photographic journey through Jewish Morocco

A Co-Existence

Aaron Vincent Elkaim’s photographs of Jewish Morocco

Curator: Evelyn Tauben

Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Mimouna in Casablanca, 2010

Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Mimouna in Casablanca, 2010



We’re very excited to announce that the second installation in the window gallery at Makom is now on view featuring the striking photographs of Aaron Vincent Elkaim. The images track Elkaim’s travels in Morocco, the birthplace of his father, to Jewish sites in various stages of use and abandon. The portfolio reveals the complex layers of the relationships between the Jews of Morocco and their Muslim neighbours, who in many cases continue to be the guardians of Jewish cemeteries, synagogues and the shrines to Tzaddikim long after the vast majority of Jews have left.

A Co-Existence was made possible with support from Makom and the Betzalel Culture Fund.


A Co-Existence is on view 24/7 in the window gallery at 402 College Street.

The window installation is accompanied by an additional eleven photographs hanging inside Makom’s space. The exhibition inside Makom can be seen during Friday night services and special events.

There will be dedicated evening visitor hours on July 6 from 5 to 8 pm.  (Please not the evening gallery hours for July 28 have been cancelled)

On August 9 at 7 PM we’re hosting A Taste of Jewish Morocco with presentations from the photographer, Noam Sienna, and Simon Keslassy. For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

For more information on the exhibition and on purchasing art on display, please contact curator Evelyn Tauben, info@evelyntauben.com


Aaron-Vincent-ElkaimAaron Vincent Elkaim (b.1981) is a Canadian documentary photographer and founding member of the Boreal Collective. Currently based in Toronto, Aaron approaches his work with a focus on colonial narratives where traditional culture and environmental degradation collide.

Since 2011, Aaron has committed himself to exploring narratives where people still connected to the natural world are being impacted by industrial development. While highlighting important human and environmental rights issues, he addresses the need to protect the natural world by revealing our profound connection it.

Aaron’s work has been recognized by a number of institutions including Burn Photography, 2014 Oskar Barnak Award, The Society of Publications Designers, the Daylight Photo Award, American Photography, the Magenta Foundation, Photolucidia, PDN, the Lucie Awards, and Visura among others. His clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times, TIME Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, HUCK, Macleans, The Canadian Press and The Globe and Mail. He is the recipient of the 2016 Alexia Foundation $20,000 Professional Grant towards his ongoing documentation of the impact of development and the construction of dams on the indigenous populations that lives along the Amazon river in Brazil.



Marrakech, Morocco, 2010

The prominent columns of the central bimah can still be seen in this synagogue turned carpet shop owned by Said Labar from Fez. The store is located in the Mellah (Jewish quarter) of Marrakech.



Essaouira, Morocco, 2010

A group of pilgrims from New York and Israel gather at the tomb of Rabbi Haim Pinto. They are lead in prayer by the Rabbi’s grandson Rabbi Yousseph Pinto from Israel who organized the tour of Jewish sites.



Fez, Morocco, 2010

A portrait of Mohammed V – king of Morocco from 1957 to 1961 – hangs in a blacksmith’s workshop next to the Jewish cemetery. Many Moroccan Jews revere the King until today for his role in protecting them during WWII from the French Vichy government and the Nazis. When he was demanded to turn over a list of the Jews living in Morocco, he famously replied: “There are no Jews in Morocco. There are only Moroccan subjects.”




Irill Noro, Morocco, 2010

The 28-year old Zubeida opens the door to the synagogue in the small southern village of Irill Noro. She has been its caretaker since the synagogue’s restoration in 2002, spearheaded by several leaders of the Moroccan Jewish community in Casablanca.


2010 - Students attend a Sunday class at the Lebovic girlsÕ school in Casablanca, Morocco. The school once had over 1000 students attending, today only 30 remain enrolled.


Casablanca, Morocco, 2010

Students at a Sunday class at the Lebovic Girls’ School, which once had over 1,000 students attending. The enrollment in 2010 was 30 students.


Unpacking symbols of the Passover seder in celebration of Makom’s move into our own place

Created by Joanne Frisch and Evelyn Tauben

On view now in the Makom window (402 College St.)

Edible items on the seder plate act as tactile cues for telling the story of the Exodus during the seder. These foods embody themes of oppression, freedom, the vitality of life and the spring season. Continuing the tradition begun by Rochelle Rubinstein of displaying art in her Mon Ton Window Gallery, two Makom members created our inaugural storefront window presentation. As we move into our new space, we move towards a holiday with a massive move at its core. Architect / artist Joanne Frisch and curator / artist Evelyn Tauben teamed up to design an installation exploring six new questions for you to chew on, each related to the seder plate foods. Come by Makom today to see the exhibition before it moves on.



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 non-Jewish 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 Thursday, April 21.

Or you may mail the completed and signed form to: Makom, 402 College St., Toronto, ON M5T 1S8.  Mailed forms must reach Makom by Wednesday, April 20.

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!

Matzah Bake for All Ages – April 17, 2016

MATZAH BAKE for All Ages

Sunday, April 17, 2016
@ Dufferin Grove Park – Bloor & Dufferin (south side of rink house near north end of park)
Rain or shine (we have tents)
Suggested donation: $5/person or $10/family to cover expenses.
RSVPs appreciated

Join us at Dufferin Grove Park to bake matzah* in a wood-burning, outdoor oven. See if you can mix, knead, roll, and bake in 18 minutes or less. Everyone is welcome, adults and kids! Materials and instructions provided.

We’ll also gather for children’s stories from PJ Library about Passover and a parent discussion of ways to create engaging and fun seders with children this year. 

*Matzah won’t be kosher for Passover, but it’s still fun and a great, hands-on and tasty way to prepare ourselves for Pesah!

Presented in partnership with Plug into PJ – PJ Library:Free Jewish Bedtime Stories and Songs.

High Holidays 2013

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur with Makom!

September 5-6 & 13-14

Makom is delighted to be providing joyous, song-filled and participatory High Holiday services again this year!  We’ll be gathering in beautiful Hart House to meet the Yamim Nora’im as a community with joy and awe.  We hope you’ll plan to join us for Rosh Hashanah, September 5- 6, and Yom Kippur, September 13-14.  Tickets will be on sale soon; watch for upcoming Makom announcements for more details.

We need your help with important volunteer roles!  Please consider devoting some time and effort to help make Makom’s High Holidays run smoothly so they can be an uplifting experience for all.  The main volunteer roles are:

  1. Pick up/Drop off (Car Required) – Sept 3-5: Pick up ritual objects from locations around the city and drop them off at Hart House or another downtown location.
  2. Pick up/Drop off (Car Required) – Sept 15: Pick up stuff from Hart House and drop off at locations around the city.
  3. Schlepping (Without a Car) – Sept. 3-5, 15: Help load/unload and move ritual objects, etc.
  4. Snack Purchase + Delivery: Purchase kid-appropriate snacks and bring them to Hart House for each day of High Holidays.
  5. Airport Pick Up/Drop Off – Sept 5, 8, 13, 15: Pick up our special guest leader and his family from the airport and drop them off at their downtown host and vice-versa.
  6. Welcome basket: Compile and deliver welcome basket of some light snacks for our guest leader and his family and deliver to their downtown host family.
  7. Set Up/Clean Up: Before and after services, be responsible for organizing/dismantling room set-up including prayer books, ritual objects, etc.
  8. Standby: Be available to help out with random last-minute tasks that arise.

Please email hhd@MakomTO.org to let us know how you can help.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Jo Frisch and Rachel Ptashny,

Makom High Holiday Team Leaders

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