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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.

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


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.