News - Makom

FENTSTER presents: A Place of Wholesome Amusement

February 26 – May 22, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION | Thursday, March 15 | 7 – 9PM | FREE 
@ Makom  402 College St

In a striking new neon light installation, Toronto-based and Beijing-born multidisciplinary artist Shellie Zhang reimagines marquee signage to represent two significant cultural institutions established by Chinese and Jewish newcomers to Toronto in the same building at the corner of Dundas and Spadina. First known as the Standard Theatre, the venue opened as a Yiddish theatre in 1922 and five decades later hosted Chinese cinema as the Golden Harvest Theatre. The artist considers how one building served as a locus for cultural expression and cohesion for two different communities. Accompanied by a detailed overview of the building’s colourful history and reproductions of archival materials, the exhibition surfaces immigrant narratives embedded in the architecture of the Kensington Market-Chinatown neighbourhood, revealing little-known points of connection and breaking down siloed conversations about our city’s past.
Presented by FENTSTER and the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre as part of the 2018 Myseum Intersections city-wide festival
Curated by Donna Bernardo-Ceriz, Dara Solomon and Evelyn Tauben


Makom + TPM Deep South are Proud to Present PURIMPALOOZA!

Wednesday, Feb 28
@ Tranzac Club – 292 Brunswick Ave.

Join us for a joyous Purim Eve for everyone!

5:45-6:15pm Early Family Falafel Dinner (ticketdeadline 5pmFeb 26)

6:15-6:50pm Purim Puppet Show (ages 0-7 with parents; family ticket required)

Purim Game Show (ages 8-12; family ticketrequired)

6:50-7:00pm Ma`ariv (evening service; traditional and egalitarian options)

7:00-8:00pm Megillah Reading (both women and men will read megillah; mixed seating)

8:00-8:15pm Later Falafel Dinner (ticket deadline 5pmFeb 26)

8:00pm-12:00am Party! (tickets here)

Family program tickets and party tickets available in advance or at the door. Falafel order deadline 5pmFeb 26.

Come in costume!

Bring cash to donate at the door for the mitzvah of matanot le-evyonim – Purim Gifts for the Poor ($10 or more suggested contribution)

Cash bar

Volunteers needed for the door, setup, and cleanup.


Co-sponsored by Annex Shul + Kiever Synagogue

SHABBAT MORNING Services, Aufruf + Kiddush Lunch

Next Saturday, Feb 17

@ Makom – 402 College St
RSVP for lunch

Join us for joyous Shabbat morning services and to celebrate Ari Kaplan’s aufruf – his being called up to the Torah the day before his wedding to Melissa Melnitzer!

After services, we’ll enjoy a light kiddush lunch generously sponsored by Ari and Melissa. RSVP for lunch.


6pm – Doors Open; 6:15 – Services Start
@ Makom  402 College St
$10 for Dinner (only $5 for Makom Members)
Registration Required


Dinner Dates:

 JAN 26 | FEB 23 | MAR 23 | APR 27 | MAY 25 | JUN 22 | JUL 27 | AUG 24


Celebrate Shabbat with spirit! Wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat with soulful, song-filled services, in which everyone can participate.

After services, we’ll enjoy a delicious, catered vegan Shabbat dinner together. Very limited space; register now.

Makom is a proud participant in the Synagogue Vegan Challenge, in which the Shamayim V’Aretz Institute for Animal Welfare and VegFund are subsidizing our all-vegan food for 5778.

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. Both women and men lead different parts of services. We offer men’s, women’s, and mixed-seating sections. We need an egalitarian minyan of 10 Jews in the room + a non-overlapping traditional minyan of 10 men in the men’s section to start the maariv service, so we encourage you to come on time.

Hope to see you there!


NEYSHEV: Meditation

Fridays, Jan 19 & 26

@ Makom  402 College St
PWYC | $10-20/session
RSVP required

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 in. Please feel free to bring a cushion for the floor. Registration required; please email Aviva.

Presented by Aviva Chernick in partnership with Makom.

Makom Membership

If you’re reading this, then Makom is probably already your Jewish community and you should be counted as a memberIt’s not just about money (we don’t have set dues), it’s about counting in your community.

If you believe in Makom and our visionif you value a diverse, inclusive Jewish community and if you participate in Makom’s Shabbat or holiday services, adult ed classes, Makom Afterschool, Makom Families programs, meditation or cultural events, you should become a Makom Member.

Makom membership is about seeing yourself as part of our growing and thriving community, giving to it and receiving from it. (Privileges and responsibilities of Makom membership are listed here.)

Please fill out your membership form now, make your contribution and be counted as a Makom Member.

FENTSTER presents – Bernice Eisenstein | Nothing and All

November 24, 2017 – February 22, 2018
Opening Reception | Dec. 5 | 7 – 9pm | FREE

@ Makom  402 College St

Noted author of I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors and international-exhibiting artist Bernice Eisenstein opens the pages of her meditation on language, books and memory in a new site-specific installation. A long table is laid with an assortment of open books, each intricately manipulated and embellished by the artist who folds, paints, scribes and reinvents the pages of works by the likes of Albert Camus, Stefan Zweig and Robert Walser. Their poetic, philosophical writings are transformed into musings on “nothing and all,” a phrase drawn from a poem by Mark Strand. A large painted group portrait hangs in the window, based on a wedding photograph of the artist’s family taken on the cusp of the Second World War. Lost and unknown ancestors are audience to both this eclectic library and passersby on College Street. The painting and the exhibition as a whole become a palimpsest – an entirely new, pulsating creation revealing traces of what came before.

PJ PLUS: Parents + Tots

8 Sundays, Jan 21 – March 18 (not Feb 18)
@ Makom  402 College St
$120 for the series
Register now

This winter, come experience Tu bi-Shvat tree fun, Purim & Passover Palooza and much more through hands-on Jewish learning, crafts, music & movin’ based on PJ Library books. Have fun and connect with other young Jewish families downtown!

For 2-3 year olds + Parent or Grandparent

Questions? Email Adina or call 416-621-5675.

Evan Malach Trio + Dana Sipos

Next Saturday, Feb 3
@ Makom 
 402 College St
$10 in advance; Tickets HERE
$15 at the door
Makom Members save $5

7:45 Doors
8:00 Musical Havdalah
8:15 Dana Sipos
9:15 Evan Malach Trio

Musician, singer/songwriter, actor and entrepreneur, Evan Malach is the 1st-place winner of Israel’s Hallelujah Global Jewish Singing Contest. He has written two musicals, including A Simple Twist of Faith, an original piece based on a true story of Jewish survival through kindness. When All is One is his third full-length album of Jewish roots rock and he is currently working on a fourth album of original songs. Evan’s music has enabled him to perform around the world; we’re excited to have him play back home at Makom!

Dana Sipos inhabited the far north before going nomad and her hypnotic, tenderly skewed songs are filled with a wild wind. She tours extensively, occasionally by bicycle, tall ship, canoe and train. Her last album, Roll Up the Night Sky, released on underground Nashville label Muddy Roots Records, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in the Pushing the Boundaries category. ​A new album, recorded with experimental Toronto producer Sandro Perri and featuring a breadth of Canadian talent, will be released on Roaring Girl Records in spring 2018.


Next Tuesday, Jan 30
@ Makom 
 402 College St
PWYC $10-20
Registration Required by Jan 28

Celebrate Tu bi-Shvat – the Jewish New Year for Trees – through mysticism and mindfulness.

We’ll learn, sing, and meditate our way through the four kabbalistic worlds while consciously tasting fruits and nuts laden with layers of symbolism.

Please arrive on time so we can maximize our time together and not interrupt the seder.

Registration Required by Jan 28
Contact Rabbi Aaron with any questions.