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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


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.


Makom ATID for Bar / Bat Mitzvah Students

Introducing ATID – Makom’s innovative approach to serious Jewish learning and preparation for Bar /Bat Mitzvah for grades 5-8 students. ATID means “future” in Hebrew, and as an acronym, ATID stands for: Afterschool Torah Im Derekh-Eretz (Torah with Ways of the World). Interested in learning more about Bar/Bat Mitzvah learning at Makom? For information and to register, please visit our website.


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.

21st Century Workers Rights: Jewish Approaches

Thursday, June 8 • 8-9pm @ Makom

Workplaces have been changing and many jobs that were once full time and stable are being done by part time, contract and temporary workers in precarious situations. The Government of Ontario commissioned the Changing Workplaces Review, a once-in-a-generation opportunity to examine those changes, consult with the public and recommend updates to current provincial labour legislation. The final review and recommendations were just released on May 22.
Come learn about those recommendations, and what we in Jewish community can do to encourage effective changes to take place, to support decent work and to advocate alongside the working poor in Ontario with the Fight for $15 and Fairness.


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.

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: | 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 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


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 by May 20.