Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism is a Toronto community fusing Jewish tradition and progressive values since 2009.
Through joyous spirituality, stimulating learning, and arts and culture programming, Makom creates inclusive space that inspires diverse participants to explore together how Judaism can meaningfully enrich our lives.
Makom’s programming includes soulful and song-filled Friday night and holiday services, Jewish meditation, adult education classes, family activities, and arts and culture experiences. In Fall 2020 we are running Makom Afterschool Flex: online Hebrew and Jewish studies tutoring for children in JK through Grade 5. Makom ATID is our innovative approach to serious Jewish and Hebrew learning and preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah for students in grades 6-8.
We can’t wait to see you over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur!
Over the past few extraordinary months, we’ve been thinking out of the box and planning a full lineup of High Holiday experiences tailored for the diversity of our community’s interests and needs during this exceptional and challenging time.
What’s Makom offering?
Choose from multiple, in-person, small-group, outdoor, one-hour options on both Rosh Hashanah (Sept 18-20) and Yom Kippur (Sept 27-28), including:
- Traditional service segments (e.g., Selihot, Minhah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv, Shaharit, Musaf, Kol Nidrei, and Ne`ilah);
- Family services;
- Mindfulness meditation;
- Chanting circles;
- Interfaith couples’ learning and conversation; and
- Tashlikh by the Lake.
These outdoor experiences will mostly take place in covered areas near Bloor and Christie, with some around St. Clair and at Lake Ontario. On the second day of Rosh Hashanah, each experience will be accompanied by shofar blowing. (There’s no shofar on the first day since it’s Shabbat.) We’re also planning to livestream Selihot and the Kol Nidrei prayer for any Makom Members who won’t be able to join us in person.
We do hope you’ll celebrate, contemplate, and grow together with us!
What if I’m not coming to High Holidays?
Even if you don’t plan to join us for High Holidays this year, please become a Makom Member to ensure we’ll be able to continue providing Jewish spirituality, learning, and culture throughout this challenging time and that we’ll still be around to offer joyous High Holiday services next year.
Makom can survive COVID closures and the economic downturn, but we really do need your help. Thank you in advance for your membership contribution.
- In-Person, Outdoor Friday Night Services
Friday Sept 4 at 7pm
- Feed the Hungry: Soup Kitchen Pilot
Wednesday Sept 2 at 4pm and Thursday Sept 3 at 9am
In this challenging time of pandemic and physical distancing, we’re offering the following opportunities to gather online as a community.
- Online Friday Night Services
Friday Aug 28 at 7pm
- Days of Awe Prep: Wake Up! The SHOFAR
Thursday Sept 3, at 12:00pm
- Torah Study: Solomon’s Story
Mondays July 27, Aug 10 – 31 at 10:00am
- NeySHEV Jewish MEDITATION
Mondays at 8:00pm and Fridays at 7:45 am
Given the current crisis, we’re offering all of these public programs for FREE. If you’re able to help support Makom, please donate now.
If you have any ideas for other online events you’d like to help make happen, please email Rabbi Aaron.
Makom’s Caring Committee, spearheaded by Makom board member Tae Hart, was set up to fulfill the mitzvah of bikkur holim (visiting the ill – virtually) and to deliver supplies to those in isolation. This is a great opportunity to help others and create community.
We’ve had a fabulous response to our call for volunteers and want to thank everyone who has signed up during this challenging time. We’re happily accepting more volunteers; you can sign up here.
We also want to remind you that we’re here to help, from checking in on you via a phone or video call, or assisting you to purchase food or supplies. Please let us know how someone from the Caring Committee can help you, by signing up here.
Please consider giving back to Makom by making a donation or becoming a Makom Member today! We can’t provide meaningful Jewish experiences without your support. Please give generously so we can keep enriching your life with spirituality, learning and culture.