Welcome

Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism is a grassroots 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 participants – diverse in religious affiliation, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity – 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. Makom Afterschool is an innovative, pluralistic, Hebrew-immersion and Jewish studies program for children in JK through Grade 4, now offered in three downtown neighbourhoods. Makom ATID is our innovative approach to serious Jewish and Hebrew learning and preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah for students in grades 5-8.

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.


Fri Night SERVICES + Dinner

Friday, June 14
7pm – Doors Open; 7:15pm – Services Start
@Makom

Register HERE

Celebrate Shabbat with spirit! Wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat with soulful, song-filled services in which everyone can participate. After services, join us for a delicious vegan dinner.


Family Shabbat SERVICES + Dinner

Friday, June 21
5:45 – 7:30PM 
@Makom

Register HERE

Parents, grandparents & kids!

Join us for a fun evening, meet other downtown families, and welcome Shabbat together.

Family members of ALL backgrounds, faiths, orientations, and genders ARE WELCOME!

5:30 Gather

5:45 Story, short song-filled service & game

6:30 Candle lighting

6:35 Yummy, vegetarian Shabbat dinner

Questions? Email Rachel.

Dips generously provided by Sunflower Kitchen.


Shabbat Song & Story Circle

Fridays, May 31 – June 28
10:30 – 11:15am
$75/5 weeks

Shabbat Song & Story Circle, with Fran Sharpe, Jewish educator and singer/songwriter. For ages 0-4 with caregiver/parent

Register HERE


NeySHEV Friday Morning Meditation

This is a beautiful way to begin the day. Come sit in a circle of community in stillness and in song.

You are not required to have previous experience in meditation to join this session. If you are completely new to practice, please consider joining the Sunday, four-class series in November for introductory instruction.

Friday morning, 7:45 SHARP -8:45am
Upcoming Dates:  June 7 & 14

PWYC – Suggested donation $15-$30

Please email if you are attending neySHEV so that we know to expect you: chernick.aviva@gmail.com


End-of-Year Picnic for Afterschool & Atid

Mon June 17
Rain Date: Wed. June 19

6:00 – 7:30PM
@ Vermont Square Park

Register HERE

Come celebrate our teachers and students as we end another great year of Makom Afterschool and Makom ATID!

Dinner will be kosher certified falafel – yum! If you want to purchase dinner, the link is HERE. We will bring dessert.


Fenster Presents –  Jonathan Rotsztain: Patterns

@ Makom

Cartoonist Jonathan Rotsztain presents all new deceptively playful drawings and sculptures based on his “Self-Loving Jew” comics series, showing a cartoonish portrait of a conflicted, anxious yet optimistic thirty-something Jew. The installation makes visible how family, community and social context can unconsciously shape one’s patterns of behaviour. Rotsztain reveals how he inherited fears and successes, guilt and joys, neuroses and values not only from what was articulated to him but also from what went unspoken and unacknowledged. He transforms behavioural patterns into decorative patterns that adorn domestic settings. Artist-designed wallpaper on display in the window is dense with images of Holocaust fuelled fears, intergenerational trauma, and an inner struggle to reconcile a progressive, secular worldview with common narratives about Jewish life.

www.fentster.org

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