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. Makom Afterschool is a 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.
Queen Kong in CONCERT + SELIHOT
Concert Admission: $10/advance; $15/door
Makom Members: Free in advance; $10/door
Kensington Brewing beer: $5
Selihot Services: Free
An outstanding evening of live music in powerful preparation for the days of awe! Limited space; get your ticket now!
Queen Kong plays Radical Jewish Music from the likes of John Zorn, Masada, Hasidic New Wave, plus original compositions, mashing up traditional Ashkenazi-Jewish sounds with modern improvisations and textures. Afterwards, join us for Selichot.
Selihot are special penitential prayers recited on the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. They’re also a great opportunity to learn some of the powerful prayers and stirring melodies we’ll use on High Holidays.
HIGH HOLIDAYS with MAKOM
Makom is a diverse and inclusive community that welcomes participants who espouse many different approaches to Judaism. In order to join together as one community without regard to denominational labels, our main services blend traditional and progressive practices.
High Holiday tickets are fully tax deductible and you’ll receive a tax receipt for their full value. However, 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.
High Holiday FAMILY SERVICES
First Day Rosh Hashanah (Sep 30) & Yom Kippur Morning (Oct 9)
10:00-11:00am – families with children ages 3-5 (pre-school – SK)
11:30-12:30pm – families with children ages 6-10 (grades 1-5)
GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!
High Holiday Family Services will include prayers, songs, and stories to meaningfully engage adults and children together. Family Services are egalitarian with mixed seating.
Family Services will be led by Sorel Goldberg Loeb and Rabbi Garry Loeb, both highly experienced family service leaders.
Sorel and Rabbi Garry are excited to be sharing the holidays through prayer, music, stories and puppets (for children of all ages!) to convey the themes of the holidays and encourage reflection for the New Year.
Full childcare will be provided throughout adult services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Fri Night SERVICES + DINNER in the Sukkah
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, vegan Shabbat dinner together. Very limited space; register now.
Shabbat SONG + STORY CIRCLE
Fri, Sep 27 – Nov 29
10:30 – 11:30am
$100 (or $15 weekly drop-in) per child
Join us on Friday mornings to celebrate Shabbat, family and community. Grown-ups and their children (Ages 0-4) connect to each other and Jewish wisdom through songs, stories, movement and reflection. Older siblings are welcome. Challah and grape juice will be served. Our community proudly includes all kinds of families and abilities.
Co-presented with PJ Library and MNjcc
A Rainbow Thread: BOOK LAUNCH
Wed, Oct 2
@ 36 Harbord Street
The Toronto debut of Noam Sienna’s unprecedented collection of sources from Jewish LGBTQ history. Featuring poetry, literature, law, midrash, and memoir, this is an unprecedented examination of the histories of gender and sexuality over two millennia of Jewish life around the world. Join us for a reading of selected stories from this groundbreaking collection, and a discussion and book-signing with the author, followed by kosher refreshments.
Please RSVP: https://hillelontario.org/uoft/booklaunch/
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.