Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism is a grassroots Toronto community fusing Jewish tradition and progressive values since 2009.
Makom’s 10th Anniversary Party
Wednesday, May 29 | 7:30 – 10:30 PM
4Life Natural Foods | 210 Augusta Avenue
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.
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.
Makom Afterschool REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Did you know that Makom runs a Hebrew immersion After-school program at 3 locations downtown? More info. on Makom Afterschool can be found @ https://makomfamilies.org/makom-afterschool/
Fri Night SERVICES + Kiddush
7pm – Doors Open; 7:15pm – Services Start
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 vegetarian kiddush.
Shabbat Song & Story Circle
10:30 – 11:15am
FREE but Registration Required
FREE PJ Library Shabbat Song & Story Circle, with Fran Sharpe, Jewish educator and singer/songwriter. For ages 0-4 with caregiver/parent
Lag B’Omer Bonfire & Picnic
5:45-6:00 Arrive, Schmooze & Playground Time
6:00-6:30 Story, Relay Races & Parachute Games for Kids
6:30-7:00 Picnic Dinner (Bring Your Own Picnic)
7:00-9:00 S’mores, Music & Singing around the Bonfire
NeySHEV Friday Morning Meditation
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: May 17, 24, 31, June 7 & 14
PWYC – Suggested donation $15-$30
Please email if you are attending neySHEV so that we know to expect you: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fenster Presents – Jonathan Rotsztain: Patterns
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.