Welcome

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.

Please join us for these UPCOMING EVENTS:



INTERFAITH COUPLES Meetup


Tues, Feb. 18
8 – 10pm

@Free Times Cafe
Please RSVP

Drop by for a drink and a laid-back gathering with Makom community members to chat about whatever’s on your mind about being in an interfaith relationship.

Rabbi Aaron will be around to be a friendly resource and to hear your thoughts about future gatherings, formats, topics, and how Makom can support your family.

Both Jewish and non-Jewish partners in interfaith relationships are welcome!


Shabbat Morning FAMILY SERVICES + Lunch


Sat, Feb 22 
Doors | 10:15am
Services | 10:30am

@Makom
FREE. Donations greatly appreciated
RSVP required for lunch by Wed, Feb 19

Got kids? Join us for a 45-minute Shabbat morning family service led by Makom’s inspiring Director of Education, Sorel Goldberg Loeb.

Family services are egalitarian with mixed seating and will include prayers, songs, and stories to meaningfully engage adults and children together.

Services followed by a hot lunch. RSVP required by Wed, Feb 19.


The Girl Who Stole Everything BOOK LAUNCH


Tues, Feb 25
Doors | 7pm
Talk | 7:30pm

@Makom
FREE. RSVP requested due to limited space

The Toronto launch of Norman Ravvin’s fourth novel, The Girl Who Stole Everythingselected as must-read book for 2020 by the Globe and Mail. Join the award-winning author in conversation with Yoni Goldstein (Editor, The Canadian Jewish News) about the process of writing the book, delving into the complex connection between Jews in Canada with past and present-day Poland.

Presented in conjunction with the current FENTSTER gallery exhibition in Makom’s storefront window, Mezuzah Okno, created by Warsaw-based artists Helena Czernek and Aleksander Prugar.

Light refreshments will be served.
Ravvin’s books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.
Book sales courtesy of Ben McNally Books

Presented by Makom and FENTSTER


FAMILY PURIM Party 


Mon, Mar 9 
@918 Bathurst
TICKETS HERE

5:15pm | Doors
5:30pm
 | Pizza & Falafel Dinner ~ dinner tkt deadline 12pm, Mar 5
6:00pm | Puppet Show ~ $18 in advance; $20 at the door
6:45pm | Megillah Reading ~ free

Join us for a joyous family Purim eve! 
Come in Costume!

Bring cash to donate at the door for the mitzvot of Matanot le-Evyonim (Purim Gifts for the Poor) and Machatzit ha-Shekel (Donations for your Community)
$10 or more suggested contribution for Matanot le-Evyonim. Sorry, we can’t accept online donations for matanot le-evyonim

Volunteers needed for the door, setup, and cleanup. Contact Alexandra to pitch in.

Presented by Makom and Toronto Partnership Minyan


PURIM EVE @ Spielhaus 


Mon, Mar 9 
@Spielhaus
TICKETS HERE

7:30pm | Doors
7:45pm | Maariv (evening service) ~ separate women’s & men’s seating; free
8:00pm | Megillah Reading ~ mixed seating; women & men read; free
9:00pm | Pizza & Falafel Dinner ~ dinner tkt deadline 12pm, Mar 5
9:00-11:30 | Board Game Party w/ snacks & cash bar; tkt required

Come in Costume!

Bring cash to donate at the door for the mitzvot of Matanot le-Evyonim (Purim Gifts for the Poor) and Machatzit ha-Shekel (Donations for your Community)
$10 or more suggested contribution for Matanot le-Evyonim. Sorry, we can’t accept online donations for Matanot le-Evyonim

Volunteers needed for the door, setup, and cleanup. Contact Bailey to pitch in.

Presented by Makom and Toronto Partnership Minyan


TORAH STUDY: The Book of Samuel


Mondays, Feb 3 – Mar 9
10am – 12pm

@Makom
$100 for 4 weeks
Registration Required
Limited Space Still Available

We’ll learn and discuss the fascinating Biblical Book of Samuel from a great variety of perspectives: ancient and modern, traditional and academic, literary and historical, etc.

No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required. Contact Rabbi Aaron for more info and to register.
(No class Feb 17 – Family Day.)


AnchorFENTSTER Presents: MEZUZAH OKNO

On view until March 2020 @Makom

Makom is excited to join our friends at FENTSTER to celebrate their Bat Mitzvah exhibition in our storefront window and their first installation featuring international artists.

 Visitors will also be among the first to see their new video installation, created for FENTSTER, where vibrant images of the Polish landscape confront calcified stereotypes of a forlorn place in black and white with fiddlers on rooftops.

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neySHEV Morning MEDITATION


Fri, Feb 21, 28, Mar 13, 20
7:45 – 8:45am
@Makom
$15-$30 suggested donation
Email Aviva to RSVP

A beautiful way to begin the day. Come sit in a circle of community in stillness and in song, led by meditation teacher, musician and prayer leader Aviva Chernick.

Everyone is welcome. No previous meditation experience necessary.

Please arrive before 7:45am to settle in.


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.

 

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