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Tikkun Motza’ei Shavuot

Saturday, May 30 at 9:45 – Midnight

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Makom, TPM, Annex Shul, and Beth Lida are combining forces to bring you a Tikkun (Motza’ei) Shavuot experience you’ve never had before.

As Shabbos ends, and Yontif recedes, join us for a spirited, musical Havdalah followed by insightful and inspiring classes from many of your favourite teachers, all from these four holy communities!

The theme for our Tikkun #TorahFest will be #Bikkurim, or first fruits. We’ll delve deep into this Shavuot-offering, exploring newness, creation, creativity, and how to bring innovation into our lives.

We’re honoured to have classes taught by Makom’s Rabbi Aaron Levy, Lea New Minkowitz, Annex Shul’s Aaron Rotenberg, Beth Lida’s R’ Joshua Schwartz, and TPM’s Dr. Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein!

Excited to receive the Torah with you!

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YIZKOR Memorial Service

Sun, May 31
10:00-10:30am

Online via Zoom or call 647-558-0588
Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Password: 024117
FREE

Let’s come together to memorialize our loved ones who have passed, whether recently or long ago, and all those around the world who have died from COVID-19.

Yizkor is the special memorial service traditionally said on holidays, including Shavuot. Since we won’t be able to gather on Shavuot itself, we’ll do so the following day.

We’ll say short prayers in Hebrew and English, sing, and reflect on lives lost.

All are welcome; please join us.

Soulful & Song-Filled Kabbalat Shabbat

Fri, July 3
7:00-7:45pm

Online via Zoom or call 647-558-0588
Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Password: 024117
FREE

We’ll wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat by singing the joyous melodies of Kabbalat Shabbat together as a community and hearing a brief devar Torah.

Just before bringing in Shabbat with the final stanza of Lekha Dodi, we’ll bid each other Shabbat shalom and log off to light candles and start Shabbat the good ol’ unplugged way.

Have your Shabbat candles ready to light. If you have siddur (prayer book), please use it; we’ll also post the prayers on the screen.

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FENTSTER Opening: What Will Remain?

Mon, May 18
7pm

Livestream on FENTSTER’s Facebook page
FREE

Our friends at FENTSTER have installed a new, real-world exhibition in Makom’s storefront window (following safe distancing measures, of course), on view until Aug 14.

Toronto artist Robert Davidovitz created a striking stained glass art installation, paying homage to his roots in Vilna and to the fragile material that buttressed his family for generations, making their livelihoods from repairing broken windows.

The painting Marc Chagall made upon visiting the Vilna synagogue of an influential 18th-century Rabbi known as the Vilna Gaon. Davidovitz reinterpreted the colourful windows in Chagall’s canvas of the synagogue that was later destroyed during WWII. Cracked panes remind us how brokenness is a part of life, undeniable at a time when our existence feels shattered. 

Join the livestream opening for an engaging conversation between the artist Robert Davidovitz and curator Evelyn Tauben, hosted by esteemed international scholar, Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Ronald S. Lauder Chief Curator, Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw.

Featuring a live performance by the lead singer of the New York-based Yiddish rock band Yiddish PrincessSarah Gordon, of the poem “Ver Vet Blaybn” by Avrom Sutzkever, which inspired the exhibition title.

Click for more info. 

LAG BA-OMER FAMILY Bedtime Program

Tues, May 12
7:00-7:40pm

Online via Zoom or call 647-558-0588
Meeting ID: 835 2443 7272, Password: 016080
FREE

Families with kids! Let’s come together to celebrate Lag ba-Omer – the joyous 33rd day between Passover and Shauvot – with a bonfire, s’mores, crafts, music, and a bedtime story.

If you’re able, challenge your kid(s) craft a medurah (bonfire in Hebrew) beforehand and they’ll get to show it off during the program. (Crafting suggestions below.)

You can also make microwave s’mores to eat during the program – yum!

Questions? Contact Sorel.

Medurah (Bonfire) Crafting Tips:
You can make it flat or 3D.


For the wood: go outside and collect twigs, or use popsicle sticks (you can colour them brown) or brown paper (even from a paper bag), or create a textured base by putting a rough texture under the paper and rubbing over it with a brown crayon.


For the flames: tear up construction paper, tissue paper or wrapping paper and glue or tape it into the shape of a flame, or use markers to draw the flame.


For the night sky: if you’ve used a dark colour as the background for your bonfire, you can fill the night sky with stars using stickers, glitter glue or glitter pens, or even dots of tin foil.

LAG BA-OMER ZOOMZITZ (Kumzitz on Zoom)

Mon, May 11
8:30-9:30pm

Online via Zoom
RSVP in advance for the password
FREE

We’re not going to let the coronavirus keep us from celebrating Lag ba-Omer as a community! Kum zitz – Come sit with us online around a bonfire for singing and Torah.

If you want to share a song or some Torah, please email Josh, and we’ll be happy to slot you in!

This is a free event but please RSVP to receive the password.

Presented in partnership with Beth Lida and Annex Shul

Israeli Dancing

Tues, June 23

7:30-8:30pm

Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Password: 024117
FREE

Let’s dance! Join Adina for beginner-friendly, living-room-friendly Israeli dancing. All ages welcome.

Q: What should I wear on my feet?
A: Whatever’s comfortable! Depending on the nature of your floor, you may prefer to wear sneakers, or to be barefoot. If you have a smooth floor, socks can get slippery!

Q: I’ve never done Israeli dancing before. Can I still come?
A: Of course! I will teach the steps first, before we put them to music.

Q: How much space do I need?
A: I’m picking dances that are relatively small-space-friendly. If you can take about four steps forwards and four steps from side to side, then you can dance.

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TORAH Study: The Book of SAMUEL

Mondays, May 25 – June 22
10am – 12pm

$150 for 6 weeks

Registration Required

Join us online to learn and discuss the fascinating story of King David from the 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.

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Ask The Doctor

Next Thurs, Apr 30
8:30-9:30pm

Online via Zoom
or call 647-558-0588, meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Password: 024117
FREE

Join Dr. Melissa Melnitzer for a Q&A about COVID. Dr. Melnitzer is a physician with the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Mt. Sinai Hospital. She is a home-visiting doctor providing end-of-life care. She will be present to answer your questions and share her experiences with COVID in the community. Q&A will be facilitated by Dr. Melnitzer’s husband, Ari Kaplan, who is also the president of Makom.