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!
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 Princess, Sarah Gordon, of the poem “Ver Vet Blaybn” by Avrom Sutzkever, which inspired the exhibition title.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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