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Interfaith Couples’ Online Gathering: What’s Torah?

Symbols of different religions around two people holding hands
Wed, Oct 13
8-9:30pm

Registration Required
(Zoom link sent upon registration)
FREE – donations greatly appreciated!

ALL* interfaith/intercultural** couples*** are invited to come together (virtually) to join our growing, warm community! We’ll get to know each other better and then learn about and discuss multiple meanings of “Torah.”

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Presented in partnership with Jewish&

*LGBTQ and straight couples warmly welcome!
**We use the term “interfaith” loosely, to include any couples with one Jewish partner and one partner who isn’t Jewish, whether they’re affiliated with another religion or not. (After all, we don’t usually call Judaism a “faith” either, but it’s common parlance in English.) Of course, interfaith couples who are also intercultural or interracial are most welcome as well!
***One or both partners of interfaith couples are welcome to join us.

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Shemirat ha-Guf (Caring for Your Body): Torah & Strength Training

Man sitting on rack of weights

Tues, Oct 5
6-7:30pm

Outdoors & In-Person near Bloor & Bathurst
(Exact location provided upon registration)
Registration Required
PWYC $10-20

Learn Torah and get a workout!

Lorne Opler, M.Ed., a personal trainer and Adjunct Professor of Fitness and Health Promotion at Humber College and Durham College (and member of the Makom community), together with Rabbi Aaron, will be leading a fun and active Torah/fitness class.

We’ll learn Jewish sources on health, disease prevention, healthy eating, and exercise and then Lorne will guide us in strength training exercises using resistance bands.

Everybody and every body is welcome!

Register Now!

Beyond the Torah: Jeremiah

Detail of Michelangel's painting of Jeremiah on the Sistine Chapel ceiling
Mondays, Oct 4 – Dec 13 (except Oct 11)
10am-12pm
Online via Zoom
$250 for 10 sessions 
Registration Required

The Biblical book of Yirmiyahu/Jeremiah is a collection of powerful, poetic speeches by this prophet of the seventh and sixth centuries BCE. He lived through the Babylonian conquest of the kingdom of Judah, destruction of Jerusalem, and exile of the Jewish people, which led him to challenge both his own people and God in emotional outpourings.

Join us online to learn and discuss a chapter or two each week 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.

Weekly Wisdom: Torah for Personal Growth – Elul Edition

Torah scroll text and pointer

Tuesdays, Aug 10-31
8-9pm

Free – donations greatly appreciated!

Registration Required


Zoom link sent upon registration
(Sign up once for the whole series; no need to register each week.)
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During the month of Elul, leading up to Rosh Hashanah, it’s traditional to work more conscientiously on improving ourselves through ethical and spiritual growth.

Each week, we’ll focus on one piece of the parashah (weekly Torah portion) and through text study and open discussion, we’ll discover positive messages in it that we can apply to our lives.

Everyone is welcome!
No commitment; come when you can.
No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required.

Register Now

Beyond the Torah: Jeremiah

Detail of Michelangel's painting of Jeremiah on the Sistine Chapel ceiling
Mondays, Aug 9-30
10am-12pm

Online via Zoom
$100 for 4 sessions 
Registration Required

The Biblical book of Yirmiyahu/Jeremiah is a collection of powerful, poetic speeches by this prophet of the seventh and sixth centuries BCE. He lived through the Babylonian conquest of the kingdom of Judah, destruction of Jerusalem, and exile of the Jewish people, which led him to challenge both his own people and God in emotional outpourings.

Join us online to learn and discuss a chapter or two each week 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.

The Poetry of Psalms

Marc Chagall painting of King David playing harp
5 Mondays, May 31 – June 28
10am-12noon

$125 for 5 sessions 
Registration Required

The Biblical book of Tehillim – Psalms – is a collection of diverse, powerful poems from ancient Israel, giving voice to a wide range of emotions and beliefs. Various psalms comprise significant parts of traditional Jewish services and are also recited on their own as personal prayer.

Join us online to learn and discuss a selection of psalms 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.

Weekly Wisdom: Torah for Personal Growth

Torah scroll text and pointer
Tues, May 25
8-9pm

Free – donations greatly appreciated!
Registration Required
Zoom link sent upon registration
(Sign up once for the whole series; no need to register each week.)
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Let’s work on improving ourselves through ethical and spiritual growth.

Each week, we’ll focus on one piece of the parashah (weekly Torah portion) and through text study and open discussion, we’ll discover positive messages in it that we can apply to our lives.

Everyone is welcome!
No commitment; come when you can.
No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required.

Tikkun Pre-Shavuot: Late-Night Learning Festival

Making It Count


Sat, May 15
9:45pm-12:30am

Online via Zoom or call 647-558-0588
Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Passcode: 024117
FREE – donations greatly appreciated!
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As Shabbat ends and Shavuot approaches, join us for a spirited, musical Havdalah followed by insightful and inspiring mini-classes by top teachers from multiple communities.

On this final night of the Omer – the period of counting each day from Passover to Shavuot – we’ll delve into this practice and explore what it means for us to count our days and make them count.

We’re honoured to have five half-hour classes. Join us for as much or as little as you’d like!

9:45pm Havdalah & Counting the Last Day of the Omer
10:00 Dr. Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein – Serach Bat Asher: Every Wo(Man) Counts
10:30 Joshua Schwartz – Literal Creativity: Remaking the World with Letters (& Numbers!)  
11:00 Aaron Rotenberg – Measuring Holiness in Time & Space 
11:30 Rabbi Aaron Levy – Lucky Number 7?
12am Becky Friedman – Va-Yehi Ba-Hatzi ha-Lilah: And It Happened At Midnight  

Presented by Annex Shul, Beth Lida, Eshel Toronto, Makom & Toronto Partnership Minyan

Weekly Wisdom: Torah for Personal Growth

Torah scroll text and pointer
Tuesdays, April 6 – May 11
8-9pm

Free – donations greatly appreciated!
Registration Required
Zoom link sent upon registration

In preparation for receiving the Torah on Shavuot, let’s work on improving ourselves through ethical and spiritual growth.

Each week, we’ll focus on one piece of the parashah (weekly Torah portion) and through text study and open discussion, we’ll discover positive messages in it that we can apply to our lives.

Everyone is welcome!
No commitment; come when you can.
No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required.
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Torah Study: The Kings of Israel

Traditional Hebrew books
Mondays, March 8 – May 3 (not Mar 29)
10am-12pm
$200 for 8 sessions 
Registration Required

Join us online to learn and discuss the tumultuous period leading up to the Assyrian conquest of Northern Israel from the Biblical Book of Melakhim/Kings from a great variety of perspectives: ancient and modern, traditional and academic, literary and historical, etc.  During this series, we’ll study the conclusion of II Kings (chapters 10-25).

No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required. Contact Rabbi Aaron for more info and to register.