holidays

Feb 5: Family Tu bi-Shvat Seder + Pizza Dinner

A tree with sunlight streaming through its branches


Sun, Feb 5
5-7pm

@Makom – 402 College St (map)
$15 adults/teens, $10 kids (10% discount for Makom Members)
Registration Required by Thurs, Feb 2

Celebrate Tu bi-Shvat – the Jewish New Year for Trees – with a special seder for families!

  • Family-based learning about the holiday
  • Fun activities
  • Fruits
  • Grape juice
  • Pizza
  • Salad
  • Dessert

Geared for kids in grades 1-5 and their parents, grandparents, and guardians.
Limited space; register by Thursday, Feb 2!

If cost presents a hardship for you, please contact Rabbi Aaron.

Dec 19-22: Candles on College

Community Hanukkah Candle Lightings


Mon, Dec 19 – Thurs, Dec 22
5:30-6:30pm

@Makom – 402 College St (map)
Free

Join us for Hanukkah candle lighting, singing, treats, and more right in front of Makom and Fentster on the College Street sidewalk.

Drop by any time 5:30-6:30pm; candle lighting 6pm sharp.

  • 2nd night, Mon, Dec 19 – hot cocoa & Hanukkah rock for everyone
  • 3rd night, Tues, Dec 20 – live music, art* & treats together with Fentster, Ashkenaz, MNjcc & Kultura Kollective
  • 4th night, Wed, Dec 21 – especially for Teens (all ages invited for 6pm candle lighting, singing & cocoa)
  • 5th night, Thurs, Dec 22 – especially for Makom ATID students & families (all ages invited for 6pm candle lighting, singing & cocoa)

Celebrate one or more evenings of Hanukkah with us on College!

*Tuesday night will also feature the public inauguration of artist Rob Shostak’s tongue-and-cheek Toronukkah – his hanukkiyah ode to a quintessential Toronto landmark!

In the event of extreme weather, we’ll meet indoors with masking requested except when eating.

Please note that access to College Street is currently limited due to roadwork. Check for transit and other updates.

Dec 17: IGNITE! Tikkun Leil Hanukkah

A New Festival of Jewish Culture + Learning
for Adults, Teens & Families  


This Sat, Dec 17
6pm – 12am

In Person @Holy Blossom Temple – 1950 Bathurst St (map)
Online Option also available
Adult Program: $20/adult suggested donation
Family Program: $30/family (includes dinner)
Teen Program: $18/teen (includes dinner)
Register Now

Ignite a new tradition for Hanukkah. IGNITE! opens with a community-wide havdalah for all ages, then breaks into a choose-your-own-adventure of 15 arts-based workshops, performances, and Jewish study sessions, plus programs for teens and for families with kids ages 5-12.

The centrepiece of the program is a hybrid live/virtual variety concert (9:45-10:45pm) curated by the Ashkenaz Festival, in which artists from around the corner and around the world will bring us fresh musical performances inspired by the themes of the season. Performers include Allan Merovitz, Aviva Chernick, The Barrel Boys, Finjan, Mostly Kosher, Socalled, The Rosenblatt Family (Jason, Rachel and Abby), and Toronto Klezmer Society.

Kosher food available for purchase. (Dinner included in Family & Teen tickets.)

Adult Program
Among the 15 arts-based workshops, performances, and Jewish study sessions, Makom members Lily Ohana and Chaim Grafstein will lead a session on North African Hanukkah customs and cooking Sfinj (Moroccan doughnuts) at 6:45pm. Rabbi Aaron will lead Table Drumming & Chanting at 11pm.

Family Program (parents & kids 5-12)
Family tickets include communal havdalah at 6pm, light kosher dinner, and a shorter program until 7:45pm.

Teen Program (grades 8-12)
Teen tickets include communal havdalah at 6pm, light kosher dinner, and fun Hanukkah activities until midnight including art, learning & debate with Rabbi Aaron, and a movie.

Holy Blossom’s Covid Policy
Masks are appreciated and encouraged, but not required.

Presented by The Holy Blossom Temple Centre for Arts and Culture, Annex Shul, Ashkenaz Foundation, Beth Tzedec Congregation, City Shul, Danforth Jewish Circle, First Narayever Congregation, Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism, Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Congregation Shir Libeynu, Temple Sinai Congregation, and the UJA Committee for Yiddish

Oct 22: Shabbat Morning Services

Please join us for soulful and song-filled Shabbat morning services with Torah reading and a devar Torah (Torah teaching).

When: Saturday, October 22, 9:30am – 12pm 
Where: Makom’s office, 402 College Street (map)

Registration is required. Please register by Friday, October 21 at 12pm.

Oct 17: Simchat Torah Eve Services, Hakafot & Snacks

Join us for Simchat Torah evening services indoors as well as outdoor Hakafot (singing and dancing with the Torah) and snacks.

When: Monday, October 17, 8 – 10pm 
Where: Wolfond Centre, 36 Harbord Street (map)

Oct 15: Interfaith Couples & Families: Open Sukkah & Snacks

Drop in to meet other interfaith couples and families, eat a snack in the sukkah, and learn about the holiday of Sukkot.

When: Saturday, October 15, 3 – 5pm 
Where: Address to be sent upon registration

Have questions? Please reach out to Rabbi Aaron.

Registration is required. Please register by Friday, October 14 at 12pm.

Oct 14: Friday Night Sukkot Services & Kiddush in the Sukkah

Join us for some doubly-joyous services in the Sukkah as we simultaneously celebrate Sukkot and welcome Shabbat!

After services, we’ll enjoy some snacks for kiddush and each other’s company.

When: Friday, October 14, 6 – 8pm 
Where: Kiever Synagogue Sukkah, 25 Bellevue Avenue (map)

Services are free to attend, however donations are greatly appreciated.

Services in the Sukkah will have men’s, women’s, and mixed (all genders) seating sections.

In the event of rain, services will be held inside the Kiever Synagogue, where masking will be required as well as proof of triple vaccination.

Oct 12: Downtown Jewish Teens: Pizza in the Sukkah

Calling all Jewish high school teens!

Come connect with other downtown Jewish teens, enjoy some pizza and learn about the holiday of Sukkot, all in a sukkah (holiday hut).

When: Wednesday, October 12, 6 – 8pm 
Where: Location to be sent upon registration

Have questions? Please reach out to Rabbi Aaron.

Please register by October 12 at 12pm.

Oct 12: Family Sukkah Dinner

Bring your kids for a fun and relaxed community dinner in the Sukkah!

When: Wednesday, October 12, 5:45 – 7pm 
Where: Kiever Synagogue Sukkah, 25 Bellevue Avenue (map)

Families will learn about lulav and etrog, do a quick craft, and enjoy a yummy kosher dinner together.

Please register by October 12 at 12pm.

Sept 18: Apple Picking + Picnic for All Ages


Sun, Sept 18
11:30am-1:30pm

@Applewood Farm (in Stouffville, map)
Free – donations greatly appreciated!
Registration Required

Bring in a sweet new year with apples you picked yourself.

Get out of the city and into the beautiful countryside for a community picnic; fun & meaningful Rosh Hashanah preparation for kids; and local apple picking!

11:30 Bring your own picnic lunch
12:15 Rosh Hashanah story & outdoor game for school-aged kids
1:00 Pick your own apples.

The orchard charges a $10 admission fee per person age 3+; kids 2 and under are free.

The admission fee includes one pick your own pumpkin or squash per paid entry (while quantities last).

The picked apples are charged per bag, so remember to fill your bags all the way up.

  • $15 per 10lb bag
  • $25 per 20lb bag

(bags are provided)

Bring Your Own picnic lunch, blanket, water bottle & bags to take home your apples.

Organize carpools on Makom’s Facebook group.

**Cancelled in event of rain.**