Thurs, April 1 8-8:30pm Online via Zoom Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Password: 024117 FREE – donations greatly appreciated!
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 the last day of Passover. Since we won’t be able to gather* then, we’ll do so during hol ha-moed – the intermediate days of holiday.
We’ll say short prayers in Hebrew and English, sing, and reflect on lives lost.
ALL are welcome, whether you’re mourning a loved one or not. Please join us.
*We’re not gathering in person due to public health precautions nor online due to traditional restrictions on using electronics on holidays.
Due Thurs, Mar 25 FREE – donations greatly appreciated! Authorization forms: doc or pdf
Traditional Jewish law (Torah – Shemot/Exodus 12:19) forbids not only eating any hametz (leavened grain products) during Passover, but even owning any hametz. While it’s ideal to consume or donate (e.g., to a soup kitchen) all hametz prior to the morning before Passover starts, rabbinic tradition allows for the sale of hametz to a non-Jew, even while it remains on your premises.
If you’d like to sell your hametz through Makom, please complete and sign the linked form (in either doc or pdf format), scan it, and email it to aaron@makomTO.org by 12noon on Thurs, Mar 25.
Or you may mail the completed and signed form to: Rabbi Aaron Levy, 141 Markham St., Toronto, ON M6J 2G4. Mailed forms must reach Rabbi Aaron by Thurs, Mar 25.
Please note that selling hametz is a bit more complicated this year because Shabbat immediately precedes the start of Passover. The sale of hametz will be transacted on Fri, Mar 26 at approximately 6:00pm but will not take effect until Sat, Mar 27 at 12:15pm. It will apply only to hametz that you owned at 6:00pm on Mar 26. Any hametz you acquire after 6:00pm on Mar 26 will not be subject to this sale and must be given away or otherwise disposed of before 12:20pm on Sat, Mar 27.
FYI, the latest time to finish eating hametz on Saturday, March 27 is 11:18am.
There’s no fee for this service. Donations to Makom are appreciated (minimum suggested donation of $18). You may donate online or mail a cheque along with your form.
Have a question about what’s kosher for Passover, selling hametz, what to eat on Shabbat immediately before Pesah, what to feed your pets, or anything else Passover related? Log on to ask Rabbi Aaron your questions in an open, non-judgmental forum.
Fri, Feb 26 7:45-9am FREE – donations greatly appreciated! Registration Required Zoom link sent upon registration
Purim’s not over yet! More megillah in the morning.
7:45-8:00am – Parashat Zakhor: Fulfill the annual mitzvah of hearing 3 verses read from a Torah scroll, in which we’re commanded to remember Amalek’s attack on the Israelites after we left Egypt (Devarim/Deuteronomy 25:17-19). Text will be screen shared in Hebrew & English.
8:00-9:00am – Megillah Reading: Hear the full Book of Esther chanted by community members from scrolls. Text will be screen shared in Hebrew & English. WE RECOMMEND LOGGING ON A FEW MINUTES EARLY, AS READING WILL START AT 8:00 SHARP.
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Thurs, Feb 25 6:30-9:30pm FREE – donations greatly appreciated! Registration Required Zoom link sent upon registration
Join us for an outstanding Purim evening!
6:30-6:45pm – Ma`ariv (Evening Service): Traditional service in Hebrew (Ashkenazi text). Prayers will be screen shared in Hebrew & English. Since we won’t be physically together to form a minyan, we’ll say this substitute for mourners’ kaddish.
6:45-7:00pm – Parashat Zakhor: Fulfill the annual mitzvah of hearing 3 verses read from a Torah scroll, in which we’re commanded to remember Amalek’s attack on the Israelites after we left Egypt (Devarim/Deuteronomy 25:17-19). Text will be screen shared in Hebrew & English.
7:00-8:00pm – Megillah Reading: Hear the full Book of Esther chanted by community members from scrolls. Text will be screen shared in Hebrew & English. WE RECOMMEND LOGGING ON A FEW MINUTES EARLY, AS READING WILL START AT 7:00 SHARP.
8:00-8:30pm – Persian Music Live Concert: Navaye Kimia features Padideh Ahrarnejad on tar (a stringed instrument) and vocals and Ali Massoudi on tonbak (percussion) and vocals. Navaye Kimia means “precious song.” Nava and Kimia are also the names of Padideh and Ali’s daughters.
8:30-9:30pm – Games & Socializing: Stick around for fun games & hanging out with new and old friends in breakout rooms. BYOB!
Dec 10-17 5:30pm (except Fri, Dec 11 @ 4:15pm) Online via Zoom Meeting ID: 995 8672 6679 | Passcode: 402402 FREE – donations greatly appreciated!
Let’s light together! After lighting and singing the berakhot (blessings) and a few Hanukkah songs, we’ll have a different activity each night, hosted by a Makom member. We’ll screen share the words of the blessings and songs.
Thurs, Dec 10 – ISRAELI FOLK DANCING with Daphne Jackson Fri, Dec 11 – SHABBAT CANDLE LIGHTING + Torah Thought with Rabbi Aaron (4:15pm) Sat, Dec 12 – MUSICAL HAVDALAH + Melaveh Malkah (Singing out Shabbat) with Rabbi Aaron & Family Sun, Dec 13 – HANUKKAH SONGS in Hebrew, Yiddish + English with Evelyn Tauben & Family [Family Hanukkah Celebration also this night; see below] Mon, Dec 14 – TOP 10 ALBUMS of 2020 Review + Discussion with Ari Kaplan Tues, Dec 15 – HANUKKIYAH (Menorah) SHARING with Tae Hart Wed, Dec 16 – MOROCCAN SFINGE (Doughnut) COOKING DEMO with Lily Ohana & Family Thurs, Dec 17 – MOROCCAN MAOZ TZUR & PAINTING with Chaim Grafstein & Shayna Byer
Join us for one night or every night; we look forward to celebrating Hanukkah together with you!
Monday, July 31 8:30pm – Doors Open 8:45pm sharp – Services Start 10:15pm – Program Ends @ Kiever Synagogue – 25 Bellevue Ave.
FREE BRING FOOD TO DONATE + FLASHLIGHT
Please join Makom and the Kiever to usher in Tish`ah be-Av, the ninth day of the lunar month of Av.This date marks the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem and other tragedies in Jewish history. It is traditionally observed with fasting, refraining from wearing leather, and other mourning customs. (For more background, see here.)
Please BRING FOOD for St. Stephen’s Community House Corner Drop-In kitchen, in keeping with the spirit of Isaiah 58:6-7, “This is the fast I desire… It is to share your bread with the hungry.” Fresh produce, grains, and canned or boxed foods are all welcome.
We’ll pray the brief evening service and listen to the Biblical book of Eikhah (Lamentations), hauntingly chanted by a number of community members. As signs of mourning, it is customary to sit on the floor of the synagogue with the lights dimmed, so please BRING A FLASHLIGHT. We’ll also sing some songs, kinnot (elegies), and niggunim (wordless melodies).
If you’d like to chant a chapter or half-chapter of Eikhah, please contact Rabbi Aaron ASAP.
FYI, the fast begins Monday at sunset,8:41 pm, and ends Tuesday at nightfall, 9:30 pm.
There will be a low partition between women’s and men’s seating for the evening service, which will be removed for Eikhah and the rest of the evening’s program.
Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism is a grassroots Toronto community fusing Jewish tradition and progressive values through spirituality, learning and culture. Makom creates inclusive space that inspires diverse participants to explore together how Judaism can meaningfully enrich our lives.