holidays

Tishah be-Av Eve, Outdoors & In Person

Hands holding open Hebrew book with lit candle
Sat, July 17
10:15-11:30pm

Outdoors & In-Person near Bloor & Christie
Exact location provided upon registration
Registration Required
Limited Space
Free – donations greatly appreciated!
Rain or Shine (we have shelter)

Please join us for a powerful, contemplative evening marking historical Jewish loss and ongoing brokenness in the world as we usher in Tishah 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.)

We’ll pray the brief evening service and listen to the Biblical book of Eikhah/Lamentations, hauntingly chanted by community members. We’ll also sing some songs, kinnot (elegies), and niggunim (wordless melodies).

For everyone’s safety, we are following Toronto Public Health’s updated Guidance for Places of Worship, which requires that we maintain physical distancing, but does not require masks outdoors so long as physical distancing is maintained. If you feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms, you must stay home.

Please bring:

  • Flashlight
  • Blanket, cushion, or chair for sitting (it’s customary to sit low to the ground for Eikhah)
  • Cash to donate toward feeding the hungry, 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.”
  • Kippah/head covering (if you wear one during services)
  • Mask (optional)

Please note that washrooms will not be available.

Seating will be physically distant and there will be separate sections for women’s, men’s, and mixed (all genders) seating, from which you can choose when you register. Since we’ll be outdoors and not in a regular prayer space, there won’t be curtains between these sections.

FYI, the fast begins Sat at sunset,8:55pm, and ends Sun at nightfall, 9:32pm.

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Family Shavuot Celebration

Cartoon of Mount Sinai with 10 Commandments and children

Sun, May 16
5-6pm

FREE – donations greatly appreciated!
Registration Required
Zoom link & ingredient list sent upon registration

Let’s get ready for Shavuot together! Join us for a fun and engaging program for kids in JK through grade 6 (and their parents) to help us think about why we have the Torah and 10 Commandments, which we celebrate receiving on Shavuot.

We’ll hear the story of the giving of the Torah on Mt Sinai, have family discussions in breakout rooms, and make no-bake cheesecake (dairy & vegan versions)!

Yizkor Memorial Services

A lit memorial candle

Sun, May 16
9-9:30am

Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Password: 024117
FREE – donations greatly appreciated!
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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 second day of Shavuot. Since we won’t be able to gather online then*, we’ll do so during the morning before Shavuot.

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.

*Due to traditional restrictions on using electronics on holy days

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

YIZKOR Memorial Services


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.

SELL YOUR HAMETZ

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.

ASK THE RABBI: Passover Q&A


Mon, Mar 22
8-8:30pm

Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Password: 024117
FREE – donations greatly appreciated!

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.

PURIM MORNING Megillah Reading & Zakhor

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.

PURIM EVE Megillah Reading, Live Concert & Games Night


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 ConcertNavaye 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!

FAMILY Purim Celebration


Thurs, Feb 25
5:15-6:15pm

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

Families with kids! Let’s celebrate Purim together. Fun Purim activities in breakout rooms for kids (& parents) JK-grade 1, grades 2-3, 4-5 & 6-8.

Abridged Megillah reading in Hebrew & English with slideshow of kids’ illustrations.