holidays

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.

Community CANDLE LIGHTING + ACTIVITIES


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!

Lag Ba’Omer Bonfire and Picnic with the Shoresh Outdoor School

Thursday, May 3
5:30 – 8:30 PM
@ Dovercourt Park – 155 Fernbank Ave. 
$5/invididual, $10/family 
Tickets Here

Join Makom in partnership with the Shoresh Outdoor School in celebrating Lag ba-Omer – the joyous 33rd day of the journey from Passover to Shavuot – with a campfire and picnic in the park.

Pita making on the fire!
Fireside storytelling!
S’mores!
Singing!
Hanging out into the night!

5:30-5:45 Arrive & Schmooze
5:45-6:15 Storytelling & Pita Making with Shoresh Outdoor School
6:15-7:00 Picnic dinner (BYOP)
7:00-8:30 S’mores, music & singing around the bonfire

Bring:
Your picnic dinner + everything you need to eat it (e.g., utensils, cups, etc.)
Acoustic instruments

In the event of rain, program will be cancelled.

All ages welcome!

CANCELLED: Family HANUKKAH Party!

Sunday December 17
4 – 6pm
$10 per person ($5 for Makom or Kiever members)

@ Kiever Synagogue  25 Bellvue Ave.

Makom Families and Kiever Synagogue are throwing a Hanukkah party and you are invited!

Bring your own Hanukkiayah and light candles together as a community! Eat fresh latkes, and have a great time playing games and listening to stories.

Bring your family and friends – this is also a great opportunity to schmooze and celebrate with other downtown families.

Tickets: https://guestli.st/488973

Message for member discount code (admin@makomto.org)

TISH`AH BE-AV Eve

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.