Makom Families

Nov 5: Families’ Campfire, Song Circle & S’mores

Sunday, Nov 5
3:00-4:30pm
@Christie Pits Park
(map)
Registration Required by Wednesday, Nov 1

In these difficult times, many families could use an opportunity to gather with other Jewish families to be in community, sing, and enjoy the fall together.

Please join us for a campfire, s’mores, and song circle. Accompanied by guitar, we’ll sing English and Hebrew songs of peace, togetherness, and comfort.

B.Y.O. Water Bottle

This program is specifically for families with children. We have a separate campfire for adults and teens later in the afternoon.

All families with kids are welcome, including LGBTQ+ & interfaith/intercultural families.

Any Qs? Email Racheli Mandelker, Makom’s Director of Youth Education & Programming.

Presented by Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism & Families @ the J

Oct 15 – Dec 3: Parent + Tot Song & Story Circle

Join us for an 8 week parent/grandparent and tot program for children aged 1.5 through 3 years, where the fun of a play date meets the value of Jewish family education!

Sundays, Oct 15 – Dec 3
10:00 – 11:00am

@Makom (map)

Registration required by Wed, Oct 11

Cartoon of two children playing against a blue background. Text reads "PJ Plus: A weekly parent and tot program based on the PJ Library books. For ages 18 months to 3 years." Both the PJ Library and the UJA Federation logos are included.

Racheli Mandelker, our guitar-playing Director of Youth Education and Programming, will lead a fun and meaningful program focused on Jewish holidays, Shabbat, and Jewish values.

  • Interactive PJ Library story circle time
  • Arts & crafts
  • Music & movin’
  • Snack & schmoozin’

Feel free to share with any friends with little ones!

Oct 3: Families’ Pizza, Falafel & Crafts in the Sukkah

Connect with other families with kids over dinner and crafts while celebrating Sukkot.

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

A craft sukkah, complete with walls, roof, table, chairs, and decorations, made of lolly sticks and tissue paper.

Families will learn about and get to shake lulav and etrog, do a quick craft, and enjoy a yummy kosher dinner and dessert together, all in a sukkah.

Tuesday, Oct 3
5:45 – 7:00pm

@Kiever Synagogue Sukkah (map)

Registration required by Tues, Oct 3, at 12noon

Schedule

5:45pm: Lulav & Etrog, Crafts
6:15pm: Dinner

Please note that this program is for families with kids from infants up through grade 5.

Families of all Jewish identities are warmly welcome, including interfaith/intercultural and LGBTQ+. No Makom affiliation necessary.

Sep 24-25: Yom Kippur

Join us to welcome in the new Jewish year!

Please join us at Hart House for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Our uplifting, inspiring High Holiday offerings will include traditional services, family services, chanting, and meditation

We look forward to celebrating, reflecting, and singing our way through the Days of Awe together with you!

Registration is open to Makom members. We’ll send a High Holiday registration form to everyone who signs up for (or renews) their Makom membership.

Sep 16-17: Rosh Hashanah

Join us to welcome in the new Jewish year!

Please join us at Hart House for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Our uplifting, inspiring High Holiday offerings will include traditional services, family services, chanting, and meditation

We look forward to celebrating, reflecting, and singing our way through the Days of Awe together with you!

Registration is open to Makom members. We’ll send a High Holiday registration form to everyone who signs up for (or renews) their Makom membership.

Aug 19: Family Shabbat Afternoon in the Park

Saturday, August 19
4:30-6:30pm
@Vermont Square Park (map)
Free – donations greatly appreciated
B.Y.O. Picnic Dinner, Blanket & Water Bottle

Join other downtown Jewish families for a special Shabbat in the Park + Picnic! Enjoy some playground time, outdoor games and songs in a relaxed environment.

B.Y.O. Picnic Dinner, Blanket & Water Bottle, etc.
We’ll provide grape juice & mini-hallah rolls.

Geared for families with children ages 0-11. All families welcome, including LGBTQ+ and interfaith/intercultural families!

In the event of rain, the program is cancelled.

Any Qs? Email Racheli Mandleker, Makom’s Director of Youth Education & Programming.

July 8: Family Shabbat Service + Lunch

Got kids? Join us and other families for upbeat, abridged Shabbat morning family services, followed by Shabbat lunch!


Saturday July 8
10:00AM-12:30PM
@Makom (map)
Various price options available so finances aren’t an impediment to anyone’s participation.
Services do not require registration.

Services are geared for kids who just finished grades 1-5, but all families with kids are welcome.

Services are egalitarian with mixed seating, and will include prayers, songs, a Torah story and discussion to meaningfully engage adults and children together. Services will be led by Makom’s Director of Youth Education & Programming, Racheli Mandelker, and Rabbi Aaron.

At lunch, we’ll enjoy a  home-cooked, delicious vegan & kosher meal together.

Lunch registration required! We have various price options so that finances aren’t an impediment to anyone’s participation. Registration deadline: Thursday, July 6.

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Services don’t require registration.

Makom welcomes participants of all abilities. Makom’s main space is wheelchair accessible; unfortunately, the washroom and playroom are not. If you have an accessibility need or require any accommodations, please reach out to us.

April 2: Matzah Bake in the Park

Join us for a fun afternoon making and baking Matzah in an outdoor, wood-burning oven!


Sunday, April 2
3:00pm – 5:00pm
@Dufferin Grove Park – 875 Dufferin St (map)
Find us at the north-west corner of Dufferin Grove Park, near the ice rink.


Presented by Makom in partnership with Miles Nadal JCC, PJ Library and Camp Shomria.

Join us for a fun afternoon making and baking Matzah in an outdoor, wood-burning oven! See if you can mix, knead, roll and bake in 18 minutes or less!  Note: Matzah won’t be kosher for Passover but it’s still a wonderful way to prepare for Pesah.

All ages and abilities welcome! Kiddos will enjoy Passover stories read by our friends from PJ Library. If you have an accessibility need or require any accommodations, please reach out to us.

Public washrooms should be open.

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.

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.