Makom Families

May 19: Family Lag ba-Omer* Bonfire, Falafel & Games

For families with kids 0-10 and tweens/teens in grades 5-8…
Thurs, May 19
5:45-7:00pm
@Dovercourt Park
Free
(just pay for falafel if you want it)
Registration Required
Final deadline to order falafel: Thurs, May 19, 12noon!

  • Fun & active, Israeli kids’ games (groups for younger kids & tween/teens)
  • Fresh falafel sandwiches
  • Bonfire with potatoes, s’mores & songs
  • “What’s Lag ba-Omer?” 15-minute mini-class for parents
  • Meet other downtown Jewish families

B.Y.O. Water Bottle

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

[Separate gatherings & registrations for high school teens 7-8pm & adults 8-9pm.]

Donations greatly appreciated to help us cover costs (park permit, s’mores, firewood, staffing, etc).
Suggested donation: $18 per family

Any Qs? Email Ariel Zaltzman, Makom’s Director of Youth Education & Programming.

*Lag ba-Omer is a minor holiday marking the joyous 33rd day between Passover and Shauvot.

Presented by Makom & Families at the J

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April 10: Burn It Up! Family Hametz Hunt + Campfire

photo of children & teens around bonfire
Sun, April 10
4:00-5:15pm

@Dufferin Grove Park
Free
 – donations greatly appreciated!
Registration Required

Families with kids 0-10! Let’s have fun learning about the pre-Passover rituals of bedikat hametz (searching for leaven) and biur hametz (burning leaven).

  • Hametz hunt around the park
  • Burn hametz in the bonfire
  • Roast marshmallows
  • Eat s’mores
  • Seder songs singalong around the fire
  • Meet other downtown Jewish families

All families are welcome, including LGBTQ+ families and interfaith/intercultural families.

Cancelled in the event of rain.

Presented by Makom, Families at the J & PJ Library: Annex / Seaton Village / Wychwood / Dufferin Jewish Families

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March 16: Family Purim Puppet Show + Mini-Megillah Reading

drawing of scroll with Purim characters
Wed, March 16
5:30pm – Doors open
5:45-6:45pm – Program
@Cecil Community Centre 58 Cecil St
Free – donations greatly appreciated!
Registration Required

Celebrate Purim with a puppet show of the story of Esther! Then hear an abridged Megillah (scroll of Esther) reading in Hebrew and English while watching a slideshow of kids’ illustrations of the story.

Geared for children 0-8 years old; all are welcome!

Come in costume!
B.Y.O. Gragger/Ra`ashan/Noisemaker!

Read our Covid precautions.

Unable to join us in person? Register for the livestream and we’ll email you the Zoom link!

Presented by Makom & Toronto Patrtnership Minyan

Family Parashah Fun in the Park

photo of children & adults sitting in circle in park
Sun, Feb 13
4-5pm

@Trinity Bellwoods Park
Free

Registration Required


Families with kids 0-10! Let’s gather in the park to meet other downtown Jewish families, have a snack, play an active game, learn about the parashah (weekly Torah portion), and hear a story.

All families are welcome, including LGBTQ families and interfaith/intercultural families.

Any questions? Email Rabbi Aaron.

Tu bi-Shvat in the Park Family Celebration

tree with light behind it
This Sun, Jan 16
4-5pm
@Trinity Bellwoods Park

Free
Registration Required
Meetup location in the park provided upon registration

Families with kids 0-10! Let’s celebrate Tu bi-Shvat – the Jewish New Year for Trees – which begins this evening!

We’ll gather in the park to meet other downtown Jewish families, have a snack, do a nature scavenger hunt, learn about Tu bi-Shvat and trees, and hear a holiday story.

All families are welcome, including LGBTQ families and interfaith/intercultural families!

Any questions? Email Rabbi Aaron.

Family Fun & Havdalah in the Park

Photos of hands around a lit havdalah candle

Sat, Nov 20
4:45-5:45pm

Outdoors & In-Person near Bloor & Christie
(Exact location provided upon registration)
Registration Required
Free – donations greatly appreciated!

Families with kids 0-10! Let’s gather in the park to meet other downtown Jewish families; have a snack, play Jewish-themed games, hear a story from the parashah (Torah portion), learn a song, and do havdalah – the short and sweet ceremony for concluding Shabbat.

Rain or shine (we have shelter)

Register Now!

Families’ Pizza Party in the Park

Pizza Party, drawing of pizzas and soft drinks

Sun, Oct 17
5-6pm

Outdoors & In-Person near Bathurst & Dupont
(Exact location provided upon registration)
Registration Required
Just pay for your pizza: $2/slice

Families with kids 0-10! Let’s gather in the park to meet other downtown Jewish families; play fun, active games with a Jewish theme; and enjoy pizza* and drinks (juice boxes & water).

*Pizza will be distributed in a Covid-safe manner.

Register Now!

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)!

Get Ready for Passover! FAMILY Celebration


Sun, Mar 21
5:00-6:15pm

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

Let’s get ready for Pesah/Passover together! Join us for a fun and engaging program for kids in JK through grade 6 (and their parents) to help us prepare our homes, our tables, and our selves for freedom.

If you’re participating in the program, we’d love to give your family a free “Unboxing Jewish” Pesah kit, filled with fantastic materials to make your seders more participatory and meaningful. Supplies are very limited. In addition to registering your family with a “Family Ticket,” please select a “Request Unboxing Jewish Kit” ticket. First come, first served. Pick up your kit this week near Bathurst & Dundas. (If your child is enrolled in Makom Afterschool or ATID this year or was last year, we already delivered a kit to your home!) 

In the program, we’ll open our Pesah kits together, learn what to do with all the awesome items in them, play games, and design our own usable seder plates in breakout rooms* by age group.

*We’ve resolved the technical issues with breakout rooms we had on Purim. 😉

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.