Programs

HAVDALAH at Home


Sat, Nov 28
5:45-6:15pm

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

Let’s gather together to conclude Shabbat with a sing-along havdalah followed by a short Melaveh Malkah – escorting out the Shabbat queen with joyous songs – and socializing in small groups.

Best if you have your own havdalah items ready to go so we can all say havdalah together: something to drink (wine, grape juice, beer, tea, juice, etc.), fragrant spices or herbs, and a multi-wicked candle (or just hold any two regular candles together), but if not, no worries.

The KABBALAH of Kabbalat Shabbat: LEKHA DODI


Thurs, Nov 26
12-1pm

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

Discover the mystical meanings of the Friday night service to welcome Shabbat! We’ll explore the origins, structure, and kabbalistic (mystical) layers of Kabbalat Shabbat through participatory text study and discussion. In this, our final session of this three-part series, we’ll focus on the mystical prayer Lekha Dodi.

Everyone is welcome! No prior Jewish learning experience required. Sources presented in both Hebrew and English translation.

NeySHEV Jewish MEDITATION

Mon evening, Aug 24 | 8:00-8:30pm
Fri morning, Aug 28  | 7:45-8:45am

Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 964 714 782, Password: 025334

Pay What You Can – all are welcome no matter your financial situation
Monday sessions: $10 minimum recommended
Friday sessions: $20 minimum recommended
Canadians: E-transfer to chernick.aviva@gmail.com
Outside of Canada: Pay by Paypal here

Please RSVP to Aviva, especially if this is your first time joining neySHEV

A beautiful way to end your Monday or begin your Friday. Come sit in a circle of community in silence, song and Torah led by meditation teacher, musician and prayer leader Aviva Chernick.

No previous meditation or mindfulness practice necessary. Just come with your curiosity and tender heart. You are welcome just as you are.

Please log on a few minutes early to settle in, set up your space, and ensure that your video and audio are working properly.

In-Person, Outdoor FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICES

Fri, Oct 30
5:30-6:30pm

Outdoors & In-Person near Bloor & Bathurst

(exact location provided upon registration)
FREE
REGISTRATION REQUIRED by 4pm, Oct 30
LIMITED SPACE
If it’s raining at 4pm or later, services will be cancelled.

It’s getting dark earlier, so this will be our last in-person, Friday night service for many months. Let’s safely gather together in real life while we still can!

Wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat outdoors with soulful and song-filled services.

For our community’s and broader society’s safety, we are strictly following Toronto Public Health’s Guidance for Places of Worship.

If you feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms, you must stay home.

Please bring:

  • MASK that covers your nose, mouth & chin (MANDATORY!)
  • Blanket, cushion, or chair for sitting (optional)
  • Siddur/prayer book (optional); we’ll have photocopies of services in Hebrew & phonetic transliteration available
  • Kippah/head covering (if you wear one during services)

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.

Children are welcome if they can sit next to their parent for the full duration of services and maintain physical distancing from all others. Children must be registered as well.

Please note that washrooms will NOT be available.

Don’t forget to register now.

WHY DID JUDAISM START?

Thurs, Oct 29
12-1pm


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

Who started Judaism and why? We’ll delve into one of my all-time favourite midrashim (rabbinic interpretations), which is on this week’s Torah portion, to explore and discuss these big questions philosophically and spiritually (not historically).

Everyone is welcome! No prior Jewish learning experience required. Sources presented in both Hebrew and English translation.

URBAN HIKE: Hidden Waters

Sun, Oct 25
2-4pm

Outdoors & In-Person
Start: near St Clair & Wychwood (exact location provided upon registration)
End: Fort York

Very Limited Spots
REGISTRATION Required
$10-20/person (PWYC)
FREE for Makom Members (registration still required)

Join us for a fun 8 km hike through Toronto neighbourhoods and parks while we enjoy each other’s company, take in the fall foliage, and learn about our city’s history from 100,000 years ago to today through the lens of water.

We recently started praying for rain in the daily amidah, an acknowledgement of both our dependence on water and our attempts to control it. Over the hike, we’ll explore how water shapes our built environment and how humans influence natural waterways as we follow the full length of now-hidden Garrison Creek.

Masks Mandatory!
You’re welcome to walk your bicycle for the hike.
Rain date: Nov 8

SHOULD WE EAT ANIMALS? Veganism, Vegetarianism & Judaism

Thurs, Oct 22
12-1pm

Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Password: 024117
FREE (donations appreciated)

We’ll explore diverse Jewish sources, from the Torah to modernity, on the ethics, halakhah (Jewish law), and kabbalah (mysticism) of eating animals.

Carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores are all welcome! No prior Jewish learning experience required. Sources presented in both Hebrew and English translation.

Judaism on JOY in ANOTHER’S MISFORTUNE

Thurs, Oct 15
12-1pm

Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Password: 024117
FREE

Feeling happy about a certain U.S. politician’s illness? Or repulsed by gleeful reactions to it? Or unsure what’s the right way to feel and express yourself in such circumstances?

Through text study and discussion, we’ll explore the wisdom Judaism has to offer us about experiencing joy in another’s misfortune.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME. No prior Jewish learning experience required. Sources presented in both Hebrew and English translation.

PELTING ETROGS! + Other Surprising Sukkot Sources

Thurs, Oct 8
12-1pm

Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Password: 024117
FREE

Join us for learning and discussion of some fun, lesser-known Jewish sources about Sukkot that will help us better understand key meanings and messages of the holiday.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME. No prior Jewish learning experience required. Sources presented in both Hebrew and English translation.

In-Person, Outdoor Friday Night Services

Next Fri, Sept 4
7-8pm
Outdoors & In-Person near Bloor & Bathurst

(exact location provided upon registration)
FREE
REGISTRATION ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED for public health purposes
LIMITED SPACE

If it’s raining at 5pm or later, we’ll be online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Password: 024117

Wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat with soulful and song-filled services.

For our community’s and broader society’s safety, we are strictly following Toronto Public Health’s Guidance for Places of Worship.

If you feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms, you must stay home.

Please bring:

  • MASK that covers your nose, mouth & chin (MANDATORY!)
  • Blanket, cushion, or chair for sitting (optional)
  • Siddur/prayer book (optional); we’ll have photocopies of services in Hebrew & phonetic transliteration available
  • Kippah/head covering (if you wear one during services)

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.

Any children who come must be able to sit next to their parent for the full duration of services and maintain physical distancing from all others. Children must be registered as well.

Please note that washrooms will NOT be available.

Don’t forget to register now.

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