Programs

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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Days of Awe Prep: Wake Up! The SHOFAR

Next Thurs, Sept 3
12-1pm

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

Let’s prepare ourselves for the Days of Awe together through three weeks of thematic classes. 

What are the physical and spiritual properties of the shofar? How can it help us improve ourselves, our relationships, and the world? We’ll learn and discuss traditional Jewish sources to find out!

Upcoming Topic
SELIHOT: Praying for Forgiveness – Sept 10

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

Feed The Hungry: Soup Kitchen Pilot

Shopping: Next Wed, Sept 2, 4-530pm
Cooking: Next Thurs, Sept 3, 9-11am

In collaboration with Makom’s neighbour, Fort York Food Bank, we’ll be preparing freshly cooked meals for 75 people experiencing hunger and homeslessness.

We need volunteers to shop for the ingredients on Wed and cook the food at Makom on Thurs morning, in time to take the meals down the block for lunchtime distribution at FYFB.

We’ll follow safety precautions to keep volunteers and meal recipients safe. Food will be both kosher and vegetarian.

To volunteer, please contact David Fishbayn, Makom’s Administrative and Marketing coordinator, ASAP.

In this time of increased need, please help provide nourishing food to our fellow Torontonians who sorely lack it.

Thank you to Brittany Rusinek and Aron Berger for helping to sponsor this program in honour of their recent wedding – mazal tov!

Additional sponsors are welcome. Please contact Rabbi Aaron

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Online Friday Night Services

Next Fri, Aug 28
7:00-7:45pm
Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Password: 024117
FREE

We’ll wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat by singing the joyous melodies of Kabbalat Shabbat together as a community and hearing a brief devar Torah.

Just before bringing in Shabbat with the final stanza of Lekha Dodi, we’ll bid each other Shabbat shalom and log off to light candles and start Shabbat the good ol’ unplugged way.

Have your Shabbat candles ready to light. If you have siddur (prayer book), please use it; we’ll also post the prayers on the screen.

TORAH Study: Solomon’s Story

Mondays, July 27, Aug 10 – 31
10am – 12pm
$125 for 5 sessions
Registration Required

Join us online to learn and discuss the checkered life of King Solomon from the Biblical Book of Kings from a great variety of perspectives: ancient and modern, traditional and academic, literary and historical, etc.

No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required. Contact Rabbi Aaron for more info and to register.

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NeySHEV Jewish MEDITATION

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

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 10 minutes early to settle in, set up your space, and ensure that your video and audio are working properly.