Programs

June 12 – Art Opening

If you haven’t yet seen Parchment – artist Rob Shostak’s wonderful new FENTSTER installation in Makom’s storefront window – join us for the opening, Sunday, June 12, 2:30-4:30pm.

We’ll gather outdoors to enjoy the art, homemade challah bites, and live music from The Horables, blending Klezmer, Django-style jazz, polkas, and rags from the age of steam.

June 4 – Downtown Tikkun Leil Shavuot


After a two-year Covid hiatus, this incredible festival of diverse Jewish learning is back in person, in a condensed format, from 6:00 to 11:30pm.

Among the many fascinating sessions (and snacks!), our community will offer holiday ma’ariv/evening services (9:30pm on the MNjcc rooftop) and Rabbi Aaron will teach “When’s Shavuot?! Adventures in the Jewish Multiverse” (10:45pm in Robert Street Park at Sussex). In the event of rain, sessions will be held inside the MNjcc.

It’s free and open to all, but registration’s required by Friday afternoon. You won’t want to miss it!

May 19: Lag ba-Omer Bonfire, Falafel & S’mores for Adults

For adults only…

Celebrate Lag ba-Omer* in the park!

Thurs, May 19
8:00-9:00pm
Dovercourt Park

  • Enjoy fresh falafel sandwiches
  • Roast s’mores & potatoes on the bonfire
  • Hang out with new and old friends in warm community

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

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

[Separate gatherings & registrations for families with younger kids 5:45-7pm and high school teens 7-8pm.]

Free! Just pay for your falafel.

Donations greatly appreciated to help us cover costs (park permit, s’mores, firewood, staffing, etc).

Final deadline to order falafel: Thurs, May 19, 12noon!

Any Qs? Email Rabbi Aaron.

Register Now!

May 19: Teen Lag ba-Omer celebration in the park

For high school teens only…

Celebrate Lag ba-Omer* in the park!

  • Enjoy fresh falafel sandwiches
  • Roast s’mores & potatoes on the bonfire
  • Hang out withother downtown Jewish teens

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

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Want to volunteer with the younger kids’ program 5-7pm (for H.S. volunteer hours, if you want)? Check the box when you register.

All Jewish high school teens are welcome, including LGBTQ+ & from interfaith/intercultural families.

[Separate gatherings & registrations for families with younger kids 5:45-7pm and adults 8-9pm.]

Free!

Donations greatly appreciated to help us cover costs (park permit, falafel, s’mores, firewood, staffing, etc).

Final deadline to order falafel: Thurs, May 19, 12noon!

Any Qs? Email Rabbi Aaron.

Register Now!

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

Register Now!

Cancelled: June 18 Shabbat Morning Services

Partially open Torah scroll, as read from in Shabbat morning services

Sat, June 18
Unfortunately, this service has been cancelled. We hope to see you next time!

May 21: Shabbat Morning Services

Partially open Torah scroll, as read from in Shabbat morning services

Sat, May 21
9:30am-12:00pm
Free

Near Harbord & Spadina
(Exact location provided upon registration)
Registration Required by Friday 12noon – register below!

Please join us for soulful and song-filled Shabbat morning services with Torah reading and a devar Torah (Torah teaching).

As a diverse and inclusive Jewish community, Makom has mens’, womens’, and mixed (all genders’) seating sections. Female, male, and gender non-binary Jews can lead parts of services, read and be called up to the Torah, and count in our double minyanim of both 10 Jewish men and 10 Jews regardless of gender. Makom services follow the full traditional liturgy (prayer text).

Covid Precautions

Because Makom’s storefront is too cozy for Covid, we’re renting a much larger space so that we can properly distance. The HVAC system and large, stand-alone HEPA air purifier unit provide good ventilation.

Everyone age 2 and over must wear a mask at all times while in the building. Adults and kids age 5+ must wear surgical mask or respirator (KF94, KN95 or N95); cloth masks are no longer acceptable. We will provide adult- and kid-sized surgical masks for anyone who doesn’t have one. Kids 2-4 should wear whatever mask they will wear consistently and fits best.

Anyone who, within the last 10 days, had symptoms of Covid-19 or a household member with a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 must not attend.

Vaccination Policy

Adults, teens, and kids 5+ must be vaccinated to the fullest extent eligible* (including boosters), and must provide an enhanced vaccination certificate** with a QR code upon registration. If you have a valid medical exemption you must provide your verified certificate with a QR code.

Adults must bring ID with their name and birthdate to services.

*In most cases, the “fullest extent eligible” means:

  • Adults (18+) need boosters, or to have received their second dose within the past four months.
  • Teens (12-17) need boosters, or to have received their second dose within the past seven months.
  • Kids 5-11 need three doses, or to have received their first dose within the past two months.
  • In all cases, 14 days must have passed for a vaccine dose to be counted.

Adults and teens 12+ who were infected with Covid within the past four months, and had received two doses prior to this Covid infection, are exempt from the booster requirement. (This is in accordance with guidance from NACI that people infected with Covid after completing their primary vaccine series but before getting their booster should get their booster three months after infection.) If this applies to you, please upload your enhanced vaccination certificate showing two doses and email us with the date your symptoms began (or your positive test date if you were asymptomatic).

If you have questions about our policies, please contact us.

**You can download your proof of vaccination from the Ontario website here. If you were vaccinated outside Ontario, you can obtain an Ontario certificate by first reporting your vaccination information to your local public health unit. For Toronto residents, that form is here.

Registration

Every Tues: Takeout Torah Mini-Class

Photo of food in takeout carton

Every Tuesday in May
8:00-8:30pm
Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 894 1628 0680, Passcode: 71826613
Free – donations greatly appreciated!
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We’ll deliver Torah right to your home! We’ll focus on a brief piece of the parashah (weekly Torah portion) together with a commentary or midrash (interpretation). Through guided text study and discussion, we’ll arrive at an inspiring message we can apply in our lives.

Everyone is welcome!
No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required.

May 6: Friday Night Services

Colourful Hebrew letters spelling Shabbat Shalom

Friday, May 6
6:30-7:45pm
Near Bathurst & College (exact location provided upon registration)

Free – donations greatly appreciated!

Registration Required by Friday at noon – register below. You must bring photo ID in order to enter the building.

Please join us for Makom’s soulful, song-filled Friday night services!

As a diverse and inclusive Jewish community, Makom has mens’, womens’, and mixed (all genders’) seating sections. Female, male, and gender non-binary Jews can lead parts of services, and count in our double minyanim of both 10 Jewish men and 10 Jews regardless of gender. At our services, we follow the full traditional liturgy (prayer text).

Covid Precautions

Because Makom’s storefront is so cozy, we’re imposing a capacity limit so that we can properly distance. The open windows and stand-alone HEPA air purifier unit will provide good ventilation.

Everyone age 2 and over must wear a mask at all times while in the building. Adults and age 5+ must wear a surgical mask or respirator (KF94, KN95 or N95); cloth masks are no longer acceptable. We will provide adult- and kid-sized surgical masks for anyone who doesn’t have one. Kids 2-4 should wear whatever mask they will wear consistently and fits best.

Anyone who, within the last 10 days, had symptoms of Covid-19 or a household member with a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 must not attend.

Vaccination Policy

Adults, teens, and kids 5+ must be vaccinated to the fullest extent eligible* (including boosters), and must provide an enhanced vaccination certificate** with a QR code upon registration. If you have a valid medical exemption you must provide your verified certificate with a QR code.

Adults must bring ID with their name and birthdate to services.

*In most cases, the “fullest extent eligible” means:

  • Adults (18+) need boosters, or to have received their second dose within the past four months.
  • Teens (12-17) need boosters, or to have received their second dose within the past seven months.
  • Kids 5-11 need three doses, or to have received their first dose within the past two months.
  • In all cases, 14 days must have passed for a vaccine dose to be counted.

Adults and teens 12+ who were infected with Covid within the past four months, and had received two doses prior to this Covid infection, are exempt from the booster requirement. (This is in accordance with guidance from NACI that people infected with Covid after completing their primary vaccine series but before getting their booster should get their booster three months after infection.) If this applies to you, please upload your enhanced vaccination certificate showing two doses and email us with the date your symptoms began (or your positive test date if you were asymptomatic).

If you have questions about our policies, please contact us.

**You must provide your enhanced vaccination certificate with a valid QR code. You can download your proof of vaccination from the Ontario website here. If you were vaccinated outside Ontario, you can obtain an Ontario certificate by first reporting your vaccination information to your local public health unit. For Toronto residents, that form is here.

Registration

Weds, May 4 – June 22: 8 Prophets in 8 Weeks

cover of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel's book "The Prophets"

8 Wednesdays, May 4 – June 22
12-1pm
Online

$120 for the series ($80 reduced rate available)
Registration Required
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What do our ancient Jewish prophets have to say to us? And why did Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel call the prophets “some of the most disturbing people who have ever lived”? Let’s delve into eight of their very shortest books to find out!

Each week, we’ll explore the historical context, literary features, soaring rhetoric, and personalities of one of eight books of the “minor” prophets of the Tanakh (Jewish Bible): Yoel, Ovadiah, Yonah, Nahum, Havakkuk, Tzefania, Haggai, and Malakhi.

We’ll both overview each book and engage in a close reading and discussion of key passages.

So we can make the most of our class time together, please prepare for class by reading that week’s prophet (only 1-4 chapters) in English, Hebrew, or whatever language you prefer. Reading from a print Tanakh is best (recommended: Robert Alter’s English translation or JPS Hebrew-English edition), but you can also find the JPS Hebrew-English free online.

No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required
Questions? Contact Rabbi Aaron