Makom, TPM, Annex Shul, and Beth Lida are combining forces to bring you a Tikkun (Motza’ei) Shavuot experience you’ve never had before.
As Shabbos ends, and Yontif recedes, join us for a spirited, musical Havdalah followed by insightful and inspiring classes from many of your favourite teachers, all from these four holy communities!
The theme for our Tikkun #TorahFest will be #Bikkurim, or first fruits. We’ll delve deep into this Shavuot-offering, exploring newness, creation, creativity, and how to bring innovation into our lives.
We’re honoured to have classes taught by Makom’s Rabbi Aaron Levy, Lea New Minkowitz, Annex Shul’s Aaron Rotenberg, Beth Lida’s R’ Joshua Schwartz, and TPM’s Dr. Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein!
Our friends at FENTSTER have installed a new, real-world exhibition in Makom’s storefront window (following safe distancing measures, of course), on view until Aug 14.
Toronto artist Robert Davidovitz created a striking stained glass art installation, paying homage to his roots in Vilna and to the fragile material that buttressed his family for generations, making their livelihoods from repairing broken windows.
The painting Marc Chagall made upon visiting the Vilna synagogue of an influential 18th-century Rabbi known as the Vilna Gaon. Davidovitz reinterpreted the colourful windows in Chagall’s canvas of the synagogue that was later destroyed during WWII. Cracked panes remind us how brokenness is a part of life, undeniable at a time when our existence feels shattered.
Join the livestream opening for an engaging conversation between the artist Robert Davidovitz and curator Evelyn Tauben, hosted by esteemed international scholar, Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Ronald S. Lauder Chief Curator, Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw.
Featuring a live performance by the lead singer of the New York-based Yiddish rock band Yiddish Princess, Sarah Gordon, of the poem “Ver Vet Blaybn” by Avrom Sutzkever, which inspired the exhibition title.
Let’s dance! Join Adina for beginner-friendly, living-room-friendly Israeli dancing. All ages welcome.
Q: What should I wear on my feet? A: Whatever’s comfortable! Depending on the nature of your floor, you may prefer to wear sneakers, or to be barefoot. If you have a smooth floor, socks can get slippery!
Q: I’ve never done Israeli dancing before. Can I still come? A: Of course! I will teach the steps first, before we put them to music.
Q: How much space do I need? A: I’m picking dances that are relatively small-space-friendly. If you can take about four steps forwards and four steps from side to side, then you can dance.
Join us online to learn and discuss the fascinating story of King David from the Biblical Book of Samuel 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.
Mon evenings, June 29, 8:00-8:30pm Fri mornings, July 3, 7:45-8:45am
Online via Zoom or call 647-558-0588 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Outside of Canada: Pay by Paypal here
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.
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Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism is a grassroots Toronto community fusing Jewish tradition and progressive values through spirituality, learning and culture. Makom creates inclusive space that inspires diverse participants to explore together how Judaism can meaningfully enrich our lives.