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June 3: Friday Night Services

Colourful Hebrew letters spelling Shabbat Shalom

Friday, June 3
6:45-8:00pm
@Makom – 402 College St

Free – donations greatly appreciated!

Registration Required by Friday at noon – register below.

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 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.

*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

April 8: Friday Night Services

CANCELLED

Unfortunately, the services on April 8 have been cancelled. We hope to see you on April 23 for Shabbat morning Passover services and Yizkor.

Colourful Hebrew letters spelling Shabbat Shalom

Friday, April 8
6:00-7:15pm
Near Harbord & Spadina (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 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 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

Unfortunately, the services on April 8 have been cancelled. We hope to see you on April 23 for Shabbat morning Passover services and Yizkor.

Downtown Jewish Teens’ Sat Night Skate + Bonfire

photo of people ice skating outdoors at night

Next Sat, Feb 12
8-10pm

@Alexandra Park Skate Rink (Bathurst & Dundas)
Free

Registration Required

For high school students only! Have fun skating and hanging out with new and old friends.

We’ll start with havdalah, the short & sweet ceremony for ending Shabbat, led by a teen. Then we’ll skate together. (Bring your own skates.)

Around 9pm, we’ll head across the street to Rabbi Aaron’s backyard for a bonfire, ‘smores, and hot cocoa.

Feel free to invite friends. Any questions? Email Rabbi Aaron.

In-Person, Outdoor FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICES

Fri, Oct 16
6-7pm
Outdoors & In-Person near Bloor & Bathurst

(exact location provided upon registration)
FREE
REGISTRATION ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED for public health purposes by 4pm, Oct 16
LIMITED SPACE
If it’s raining at 4pm or later, services will be cancelled.

Let’s gather together safely in person, outdoors to 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.

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.

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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Days of Awe Prep:

TESHUVAH (Repentance) Makes the World Go ‘Round

Thurs, Aug 27
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. Attend one, two, or all three; it’s up to you!

What’s the nature of teshuvah/repentance? How do we go about doing it? How can it help us improve ourselves, our relationships, and the world? We’ll learn and discuss traditional Jewish sources to find out!

Upcoming Topics
Wake Up! The SHOFAR – Sept 3
SELIHOT: Praying for Forgiveness – Sept 10

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

No photo description available.

In-Person, Outdoor Friday Night Services

This Fri, Aug 21
7-8pm
Outdoors & In-Person near Bloor & Bathurst

(exact location provided upon registration)

FREE
REGISTRATION ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED for public health purposes https://guestlist.co/events/659802

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 at https://guestlist.co/events/659802

In-Person, Outdoor Friday Night Services

This Fri, Aug 7
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.