D.I.Y. (Do-It-Yourself) Friday Night Services

Tuesday June 21, 2011, 7:30-9pm
402 College St.
$10 suggested contribution

Learn to do soulful and song-filled Friday night services yourself! We’ll focus on the tunes, rhythms, and choreography of Makom’s joyous services in this hands-on workshop. Whether you’re interested in learning to lead services or to follow services better, this workshop is for you!

Part of the D.I.Y. Judaism Workshop Series presented by Makom with grant funding from Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel Alumni Venture Fund.

Judaism and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance: A D.I.Y. Judaism Workshop

Tuesday June 28, 7:30-9:30pm
St. Stephen’s Community Centre – 91 Bellevue Ave, south of College (map)
$25 – includes tools for you to keep!

This Toronto Bike Month, become empowered to fix your bike yourself! In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn to change a flat, basic bike maintenance, and to tune-up your bike so it rides well. And you’ll study some Jewish texts on biking. And you’ll take home a bike multi-tool and set of tire levers ($16 value). Bring your bike, 2 rags, and a drop-cloth (if you have one). You love your bike; now learn how to get your bike to love you back.

Part of the D.I.Y. Judaism Workshop Series presented by Makom with grant funding from Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel Alumni Venture Fund.

Jewish Urban Homesteading Workshop Series (2010)

Presented in partnership with Kavanah Garden.

1. Urban Organic Gardening 101: Wednesday April 28, 7-9pm

This is the first workshop in an 8-session Jewish Urban Homesteading Workshop Series, presented in partnership with Kavanah Garden!

Discover how to grow your very own Garden of Eden!  This workshop will address the basics of planning and planting your own urban food garden.

2. Chocolate Making 101: Wednesday May 26, 7-9pm

Wouldn’t Chanukah gelt (and any chocolate) taste so much better if you made it yourself – from raw, vegan, fair-trade ingredients?  Make chocolate that nourishes your body and spirit!

3. Composting 101: Wednesday, June 23, 7-9pm

According to our rabbis, a righteous person does not waste even a mustard seed! Discover how to turn your vegetables scraps into nutrient-rich soil!

4. Jam Making + Canning 101: Wednesday July 28, 7pm-9pm

Credit:Toronto Tasting Notes

There’s so much fresh, local, delicious fruit coming up now, wouldn’t it be great to be able to savour it all-year-long?  Learn how to make and can your own jam so you can enjoy the tastes of summer goodness throughout the winter.

5. Herbal Salve Making 101 : Wednesday August 25, 7pm-9pm

Just like Bubbie’s chicken soup, local herbs can be used to encourage health and healing! Learn how to make your own herbal salves to nourish your skin.

6. Pickling 101: Wednesday September 15, 7pm-9pm
Learn how to preserve the summer’s fresh, local produce and make your own pickled products such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickled beans.

Other Educational events

Whose Zionism? A Conversation on Israel, Liberal Values & Jewish Community

Wednesday July 14 2010, 7:30pm at The Kiever.

What does it mean to support Israel?  To criticize Israel?  Can Canadian Jew do both?  Who decides?   Peter Beinart’s recent, seminal article The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment in the New York Review of Books created quite a commotion in the media (online and print) and Jewish communities around North America.  We’ll discuss the article and our own thoughts on the intersections of Israel, liberal values, and Jewish community in an open, facilitated conversation.

So that our conversation will be substantive, please read the article in advance. You might also want to read some of the numerous responses (and Beinart’s counter-responses).  Here are links to just a few: Overview of the debate, Foxman & Beinart Exchange, Beinart’s Failure, Can the Center Hold?, Forum in Foreign Policy, overviews & links to more Supporters, Tweakers, & Critics, and Beinart’s Responses I & II.

$10 Suggested contribution

Presented in partnership with New Generations Canada of the New Israel Fund of Canada.

Read more at the New Generations Canada website.


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