The Biblical book of Tehillim – Psalms – is a collection of diverse, powerful poems from ancient Israel, giving voice to a wide range of emotions and beliefs. Various psalms comprise significant parts of traditional Jewish services and are also recited on their own as personal prayer.
Join us online to learn and discuss a selection of psalms 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.
Tues, May 25 8-9pm Free – donations greatly appreciated! Registration Required Zoom link sent upon registration (Sign up once for the whole series; no need to register each week.) Automatic Closed Captioning
Let’s work on improving ourselves through ethical and spiritual growth.
Each week, we’ll focus on one piece of the parashah (weekly Torah portion) and through text study and open discussion, we’ll discover positive messages in it that we can apply to our lives.
Everyone is welcome! No commitment; come when you can. No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required.
Sun, May 16 5-6pm FREE – donations greatly appreciated! Registration Required Zoom link & ingredient list sent upon registration
Let’s get ready for Shavuot together! Join us for a fun and engaging program for kids in JK through grade 6 (and their parents) to help us think about why we have the Torah and 10 Commandments, which we celebrate receiving on Shavuot.
We’ll hear the story of the giving of the Torah on Mt Sinai, have family discussions in breakout rooms, and make no-bake cheesecake (dairy & vegan versions)!
Let’s come together to memorialize our loved ones who have passed, whether recently or long ago, and all those around the world who have died from COVID-19.
Yizkor is the special memorial service traditionally said on holidays, including the second day of Shavuot. Since we won’t be able to gather online then*, we’ll do so during the morning before Shavuot.
We’ll say short prayers in Hebrew and English, sing, and reflect on lives lost.
ALL are welcome, whether you’re mourning a loved one or not. Please join us.
*Due to traditional restrictions on using electronics on holy days
Sat, May 15 9:45pm-12:30am Online via Zoom or call 647-558-0588 Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Passcode: 024117 FREE – donations greatly appreciated! Automatic Closed Captioning
As Shabbat ends and Shavuot approaches, join us for a spirited, musical Havdalah followed by insightful and inspiring mini-classes by top teachers from multiple communities.
On this final night of the Omer – the period of counting each day from Passover to Shavuot – we’ll delve into this practice and explore what it means for us to count our days and make them count.
We’re honoured to have five half-hour classes. Join us for as much or as little as you’d like!
9:45pm Havdalah & Counting the Last Day of the Omer 10:00 Dr. Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein – Serach Bat Asher: Every Wo(Man) Counts 10:30 Joshua Schwartz – Literal Creativity: Remaking the World with Letters (& Numbers!) 11:00 Aaron Rotenberg – Measuring Holiness in Time & Space 11:30 Rabbi Aaron Levy – Lucky Number 7? 12am Becky Friedman – Va-Yehi Ba-Hatzi ha-Lilah: And It Happened At Midnight
Presented by Annex Shul, Beth Lida, Eshel Toronto, Makom & Toronto Partnership Minyan
Wed, May 12 8-9pm FREE – donations greatly appreciated! Registration Required Zoom link sent upon registration
ALL* interfaith** couples*** are invited to come together (virtually) to join our growing, warm community! We’ll get to know each other and then we’ll learn about the upcoming holiday of Shavuot through interactive text study and open discussion.
*LGBTQ and straight couples warmly welcome! **We use the term “interfaith” loosely, to include any couples with one Jewish partner and one partner who isn’t Jewish, whether they’re affiliated with another religion or not. (After all, we don’t usually call Judaism a “faith” either, but it’s common parlance in English.) Of course, interfaith couples who are also intercultural or interracial are most welcome as well! ***One or both partners of interfaith couples are welcome to join us.
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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.