Programs - Makom

Weekly Wisdom: Torah for Personal Growth

Torah scroll text and pointer
Tuesdays, April 6 – May 11
8-9pm

Free – donations greatly appreciated!
Registration Required
Zoom link sent upon registration

In preparation for receiving the Torah on Shavuot, 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.
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Campfire & Candle Lighting, Songs & S’mores

Photo of people roasting marshmallows on sticks over a campfire
Sun, Dec 5
Outdoors & In-Person
near Bloor & Christie
(Exact location provided upon registration)
Registration Required
Free – donations greatly appreciated!

4:45-5:45pm Families with Kids 0-Grade 5 (Candle Lighting 5:30)
5:15-6:15pm Families with Kids Grades 6-8 (Candle Lighting 5:30)
6:30-7:30pm High School Teens (Candle Lighting 7:00)
7:30-8:30pm Adults (Candle Lighting 8:00)

Celebrate the last night of Hanukkah with warm community. We’ll light a hanukkiyah (Hanukkah menorah), sing songs, and socialize around the campfire while making (and eating!) yummy s’mores.

Registration Required

Community Candle Lighting + Singing

Drawing of Hanukkah menorah with flickering flames


Mon, Nov 29
5:30-6:00pm

@ Makom – 402 College St
Free donations greatly appreciated!

Stop by Makom to light up College Street for the second night of Hanukkah! We’ll light a hanukkiyah (Hanukkah menorah), sing songs, sip hot cocoa, and socialize, all outside on the sidewalk.

All are welcome!
Rain date: Tues, Nov 30

Interfaith Couples’ Gathering:
Many Meanings of Hanukkah

Symbols of different religions around two people holding hands
Wed, Nov 24
8:00-9:30pm

Registration Required
(Zoom link sent upon registration)
Free – donations greatly appreciated!

ALL* interfaith** couples*** are invited to come together (virtually) to join our growing, warm community! We’ll get to know each other better and then learn about and discuss multiple meanings of Hanukkah: historical, mythical, particularistic, and universal.

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Presented in partnership with Jewish&

*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.

Annual General Meeting

Graphic of many hands held up, each in a different colour
Tues, Nov 23
8-9pm

Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Passcode: 024117
Free
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A great opportunity to learn what our community’s accomplished this past year and where we’re headed going forward.

We’ll review the past year’s program highlights and finances, vote on the budget, elect Directors, discuss goals for the year, and even learn a bit of Torah, all in under an hour.

Everyone’s welcome to attend, but you must be a Makom Member to vote. Please become a Makom Member now to support your community.

Family Fun & Havdalah in the Park

Photos of hands around a lit havdalah candle

Sat, Nov 20
4:45-5:45pm

Outdoors & In-Person near Bloor & Christie
(Exact location provided upon registration)
Registration Required
Free – donations greatly appreciated!

Families with kids 0-10! Let’s gather in the park to meet other downtown Jewish families; have a snack, play Jewish-themed games, hear a story from the parashah (Torah portion), learn a song, and do havdalah – the short and sweet ceremony for concluding Shabbat.

Rain or shine (we have shelter)

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New! Takeout Torah Mini-Class

Photo of food in takeout carton
Tues, Nov 16
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 our learning 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. This week’s theme: repairing ruptured relationships.

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

Outdoor Friday Night Services

people praying in a park
Fri, Oct 22 
5:30-6:30pm

Outdoors & In-Person near Bloor & Bathurst
(Exact location provided upon registration)
Registration Required
Free – donations greatly appreciated!

Please join us for soulful and song-filled singing to wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat in warm community, together with our friends from Annex Shul.

Click here for more info about health and safety measures, seating, and what to bring.

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Musical Midrash on the Binding of Isaac

Carvaggio's painting of Abraham holding knife, about to slaughter Isaac, an angel grabs Abraham's wrist
Tues, Oct 19
8:00-9:30pm

Online
Free – donations greatly appreciated!
Registration Required
Zoom link sent upon registration
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The Torah’s narrative of the binding of Isaac (or Akeidat Yitzhak) is an powerful, disturbing story that has captured artists’ attention for thousands of years. We’ll study and discuss the Torah text from this week’s parashah (portion) together with traditional, rabbinic midrash (interpretation) and contemporary, North American musical midrashim.

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

Families’ Pizza Party in the Park

Pizza Party, drawing of pizzas and soft drinks

Sun, Oct 17
5-6pm

Outdoors & In-Person near Bathurst & Dupont
(Exact location provided upon registration)
Registration Required
Just pay for your pizza: $2/slice

Families with kids 0-10! Let’s gather in the park to meet other downtown Jewish families; play fun, active games with a Jewish theme; and enjoy pizza* and drinks (juice boxes & water).

*Pizza will be distributed in a Covid-safe manner.

Register Now!

Interfaith Couples’ Online Gathering: What’s Torah?

Symbols of different religions around two people holding hands
Wed, Oct 13
8-9:30pm

Registration Required
(Zoom link sent upon registration)
FREE – donations greatly appreciated!

ALL* interfaith/intercultural** couples*** are invited to come together (virtually) to join our growing, warm community! We’ll get to know each other better and then learn about and discuss multiple meanings of “Torah.”

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Presented in partnership with Jewish&

*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.

Register Now!