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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Fri Night Services

Shabbat shalom and flowers
Fri, June 4
7-7:45pm

Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Password: 024117
Free – donations greatly appreciated!

We’ll wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat by singing the joyous melodies of Kabbalat Shabbat together as a community and hearing a brief devar Torah.

Just before bringing in Shabbat with the final stanza of Lekha Dodi, we’ll bid each other Shabbat shalom and log off to light candles and start Shabbat the good ol’ unplugged way.

Have your Shabbat candles ready to light. If you have a siddur (prayer book), please use it; we’ll also screen share the prayers.

The Poetry of Psalms

Marc Chagall painting of King David playing harp
5 Mondays, May 31 – June 28
10am-12noon

$125 for 5 sessions 
Registration Required

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.

Weekly Wisdom: Torah for Personal Growth

Torah scroll text and pointer
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.)
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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.

Fri Night Services

Shabbat shalom and flowers
Fri, May 21
7-7:45pm

Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Password: 024117
Free – donations greatly appreciated!

We’ll wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat by singing the joyous melodies of Kabbalat Shabbat together as a community and hearing a brief devar Torah.

Just before bringing in Shabbat with the final stanza of Lekha Dodi, we’ll bid each other Shabbat shalom and log off to light candles and start Shabbat the good ol’ unplugged way.

Have your Shabbat candles ready to light. If you have a siddur (prayer book), please use it; we’ll also screen share the prayers.

Family Shavuot Celebration

Cartoon of Mount Sinai with 10 Commandments and children

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)!

Yizkor Memorial Services

A lit memorial candle

Sun, May 16
9-9:30am

Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Password: 024117
FREE – donations greatly appreciated!
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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

Tikkun Pre-Shavuot: Late-Night Learning Festival

Making It Count


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!
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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

Interfaith Couples’ Gathering: Shavuot


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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Fri Night Services

Shabbat shalom and flowers
Fri, May 7
7-7:45pm

Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Password: 024117
Free – donations greatly appreciated!

We’ll wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat by singing the joyous melodies of Kabbalat Shabbat together as a community and hearing a brief devar Torah.

Just before bringing in Shabbat with the final stanza of Lekha Dodi, we’ll bid each other Shabbat shalom and log off to light candles and start Shabbat the good ol’ unplugged way.

Have your Shabbat candles ready to light. If you have a siddur (prayer book), please use it; we’ll also screen share the prayers.

Fri Night Services

Shabbat shalom and flowers
Fri, April 23
7-7:45pm

Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Password: 024117
Free – donations greatly appreciated!

We’ll wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat by singing the joyous melodies of Kabbalat Shabbat together as a community and hearing a brief devar Torah.

Just before bringing in Shabbat with the final stanza of Lekha Dodi, we’ll bid each other Shabbat shalom and log off to light candles and start Shabbat the good ol’ unplugged way.

Have your Shabbat candles ready to light. If you have a siddur (prayer book), please use it; we’ll also screen share the prayers.