Programs - Makom

Feb 5: Family Tu bi-Shvat Seder + Pizza Dinner

A tree with sunlight streaming through its branches


Sun, Feb 5
5-7pm

@Makom – 402 College St (map)
$15 adults/teens, $10 kids (10% discount for Makom Members)
Registration Required by Thurs, Feb 2

Celebrate Tu bi-Shvat – the Jewish New Year for Trees – with a special seder for families!

  • Family-based learning about the holiday
  • Fun activities
  • Fruits
  • Grape juice
  • Pizza
  • Salad
  • Dessert

Geared for kids in grades 1-5 and their parents, grandparents, and guardians.
Limited space; register by Thursday, Feb 2!

If cost presents a hardship for you, please contact Rabbi Aaron.

Feb 4: Teen Skate Night + Bonfire


Sat, Feb 4
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 and sweet ceremony for ending Shabbat, led by teens. 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. All Jewish teens in high school are welcome, including LGBTQ+ and interfaith-family teens! Any Qs? Email Rabbi Aaron.

Jan 27: Friday Night Services + Dinner

Photo of people seated at a long table enjoying Friday night dinner.

Fri, Jan 27
6-9pm

@Makom – 402 College St (map)
Services: Free
Dinner: $20 adults/teens, $12 kids (10% discount for Makom Members)
Volunteers eat free
Dinner Registration Required by Wed night!

Celebrate Shabbat with spirit! Wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat with soulful, song-filled services, in which everyone can participate.

Please come on time so we can start services strong with a double minyan,* especially for anyone saying kaddish.

After services, we’ll enjoy a delicious, catered kosher vegan Shabbat dinner together.

Limited space; register for dinner by Wednesday night!

Become a Makom Member first and save 10%.

If cost presents a hardship for you, please contact Rabbi Aaron.

Volunteers Eat FREE!

We need two volunteers who commit to helping set up dinner after services, bringing out food, and cleaning up. If you want to volunteer, register for a volunteer ticket instead of a paid ticket.

Covid Precautions

To make services safer for community members who have health concerns, everyone age 5+ must wear a surgical or higher-quality mask (KN-95, KF-94, etc.) throughout services. Children 2-4 can wear any mask they’ll keep on. We’ll provide masks for those who don’t have.

After services conclude and folks who aren’t staying have a chance to leave, those staying for dinner are welcome to remove their masks.

*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, read and be called up to the Torah, and count in our double minyanim of both 10 Jewish men and 10 Jews regardless of gender. Makom services follow the traditional Ashkenazi liturgy (prayer text).

Jan 15: A Modern Prophet: The Torah & Legacy of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Sun, Jan 15
8-10pm
Online
Free

Registration Required

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was a tremendously influential Jewish philosopher, prolific author, and civil rights activist. (His actual yahrtzeit – the Jewish-calendar anniversary of his death – is today, the 18th of Tevet.)

Makom is excited to partner with Yeshivat Chovevei Torah – Rabbi Aaron’s rabbinical school – on this online program exploring Heschel’s Torah (teachings) and enduring legacy.

Please register to join us and other communities for this inspiring evening of learning, including talks by Prof Susannah Heschel and Rabbi Aaron’s teacher Rabbi Saul Berman, who, like Rabbi Heschel, marched with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

ASL Interpretation & Closed Captioning available

Jan 14: Shabbat Morning Services + Lunch n’ Learn

Sat, Jan 14
9:30am – 2:00pm

@Makom – 402 College St (map)
Free – donations greatly appreciated!
Lunch Registration Required by Fri, Jan 13 at 12noon

Join us for soulful and song-filled Shabbat morning services,followed by a home-cooked Shabbat lunch and stimulating learning!

Please come on time so we can start services strong with a double minyan,* especially for anyone saying kaddish.

Want to read Torah? We still have a few aliyot open. Please email Rabbi Aaron ASAP.

Supervised childcare will be provided in Makom’s playroom during services.

Lunch is FREE; registration’s requiredand donations are greatly appreciated!

Our guest teacher at lunch will be Prof Tanhum Yoreh.

Bal tashḥit, the prohibition against wastefulness, is a fluid concept that shifts over the course of history. We will start by looking at some of the pivotal texts that shaped Jewish approaches to wastefulness and consumption, and conclude with a discussion of the opportunities and challenges to bal tashḥit as an environmental ethic for today and tomorrow.

Tanhum Yoreh is an Assistant Professor at the School of Environment at the University of Toronto. His research focuses religion and environment and faith-based environmentalism. He is the author of Waste Not: A Jewish Environmental Ethic (SUNY Press, 2019).

Covid Precautions

To make services safer for community members who have health concerns, everyone age 5+ must wear a surgical or higher-quality mask (KN-95, KF-94, etc.) throughout services. Children 2-4 can wear any mask they’ll keep on. We’ll provide masks for those who don’t have.

After services conclude and folks who aren’t staying have a chance to leave, those staying for lunch are welcome to remove their masks.

*As a diverse and inclusive Jewish community, Makom has mens’, womens’, and mixed seating sections. Female, male, and gender non-binary Jews can lead parts of services, read and be called up to the Torah, and count in our double minyanim of both 10 Jewish men and 10 Jews regardless of gender. Makom services follow the traditional Ashkenazi liturgy (prayer text).

Dec 19-22: Candles on College

Community Hanukkah Candle Lightings


Mon, Dec 19 – Thurs, Dec 22
5:30-6:30pm

@Makom – 402 College St (map)
Free

Join us for Hanukkah candle lighting, singing, treats, and more right in front of Makom and Fentster on the College Street sidewalk.

Drop by any time 5:30-6:30pm; candle lighting 6pm sharp.

  • 2nd night, Mon, Dec 19 – hot cocoa & Hanukkah rock for everyone
  • 3rd night, Tues, Dec 20 – live music, art* & treats together with Fentster, Ashkenaz, MNjcc & Kultura Kollective
  • 4th night, Wed, Dec 21 – especially for Teens (all ages invited for 6pm candle lighting, singing & cocoa)
  • 5th night, Thurs, Dec 22 – especially for Makom ATID students & families (all ages invited for 6pm candle lighting, singing & cocoa)

Celebrate one or more evenings of Hanukkah with us on College!

*Tuesday night will also feature the public inauguration of artist Rob Shostak’s tongue-and-cheek Toronukkah – his hanukkiyah ode to a quintessential Toronto landmark!

In the event of extreme weather, we’ll meet indoors with masking requested except when eating.

Please note that access to College Street is currently limited due to roadwork. Check for transit and other updates.

Dec 17: IGNITE! Tikkun Leil Hanukkah

A New Festival of Jewish Culture + Learning
for Adults, Teens & Families  


This Sat, Dec 17
6pm – 12am

In Person @Holy Blossom Temple – 1950 Bathurst St (map)
Online Option also available
Adult Program: $20/adult suggested donation
Family Program: $30/family (includes dinner)
Teen Program: $18/teen (includes dinner)
Register Now

Ignite a new tradition for Hanukkah. IGNITE! opens with a community-wide havdalah for all ages, then breaks into a choose-your-own-adventure of 15 arts-based workshops, performances, and Jewish study sessions, plus programs for teens and for families with kids ages 5-12.

The centrepiece of the program is a hybrid live/virtual variety concert (9:45-10:45pm) curated by the Ashkenaz Festival, in which artists from around the corner and around the world will bring us fresh musical performances inspired by the themes of the season. Performers include Allan Merovitz, Aviva Chernick, The Barrel Boys, Finjan, Mostly Kosher, Socalled, The Rosenblatt Family (Jason, Rachel and Abby), and Toronto Klezmer Society.

Kosher food available for purchase. (Dinner included in Family & Teen tickets.)

Adult Program
Among the 15 arts-based workshops, performances, and Jewish study sessions, Makom members Lily Ohana and Chaim Grafstein will lead a session on North African Hanukkah customs and cooking Sfinj (Moroccan doughnuts) at 6:45pm. Rabbi Aaron will lead Table Drumming & Chanting at 11pm.

Family Program (parents & kids 5-12)
Family tickets include communal havdalah at 6pm, light kosher dinner, and a shorter program until 7:45pm.

Teen Program (grades 8-12)
Teen tickets include communal havdalah at 6pm, light kosher dinner, and fun Hanukkah activities until midnight including art, learning & debate with Rabbi Aaron, and a movie.

Holy Blossom’s Covid Policy
Masks are appreciated and encouraged, but not required.

Presented by The Holy Blossom Temple Centre for Arts and Culture, Annex Shul, Ashkenaz Foundation, Beth Tzedec Congregation, City Shul, Danforth Jewish Circle, First Narayever Congregation, Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism, Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Congregation Shir Libeynu, Temple Sinai Congregation, and the UJA Committee for Yiddish

Dec 17: Shabbat Morning Services + Lunch n’ Learn

Join us for soulful and song-filled Shabbat morning services, followed by a home-cooked Shabbat lunch and learning!

Sat, Dec 17
9:30am – 1:30pm 

@Makom – 402 College St (map)
Free – donations greatly appreciated!
Lunch Registration Required by Fri, Dec 16 at 12noon

Please come on time so we can start services strong with a double minyan,* especially for anyone saying kaddish.

Want to read Torah or HaftarahEmail Adina.

Supervised childcare will be provided in Makom’s playroom during services.

Lunch is FREE; donations are greatly appreciated!

Covid Precautions

To make services safer for community members who have health concerns, everyone age 5+ must wear a surgical or higher-quality mask (KN-95, KF-94, etc.) throughout services. Children 2-4 can wear any mask they’ll keep on. We’ll provide masks for those who don’t have.

After services conclude and folks who aren’t staying have a chance to leave, those staying for lunch are welcome to remove their masks.

*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, read and be called up to the Torah, and count in our double minyanim of both 10 Jewish men and 10 Jews regardless of gender. Makom services follow the traditional Ashkenazi liturgy (prayer text).

Dec 2: Friday Night Services + Dinner

Fri, Dec 2
6-9pm
@Makom 
– 402 College St (map)
Services: Free
Dinner: $20 adults/teens, $12 kids (10% discount for Makom Members)
Volunteers eat free
Dinner Registration Required by Wed night!

Celebrate Shabbat with spirit! Wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat with soulful, song-filled services, in which everyone can participate.

Please come on time so we can start services strong with a double minyan,* especially for anyone saying kaddish.

After services, we’ll enjoy a delicious, catered kosher vegan Shabbat dinner together.

Limited space; register for dinner by Wednesday night!

Become a Makom Member first and save 10%. (We’ll send all members a discount code Wed morning.)

If cost presents a hardship for you, please contact Rabbi Aaron.

Volunteers Eat FREE!

We need two volunteers who commit to helping set up dinner after services, bringing out food, and cleaning up. If you want to volunteer, register for a volunteer ticket instead of a paid ticket.

Covid Precautions

To make services safer for community members who have health concerns, everyone age 5+ must wear a surgical or higher-quality mask (KN-95, KF-94, etc.) throughout services. Children 2-4 can wear any mask they’ll keep on. We’ll provide masks for those who don’t have.

After services conclude and folks who aren’t staying have a chance to leave, those staying for dinner are welcome to remove their masks.

*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, read and be called up to the Torah, and count in our double minyanim of both 10 Jewish men and 10 Jews regardless of gender. Makom services follow the traditional Ashkenazi liturgy (prayer text).
 

Nov 19: Shabbat Morning Services + Lunch n’ Learn

Colourful Hebrew letters spelling Shabbat Shalom

Sat, Nov 19
9:30am – 1:30pm 

@Makom – 402 College St (map)
Free – donations greatly appreciated!
Registration Required by Fri, Nov 18 at 12noon

Join us for soulful and song-filled Shabbat morning services, followed by a home-cooked Shabbat lunch and learning!

Please come on time so we can start services strong with a double minyan,* especially for anyone saying kaddish.

Want to read Torah or HaftarahEmail Adina.

Supervised childcare will be provided in Makom’s playroom during services.

Lunch is FREE; donations are greatly appreciated!

Our guest teacher at lunch is Nadav Sharon (bio below). In preparation for Hanukkah, which starts in exactly one month, he’ll teach us about “The Story of Hanukkah and Its Historical Sources.”

Covid Precautions

To make services safer for community members who have health concerns, everyone age 5+ must wear a surgical or higher-quality mask (KN-95, KF-94, etc.) throughout services. Children 2-4 can wear any mask they’ll keep on. We’ll provide masks for those who don’t have.

After services conclude and folks who aren’t staying have a chance to leave, those staying for lunch are welcome to remove their masks.

*As a diverse and inclusive Jewish community, Makom has mens’, womens’, and mixed seating sections. Female, male, and gender non-binary Jews can lead parts of services, read and be called up to the Torah, and count in our double minyanim of both 10 Jewish men and 10 Jews regardless of gender. Makom services follow the traditional Ashkenazi liturgy (prayer text).

Nadav Sharon

Nadav Sharon

Nadav Sharon holds a PhD in the history of the Jewish people in the Second Temple period from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2013). His PhD dissertation focused on the end of the Hasmonean state and the beginning of Roman rule in Judea (67–37 BCE), and a revised version of it was published in 2017 as Judea under Roman Domination: The First Generation of Statelessness and Its Legacy. He has also published several academic studies in the field of Second Temple Judaism.

Following a number of postdoctoral positions, including one at the University of Toronto, Nadav earned a Master of Information degree from the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, and, as of January 2020, serves as Judaica Librarian at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library of the University of Toronto and Jewish Studies selector for the University’s Central Libraries.