Programs - Makom

Aug 2: Friday Night Services + Shabbat Dinner

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

After services, we’ll enjoy a delicious, catered kosher vegan Shabbat dinner and each other’s warm company.

Become a Makom Member first and save 10%.

Dinner registration required by Thursday, August 2nd at 10am.

No need to register if you’re coming just for services and not staying for dinner.

Please try to come on time for services at 7:00.

Those who wish may light candles here until 7:45pm.

Services

Makom is a diverse and inclusive community that welcomes participants who espouse many different approaches to Judaism, from secular to traditionally observant.

In order to join together as one community without regard to denominational labels, our services blend traditional and progressive practices. We offer men’s, women’s, and mixed (all-genders) seating sections. Women, men, and non-binary folks may lead parts of services.  We need an egalitarian minyan of 10 Jews and a non-overlapping traditional minyan of 10 men to start the maariv service, so we encourage you to come on time.

Accessibility Information

Makom welcomes participants of all abilities. Makom’s main space is wheelchair accessible; unfortunately, the washroom and playroom are not. There are wheelchair accessible washrooms one block away at the coffee shop at the corner of Bathurst and College. If you have an accessibility need or require any accommodations, please reach out to us.

July 20: Shabbat Morning Services + Lunch

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

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

Lunch registration required by Thursday, July 18 at 10AM! Register here

We have various price options so that finances aren’t an impediment to anyone’s participation.

Become a Makom Member first and save 10%.

Services don’t require registration.

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

*As a diverse and inclusive Jewish community, Makom has mens’, womens’, and 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).

Makom welcomes participants of all abilities. Makom’s main space is wheelchair accessible; unfortunately, the washroom and playroom are not. There are wheelchair accessible washrooms one block away at the coffee shop at the corner of Bathurst and College. If you have an accessibility need or require any accommodations, please reach out to us.

July 5: Friday Night Services + Shabbat Dinner

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

After services, we’ll enjoy a delicious, catered kosher vegan Shabbat dinner and each other’s warm company.

Become a Makom Member first and save 10%.

Dinner registration required by Thursday, July 4.

No need to register if you’re coming just for services and not staying for dinner.

Please try to come on time for services at 7:00.

Those who wish may light candles upon arrival until 7:30.

Services

Makom is a diverse and inclusive community that welcomes participants who espouse many different approaches to Judaism, from secular to traditionally observant.

In order to join together as one community without regard to denominational labels, our services blend traditional and progressive practices. We offer men’s, women’s, and mixed (all-genders) seating sections. Women, men, and non-binary folks may lead parts of services.  We need an egalitarian minyan of 10 Jews and a non-overlapping traditional minyan of 10 men to start the maariv service, so we encourage you to come on time.

Accessibility Information

Makom welcomes participants of all abilities. Makom’s main space is wheelchair accessible; unfortunately, the washroom and playroom are not. There are wheelchair accessible washrooms one block away at the coffee shop at the corner of Bathurst and College. If you have an accessibility need or require any accommodations, please reach out to us.

June 17: End of the Year Picnic!

It’s the end of the year, time to say lehitra’ot – goodbye, until we see you in September.

Please join the Makom Afterschool and Makom ATID families, teachers, and staff to celebrate all our students’ successes!

We’ll also give special acknowledgement to our dedicated teachers and our newest Makom Afterschool and Makom ATID graduates.

Register by clicking here.

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Questions? Email Sarah Eligberg, Interim Director of Youth Education (familyed@makomTO.org).

Presented by Makom Afterschool & Makom Atid

June 15: Family Shabbat Morning Services + Lunch

Got kids? Join us and other families for upbeat, abridged Shabbat morning family services, followed by Shabbat lunch!

Services are geared for kids in grades 1-5, but all families with kids are welcome.

Services are egalitarian with mixed seating, and will include prayers, songs, a Torah story, and discussion to meaningfully engage adults and children together.

Services will be led by Rabbi Aaron.

At lunch, we’ll enjoy a  home-cooked, delicious vegan & kosher meal together.

Lunch registration required! We have various price options so that finances aren’t an impediment to anyone’s participation. Click here to register. Deadline: Thursday, June 13 at 12 noon.

Become a Makom Member first to save 10%.

Makom welcomes participants of all abilities. Makom’s main space is wheelchair accessible; unfortunately, the washroom and playroom are not. There are wheelchair accessible washrooms one block away at the coffee shop at the corner of Bathurst and College. If you have an accessibility need or require any accommodations, please reach out to us.

June 11: Tikkun Leil Shavuot – All Night Jewish Learning Festival

The downtown Jewish community’s renowned Tikkun Leil Shavuot is back for our 16th year! The Tikkun Leil Shavuot is an incredibly generous outpouring of love, ruach (spirit), and wisdom from many, many teachers in our community.

There’s something for everyone at this year’s celebration – a night of community, study, snacking and more. Limited hybrid options will be available; cheesecake is only available in person! Free and open to all. Registration required.

A holiday celebration co-created by Makom along with downtown Jewish Toronto: Annex Shul, Beach Hebrew Institute, Beth Tzedec Congregation, City Shul, Congregation Shir Libeynu, Danforth Jewish Circle, Darchei Noam Congregation, First Narayever Congregation, Hashomer Hatzair / Camp Shomria, Hillel Ontario, Holy Blossom Temple, Jewish Family & Child, Kiever Shul, Limmud Toronto, No Silence on Race, Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School, & UJA Federation’s Committee for Yiddish.

This event is supported by the Kolel Legacy Fund at the Jewish Foundation.

Check back soon for the full night’s schedule of classes, panels, workshops!

Registration required prior to 5:30pm on June 11th to attend 

Click here to Register.

June 7: Friday Night Services + Shabbat Dinner

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

After services, we’ll enjoy a delicious, catered kosher vegan Shabbat dinner and each other’s warm company.

Dinner registration required by Thursday, June 6th at 9am.

Because a community member is saying kaddish for his mother, we’ll have brief minhah (afternoon services) at 6:45 sharp, followed by joyous kabbalat Shabbat and maariv (evening) services at 7pm.

Become a Makom Member first and save 10%.

No need to register if you’re coming just for services and not staying for dinner.

Please try to come on time for services.

Those who wish may light candles upon arrival until 7:30pm.

Thank you to Green Economy Law for their generous sponsorship!

Services

Makom is a diverse and inclusive community that welcomes participants who espouse many different approaches to Judaism, from secular to traditionally observant.

In order to join together as one community without regard to denominational labels, our services blend traditional and progressive practices. We offer men’s, women’s, and mixed (all-genders) seating sections. Women, men, and non-binary folks may lead parts of services.  We need an egalitarian minyan of 10 Jews and a non-overlapping traditional minyan of 10 men to start the maariv service, so we encourage you to come on time.

Accessibility Information

Makom welcomes participants of all abilities. Makom’s main space is wheelchair accessible; unfortunately, the washroom and playroom are not. If you have an accessibility need or require any accommodations, please reach out to us.

June 2: Let’s Sit: LGBTQ+ Pride Mindfulness Event

There are many ways to mark this month of Pride. Let’s begin the celebrations together, with this second annual community sit. This gathering will celebrate through connection in a warm, loving and playful environment. 

Join facilitator, Beth Tzedec Spiritual Leader and artist-in-residence and neySHEV Jewish Meditation Community founder Aviva Chernick, together with fellow community members for this opportunity to rest in loving attention through meditation, reflection and song in a Jewish Queer and Trans positive space. 

Register by clicking here.

While we honour our allies, this particular event is for those who identify as part of the LBGTQ+ community. There will also be an opportunity to view the exhibition in the adjacent FENTSTER window gallery, by Meichen Waxer. 

Chairs, blankets and bolsters will be provided. No previous experience with meditation required. There will be snacks and schmoozing following the event, of course. 

Makom welcomes participants of all abilities. Makom’s main space is wheelchair accessible, but the washroom is down a flight of stairs. There is a Starbucks with wheelchair accessible washrooms one block away. If you have an accessibility need or require any accommodations, please reach out to achernick@beth-tzedec.org

May 31: Teen Shabbat Dinner

Hey Jewish Teens!

Let’s close out the school year with a warm, fun, and inclusive Shabbat dinner together.

We’ll light candles, sing some songs and blessings, eat a delicious dinner, and enjoy each other’s company.

We’ll also welcome grade 8 students (rising grade 9s!) to our Downtown Jewish Teen community.

Registration required by Wednesday, May 29.

Feel free to invite friends.

All Jewish teens in high school or finishing grade 8 are welcome, including LGBTQ+ and interfaith-family teens!

Accessibility Information

Makom welcomes participants of all abilities. Makom’s main space is wheelchair accessible; unfortunately, the washroom and playroom are down a flight of stairs. There is a coffee shop with wheelchair accessible washrooms one block away, at the corner of College and Bathurst. If you have an accessibility need or require any accommodations, please reach out to us.

May 26: Lag ba-Omer Bonfire, Dinner + S’mores!

Makom invites you to…

Celebrate Lag ba-Omer!

{What’s Lag ba-Omer? A minor holiday marking the joyous 33rd day between Passover & Shavuot.}

Programs for Families with Kids and for Adults

5:00-7:00pm  Families with kids (babies through grade 8)

  • Fun & active games (separate activities for younger kids & grades 5-8)
  • Dinner at 6pm (choose pizza or falafel; must be ordered in addition to registration)
  • S’mores over the bonfire
  • Songs around the fire
  • Optional “What’s Lag ba-Omer?” 15-minute mini-class for parents

7:00-9:00pm  Adults

  • Hang out with new and old friends
  • Dinner at 7:30pm (choose pizza or falafel; must be ordered in addition to registration)
  • S’mores over the bonfire
  • Songs around the fire
  • Optional “What’s Lag ba-Omer?” 15-minute mini-class

Deadline to order pizza & falafel: Sunday, May 26, 10am sharp

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All are welcome, including LGBTQ+ folks & interfaith/intercultural couples/families.

Presented by Makom with partnership from MNjcc’s Families @ the J