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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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Presented in partnership with Jewish&

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.

Interfaith Couples’ Gathering: The Jewish Calendar


Wed, Apr 21
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 learn we’ll how the Jewish calendar works and the flow of the holiday cycle, 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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Presented in partnership with Jewish&

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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Torah Study: The Kings of Israel

Traditional Hebrew books
Mondays, March 8 – May 3 (not Mar 29)
10am-12pm
$200 for 8 sessions 
Registration Required

Join us online to learn and discuss the tumultuous period leading up to the Assyrian conquest of Northern Israel from the Biblical Book of Melakhim/Kings from a great variety of perspectives: ancient and modern, traditional and academic, literary and historical, etc.  During this series, we’ll study the conclusion of II Kings (chapters 10-25).

No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required. Contact Rabbi Aaron for more info and to register.

neyShev Jewish Meditation

Person holding her hands over her heart
Mon evenings | 8:00-8:30pm
Fri mornings | 7:45-8:45am
Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 938 2581 9683 | Passcode: 402402

A beautiful way to end your Monday or begin your Friday. Come sit in a circle of community in silence, song and Torah led by meditation teacher, musician and prayer leader Aviva Chernick.

No previous meditation or mindfulness practice necessary. Just come with your curiosity and tender heart. You are welcome just as you are.

Pay What You Can – all are welcome no matter your financial situation
Monday sessions: $10 minimum recommended
Friday sessions: $20 minimum recommended
Canadians: E-transfer to chernick.aviva@gmail.com
Outside of Canada: Pay by Paypal here

Please RSVP to Aviva, especially if this is your first time joining neySHEV

Please log on a few minutes early to settle in, set up your space, and ensure that your video and audio are working properly.

YIZKOR Memorial Services


Thurs, April 1
8-8:30pm

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

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 last day of Passover. Since we won’t be able to gather* then, we’ll do so during hol ha-moed – the intermediate days of holiday.

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.

*We’re not gathering in person due to public health precautions nor online due to traditional restrictions on using electronics on holidays.

SELL YOUR HAMETZ

Due Thurs, Mar 25
FREE – donations greatly appreciated!
Authorization forms: doc or pdf

Traditional Jewish law (Torah – Shemot/Exodus 12:19) forbids not only eating any hametz (leavened grain products) during Passover, but even owning any hametz. While it’s ideal to consume or donate (e.g., to a soup kitchen) all hametz prior to the morning before Passover starts, rabbinic tradition allows for the sale of hametz to a non-Jew, even while it remains on your premises.

If you’d like to sell your hametz through Makom, please complete and sign the linked form (in either doc or pdf format), scan it, and email it to aaron@makomTO.org by 12noon on Thurs, Mar 25.

Or you may mail the completed and signed form to: Rabbi Aaron Levy, 141 Markham St., Toronto, ON M6J 2G4. Mailed forms must reach Rabbi Aaron by Thurs, Mar 25.

Please note that selling hametz is a bit more complicated this year because Shabbat immediately precedes the start of Passover. The sale of hametz will be transacted on Fri, Mar 26 at approximately 6:00pm but will not take effect until Sat, Mar 27 at 12:15pm. It will apply only to hametz that you owned at 6:00pm on Mar 26. Any hametz you acquire after 6:00pm on Mar 26 will not be subject to this sale and must be given away or otherwise disposed of before 12:20pm on Sat, Mar 27.

FYI, the latest time to finish eating hametz on Saturday, March 27 is 11:18am.

There’s no fee for this service. Donations to Makom are appreciated (minimum suggested donation of $18). You may donate online or mail a cheque along with your form.