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May 5: Mimouna: Moroccan Jewish-Muslim Unity Dinner

In these fraught times, Muslims, Jews, Muslim-adjacent, and Jewish-adjacent folks are invited to

Celebrate Mimouna together!

Please join us for a delightful evening of socializing, learning, and eating.

What’s Mimouna?

Moroccan Jewish and Muslim custom of friendship and eating together after the Jewish festival of Pesah (Passover) ends.

Registration required by Friday, May 3 at 10am.

If the regular or reduced-rate prices are not financially feasible to you, please contact Rabbi Aaron in confidence to arrange to participate for free.

If you’re able to contribute more, please consider buying a ticket that also helps subsidize a reduced-rate ticket or becoming a program sponsor.

In order to make this event inclusive and comfortable for all, please refrain from bringing or wearing any flags or other political symbols or statements. Thank you for helping to create an atmosphere of togetherness across differences.

Schedule

6:30pm  Check in, music & mingling

6:45        Welcome & icebreaker

7:00        Explanation of Mimouna and its customs

7:15         Dinner: dates, moufleta (the special fried, stacked dough cakes traditionally eaten at Mimouna), Moroccan couscous/tagine, mint tea, dessert

8:30        Goodnight

All food will be kosher, halal & vegetarian (with vegan options)

Volunteers needed!

To help with setup 5:30-6:30pm or cleanup 8:30-9:30pm, check the box when you register.

Tirbehu we tisaadu ~ May you have wealth and happiness!

Any Qs? Contact aaron@makomTO.org

Accessibility Information

Makom welcomes participants of all abilities. Makom’s main space is wheelchair accessible; unfortunately, the washroom is down a flight of stairs. If you have an accessibility need or require any accommodations, please reach out to us.

April 27: Shabbat-Pesah Morning Services & Snack Kiddush

Join us for extra-joyous Shabbat-Passover morning services, followed by a light kiddush (snacks and socializing)!

In addition to usual services and Torah and haftarah reading, we’ll sing Hallel (Psalms of praise sung on holidays) and chant Shir ha-Shirim (Song of Songs, a Biblical book of love poetry).

Please bring a packaged, certified-kosher-for-Passover snack to share.

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

Free, but please register by Thursday, April 25 so we know how many folks to expect.

Register by clicking here.

Donations greatly appreciated!

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. If you have an accessibility need or require any accommodations, please reach out to us.

April 14: Matzah Bake in the Park

Join us for a fun afternoon making and baking Matzah in an outdoor, wood-burning oven!

See if you can mix, knead, roll and bake in 18 minutes or less!  (Matzah won’t be kosher for Passover but it’s still a wonderful way to prepare for Pesah.)

All ages welcome: adults, kids & teens.

Passover craft & stories for the kiddos.

Only $5/person if you register by Thursday night, April 11. ($10/person after that.) Register here.

Register for the time slot when you want to come to minimize wait time for the oven.

We welcome participants of all abilities. If you have an accessibility need or require any accommodations, please reach out to us.

Park washrooms should be open.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Presented by Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism in partnership with Miles Nadal JCCToronto Partnership Minyan & PJ Library.

April 12: 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, April 11 at 9am. Register here.

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 7pm.

Those who wish may light candles upon arrival until 7:15pm.

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.

March 31: FENTSTER Crafternoon

FENTSTER Crafternoon & Raffle Ticket Sales

Pop by to craft with us and pick up your FENTSTER swag as we bring our wonderful TOTElly FENTSTER Fundraiser to a close with an afternoon of fun, friends and upcycling art making!

Together we’ll be bedazzling buttons left over from another event with premium materials saved from the dumps. We have sourced amazing second-hand fabric samples and swatches and other strings and sparkly things so you can add colour to your coat, jazz up your jacket or bling out your backpack with one-of-a-kind zero waste creations. For ages 4 to 94!!

Click here to register

FENTSTER CRAFTERNOON

$5 per button (includes all the supplies)

$15 for 4 buttons

$20 for one button plus a limited edition FENTSTER window decal

If you made a donation to our fundraiser, come by to pick up your tote bag, water bottle or window decal and stick around to craft with us! All supporters who contributed $54 or more are invited to register as our guests, select TOTElly Fabulous Friends.”

To support our first-ever fundraiser, please visit: http://fentster.org/#/totally/

RAFFLE ANNOUNCEMENT

To wrap up our fundraiser with a Purim-inspired splash – we’re raffling off THREE special Mishloakh Manot Gift Bags with goodies all bundled up in a one-of-a-kind artist-made tote bag. (Value: $250) Purchase individal raffle tickets or add to your order! We’ll draw a winner at the close of the Crafternoon. *Mishloakh Manot (meaning ‘sending portions to one another’) are gifts friends share for the holiday of Purim, especially food-related goodies.

March 30: Shabbat Morning Services + Lunch n’ Learn

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

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

Learning topic and teacher TBA.

Lunch registration required! We have various price options so that finances aren’t an impediment to anyone’s participation. Register here.

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. If you have an accessibility need or require any accommodations, please reach out to us.

March 23 – 24: Purim 5784!

Please join us for a joyous Purim full of mitzvot, community & fun for all ages!

With evening & morning megillah readings, a party, a seudah (festive meal), childcare, an abridged megillah reading & family carnival, and dedicated parties for middle-schoolers and for high-school teens, we have something for everyone!

See below for the full schedule. Register here

Come in costume and B.Y.O. Gragger/Ra’ashan/Noisemaker!

Advance registration required for all participants.  If you can’t afford regular-price tickets, please choose the reduced-rate option, or contact us.

If you’re coming as a family, look for the bundled ticket options for Purim day (but don’t forget Purim eve tickets, too).

Money from ticket sales will be put toward nearly $7,000 of Purim expenses, including venue rental, sound technician, food costs, childcare providers, carnival supplies, etc.

There are lots of great opportunities to help sponsor Purim in honour or memory of someone. Please contact Rabbi Aaron to discuss.

Volunteers needed for the door, setup, food service and cleanup. If you can help out, please check the box when you register, and we’ll be in touch.

Fulfill the mitzvah of Matanot le-Evyonim (giving Purim gifts for the poor); donation links below.

Cash donations accepted at the door for Mahatzit ha-Shekel (donations for your community).

Schedule

Purim Eve ~ Saturday, March 23 @ The Tranzac

Co-presented with Toronto Partnership Minyan

9:30pm  Doors Open

9:45       Havdalah & Megillah Reading

11:00      Main Party with cash bar & music

             Teen Party (high school teens only)

1:00am   Goodnight

Purim Day ~ Sunday, March 24 @ The Tranzac

9:45am  Doors Open

10:00      Shaharit (morning service)

11:00      Megillah Reading

10-12      Childcare

12:15pm  Seudah (festive meal)

1:30pm   Doors open for Family Program

1:45pm   Abridged Megillah Reading

2:00pm   Family Carnival

              Hativah Party (grades 6-8 only)

3:00pm   Goodbye

Covid Precautions

Anyone who had symptoms of Covid-19, or who has a household member with a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19, that began within the last 10 days, must not attend.

Accessibility Information

We welcome participants of all abilities. The Tranzac is wheelchair accessible. If you have an accessibility need or require any accommodations, please reach out to us.

Matanot le-Evyonim – Gifts for the Poor

It’s a mitzvah to give tzedakah (redistributive justice) to needy Jews on Purim itself. Here are some websites where you can donate and your contribution will be distributed to those in need on Purim:

United Chesed of Toronto: donate before March 20 for distribution on Purim

Chevrah Oseh Chesed/Tomchei Shabbos of Toronto: donate before Purim day & select “Matanas Levyonim” as donation type

Yad Eliezer (Israel): donate before Purim day

Jewish Russian Community Centre of Ontario: donate even on Purim day

We look forward to celebrating Purim together with you!

March 15: 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, March 14 at 9am.

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 7pm.

Those who wish may light candles upon arrival until 7:15pm.

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.

March 1: Friday Night Services + Kiddush in Honour of Adar Levy Kramer’s Bar Mitzvah

Rabbi Aaron Levy and Miriam Kramer invite you to celebrate their son Adar Levy Kramer becoming a bar mitzvah!

Register here by Thursday February 29th.

@Kiever Synagogue

5:45pm Candle lighting (optional)

6:00 Welcome Shabbat with soulful, song-filled services

Services followed by kiddush (snacking and socializing)

Services will begin promptly at 6pm; please try to come on time.

Note: services will be at the Kiever Synagogue (not Makom).

Enter at the front doors on the south side (facing the park)

Services Details

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

As guests in the Kiever Synagogue, we’ll follow their practice of services having men’s- and women’s-seating sections only (no mixed/all-genders’ section).

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

The Kiever’s sanctuary is up a flight of stairs and washrooms are down a flight of stairs.

Feb 24: 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 Makom’s Director of Youth Education & Programming, Racheli Mandelker, and 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. Registration deadline: Thursday, February 22.

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. If you have an accessibility need or require any accommodations, please reach out to us.