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May 6: Friday Night Services

Colourful Hebrew letters spelling Shabbat Shalom

Friday, May 6
6:30-7:45pm
Near Bathurst & College (exact location provided upon registration)

Free – donations greatly appreciated!

Registration Required by Friday at noon – register below. You must bring photo ID in order to enter the building.

Please join us for Makom’s soulful, song-filled Friday night services!

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, and count in our double minyanim of both 10 Jewish men and 10 Jews regardless of gender. At our services, we follow the full traditional liturgy (prayer text).

Covid Precautions

Because Makom’s storefront is so cozy, we’re imposing a capacity limit so that we can properly distance. The open windows and stand-alone HEPA air purifier unit will provide good ventilation.

Everyone age 2 and over must wear a mask at all times while in the building. Adults and age 5+ must wear a surgical mask or respirator (KF94, KN95 or N95); cloth masks are no longer acceptable. We will provide adult- and kid-sized surgical masks for anyone who doesn’t have one. Kids 2-4 should wear whatever mask they will wear consistently and fits best.

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

Vaccination Policy

Adults, teens, and kids 5+ must be vaccinated to the fullest extent eligible* (including boosters), and must provide an enhanced vaccination certificate** with a QR code upon registration. If you have a valid medical exemption you must provide your verified certificate with a QR code.

Adults must bring ID with their name and birthdate to services.

*In most cases, the “fullest extent eligible” means:

  • Adults (18+) need boosters, or to have received their second dose within the past four months.
  • Teens (12-17) need boosters, or to have received their second dose within the past seven months.
  • Kids 5-11 need three doses, or to have received their first dose within the past two months.
  • In all cases, 14 days must have passed for a vaccine dose to be counted.

Adults and teens 12+ who were infected with Covid within the past four months, and had received two doses prior to this Covid infection, are exempt from the booster requirement. (This is in accordance with guidance from NACI that people infected with Covid after completing their primary vaccine series but before getting their booster should get their booster three months after infection.) If this applies to you, please upload your enhanced vaccination certificate showing two doses and email us with the date your symptoms began (or your positive test date if you were asymptomatic).

If you have questions about our policies, please contact us.

**You must provide your enhanced vaccination certificate with a valid QR code. You can download your proof of vaccination from the Ontario website here. If you were vaccinated outside Ontario, you can obtain an Ontario certificate by first reporting your vaccination information to your local public health unit. For Toronto residents, that form is here.

Registration

Weds, May 4 – June 22: 8 Prophets in 8 Weeks

cover of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel's book "The Prophets"

8 Wednesdays, May 4 – June 22
12-1pm
Online

$120 for the series ($80 reduced rate available)
Registration Required
Automatic Closed Captioning

What do our ancient Jewish prophets have to say to us? And why did Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel call the prophets “some of the most disturbing people who have ever lived”? Let’s delve into eight of their very shortest books to find out!

Each week, we’ll explore the historical context, literary features, soaring rhetoric, and personalities of one of eight books of the “minor” prophets of the Tanakh (Jewish Bible): Yoel, Ovadiah, Yonah, Nahum, Havakkuk, Tzefania, Haggai, and Malakhi.

We’ll both overview each book and engage in a close reading and discussion of key passages.

So we can make the most of our class time together, please prepare for class by reading that week’s prophet (only 1-4 chapters) in English, Hebrew, or whatever language you prefer. Reading from a print Tanakh is best (recommended: Robert Alter’s English translation or JPS Hebrew-English edition), but you can also find the JPS Hebrew-English free online.

No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required
Questions? Contact Rabbi Aaron

April 24: Jewish & Muslim Teens Mimouna & Iftar

Sun, April 24
7:30-9:00pm
Outdoors Near Bloor & Bathurst

(actual location sent after registration)
Free – donations greatly appreciated!
Registration Required by Sat night, Apr 23

For Muslim & Jewish high school teens only
You’re invited to celebrate Mimouna & Iftar together!

What’s Mimouna?
Moroccan Jewish and Muslim custom of friendship and eating together after the Jewish festival of Passover (Pesah)

What’s Iftar?
Muslim tradition of eating together after fasting all day during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan

Schedule
7:30pm   Arrive
               Icebreakers & sharing traditions
8:15        Dinner: dates, water, falafel sandwiches & dessert
               Hanging out
9:00        Goodnight

All food will be kosher, halal & vegetarian

Rain or shine! We have shelter.

Bring some cash if you want to make a donation of sadaqah / tzedakah* for Fort York Food Bank to help those in need.
(*literally, justice & righteousness in Arabic & Hebrew)

Want to volunteer with setup 6:30-7:30pm &/or cleanup 9:00-9:30pm (for volunteer hours, if you want)? Check the box when you register.

Any Qs? Contact aaron@makomTO.org

This event is planned by Jewish & Muslim teens & hosted by Makom

Sell your Hametz

Loaf of bread (hametz) crossed out by a red no-smoking style sign

Deadline: noon on Thurs, April 14
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 you to sell your 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 Thurs, April 14.

Or 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, April 14.

FYI, the latest time to finish eating hametz on Friday, April 15 is 11:03am.

There is no fee for this service.  Donations to Makom are greatly appreciated and tax deductible.  Minimum suggested donation: $18. 
You may donate by e-transfer to admin@makomTO.org (please include your email address in the message), by credit card, by PayPal, or mail a cheque along with your form.

April 23: Shabbat Morning Passover Services + Yizkor

Partially open Torah scroll, as read from in Shabbat morning services

Sat, April 23
9:30am-12:30pm
Free

Near Harbord & Spadina
(Exact location provided upon registration)
Registration Required by Thursday 12noon – register below!

Please join us on the final day of Passover for soulful and song-filled Shabbat morning services with Torah reading, chanting of the Song of Songs, a devar Torah (Torah teaching), and Yizkor (memorial service).

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 full traditional liturgy (prayer text).

Covid Precautions

Because Makom’s storefront is too cozy for Covid, we’re renting a much larger space so that we can properly distance. The HVAC system and large, stand-alone HEPA air purifier unit provide good ventilation.

Everyone age 2 and over must wear a mask at all times while in the building. Adults and kids age 5+ must wear surgical mask or respirator (KF94, KN95 or N95); cloth masks are no longer acceptable. We will provide adult- and kid-sized surgical masks for anyone who doesn’t have one. Kids 2-4 should wear whatever mask they will wear consistently and fits best.

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

Vaccination Policy

Adults, teens, and kids 5+ must be vaccinated to the fullest extent eligible* (including boosters), and must provide an enhanced vaccination certificate** with a QR code upon registration. If you have a valid medical exemption you must provide your verified certificate with a QR code.

Adults must bring ID with their name and birthdate to services.

*In most cases, the “fullest extent eligible” means:

  • Adults (18+) need boosters, or to have received their second dose within the past four months.
  • Teens (12-17) need boosters, or to have received their second dose within the past seven months.
  • Kids 5-11 need three doses, or to have received their first dose within the past two months.
  • In all cases, 14 days must have passed for a vaccine dose to be counted.

Adults and teens 12+ who were infected with Covid within the past four months, and had received two doses prior to this Covid infection, are exempt from the booster requirement. (This is in accordance with guidance from NACI that people infected with Covid after completing their primary vaccine series but before getting their booster should get their booster three months after infection.) If this applies to you, please upload your enhanced vaccination certificate showing two doses and email us with the date your symptoms began (or your positive test date if you were asymptomatic).

If you have questions about our policies, please contact us.

**You can download your proof of vaccination from the Ontario website here. If you were vaccinated outside Ontario, you can obtain an Ontario certificate by first reporting your vaccination information to your local public health unit. For Toronto residents, that form is here.

Registration

April 10: Burn It Up! Family Hametz Hunt + Campfire

photo of children & teens around bonfire
Sun, April 10
4:00-5:15pm

@Dufferin Grove Park
Free
 – donations greatly appreciated!
Registration Required

Families with kids 0-10! Let’s have fun learning about the pre-Passover rituals of bedikat hametz (searching for leaven) and biur hametz (burning leaven).

  • Hametz hunt around the park
  • Burn hametz in the bonfire
  • Roast marshmallows
  • Eat s’mores
  • Seder songs singalong around the fire
  • Meet other downtown Jewish families

All families are welcome, including LGBTQ+ families and interfaith/intercultural families.

Cancelled in the event of rain.

Presented by Makom, Families at the J & PJ Library: Annex / Seaton Village / Wychwood / Dufferin Jewish Families

Register Now!

April 6: Interfaith Couples’ Conversation: Rock the Seder

Album cover from the Clash's single "Rock the Casbah," depicting a stereotyped Saudi man and a stereotyped Hasidic man dancing together

Wed, April 6
8-9:30pm

Online (Automatic Closed Captioning)
Free – donations greatly appreciated!

Register Now!


Zoom link provided upon registration

ALL* interfaith/intercultural/interracial couples** with one Jewish partner are invited to come together (virtually) to join our growing, warm community!

Get to know other interfaith couples and learn how to rock your Passover seder!

By the end of this session, you’ll understand the seder steps and know some tips and tricks to make your seder fun and meaningful, for both adults and children. 

*LGBTQ and straight couples warmly welcome!
**One or both partners of interfaith couples are welcome to join us.

Presented in partnership with Jewish&

Register Now!

April 6: Min Hameitzar/From the Narrow Space:  Liberatory Halakhah from a Queer Lens

with Maayan Belding-Zidon

Headshot of Maayan Belding-Zidon

Wed, April 6
7:30-8:45pm

@Beth Tzedec – 1700 Bathurst
Free

Some tend to think of queerness and halakhah (Jewish law) as two things that are inherently opposed to one another. Passover teaches us, however, that narrowness and restriction is the starting point of our liberation.

In that spirit, we will study (in pairs and as a group) short Talmudic texts from a queer lens that will reveal dynamic and creative forces that shape our legal tradition. Together, we will consider the power of queering our collective norms to transform ourselves, the Jewish people, and the world.

Maayan will speak from a queer-normative lens and all are welcome.

Maayan Belding-Zidon (she/they) is a rabbinical student at Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem. Born and raised on the lands of the Wappinger people in Hyde Park, NY, she has degrees in Modern Middle East Studies, Talmud and community management, and teaching English as a foreign language. Since moving to Israel in 2016, she has worked at a Bedouin elementary school, as a community coordinator for Masorti communities in Tel Aviv and Rehovot, and as an educator for Jewish young adults doing service in Israel. She lives in Rishon LeZion with her wife, Ronnie, and their three cats.

Presented by Beth Tzedec, Makom & Annex Shul

April 5: Understanding the Seder: Questioning + Freedom

Gain a deeper understanding of the seder and its linked themes of freedom and questioning.

Seder plate
Next Tues, April 5
8-9pm
Online via Zoom

Meeting ID: 894 1628 0680, Passcode: 71826613
Free donations greatly appreciated!
Automatic Closed Captioning
Everyone is welcome!
No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required.

April 8: Friday Night Services

CANCELLED

Unfortunately, the services on April 8 have been cancelled. We hope to see you on April 23 for Shabbat morning Passover services and Yizkor.

Colourful Hebrew letters spelling Shabbat Shalom

Friday, April 8
6:00-7:15pm
Near Harbord & Spadina (exact location provided upon registration)

Free – donations greatly appreciated!

Registration Required by Friday at noon – register below. You must bring photo ID in order to enter the building.

Please join us for Makom’s soulful, song-filled Friday night services!

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, and count in our double minyanim of both 10 Jewish men and 10 Jews regardless of gender. At our services, we follow the full traditional liturgy (prayer text).

Covid Precautions

Because Makom’s storefront is too cozy for Covid, we’re renting a much larger space so that we can properly distance. The HVAC system and large, stand-alone HEPA air purifier unit will provide good ventilation.

Everyone age 2 and over must wear a mask at all times while in the building. Adults and age 5+ must wear a surgical mask or respirator (KF94, KN95 or N95); cloth masks are no longer acceptable. We will provide adult- and kid-sized surgical masks for anyone who doesn’t have one. Kids 2-4 should wear whatever mask they will wear consistently and fits best.

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

Vaccination Policy

Adults, teens, and kids 5+ must be vaccinated to the fullest extent eligible* (including boosters), and must provide an enhanced vaccination certificate** with a QR code upon registration. If you have a valid medical exemption you must provide your verified certificate with a QR code.

Adults must bring ID with their name and birthdate to services.

*In most cases, the “fullest extent eligible” means:

  • Adults (18+) need boosters, or to have received their second dose within the past four months.
  • Teens (12-17) need boosters, or to have received their second dose within the past seven months.
  • Kids 5-11 need three doses, or to have received their first dose within the past two months.
  • In all cases, 14 days must have passed for a vaccine dose to be counted.

Adults and teens 12+ who were infected with Covid within the past four months, and had received two doses prior to this Covid infection, are exempt from the booster requirement. (This is in accordance with guidance from NACI that people infected with Covid after completing their primary vaccine series but before getting their booster should get their booster three months after infection.) If this applies to you, please upload your enhanced vaccination certificate showing two doses and email us with the date your symptoms began (or your positive test date if you were asymptomatic).

If you have questions about our policies, please contact us.

**You must provide your enhanced vaccination certificate with a valid QR code. You can download your proof of vaccination from the Ontario website here. If you were vaccinated outside Ontario, you can obtain an Ontario certificate by first reporting your vaccination information to your local public health unit. For Toronto residents, that form is here.

Registration

Unfortunately, the services on April 8 have been cancelled. We hope to see you on April 23 for Shabbat morning Passover services and Yizkor.