Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism is a grassroots Toronto community fusing Jewish tradition and progressive values since 2009.

Through joyous spirituality, stimulating learning, and arts and culture programming, Makom creates inclusive space that inspires participants – diverse in religious affiliation, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity – to explore together how Judaism can meaningfully enrich our lives.

Makom’s programming includes soulful and song-filled Friday night and holiday services, Jewish meditation, adult education classes, family activities, and arts and culture experiences. Makom Afterschool is an innovative, pluralistic, Hebrew-immersion and Jewish studies program for children in JK through Grade 4, now offered in three downtown neighbourhoods.

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Most Makom programs take place at our storefront: 402 College St.

We’d love to welcome you to Makom!

Friday Night SERVICES + Potluck Kiddish

Friday, August 25, 2017
6:30pm – Doors open; 6:45 – Services start
@ Makom – 402 College St

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

Please bring a certified kosher food or drink to share for a light kiddush (snacking & schmoozing). 

Future Friday night services: Sept. 8

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 need a minyan of 10 women + 10 men to start the ma`ariv service, so we encourage you to come on time. Both women and men lead services and there is a low partition between women’s and men’s seating. Upon advance request, we’ll gladly set up a section for gender non-conforming individuals. Children are welcome in all sections.


Saturday, Aug 26
Vermont Square Park

Bring Your Own Picnic Dinner

Spend Shabbat afternoon in the park. Fun for all ages!

4:30 Kids play in the park and splash pad
5:15 Shabbat activities for kids & adults:

  • Children ages 0-4 (and a parent) join MNjcc’s Kohenet Annie Matan and Todah the Sloth in slowing down and celebrating Shabbat and the world around us with song, stories & silliness.
  • School-age children join Rabbi Emma for a Shabbat story & game.
  • Adults & teens enjoy some Jewish learning & discussion with Rabbi Aaron.

6:00 Bring a picnic blanket and dinner for yourself/your family. We’ll provide dessert.

**In the event of rain, the program is cancelled.**

Presented in partnership with Miles Nadal JCC


Rosh Hashanah: Sept 21 & 22
Yom Kippur: Sept 29 & 30
@ UofT – Hart House
Tickets on sale now! Early-bird pricing until Aug 31

Save even more; become a Makom Member today!

We’re excitedly looking forward to Makom’s beautiful and powerful High Holiday services!

Steven Goldstein and Rabbi Steve Greenberg will return to lead our joyous main services and share inspiring words of Torah, along with Rabbi AaronRabbi Emma and other members of our community.

This year, we’ll also have two Family Services, for families with preschoolers through kindergartners and families with school-aged children, both with mixed seating and led by Rabbi Emma.

We’re proud to announce that Kulanu Toronto will join us as a co-sponsor of High Holiday services.

Tickets are on sale now, with early-bird discountsavailable until Aug 31.  Become a Makom Member now to support your downtown Jewish community and receive an additional discount on your ticket.

Registration Now Open for Makom Afterschool

Makom  Afterschool is an innovative and pluralistic Jewish after-school program for children in JK through Grade 4. Founded by parents in 2011, Makom Afterschool enables children to attend their local neighbourhood school while gaining a high-quality Hebrew language and Jewish cultural education. Children learn to read, write, and speak Hebrew and learn Jewish studies in a fun, play-based, innovative, Hebrew immersion classroom. Makom Afterschool currently has three locations: Kensington Market (College & Spadina), Hillcrest Village (Dufferin & St. Clair) and Seaton Village (Bloor & Bathurst).


Makom ATID for Bar / Bat Mitzvah Students

Introducing ATID – Makom’s innovative approach to serious Jewish learning and preparation for Bar /Bat Mitzvah for grades 5-8 students. ATID means “future” in Hebrew, and as an acronym, ATID stands for: Afterschool Torah Im Derekh-Eretz (Torah with Ways of the World). Interested in learning more about Bar/Bat Mitzvah learning at Makom? For information and to register, please visit our website.


FENTSTER presents – Jeremiah: Ha’aretz

May 25 – August 29 

Established Toronto artist Simon Glass creates an installation for FENTSTER featuring new work, exhibited publicly for the first time. Transcribing golden Hebrew letters for the word “ha’aretz” (the land) onto vintage airplane doors, Glass suggests a bird’s-eye view, reinterpreting the bleak and barren landscape described by the Biblical prophet Jeremiah as filled with the potential for healing. Click here for additional details.      www.fentster.org

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