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. Makom ATID is our innovative approach to serious Jewish and Hebrew learning and preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah for students in grades 5-8.

Please consider giving back to Makom by making a donation or becoming a Makom Member today!

We can’t provide meaningful Jewish experiences without your support. Please give generously so we can keep enriching your life with spirituality, learning and culture.




Celebrate Shabbat with spirit! 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 vegan Shabbat dinner together. There is limited space; register now.

Upcoming dates

  • March 23, 201
  • April 27, 2018
  • May 25, 2018
  • June 22, 2018
  • July 27, 2018
  • August 24, 2018

FENTSTER presents: A Place of Wholesome Amusement

February 26 – May 22, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION | Thursday, March 15 | 7 – 9PM | FREE 
@ Makom  402 College St

In a striking new neon light installation, Toronto-based and Beijing-born multidisciplinary artist Shellie Zhang reimagines marquee signage to represent two significant cultural institutions established by Chinese and Jewish newcomers to Toronto in the same building at the corner of Dundas and Spadina. First known as the Standard Theatre, the venue opened as a Yiddish theatre in 1922 and five decades later hosted Chinese cinema as the Golden Harvest Theatre. The artist considers how one building served as a locus for cultural expression and cohesion for two different communities. Accompanied by a detailed overview of the building’s colourful history and reproductions of archival materials, the exhibition surfaces immigrant narratives embedded in the architecture of the Kensington Market-Chinatown neighbourhood, revealing little-known points of connection and breaking down siloed conversations about our city’s past.
Presented by FENTSTER and the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre as part of the 2018 Myseum Intersections city-wide festival
Curated by Donna Bernardo-Ceriz, Dara Solomon and Evelyn Tauben

Makom Afterschool OPEN HOUSE

5:00 – 6:00 PM All Locations
Mon March 19 @ Lord Landsdowne (Kensington Market)
Wed March 21 @ Regal Road (Hillcrest Village)
Monday March 26 @ Palmerston (Seaton Village)
RSVP required

Makom Afterschool’s Open House is a chance to learn about the program, see our students and teachers in action, meet Afterschool parents, and have all your questions answered by Makom’s Director of Education Rabbi Emma Gottlieb.

Afterschool registration for families who attend the Open House will open 1 week earlier than it will for the general public (April 8).

About Makom Afterschool: For grades JK – 4. Through play-based, experiential education, our students are immersed in a Hebrew-speaking environment centered around Jewish values. On the two core-curriculum afternoons each week, students focus on Hebrew speaking and literacy through games, stories, songs, and Jewish holiday. Additionally, students can attend our optional Jewish Enrichment day, where they learn about Jewish holidays, Torah stories, Jewish values, and traditions. Two further optional afternoons teach Hebrew through activities structured around the arts (music, drama, visual art) and movement (yoga, games, sports).

For more information, please contact Rabbi Emma


8:00 – 9:00 PM
Thursday March 22 
@ Makom (402 College Street)
RSVP required

Introducing Makom ATID – Makom’s innovative approach to serious Jewish learning and preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah for students in grades 5-8.

Our Open House is a chance to learn about our amazing program, meet other ATID parents and have all your questions answered!

For more information, please contact Rabbi Emma





Presented with PJ PLUS

Sunday March 25
12:00 – 2:00 PM 
Dufferin Grove Park – North End 
Get your Tickets Today


Join us for a fun afternoon of making and baking Matzah! See if you can mix, kneed, roll and bake in 18 minutes or less!

We will have Passover stories for the kids to hear and we will have tents, so come rain or shine!

Find us at the North end of the park near the bread ovens. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Please note: Matzah won’t be Kosher for Passover but it’s still a fun and wonderful way to prepare for Pesach!


Spiritual Sounds Lab HAVDALAH CONCERT with Deborah Sacks Mintz

Saturday March 24
9:30 PM – Doors Open
9:45 PM – Concert Starts 
@ Creeds Coffee Bar – 390 Dupont St.

Deborah Sacks Mintz (from NYC), a rising star in the Jewish music world known for her soulful, beautiful prayer leading, original songs, and niggunim (wordless melodies), will lead a musical havdalah and melaveh malkah – a spiritual singalong to bid adieu to Shabbat. Joined by our own, amazing Avivah Chernick.

Presented by Beth Tzedec Congregation, Annex Shul, Holy Blossom’s Young Professionals & Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism
Sponsored by Jeffrey Gertner and Family

Softening into Liberation: Pre-Pesah MEDITATION

Sunday, Mar 25
@ Makom – 402 College Street
PWYC $15-$30 donations suggested
RSVP required

Chanting, singing, guided and silent meditation to prepare ourselves for Passover and our liberation.

Everyone is welcome. No previous experience necessary.

Led by meditation teacher, musician and prayer leader Aviva Chernick.

Please arrive before 7:30 to set up. We have chairs; feel free to bring a cushion for the floor and a blanket to wrap up in for warmth and comfort. Registration required; please email Aviva.



Traditional Jewish law (see Exodus 12:19) forbids owning any hametz (leavened foods) during Passover. 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 would 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 9am on Thursday, March 29.

Or you may mail the completed and signed form to: Makom, 402 College St., Toronto, ON M5T 1S8. Mailed forms must reach Makom by Wednesday, March 28.

There is 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.

Hag kasher ve-sameiah – wishing you a happy and kosher Passover!

The Murmuring Deep: Literary and Psychoanalytic Reflections on Torah, with special guest Dr. Avivah Zornberg

Sunday, Apr 29
7:00 – 8:30 PM
@ MNJCC – 750 Spadina Ave 
Advance Tickets – $10, Door – $15
Tickets Here

World-Renowned Torah scholar and Professor of English Literature Dr. Avivah Zornberg joins us from Israel for a richly textured exploration of biblical narratives, modern midrash and the biblical unconscious.

Dr. Avivah Zornberg was born in London and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, where her father was a Rabbi and the head of the Rabbinical Court. She studied with him from childhood; he was her most important teacher of Torah. She holds a BA and PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. After teaching English Literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, she turned to teaching Torah. For the past thirty years, she has taught Torah in Jerusalem at Matan, Yakar, Pardes and the Jerusalem College for Adults. Dr. Zornberg also holds a Visiting Lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies. She travels widely, lecturing in Jewish, academic and psychoanalytic settings.

Dr. Zornberg is the author of five books, some of which will be available for purchase at the event: Moses: A Human Life, The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious, The Beginning of Desire: Reflections on Genesis, The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus, and Bewilderments: Reflections on the Book of Numbers.

Co-sponsored by Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, City Shul, Congregation Shir Libeynu, Danforth Jewish Circle, First Narayever Congregation, Kiever Synagogue, Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism, and Miles Nadal JCC.

Partners: Annex Shul.


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