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.

Makom Afterschool & ATID is HIRING: 

Open Position: Teaching Assistant

Open Position: Hebrew Immersion Teacher

Open Position: Hebrew Teacher

Open Position: T’Fillah & Torah Trope Teacher


neySHEV: Meditation in Silence + Song

Friday, May 25

@ Makom  402 College St
PWYC | $10-20/session
RSVP required

neySHEV. Let’s sit. Chanting, meditation instruction and sitting. Everyone is welcome. No previous experience necessary.

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

Please arrive before 7:45 to set up. There are chairs for sitting in. Please 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.


with Scholar-in-Residence
Rabbi Lila Kagedan

This Friday, May 25
6:45pm – Doors Open; 7pm – Services Start
Services @ Makom  402 College St
Dinner follows Kiever Synagogue

$15 for Dinner (only $10 for Makom Members)

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. Very limited space; register now.

Rabbi Lila Kagedan – the first Orthodox woman to adopt the title rabbi – will share words of Torah with us during services and dinner. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Yeshivat Maharat, she currently serves as the senior clergy at the Walnut Street Synagogue in Chelsea, MA. She is a Harvard-trained ethicist and an instructor of bioethics at New York Medical College.

Rabbi Lila will also speak at the Kiever Synagogue on Shabbat morning (sermon during services, her journey to the rabbinate at lunch) and at 11am on Sunday (on mental health & Judaism).



Friday, June 1
– Doors Open; 6pm – Services Start

@ Kiever Synagogue – 25 Bellevue Ave
$15/adult, $10/child (Makom Members save 33%)

Join us for a short, family-friendly service led by Rabbi Emma Gottlieb followed by a delicious, catered, vegan Shabbat dinner.

Services suitable for children in grades 1-4 with their families.

Services will be mixed-seating; both services and dinner will be in the Kiever’s social hall.

Come out and say farewell to Rabbi Emma before she embarks on her next big adventure!

Questions? Email Rabbi Emma.


Registration for Afterschool 2018/2019

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 and/or visit: www.makomfamilies.org

FENTSTER presents: A Place of Wholesome Amusement

February 26 – May 22, 2018
@ 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

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