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.

Our annual report, which was presented at our Annual General Meeting can be found here: Makom Annual Report 2017

We’d love to welcome you to Makom!



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:

  • December 15, 2017
  • January 26, 2018
  • February 23, 2018
  • March 23, 201
  • April 27, 2018
  • May 25, 2018
  • June 22, 2018
  • July 27, 2018
  • August 24, 2018


FENTSTER presents – Bernice Eisenstein | Nothing and All

November 24, 2017 – February 22, 2018
Opening Reception | Dec. 5 | 7 – 9pm | FREE

@ Makom  402 College St

Noted author of I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors and international-exhibiting artist Bernice Eisenstein opens the pages of her meditation on language, books and memory in a new site-specific installation. A long table is laid with an assortment of open books, each intricately manipulated and embellished by the artist who folds, paints, scribes and reinvents the pages of works by the likes of Albert Camus, Stefan Zweig and Robert Walser. Their poetic, philosophical writings are transformed into musings on “nothing and all,” a phrase drawn from a poem by Mark Strand. A large painted group portrait hangs in the window, based on a wedding photograph of the artist’s family taken on the cusp of the Second World War. Lost and unknown ancestors are audience to both this eclectic library and passersby on College Street. The painting and the exhibition as a whole become a palimpsest – an entirely new, pulsating creation revealing traces of what came before.


Wednesday Dec. 6
8 – 9:30pm
PWYC – Suggested $15 donation ($10 for Makom members)

@ Makom  402 College St

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What can Hanukkah teach us about about life and God’s role(s) in the world? Come learn and discuss with Rabbi Aaron how wisdom from Hanukkah can apply year-round.

Light vegan, kosher snacks will be served.

All are welcome!


CHANTING Seudah Shelishit + HAVDALAH

Saturday Dec. 9
3:30 – 5:30pm
Kindly RSVP by Thurs. Dec. 7

@ Makom  402 College St

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Chanting is a way of tuning the soul. Guided by Alon Nashman, we’ll sit in song and silence to open our portals to the divine as we prolong the beauty of Shabbat in sacred community.

In keeping with Izhbitz hasidic custom, our seudah shelishit – third meal of Shabbat – will focus on feeding our souls rather than our bodies as the sun sets and the room darkens, before concluding with havdalah.

Alon Nashman is an actor and creator of theatre. His work has toured across Canada and internationally and includes Charlotte: A Tri-Coloured Play with Music, which premiered at Luminato Festival; Hirsch, which premiered at the Stratford Festival; and Kafka and Son, which recently returned from a sold-out run in Edinburgh and an acclaimed run in New York. Alon is also a student of Rabbi Shefa Gold and Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, who have guided him in the ways of Jewish chant.


Family HANUKKAH Festival!

Sunday December 17
4 – 6pm
$10 per person ($5 for Makom or Kiever members)

@ Kiever Synagogue  25 Bellvue Ave.

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Makom Families and Kiever Synagogue are throwing a Hanukkah party and you are invited!

Bring your own Hanukkiayah and light candles together as a community! Eat fresh latkes, and have a great time playing games and listening to stories.

Bring your family and friends – this is also a great opportunity to schmooze and celebrate with other downtown.

Tickets can be found here.

Message for member discount code (admin@makomto.org)

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