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.

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.



 NEYSHEV: Meditation

Fridays: Jan 19 & 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar 2, 9, 23
@ 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. Please feel free to bring a cushion for the floor. Registration required; please email Aviva.

Presented by Aviva Chernick in partnership with Makom.

PJ PLUS: Parents + Tots

8 Sundays, Jan 21 – March 18 (not Feb 18)
@ Makom  402 College St
$120 for the series
Register now

This winter, come experience Tu bi-Shvat tree fun, Purim & Passover Palooza and much more through hands-on Jewish learning, crafts, music & movin’ based on PJ Library books. Have fun and connect with other young Jewish families downtown!

For 2-3 year olds + Parent or Grandparent

Questions? Email Adina or call 416-621-5675.


INCARCERATION & Judaism, Incarcerated Jews

Monday, Jan 22

@ Makom  402 College St
PWYC | $10-20 recommended
Register Now

Learn about incarceration through a justice-informed, intersectional Jewish lens. We’ll look at a variety of Jewish texts about prison and abolition, from Torah to the present. Chaplain Orev will provide information on Jewish incarceration, as well as the role of Chaplaincy in offering Spiritual Care to people of all faiths and cultures living in prison. She’ll focus on her experiences providing education, counseling, Restorative Justice opportunities and ceremony at the six federal prisons in Southern Ontario.

Orev Reena Katz is a Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess) and spiritual care provider for four federal prisons in Southern Ontario. She strives to cultivate a presence of empathy in architectures governed by colonialism, vulnerability, and disconnection

TORAH STUDY by the Lake

8 Tuesdays, Jan 23 – March 20 (not March 6)
@ 65 Harbour Sq (Queen’s Quay W & York St)
$200 for the series

Come learn Torah! In our ongoing, multifaceted study of the Torah, we’ll learn and discuss Devarim (Deuteronomy) chapters 17-24 from a great variety of perspectives: ancient and modern, traditional and academic, literary and historical, etc.

No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required. Contact Rabbi Aaron for more info & to register


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:

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

AnchorTu Bi-Shvat FAMILY HIKE

Sunday, Jan 28 
10am sharp – 11:30am
@ Phil White Arena – 443 Arlington Ave
$10/family | Tickets HERE

Join Shoresh, PJ Library and Makom for a family-friendly Tu Bi-Shvat outdoor adventure! We’ll hike together through the Cedarvale Ravine, meeting, greeting and playing amidst the trees and celebrating their birthday.

Meet at 10am sharp.


Sunday, Jan 28 
@ Wychwood Barns401 Christie St
FREE | Register HERE

Join Makom and other communities for Tu Bi-Shvat activities, crafts, learning, play, community and fun!

Come find the Makom booth (and Rabbi Emma) and say hi!

FENTSTER presents – Bernice Eisenstein | Nothing and All

ON NOW – February 22, 2018
@ 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.

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