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!


Tuesday, June 20 • 6:30 doors open • 7:00 Sandcatchers • 8:30 Dickson Bonfield • @Makom • $10 – advance tix here

 Playing TO for one night only, Sandcatchers (Brooklyn, NY) will kick off the evening with their original blend of Middle Eastern oud and the Americana-infused textures of lap steel. Check out this video from their last visit. Closing out the night will be local rock/folk/Americana band Dickson Bonfield. Come out for an outstanding evening of live music.

Limited space; get your ticket now.

Co-sponsored by FENTSTER, Annex Shul & Beau’s Brewing Co.

Intro to TALMUD: Text + Context

6 Tuesdays, July 18-Aug 29 (no class Aug 1) •  10am-12pm • @ 65 Harbour Square (on Queen’s Quay) •  $120 for the series – Register now

While you can’t go to the TO Islands, you can swim in the “Sea of Talmud” right next to the Lake! Through text study, analysis and discussion, we’ll learn a variety of fascinating passages from this core Jewish text with Rabbi Aaron. We’ll also cover the Talmud’s historical context, structure and layout. No experience necessary; sources presented in English and Hebrew/Aramaic. A great way to start understanding what Talmud is and how it works!

Questions or want to register? Contact Rabbi Aaron.

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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