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!


Friday, Feb 17
6pm – Doors open
6:15 – Services start
@ Makom

Wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat with soulful, song-filled services, in which everyone can participate.

After services, warm up with some wine, hallah, and hearty stew, provided by Makom. Bring a certified kosher food or drink to share for appetizer or dessert.

Please make a donation to help contribute toward food costs.

Future Friday night services: March 3, 17, 31; April 7, 21; May 5, 19; June 9, 23

Makom is a diverse and inclusive community that welcomes participants who espouse many different approaches to Judaism, from secular to traditionally observant. In order to join together as one community without regard to denominational labels, our services blend traditional and progressive practices. We need a minyan of 10 women + 10 men to start the ma`ariv service, so we encourage you to come on time. Both women and men lead services and there is a low partition between women’s and men’s seating. Upon advance request, we’ll gladly set up a section for gender non-conforming individuals. Children are welcome in all sections.

NEYSHEV: Meditation w/ Aviva Chernick

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. Feel free to bring a cushion for the floor.

Fridays, Feb 24 • 7:45-8:45am @ Makom

Pay What You Can • RSVP required

 PJ Plus Parent + Tot Program

You and your child will enjoy Jewish content through hands on fun including storytelling, music, and moovin’, arts and crafts, puppets and schmoozing. PJ Plus is a curriculum-based program, using PJ Library books as a springboard to develop engaging and inspiring sessions to enhance the educational development of young children. No class Feb 19 (Family Day).

For 1.5 – 3 year olds + Parent or Grandparent

Sundays, Feb 26 – Mar 5 • 9:30-10:45am @ Makom

$30 for 2 sessions Register now • Questions? Contact Adina or call 416-621-5675.

Makom Afterschool

Makom Afterschool is a five-day-a-week afterschool program for children in JK through grade 4, and growing. 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 (Bathurst & St. Clair) and Seaton Village (Bloor & Bathurst). REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR 2016-2017!



Grine Kuzine

On view until Feb 22
Fentster @ Makom

Using recycled cardboard and faded memories, artist Evan Tapper recreates his grandmother’s kitchen to reflect on past and present hardships of starting life anew as an immigrant. The installation prods us to consider what is handed down and what is lost in translation—between cultures, between places, between generations—through the immigrant experience. Read more

Curator: Evelyn Tauben
Presenting site-specific installations of contemporary art connected to the Jewish experience, FENTSTER (Yiddish for “window”) is an independent artist-run exhibition space located in the storefront window of Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism.

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