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Employment Opportunity: 

Director of Education and Family Programming

Full-time, permanent position

Application Deadline: May 6, 2018

Start Date: June 25, 2018 (flexible)

Location: Toronto, ON

Organization Overview

Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism is a grassroots Toronto community fusing Jewish tradition and progressive values through spirituality, learning and culture.  Makom creates inclusive space that inspires diverse participants to explore together how Judaism can meaningfully enrich our lives.

Makom Afterschool educates, inspires, and creates community among diverse Jewish children in downtown Toronto.  Now in its seventh year, Makom Afterschool is a growing, substantive five-day-a-week after-school program of Hebrew language immersion and Jewish learning for 70 children in JK through Grade 4, hosted in three public schools during the school year.

Makom ATID is an innovative program for Jewish pre-teens and teens to discover the wisdom Judaism holds for their maturing minds and bodies in today’s world.  Students in Grades 5-8 gather twice a week for nuanced, pluralistic Jewish learning; Hebrew conversation and literacy; investigating philosophies and structures of prayer; Torah and haftarah chanting skills training; and hanging out with their peers.

Position Responsibilities

The Director of Education and Family Programming will advance Makom’s mission of connecting diverse downtown Jewish children and families with high-quality Jewish education, meaningful Jewish experiences, and vibrant Jewish community.  Reporting to and working closely with Makom’s Founding Rabbi/Executive Director, s/he will grow Makom Afterschool’s and Makom ATID’s student bodies and strengthen Hebrew and Jewish learning, as well as expand the reach and deepen the impact of Makom Families programming.

As the Director of Education, the successful candidate will oversee all operational and pedagogic aspects of Makom Afterschool and Makom ATID, including:

  • Formulating strategic plans in collaboration with lay leaders and the Executive Director;
  • Forming positive relationships with students and parents and helping them connect with Jewish life and Makom;
  • Recruiting and retaining students and families in Makom Afterschool and Makom ATID;
  • Hiring, supporting, and supervising teachers, teaching assistants, and specialists, e.g., reviewing lesson plans, observing classes, providing guidance, and conducting regular meetings with staff;
  • Researching, writing, updating, and purchasing curricula and curricular materials;
  • Designing and overseeing implementation of student learning assessments and program evaluation;
  • Liaising with Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and host-schools’ faculty and staff;
  • Marketing and communications, including recruitment materials and Makom Afterschool and Makom ATID newsletters
  • Preparing and managing budgets and finances;
  • Researching, applying for, and reporting on grants; and
  • Working with lay leaders to fundraise for Makom Afterschool and Makom ATID.

Additionally, as the Director of Family Programming, the successful candidate will:

  • Form warm relationships with families and help them connect with Jewish life and Makom;
  • Develop and run monthly for Makom Families;
  • Plan and lead Family Services for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and occasional Shabbatot;
  • Market Makom Families programs and recruit participants; and
  • Maintain and expand existing community partnerships.


  • Mission-driven and passionate about Jewish learning, Hebrew language, and helping diverse Jews of all ages connect with Judaism and Jewish community
  • Creativity and enthusiasm to try new approaches
  • Excellent relational skills – ability to form collaborative bonds and communicate well with parents, teachers, TDSB principals and teachers, families, lay leaders, and Makom staff members
  • Strong leadership skills and experience running educational programming
  • Experience hiring, managing, and supervising teaching staff
  • Ability to foster a pluralistic approach to Jewish education for diverse students and their families
  • Success in student recruitment and retention
  • Strong professional skills – ability to work quickly, independently, and with accountability
  • Attention to detail and ability to produce high-quality written and media materials
  • BA in Education, Jewish Studies, or related field/experience; Masters degree preferred
  • Two or more years of teaching experience in formal and informal education
  • Fluency in English; strong knowledge of Hebrew and Judaism
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Proficiency in or ability to learn quickly online applications (e.g., Facebook, MailChimp, WordPress)


$50,000-$60,000, plus performance bonus

Benefit package includes professional development and paid vacation days and statutory holidays.

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to by May 6, 2018.


Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism | 402 College St. Toronto, ON M5T 1S8 | 416-546-6043 |

SHABBAT MORNING Learners’ Service

This Saturday, Apr 21
@ Makom
 – 402 College St
FREE | RSVPs Appreciated

Want to know how to navigate and find meaning in a traditional Shabbat morning service? Join us for this abridged, explained service for pre-teens (grade 5 and up) with their parents, teens, and adults.

Co-led by Rabbi Aaron and Rabbi Emma, we’ll learn the service structure, sing key prayers, discuss the Torah portion, and enjoy a light kiddush (snacks). [This service will be mixed seating and egalitarian.]

Spadina: Then & Now, Photos & Film

Tuesday, Apr 24

@ Makom – 402 College St
FREE | RSVPs Appreciated

Join us for an evening celebrating the historic and present-day Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue through photography and film. View architectural photographer David Kaufman’s new portfolio on display at Makom​ of the contemporary urban landscape of Chinatown and ​Kensington Market. Watch the classic documentary Spadina (1984) by David Troster, incorporating interviews with community members as well as archival footage and images of one of Toronto’s first Jewish neighbourhoods. The screening will be preceded by remarks from Kaufman about his document​ation of​ the evolution of Spadina and the Market.
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The area’s history is equally honoured in the current FENTSTER exhibition in Makom’s storefront window.  A Place for Wholesome Amusement by Chinese-Canadian artist Shellie Zhang illuminates​ how Toronto’s Jewish and Chinese communities fostered their cultures in the same theatre at Spadina and Dundas.

​Screening followed by light refreshments.

Presented by Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism, Toronto Jewish Film Festival and FENTSTER
[IMAGE: David Kaufman, Flash Back Used Clothing, 2015]