Friday, May 10

7pm – Doors Open; 7:15pm – Services Start

$20 for Adult Dinner Ticket; $12 for kids 1-10
(25% off for Makom Members)

Celebrate Shabbat with spirit! Wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat with soulful, song-filled

services, in which everyone can participate.

After services, join us for a delicious vegan dinner.

Tickets HERE

Shabbat Song & Story Circle

Fridays, May 3, 10, 17, 24
10:30 – 11:15am
FREE but Registration Required

FREE PJ Library Shabbat Song & Story Circle, with Fran Sharpe, Jewish educator and singer/songwriter. For ages 0-4 with caregiver/parent

Register HERE

Lag B’Omer Bonfire & Picnic

Thursday, May 23, 2019

5:45 PM – 9 PM

Join Makom in in celebrating Lag ba-Omer – the joyous 33rd day of the journey from Passover to Shavuot – with a campfire and picnic in the park. We’ll also be roasting marshmallows and making s’mores, singing, and hanging out into the night.
All ages welcome!
5:45-6:00 Arrive, Schmooze & Playground Time
6:00-6:30 Story, Relay Races & Parachute Games for Kids
6:30-7:00 Picnic Dinner (Bring Your Own Picnic)
7:00-9:00 S’mores, Music & Singing around the Bonfire

Kensington Then & Now

Makom’s 10th Anniversary Party & Concert

Wednesday, May 29 | 7:30 – 10:30 PM

4Life Natural Foods | 210 Augusta Avenue

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Celebrate the flavours, history and diversity of Kensington Market, Toronto’s historic Jewish hub and beloved, eclectic neighbourhood.  In honour of Makom’s 10th anniversary of revitalizing Jewish life in the Market, we’re taking over a grocery store for a party and one-of-a-kind concert.


  • International debut of new music by JUNO-winning musician David Buchbinder with an all-star band fusing New Orleans jazz with Yiddish flavour. Performing with Dave Restivo (piano), Michael Herring (acoustic bass) and Chris Wallace (drums)
  • Schmooze with Market Mavens: hear artists, writers and fixtures of the Kensington Market community share their stories from these fabled streets:
    • “Cardener” Yvonne Bambrick, the caretaker of the iconic Kensington Market Garden Car and a co-creator / coordinator of Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market,
    • Toronto’s leading historian on Chinatown, Arlene Chan,
    • Author and artist Bernice Eisenstein whose award-winning graphic memoire, I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors (2006), details her childhood growing up in Kensington Market,
    • Danny Zimmerman who worked with his father Zoltan running Zimmerman’s Discount, a fixture of Kensington Market for 60 years until it became 4Life Natural Food
    • Originally from Sri Lanka, Potsothy “Pots” Sallapa, is a long-time Kensington organic grocer who transformed Zimmerman’s on Augusta into 4Life Natural Foods,
    • And more to be announced soon!
  • A tribute to Makom’s Honourable Menschen, cornerstones of our community: David Pinkus, Rochelle Rubinstein and more
  • Delicious Nibbles, Sweets & Drinks generously provided by our favourite vegan and kosher spots in the Market and beyond
  • DJ sets by Mr. Tunes, featured on Balkan Beat Box’s album “Nu Made”
  • Raffle with amazing prizes: a chance to support Makom while snagging fabulous swag

Kensington Then & Now celebrates the melding of the past with the present. Be part of the festivities and support Makom’s ongoing revitalization of downtown Jewish life with joyous spirituality, pluralistic after-school Jewish education, and inclusive community.

Updates posted regularly to the Facebook event! Follow us to stay in the know.


In advance: $50 includes a complimentary drink | $20 students / under-employed

At the door: $60 general admission | $25 students / under-employed

Get your tickets today or check out the sponsorship opportunities

Can’t attend but still want to support Makom on our 10th anniversary?

Click here to make a donation

Volunteers attend for FREE. To volunteer, contact info@makomTO.org

Makom is a diverse and inclusive Toronto community fusing Jewish tradition and progressive values through spirituality, learning and culture.  


David Buchbinder is a trumpeter, improvisor, composer, JUNO award-winning creator and producer of music and culture working in the borderlands where cultures, peoples, genres and disciplines intersect. He is known for his diverse musical projects the Flying Bulgars, his Jazz Ensemble, Nomadica and Odessa/Havana. He produced Shurum Burum Jazz Circus, Tumbling Into Light and Andalusia to Toronto, and is the founder of the urban transformation organization Diasporic Genius. He’s also the founding Artistic Director of the Ashkenaz Festival, of RCM/Koerner Hall’s signature KUNÉ: Canada’s Global Orchestra, and creator-producer of the recent Luminato Festival hit “The Ward Cabaret.” David’s jazz compositions meld Jewish music traditions from around the world with myriad influences from Hard Bop to Arabic music, infused with an effervescence that results in “fiercely imaginative music that swaggers hard… an idiosyncratic, accessible gumbo” (Toronto Star). David “has a hard, clear, clarion almost classical trumpet sound, but with a jazzman’s phrasing and whip-smart spontaneity (All About Jazz). David also performs on the Grammy-nominated album, Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II. Makom’s anniversary celebration will mark the culmination of an intensive creation period for David, writing new music in the rich milieu of New Orleans, which he will perform publicly for the first time on May 29.

Elliott Fienberg aka Mr. Tunes has been producing and DJing for over 20 years. In 2009, he was featured on the Balkan Beat Box’s remix CD, “Nu Made” (JDub records). More of his tracks have been DJ’d in clubs in Miami, Ibiza and Cape Town. His style of DJing is a swirling mix of worldbeat and ambient sounds layered over house and breakbeats. For Makom’s party, Mr. Tunes will spin a global groove, drawing inspiration from the many sounds and cultures that make up Kensington Market today.

Thanks to our event and venue sponsors:


Makom is grateful to our generous food and beverage sponsors:

Fresh City Farms | Hibiscus | Kensington Brewing Co. | Kupfert & Kim |  Ozery Bakery| Pantry | Shalom India | Sunflower Kitchen | Sweets from the Earth | United Bakers Dairy Restaurant | Veggie D’Light

Makom is grateful to everyone who has generously contributed to our raffle:

Bike House | Bikes on Wheels | Bungalow | Canadian Jewish News | Aviva Chernick | Cosmic Treats | Crown Bench Estates | Essence of Life | Fresh City Farms | Fresh Collective | Limmud Toronto | Manic Coffee | Model Citizen | Morellina’ Caffé con Spuntini | NU Bügel | Octopus Garden Yoga Centre | Ontario Jewish Archives | Sharoni Sibony


Friday, April 12

7pm – Doors Open; 7:15pm – Services Start

$20 for Adult Dinner Ticket; $12 for kids 1-10
(25% off for Makom Members)

Celebrate Shabbat with spirit! Wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat with soulful, song-filled

services, in which everyone can participate.

After services, join us for a delicious vegan dinner.

Tickets HERE


Friday, April 5
 – Doors Open; 5:45pm – Services Start
$20 for Adult Dinner Ticket; $12 for kids 1-10
(25% off for Makom Members)

Join us for a family friendly service, Shabbat games and kid-friendly vegetarian dinner!



Did you know that Makom runs a Hebrew immersion After-school program at 3 locations downtown? More info. on Makom Afterschool can be found @ https://makomfamilies.org/makom-afterschool/

neySHEV Mindfulness Intensive

neySHEV Mindfulness Intensive

In person: Sunday, Jan 6; 3-6pm
Online video sessions: 3 Sundays, Jan 13, 20, 27; 5-6pm

$110 + HST
Email Aviva to register by Dec 21

An Invitation to Practice. A new offering for the month of January from Aviva Chernick and neySHEV.

For practitioners seeking the support of community to develop a sustainable, ongoing mindfulness practice and for those looking to deepen their existing practice.
• an afternoon intensive to kickstart a month of practice
• a commitment to daily practice for the month of January
• weekly group online video check-in sessions (time to sit together, a brief opportunity for each participant to share about their week of practice, to ask questions and to hear reflection)

Rosh Hodesh Hanukkah MUSICAL MORNING Services

THIS Sunday, Dec 9
Please RSVP

Double the reasons to sing on a Sunday morning: Rosh Hodesh (the new moon) and Hanukkah! Celebrate this extra-joyous occasion with Makom, Annex Shul, and other friends through a lively service featuring shaharit, a musical hallel, Torah reading, and musaf.

הַלְלוּהוּ בְתֹף וּמָחוֹל הַלְלוּהוּ בְּמִנִּים וְעוּגָב
Praise God with drum and dance; praise God with strings and flute!
(Psalm 150)

“Our Doors Are Open” COMMUNITY-INCLUSION Workshop

Tuesday, Dec 4

7:30 Doors Open
7:45 Hanukkah Candle Lighting
8-9pm Workshop

Please RSVP

How do we as a community enable people with different needs to participate and engage fully in Jewish life?

In this workshop, we’ll go beyond ramps to assess the physical and social inclusivity of our community and develop “inclusive thinking” on including persons with all abilities.

Please come and help Makom become more welcoming, inclusive, and accessible, allowing all to belong and feel at home.

If you need any special accommodations, please email Rabbi Aaron by Nov 27.
Please note that Makom’s main space is wheelchair accessible but the washroom is down a flight of stairs.

Click for more info on Our Doors Are Open, an EnAbling Change Project of OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre with the Government of Ontario.