Director of Education and Family Programming

Rabbi Emma Gottlieb is Makom’s Director of Education and Family Programming. She directs Makom Afterschool, Makom Camp, and Makom Families programming. Emma is passionate about experiential and alternative methods of Jewish education. Previously, she served as Rabbi and Head of School at congregations in Boston and New York. She has taught in both informal and formal Jewish educational settings, including camps and Hebrew schools. A guitarist and singer, she is also a song leader and shelihat tzibbur—prayer leader.

Having grown up in Thornhill, Emma is thrilled to be back in Toronto after studying and working in the US for almost a decade. Emma is excited by the diversity of Jewish expression in Downtown Toronto and is inspired by the many pathways to Jewish experience that can be found. For more information about Rabbi Emma, check out her website.


Founding Director and Rabbi

Rabbi Aaron Levy is a leader in the revival of downtown Jewish life in Toronto. He is the founding director and rabbi of  Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism, named one of North America’s 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofits in Slingshot ’10-’11.  He inspires diverse Jews and non-Jews by fusing ritual and ethical practice, and teaching in an open-minded and intellectually serious style, and by making Judaism’s joy apparent through musical, participatory prayer.  Before Makom, he founded an independent minyan, served as campus rabbi at three Hillels, and led wilderness backpacking trips.  Aaron sits on the Downtown Jewish Community Council, Toronto Board of Rabbis, and the board of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call to Human Rights.  Originally from Rockville, Maryland, he was ordained in 2004 in the first graduating class of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah – The Open Orthodox Rabbinical School in New York City.

Aaron lives near Kensington Market with his wife, Miriam, and sons Elie and Adar.


Leadership Council

Makom Afterschool’s Leadership Council is comprised of parents who volunteer at the beginning of the school year. Leadership Council offers advice, guides policy decisions, and coordinate various projects throughout the year.

This year's team: Sharry Aiken, Jake Bogoch, Daniel Brandes, Mark Freeman, Mindy Stricke, Orrin Wolpert, Sarah Zelcer, Lea Zeltserman

Your skills are needed!

We're a grassroots, parent-led program. We're always looking to expand our skill pool. If you're a parent and have skills to offer, please get in touch. We're especially interested in fundraising expertise and event volunteers.



Makom Families is the family-oriented programming of the broader Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism community.

Makom is organized by Rabbi Aaron Levy and a four-member Leadership Team (Board of Directors), working collaboratively to plan and run programs, and engaging in a strategic planning process to make Makom a sustainable community and organization.