OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Director of Family Programming and Afterschool Operations
Sarah Livingston is Makom’s Director of Family Programming & Afterschool Operations. She is an experienced educator and administrator both within and outside of the Jewish community. Sarah has a Masters in Canadian Jewish Food History from University of Toronto and Bachelor’s degrees in Russian Jewish History and Jewish Studies from The Ohio State University. Her passion in life centers around Jewish education and community building. Sarah believes in working to connect Jewish people to each other and to other religions, races, and cultures. As a long-time advocate for marginalized members of the Jewish community she works diligently to create diverse and inclusive programming for families across the Jewish spectrum.
Sarah is originally from the US, growing up in Las Vegas, and spending 10 years in Columbus, OH before moving to Toronto. She is thrilled to be further developing the exciting downtown Jewish community with her role at Makom and looks forward to meeting you and your families at future events. Sarah lives in the East End with her husband Rob, two sons Gabriel (Gavi) & Rafael (Rafi), and their kitty Nermal.
Director of Curriculum and Staff Development
Sorel Goldberg Loeb was the Director of Education at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale New York for over twenty years before returning to Toronto (where she grew up) in 2016. In that capacity she worked with children, families and teachers of all ages and stages. Sorel is passionate about teaching Hebrew and supporting teachers in their work. She is the author of the teacher resource book "Teaching Torah - A Treasury of Insights and Activities". Sorel is excited to be joining the Makom community.
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.
OUR PARENT 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.