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OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Director of Operations

Alexandra Sipos-Kocsis is Makom’s Director of Operations. She is an experienced educator and administrator and believes strongly in building Jewish community and enriching children with a love of Judaism.

Alexandra received a BA in Music Education and an MA in Ethnomusicology. She has worked in both formal and informal Jewish education in Jewish camps, schools and community settings. Recently she worked as the Curator of Education at the Koffler Centre of the Arts. She also works as a fertility coach and bereavement doula.

Alexandra is excited to be growing and connecting the downtown Jewish community with her role at Makom and looks forward to meeting you and your families soon. She lives downtown with her husband Yoni and two kids Blythe and Wolf.

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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.

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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

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:  Orrin Wolpert, Sarah Zelcer, Sharon Levinas, Andrea Schaffer, Evan Castel, Lily Ohana

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.

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MAKOM BOARD

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.