Our Leadership Team

Ariel Zaltzman

Director of Youth Education and Programming

Ariel Zaltzman was born in Israel and moved to North America more than 20 years ago with his family. He has since been working in different Jewish communities of many different denominations in the States and in Canada. Ariel previously served as the Principal of Kehila Jewish Community in Hamilton, and of Kachol Lavan and Darchei Noam in Toronto.
Ariel is very excited to be part of Makom, where he’s found a warm and welcoming, pluralistic and inclusive community.
Ariel is looking forward to working with all children and families and helping Makom to grow and develop.



Managing Director

Adina Gamse has been involved in Makom since 2016, when she moved to Toronto for a postdoctoral fellowship at U of T. She was elected to Makom's Board of Directors in 2017 and transitioned to full-time staff in 2020, right as the pandemic hit. She is still looking forward to meeting everyone in person!

Adina has a PhD in Mathematics and loves introducing non-mathematicians to the joys of her subject; she combines this with her love of Jewish learning in her Limmud sessions on Mathematics and Mishna. In her free time she enjoys trampolining and flying trapeze.

Aaron Levy

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 Leadership 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.

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 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 nine-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.

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