Managing Director

Adina Gamse moved to Toronto in 2016 upon completing her PhD in Mathematics, and joined the Makom community shortly thereafter. She is excited to be joining the leadership team.


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.

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 five-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.