Meet Our Staff


Spiritual Leader

Danny Maseng

Born in Israel to American parents, Danny first came to the United States to star on Broadway in ‘Only Fools Are Sad.‘  Danny previously served as Spiritual Leader of URJ congregation Agudas Achim in NY and as Cantor at Temple Israel of Columbus and Temple Israel of Hollywood in California. He is the founding Spiritual Leader of Makom LA.


A playwright, actor, singer and composer, Danny is also one of the most popular and respected composers of contemporary Liturgical and Synagogue music. He has been the invited guest of the American Conference of Cantors, the Cantor’s Assembly, as well as the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. His compositions are sung worldwide, with a recent Disney Hall appearance by the renowned Pink Martini, who performed Danny‘s Elohai N’tzor. 


Danny has traveled the world as a scholar, rekindling the love of Judaism through Torah, Chassidut, Jewish Culture and the Arts


Cantorial Soloist

Sarah Lonsert

A multi-talented vocalist, Sarah has a Bachelor of Music from CSU Fullerton and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Vocal Performance at California State University, Northridge.  She is a member of the Pacific Chorale and the LA Master Chorale and has been a featured soloist at Makom since its founding.


Program Director

Jonathan Maseng

Jonathan Maseng has served as the Program Director of Makom LA since 2015. A longtime writer and journalist, he is currently attending the Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law.