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Forgiveness and Second Chances

Sefer Yonah (the Book of Yonah) is all about second chances. Both Yonah and the whole city of Ninveh get a chance to try again – Yonah gets a second chance to do the prophecy work God instructs him to do; Nineveh gets a chance to fix its mistakes and survive another day.  How do we view second chances at…


Giving and Getting Feedback

It’s easy to respond defensively when someone comes to you with criticism! But that’s not what the people of Ninveh did when Yonah showed up prophesying their destruction. They did an impressive job of listening to Yonah’s criticism and using it to improve themselves. What is constructive feedback? Giving feedback in a helpful way, not just being mean. Criticism is…


Leading by Example

How can our leaders help guide us through challenges resiliently? In the third chapter of Sefer Yonah (the Book of Yonah), Yonah finally goes to Ninveh and warns the people that God will flip their city upside down in 40 days. The whole city, from the king all the way down the animals, dresses in sackcloth, sits down in ashes,…


A Letter from the Founding Director

Beverly Socher-Lerner

Beverly Socher-Lerner

Dear Parents and Grandparents,
Thank you for considering Makom Community! We are a makom (place) where your children can experience joyful community that embraces them and your whole family for exactly who you are! In Jewish tradition, a makom is the kind of place where someone grows into who they CAN be. We hope our makom will be that kind of place, too.

Our learners ask mind-boggling questions each day. Your children co-create an environment with their teachers and friends that invites questions and meaning-making from Jewish wisdom. Our learning is focused on the social-emotional skills our tradition teaches, which we practice daily in our community.

You can expect warm, personal, and playful experiences for your child at Makom Community. That’s true in afterschool enrichment, at camp, and when we’re off-site, too. Makom Community presents a new model for Jewish Education. We strive to create a high-quality experience for urban parents who want a vibrant program on weekday afternoons with a rich Jewish education.

Each week ends on a high note at our Family Shabbat Celebrations. You can expect to end your week with much needed family time. Family Shabbat Celebrations invite us to participate in Tefilah: Prayer, Music, and Movement together. Parents get to learn about a piece of Jewish wisdom that was in our curriculum that week. Then, you’ll get to turn to your child and say, “Well, in our family, we see that this way…”. You’ll tell family stories and impart your wisdom in those moments. And all our parents, from many backgrounds, get to be the interpreters of Jewish tradition.

I hope you’ll join us! Please feel free to reach out to talk more over coffee or arrange a personal tour.