Makom Community is a Jewish enrichment center that creates family-centered Jewish experiences where parents are empowered to build a Jewish life that is personally meaningful for their family, where the noise of children is welcome, and where it is safe for parents to learn alongside children. We cultivate fluency and comfort in Jewish tradition through our inspirational and cutting-edge youth and family experiences. Not only is Makom Community a Jewish community committed to creating a more just world, we’re also committed to building a Jewish community that is truly open to anyone who wishes to engage with Jewish traditions alongside their family.
Makom Community provides daily, high-quality afterschool care and Jewish education for children ages 4-11. Makom Community enrolls students in Pre-K through 5th grade. Each student’s learning is project-based and child-led. Learning is immersive and applied daily in our communal setting. Shabbat is a highlight of every week at Makom. Each Friday, families are invited to stay for a family celebration of Shabbat. Our students prepare food and learning to share. We’ll sing, dance, eat together, and enjoy each other’s company!
As of the spring of 2018, we are located in our own space at 2013 Sansom Street!
Our families live in and near Center City. The diversity of each of our families adds to the richness of Makom Community, whether they are lifelong Philadelphians or new to the City of Brotherly Love, born Jews or Jews by choice, single-faith or interfaith families, straight-identified or LGBT-identified, with a pet goldfish or without a pet goldfish... well, you get the idea. We’re eager to include families with a variety of structures, shapes, and Jewish backgrounds.
The kids who are part of our afterschool community go to public schools, charter schools, and a variety of private schools. While at Makom, our students make new friends and build lasting relationships with Jewish peers and role models. Students also get to play and explore LOTS of ways to immerse themselves in Jewish life.