Makom Community News & Blog

Makom Community News & Blog

BMitzvah Blessings

It’s hard to believe that we’ve finished our first year of the BMitzvah program at Makom Community! There’s plenty more learning to come next year, including our first few BMitzvah ceremonies, but for now we’re reflecting on the past year. In our last week, the cohort members wrote each other yearbook quotes that showed the depth of collaboration and respect…

End-of-School-Year Brachot (Blessings)End-of-School-Year Brachot (Blessings)

What a year it’s been! We are eternally grateful to you all for powering, learning, and growing through it with us. Your kiddos brighten our days and bring us to tears with their empathy and wisdom. It’s a privilege and an honor to have you all in our community. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Here are some favorite Makom…

May We Move from Strength to StrengthMay We Move from Strength to Strength

Garinim Here we are, gathered together at the end of a long and harrowing journey, looking over a river into a new land. By “we” I really mean “Bnei Yisrael (the Jewish people).” They’ve traveled for 40 years in the desert from slavery in Egypt to freedom in Canaan, and now they’ve learned that they have to take their next…

On Leadership and Strength in Torah On Leadership and Strength in Torah 

Garinim Last week the Garinim (PreK and K kiddos) focused in on a character study of Moshe, Bnei Yisrael’s (the Jewish people’s) greatest biblical leader. We looked at snapshots of Moshe’s life and choices to discover both what made him such a good leader, and also what mistakes he made.  After growing up in Pharaoh’s palace, empathizing with the plight…

The soul is harder to change:  BMitzvah & the Book of RuthThe soul is harder to change: BMitzvah & the Book of Ruth

After seven weeks of studying the Book of Ruth, our BMitzvah cohort took the reigns on our discussions. Having the BMitzvah students lead text discussion is such a joy. These students deeply embody the middot (values) of “studying in order to teach” and “sharpening the wisdom of one’s teacher.” While working on these student-led discussions, we focused on using the…

The Brachah (Blessing) of UncertaintyThe Brachah (Blessing) of Uncertainty

We made it to Egypt! Last week the Garinim (preK and K kiddos) journeyed with Yaakov’s family from their famine-ridden home in Canaan to Egypt where Yosef had saved up enough food to last the region for years. Yaakov enjoys another 17 years of an already long life, surrounded by his reunited family, including his long-lost favorite son. Shortly before…