Makom Community News & Blog

Makom Community News & Blog

Tricky Feelings and a Blessing for PeaceTricky Feelings and a Blessing for Peace

Finally Yaakov has received his special brachah (blessing), but at what cost? We spent several days unpacking the situation around the giving of this brachah and then we analyzed the content of the brachah itself. We discovered there was lots of room for mixed feelings and mixed messages amid the trickery and tension.  Rivkah had a plan to make sure…

New Year, New Start!New Year, New Start!

Our first week together as a class in 2021! The day marked a variety of new beginnings for the cohort: the new year was freshly upon us, winter break had just ended, they were getting a new teacher. In ways we were all looking forward to what lay ahead of us.  “I want each of us to repeat the word…

Commentaries and Questions on ConflictCommentaries and Questions on Conflict

Commentary was the name of the game last week in our learning at Makom Community. Unsurprisingly, our inquisitive students have many of the same questions as some pretty big deal medieval rabbis. We unpacked the answers that some of those rabbis had to the questions and added our own insights. One story that we discussed was from 15th century Torah…

Winter Camp: Full of Fun and LightWinter Camp: Full of Fun and Light

Last week, Makom Community had our first entirely outdoor Winter Break Camp! We met on Ionic Street to learn about Jewish traditions around the world through art projects, games, obstacle courses, and lots of running around.  Monday was all about Jewish traditions and holidays that emphasize light. We talked about lighting Chanukah candles and how that brings light and warmth…

New Year, Same Resolutions: Revisiting our BritNew Year, Same Resolutions: Revisiting our Brit

Happy New Year! We’re so excited to be adventuring into 2021 with all of you. As we return from winter break, we want to remind ourselves about the britot (two-way promises) that we made back in November. Here’s a refresher on our britot, which are completely painted and waiting for us on our classroom walls at Makom Community. At Makom…