Makom Community News & Blog

Makom Community News & Blog

Meeting Needs, Increasing JoyMeeting Needs, Increasing Joy

Around Purim at Makom Community you’re likely to notice us jumping and dancing while singing MisheNichnas Adar marbin besimchah – in the Jewish month of Adar, our joy increases. What can we do to help ourselves feel joyful? One avenue to joy that we explored was getting our needs met. We differentiated between two types of needs: surviving needs and…

Learning to LeadLearning to Lead

“I never thought a third grader could change my perspective on Jonah…” One of the most powerful things we can learn is that we can learn from anyone! At the end of our study of the Book of Jonah, the BMitzvah cohort shared some of what we learned with the Nitzanim (2nd-4th grade) class. The BMitzvah students designed and taught…

Mishe Mishe Mishe Mishe (Adar is Here!)Mishe Mishe Mishe Mishe (Adar is Here!)

The time has come: MisheNichnas Adar Marbin Besimchah–when we enter the Jewish month of Adar, our joy is increased! Last week was full of extra silliness in honor of Adar. Ice cream for snack, an afternoon of playing and chalking in the fountain in Rittenhouse, tongue twisters, joke telling, spinning and marching our way through Tefilah: prayer, music, and movement,…

Our Communities Need UsOur Communities Need Us

Naomi’s family starts off their story living in Beitlechem. Because of famine, they move to Moav. Do you think they stop being a part of the Beitlechem community when they go? Do you think they fully integrate into a community in Moav while they’re there? Last week we took a deep dive into communities, which ones we’re a part of,…

Taste of Makom: Sweet, Funny, and Full of Song!Taste of Makom: Sweet, Funny, and Full of Song!

As families walked into 1733 E Passyunk Ave, they were greeted with an array of well-loved afterschool enrichment activities. But this time– parents and kids got to do them together. One grandparent read a book about King Solomon’s wisdom with her grandchild and some friends.  Meanwhile, the children listening built the story out of natural building materials and then re-told…

Are you there God? It’s BMitzvah!Are you there God? It’s BMitzvah!

Sometimes we spend too much time thinking about something and not enough time experiencing it. In BMitzvah, we’ve been working on a new Rosh Pinah project about God: creating art pieces that express our personal theologies. We’ve been learning about how Jewish texts show different ideas of God: God as the authority, God as everything, God as all-good and all-powerful, God…