A New Kind of Jewish Community
MAKOM's MISSION is to ignite Jewish connection, purpose and experience by creating a new kind of intergenerational community grounded in:
Joyous Holiday Celebrations
Learning for All Ages & Stages
Sacred Moments & Life Cycle
Social Action and Outreach
Connection to Israel
HOW WE BEGAN
A group of unaffiliated and/or unfulfilled yet committed Jews came together in parlor meetings throughout the winter and spring of 2015. In acknowledgement of the changing trends in the current Jewish landscape and their stated challenges in finding a Jewish community that would meet their emerging needs, this group decided to launch Makom NY as of July 1, 2015. The common threads among all participants were the desire for meaningful worship, intentional learning and finding community they could truly embrace, driven by dynamic, accessible, visionary and knowledgeable clergy. The original participants also sought to create a community that seeks to break down the financial, social and denominational barriers to engagement so that all people feel welcome.
The demographics of our region are clear; therefore, the overarching goal of Makom NY is to reach the 80% of unaffiliated Jews in this region of Long Island, comprising Jews who have already left established synagogues or Jews who have never affiliated.
Makom NY’s mission, approach and programming have clearly struck a positive chord in our region. In just two short years we have seen extraordinary growth in all areas – educational, spiritual, social, cultural. We are grateful to our participants for spreading the word about Makom NY.
UPDATED: MAKOM's TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
July 1, 2017 marked two years since Makom NY officially launched this new kind of Jewish community. During this time, we have met hundreds of people – singles, couples, families, empty-nesters, seniors, millennials - who come to Makom from all kinds of backgrounds, with varying interests and needs.
Two years ago we began our Children’s Moadon (Makom’s unique version of Religious School) with 22 students. By the end of our Year 2 we had 93 students. We anticipate further substantial growth for Year 3.
People really enjoy our Musical Shabbat services, whether in beautiful spaces like the Bethpage Worship Center (formerly the Bethpage Jewish Center), the Woodbury Convention Center, or Shabbat-in-the-Park in local venues. Makom has hosted hundreds of people at our (almost weekly) Shabbat dinners. We always say that the best way to meet others and become involved with our growing community is around the Shabbat table!
We have introduced successful programming that meets the cultural and social requests of our participants, with dozens of individuals at each gathering.
Year 3 will see expanded programming for Empty Nesters, Millennials, Tots and Teens, as well as volunteer opportunities, yoga/meditation and more.
Every day we hear another story from someone who is searching for Jewish connection and meaning. Now in our third year, Makom continues to realize our mission and our dreams as we meet people where they are and help connect them to Jewish life, to Judaism and to Jewish community. Our key focus is helping people to flourish – with Judaism as the vehicle for that flourishing.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE VISION AND MISSION OF MAKOM NY
Makom NY has created the first model for a new kind of Jewish community in a suburban arena, one that is reaching wandering and wondering Jews of all generations. Our mission is to initiate and innovate a new Jewish landscape that ignites this new Jewish community. We stretch the boundaries of defining Jewish community; Makom NY pioneers imagine beyond the framework of today’s current Jewish community to a time and place of deeper engagement. We strive to replicate the warm, intimate relationships found in the traditional Chabad model and to morph them into a liberal context; we also seek partners of like mind and mission, both in our region and as part of a national network. Ki va moed; the time is now.
Makom NY strives to be a truly open and welcoming community for any and all individuals and families looking for a new kind of Jewish community. We offer meaningful and engaging worship, with an emphasis on music and learning, while being family-friendly and post-denominational. We provide learning for students of all ages with no barriers. We have multiple entry-points, small group and one-on-one opportunities.
As a new organization, we see the growing excitement and energy. We are thrilled at the contagious manner by which people are connecting to our vision and mission, and helping to further elaborate on who we should and could become. We are reaching singles and families not currently engaged with the Jewish community, Jews and non-Jews alike, as well as people looking for something different within the Jewish community.
Makom is the place for YOU.