Makom Community is a meaningful and vibrant community that integrates daily afterschool, camp, and family learning experiences where we ignite joy for whole family Jewish engagement. As students and families, we are in conversation with Jewish text and ideas as we play and create together, joining the generations before us in constructing a personally meaningful relationship with Jewish tradition. At Makom Community, Jewish ideas, text, and values become an integral part of daily life.
Makom Community provides daily, high-quality afterschool care and Jewish education for children ages 4-11. In our pilot year 2014-2015, we're enrolling students in Pre-K through second grade. In the future, Makom will serve 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!
We are based at The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia 2125 Chestnut Street Philadelphia 19103.
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.