Makom (Grades 4 - 6)


Makom provides an opportunity for our community of children, educators and parents, to come together to reinforce Hebrew and liturgical skills, explore spirituality, engage in experiential reflection, and strengthen social relationships within their home synagogue.  Makom empowers learners to ask questions and seek answers, fosters leadership, individual meaning making and develops the concept of group responsibilities to each other, the local and global Jewish community and beyond. 

How it Works

Makom begins with Tefillah.  Tefillah presents prayer in a warm, song-filled setting that invites participation and encourages questions.   Tefillah is not just a forum for praying; it is a setting for learning, where Hebrew and synagogue skills will be introduced and reinforced.  Tefillah includes interactive learning such as debate, Israeli dance, chevrutah (partnered) study of particular prayers, and group discussions.

After Tefillah, participants will transition into their experiential activity.  The activity will be led by the Makom educator who works with your child(ren)’s specific grade. Each grade will have a curricular theme that shapes their Makom activities over the course of the year.  In each year of Makom, students will explore fundamental Jewish texts (Torah, Bible, Mishnah, Talmud, Medieval texts, modern texts, and contemporary texts) and Jewish prayer in order to deepen their understanding of the values and underlying themes that drive our lives.  The themes for each grade’s curriculum are:

  • 4th grade: This year is about relationship to self, which is Jewish identity. 
  • 5th grade : This year is about relationship to self and others, which is Tzedek (social justice) work. 
  • 6th grade: This year is about relationship to others, which is leadership. 

Makom ends with a closing ritual. On Tuesday, students experience the ritual of Havdallah once each month.  Havdallah marks the end of Shabbat and the beginning of the work week. Traditionally Havdallah is practiced on Saturday night, but our tradition also teaches that it may be practiced all the way until Tuesday evening. Additionally, students will celebrate Rosh Chodesh once each month.  Rosh Chodesh is the beginning of the new Hebrew month.  Through joining in the festivities of Rosh Chodesh, students will experience the rhythm of the Jewish calendar in their own lives.  On Shabbat (Saturday) students end Makom with the Shabbat morning Kiddush (including challah and grape juice).  Following this, all families are invited and warmly encouraged to partake of a communal Shabbat lunch.

To learn more about our new family learning program for 4th - 6th graders, Makom Shabbaton, and their parents click here.



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