Makom Shalom is the Hebrew term for a place of peace, and aptly describes our congregation. We are a welcoming community, embracing Jews and non-Jews of every color, sexual orientation, and belief. We fly no national flags and welcome divergent views on the challenging issues of our time. We can (and often do) disagree on issues -- and yet we still love, embrace and respect each other. In this space, members and visitors are encouraged to share their experiences at Makom, their beliefs and values, and their own stories. Respectful commentary is welcome.
After 61 years and over 100 Seders, you would think that I could recite every prayer in the Haggadah from memory, and explain every prayer and passage. And yet every year I am surprised to discover new passages that I don’t recall hearing before…. and I discover new meanings in the text. How the heck is that possible???
Ruth recalls her family's experience of the Holocaust and the threats faced by the State of Israel. While Rabbi Michael and many members of the Makom community speak out regularly about the Occupation and the rights of the Palestinians, in this essay, Ruth voices concern for the survival of Israel in the face of those who seek its destruction.
As part of our continued conversation about the intersection of Judaism and race in America, Diana Kindzred shares her personal history as the daughter of a Sephardic mother and an Afro-Cuban man with an Irish Catholic mother.
Adriana, a doula and an immigrant from Argentina, reflects on prejudice, privilege, and lessons in humility.
What do you call the German-born child of a nominally Greek Orthodox father who was born in Greece and an Ashkenazi Jewish mother born in Chicago? Throw in a grandfather who was born in Russia who lived for years in South Africa and some Middle Eastern lineage. What do you get?