Understanding Jewish Peoplehood: Thinking and Doing

What do we mean by “Peoplehood?” Why is this word so hot today? Can the notion galvanize and unite Jews from around the world? Through multimedia presentations, small group discussions, and text study, participants are guided on an exploration of the concept of Peoplehood and its application to policy making and practice.


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Coming Back to Zion: Jewish Lifecycle and Israel Engagement

At Makom, we believe that Israel can serve as a resource of innovative Jewish culture that can add value and texture to a congregant’s life cycle event. As such, we have designed this program which proposes contemporary Israeli cultural content to enrich each major lifecycle event while also engaging the congregant more strongly with Israel.


  1. To enable clergy to develop an approach to integrating Israel within Jewish life cycle events in a way that is organic and natural to their personal and professional style/character.
  2. To provide the conceptual framework for them to develop such an approach
  3. To supply clergy with practical tools (including content rich resources from Israeli culture, reflective questions and other program ideas) that can support that approach.
  4. To provide collegial support with other clergy


Materials needed:

  1. White board and markers
  2. CD player (or some other way to play a CD)
  3. Copies of training module plus appendices.

Rabbis and cantors have the enormous responsibility and privilege to be with congregants at their most meaningful life transitions. How can Israel – a source of Jewish spirituality and a living Jewish culture – contribute to the celebrant at these times of transcendence? How can the integration of Israel into these rites and ceremonies provide opportunities for the most personal moments to be seen in the full breadth of Jewish Peoplehood?


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Curriculum Development in Israel Education: Defining Key Questions

How do we think about teaching Israel? Is Israel integrated into your school or camp’s curricula? What are your goals? What image of Israel are you trying to portray?

In this seminar, we investigate the Makōm Matrix for Israel Engagement to understand target populations, and how to align vision with practice.


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