We are proud to present, “I See the Light,” featuring Orthodox Jewish All Stars Shulem Lemmer and The Maccabeats. Filmed before a live audience on December 1, 2019 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully at Jew in the City’s 6th All Star Awards.
Makom, a division of Jew in the City, helps former and questioning Haredi Jews find their place in Orthodoxy in a warm and non-judgmental environment. With nearly 200 members, we are the only program of this kind. While Covid-19 has affected the entire world, many members of Makom were already dealing with the trauma of their upbringings and leaving their communities of origin when the pandemic hit. Our members need us now more than ever, and many tell us that we are their lifeline during this difficult time. Unable to have Shabbatons and indoor events, we have intensified our efforts to create community and support with virtual programming, additional member follow-up, and socially distanced outdoor events while the weather holds up. Your donation, big or small helps us to continue our life-saving work. To donate, please click here.
While the majority of people in the frum world are leading happy and meaningful lives, the individuals who seek out our help at Makom, unfortunately, had a different experience. Tragically, whether because of dysfunction in their families, trauma at school, or just questions and doubts that people in their worlds didn’t know how to deal with, they only knew a Judaism based on guilt, fear, control, and in many cases abuse by religious figures.
At Makom, we help our members see and experience Judaism as we do, with love and joy and positivity. We help shift the darkness to light, by setting them up for Shabbos in homes filled with warmth and acceptance, teaching them a Torah of complexity and meaning, introducing them to a loving God, who will never forsake them, and building a community of likeminded people who lived through painful experiences but are choosing to heal and build a positive relationship with Judaism.