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From Darkness To Light

The tagline for Makom is “From Darkness To Light,” as a reference to the prayer “Acheinu Kol Beis Yisrael,” which discusses Jews who are in trouble, trapped and drowning and need our help. The name of God which is invoked is “HaMakom,” – the Omnipresent. (Neither Jew in the City, nor its Makom branch, are a mental health organization.)

Makom takes our members from the darkness of their lived Jewish experiences and helps them find a Judaism and Jewish communities full of light and positivity by helping them separate dysfunction from religion.

What is Makom

What is Makom

Launched in 2014 as a result of the positive impact of Keter, which led ex-hasidic Jews to approach JITC and ask for guidance, Makom helps disenfranchised Haredi Jews find a positive place in Orthodoxy. Social events, educational classes, Shabbos placement, Shabbatons, and one-on-one encouragement is offered to those seeking support. We call this moving from darkness to light and allows JITC to move from discussing the conflicts within parts of the Orthodox Jewish community to finding solutions for them. Through hundreds of events and classes, we have been able to transform the lives of countless Makom members in a positive way. This would not be possible without the positive impact of Keter and Tikun branches of JITC.

Why Makom is Important

Why Makom is Important

  • The only program that rehabilitates and re-educates disenfranchised Haredi Jews to help them find a positive place in Orthodoxy
  • Reframes the OTD/ex-hasidic phenomenon to the world

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The majority of our Makom members began their journey from darkness to light by first consuming the content of Keter. The feedback from members helps us understand which issues need to be addressed at Tikun. The symbol of Makom is a bird’s eye view of a group hug, but turned sideways, it is also the crown of Keter. What we have learned from Makom members is that the vast majority of them never had secure attachment due to dysfunctional upbringings. In Makom, as symbolized by the group hug, our members can find secure attachment. Additionally, the word Keter not only means “crown,” it also means “surrounding,” perhaps it’s because when a person feels surrounded and protected, he can walk around proudly “wearing” his crown.

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