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High Holy Days with Makom
Here are the essentials about our services, (details posted at bottom of page) please let us know what other questions you may have by contacting Jaqi at  jaqi.makomshalom@gmail.com
Dates & Times
Erev Rosh Hashana
Wed. Sept 24th, 7:45 PM
Please plan to arrive by 7:15 to get parking and get seated
Rosh Hashana Day
Thurs. Sept 25th, 9:45 AM
Please plan to arrive by 9:15 to get parking and get seated
Erev / Kol Nidre
Fri. Oct 3rd 7:45 PM
Please plan to arrive by 7:15 to get parking and get seated
Yom Kippur Day
Sat. Oct 4th, 9:45 AM
Please plan to arrive by 9:15 to get parking and get seated
Tickets are now available online - click HERE.
Tickets are 72.00 per seat, or 252.00 for all 4 dates.

Need based / student discounts  available by contacting Sandra at


We will post info on our website to let you know if there are still last minute tickets available the day of services so no one travels downtown unnecessarily. Please let your friends and family know as soon as possible so they can get their tickets too.
       High Holy Day Tikkun Olam Project: This year at the Holy Days we will be collecting items for seniors living in housing managed by Council for the Jewish Elderly. Please bring toiletries (sample or full size) and/or cleaning supplies. These items are very much needed, as food assistance programs do not cover them. We will be collecting at all four services. For more information contact Ina at inamarks@rcn.com.
      Bridge program: For approximately twelve years we have held a "bridge" between morning and afternoon programming. A portion of the program has been facilitated by the Social Action Committee, presenting a variety of speakers on topics of forgiveness, T'shuva and advocating for justice. 
      This year we are presenting a return engagement of speakers from our inaugural event...Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM). CLAIM helps incarcerated and formerly incarcerated mothers sentenced for non-violent offenses maintain contact with their children.  CLAIM also advocates for alternate community sentencing that includes counseling and restitution to victims. The speakers will be women who have changed their lives for the better and are now helping others follow the same path.
Details about the services, sanctuary and travel...
PRINT your tickets and bring them with you, if we missed getting your name on the list, (which unfortunately happens) this will serve as a back up!
Donations in addition to your ticket purchases are gratefully accepted during the Holy Days, (for those who may not be able to afford the tickets)
3 ways to donate are...
  1. Use Paypal avail through our website or click HERE
  2. OR bring check or cash with you to services
  3. OR send a check, to Our P.O. Box - Makom Shalom  47 W. Polk #100-543, Chicago, IL 60605
We meet at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St. between Harrison and Polk.
Dearborn St. is a one way going north.  There is parking adjacent on north side of building, there is also parking behind Grace Place on Plymouth Ct.  Allow enough time to deal with traffic and payboxes.
Local buses...29, 36, 62,145,146   Almost all the trains stop within a few blocks... Blue, Red, Orange, Pink, Purple, Brown.    
We begin at 7:45 with Erev Rosh Hashanah services, followed by an Oneg with great food and a chance for guests to become acquainted with members and learn more about Makom Shalom.
Morning services on the begin at 9:45 and will include Shofar and Torah readings.                                                     
Erev Yom Kippur will begin promptly at 7:45 PM (Doors will be closed at 8:05 so we do not disrupt this most holy Kol Nidre service) 
Yom Kippur Day meet at 9:45 am providing a full day of worship and reflection, finishing with a Break Fast around 7 PM,  bring a sweater if you like, please dress comfortably- jeans are fine if you are comfortable.

  And now for some history...

Makom Shalom was founded in 1991 by Rabbi Allen Secher, based on a vision of Judaism infused with spirituality and spiritual meaning. Initially, Makom was a "havurah," a group of about ten people who met monthly in members' homes. Makom Shalom in Hebrew means "Home of Peace."

In 1993 it incorporated and found an ideal home at Grace Place reflecting Makom's commitment to coexistence with other religious traditions and to Jewish spiritual renewal, creatively updating traditional religious practices and making them more meaningful and relevant.

The warm Jewish renewal congregation's services and activities are accessible to everyone regardless of their knowledge of Judaism or Hebrew. Interfaith couples and their families feel at home and welcome at Makom. And Makom's members are actively involved in Tikkun Olam, healing the world and the community. Our Rabbi Chava Bahle is with us 1 or more times a month, and we have lay led services and other programming that create a rich and lively environment. For the most part, we meet, the 2nd and 4th friday of each month at Epiphany UCC, 2008 W. Bradley Place (in the Church community room off of the west courtyard).  Please check the schedule page for current programming dates and locations.

   A few words about our beloved Podivin Torah

The Podivin Torah – Makom Shalom’s beloved Holocaust Torah – was scribed at the turn of the century and belonged to a synagogue that was built in 1630 in Podivin.  Podivin was a town on the Austrian-Czechoslovakian border and home to a small Jewish community when World Word II began.  We know of only 14 survivors; the rest were forced onto a train bound for Terezin Concentration Camp.  This Torah was their history and their heritage; it was and is the story of the ancestors of all the Jewish People.


From 1946 to 1965, this Torah resided in a synagogue basement in Prague with over 1,500 other rescued scrolls.  It is one of an elite corps of Torah Scrolls distributed throughout the world that carry the message of redemption and renewal in memory of those who perished.

In 1996, Makom Shalom’s founding rabbi, Allen Secher, brought this Torah home to Chicago.  Even though it was covered in humble brown wrapping paper, several people remarked that Rabbi Allen must be holding a Torah as he carried it through Heathrow Airport.

The Torah was joyously welcomed to Chicago by a Klezmer parade down Dearborn Street, and under a huppah.  A year later, Makom Shalom dedicated the Torah while being honored by a visit from Podivan’s last Jewish survivor.

The Torah’s restoration was a community-wide effort and included donors of many different faiths.  Its mantle is brown on the outside to resemble the wrapping paper it was covered in for so many years.  Woven into the fabric is a worn tallit that once also covered the Torah.  Embroidered hands forever hug the Torah and vibrant leaves for each donor hang from an embroidered Tree of Life.  

The plain brown cover of our Torah reminds us to look beyond the surface when studying the Torah. It also serves as an inspiration to look beneath the surface with each other, including practicing extended mishpocha and finding the love and talent in each of us to sustain our community.

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