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." It 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.
Makom Shalom, Chicago's original Jewish Renewal community, is a welcoming participatory congregation that promotes spiritual growth and social responsibility. While honoring our rich Jewish heritage, our services and practices create a relevant, expressive, and joyous path for today.