Learning at Makor is calibrated to the unique cognitive, physical, social, and emotional needs of emerging teenagers. Our approach is student-centered. Our faculty, our curriculum, our schedule – all of it is built with the intention of building strong positive relationships across our learning community and connecting and empowering our students as learners and leaders.
We promote the following expectations across our learning community:
- Makor is a purposefully pluralistic learning community.
We value and support diverse backgrounds and needs; we respect and appreciate this diversity; and we challenge assumptions and understandings with a variety of perspectives.
- We embrace and support student-centered learning.
Adult stakeholders focus on student impact. Talmidim are active leaders in their own learning, which is guided by our educators and reinforced by families at home.
- A spirit and practice of collaboration will strengthen all Makor partners. A vibrant Makor will expand and enhance Boston’s Jewish teen community while maintaining teen connections with home congregations.
As our vision statement articulates, Makor aspires to serve as a source of חכמה Hochma (wisdom), קהילה K’hila (community), רוח Ruach (spirit/spirituality) and רעות Re’ut (friendship) for our תלמידים talmidim.
Our learning objectives are framed by these themes. We are confident that when a talmid graduates from Makor after two years of participation in our program, he or she will:
1) Develop familiarity, comfort, and confidence engaging with foundational Jewish texts
2) Feel empowered to understand and adapt tradition in a way that is personally meaningful
3) Develop a sense of self-worth – that he/she makes valuable contributions to a community
4) Develop the skills and confidence necessary to effectively lead a group or team
5) Identify proudly as a Jew – both as part of today’s global Jewish world and as part of a historical chain
6) Be willing to ask and explore big questions and use a Jewish framework to address them
7) Model accountability in relationships – treating others with compassion, respect, and support
8) Value and pursue meaningful friendships with Jewish peers