MAKOM meditation space

MAKOM: meditation + mindfulness

Meditation and mindfulness are time-tested techniques and practices that can help us manage the stresses of the modern world and allows us to really appreciate what life has to offer.

From our daily facilitated meditation sessions to special evenings with world-renowned meditation teachers and experts in the field, Makom offers a wonderful array of courses and events. So whether you are a beginner and interested in learning more about meditation and how to begin a practice or an experienced meditator looking for special workshops or urban retreats, you can find it all at Makom.

A leader in the area of mindfulness meditation, Makom at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan also offers the well-known program Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) several times a year, and related classes in mindfulness for parents, special needs families, writers and artists, and more.

Makom is also the address for classes in other self–healing techniques and other types of spiritually nourishing programs.  Makom also offers classes in Jewish spirituality.

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Classes include:
  • Daily Instructed Meditation

  • JCC Drum Circle
  • ​Jewish Chant
  • Reiki and Self Care: Reiki is a gentle, balancing spiritual healing practice offered through light touch to a fully clothed recipient. Experience a 30-minute Reiki session at 6:45 or 7:15 pm. Note: If you are coming for a 30-minute session please register for that time. If you are attending as a Reiki student /practitioner, please arrive at 6:15 pm for a brief training and plan to stay until 9. All practitioners receive a treatment.



Makom at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan is proud to be able to offer the full 8-week cource of MBSR led by Elaine Retholtz. What is MBSR? Becoming more stress-hardy can lead to better health. The MBSR program, developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center by Jon Kabat-Zinn, integrates mindfulness meditation (moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness) with a profound level of inquiry into its relevance to daily life. MBSR can bring changes in physical and psychological symptoms, greater energy, improved self-esteem, and increased ability to cope with pain and stress. The course includes gentle yoga, group dialogue, and daily practice support materials to help deal with stress, chronic illness, or pain. THere are evening and morning sessions.  A full-day class is included.

Other related classes:

  • Evening + Morning Sessions

  • Monthly MBSR Graduate Refresher Evenings



Makom appreciates your involvement and encourages your support—both spiritual and financial. Your contributions help sustain our daily free meditation program. Please call Susie Kessler at 646.505.5726 to discuss.

334 amsterdam ave at 76th st
new york, ny 10023 | 646.505.4444 []