SJCC to unveil new meditation space, cafe, and other facility updates

September 23, 2015 | by Sarah Tobis

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Makom, the SJCC’s new mindfulness and meditation space

The Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) will soon unveil a new center for mindfulness and meditation, called Makom, as well as other enhancements at its Mercer Island facility.

On Sunday, October 4, at “The Big Hug,” the SJCC’s volunteer and membership appreciation event, attendees will be greeted by a remodeled lobby, lounge, and other updates intended to create more welcoming and functional spaces for the community to enjoy and come together.

“We couldn’t be more excited to introduce these new updates to the community,” said Dana Weiner, SJCC Senior Director of Community Connections. “The visual enhancements create a more engaging space that we hope will inspire connections that build community and welcome everyone.”

Makom, or “space” in Hebrew, will house classes on mindfulness, meditation, and compassion, creating a designated place for programs to cultivate more meaningful moments with oneself, family, and community.


New J Cafe space and furniture

“From parenting classes and pre/postnatal yoga to mediation for the whole family, Makom will help cultivate the practice of being more present – something we can all use in the hustle and bustle of today’s world,” Weiner said.

The J Café, which has operated alongside the SJCC Welcome Desk since 2010 and offers convenient food and beverage options, will move into the Polack Lounge and feature new café tables, chairs, and other comfortable seating for people to meet friends for coffee, work remotely or curl up with a great book. The Welcome Desk will move into the center of the lobby, facing the entrance to the SJCC for improved security and service.

More information about Makom, including a full list of classes and programs available, can be found at: