Makom Ohr Shalom was founded in 1978 by Rabbi Ted Falcon, who served as our spiritual leader for
fifteen years (scroll down to see a video). During that time, we grew from a small group, which met in
living rooms, to a larger group in a place of worship in Encino; we sub-lease from our wonderful
friends at Bethel Lutheran Church.
Makom Ohr Shalom is unique in many ways: featuring meditation, chanting and storytelling; our
services blend aspects of ancient Jewish mystical tradition with creative, contemporary forms of
worship. Members participate out of genuine desire rather than a sense of obligation.
In addition to our twice a month services and special events we also reach out to the community at-
large, conducting Shabbat services at local nursing homes and supporting a variety of charitable causes.
The Makom Ohr Shalom Choir performs at High Holy Day services and throughout the year.
We do not have any paid administrative staff. Day-to-day operations and long-term planning are the
responsibility of the Shomrim (directors). We encourage our members to volunteer when they can.
Makom Ohr Shalom is a Jewish Renewal congregation focusing on spiritual, mystical, meditative and
healing traditions of Judaism. We seek to enhance and renew our personal and collective relationship
with HaShem through joyful music, prayer and Torah study, within a warm and supportive community.
We provide a loving home for heart, spirit and body.
Message to Guests and Supporters of Makom Ohr Shalom
Are you on the path in life that you choose to be on? Do you find joy in the traditions of your ancestors? Do you understand the meaning of the prayers you are
saying? Do you want to know what the rituals mean, and why we celebrate Jewish holidays? Are you the best person you can be, and how can you attain the
spiritual growth that you seek?
These are only a few of the questions that I asked myself before finding Jewish Renewal and Makom Ohr Shalom. Many of us were raised in a secular or
traditional home that did not address these questions and you may be asking some of the same questions.
The answers are to be found inside you. With the spiritual guidance of wonderful teachers at Makom Ohr Shalom, and a group of loving people to support you,
you may find your answers as I did. Come and see for yourself! Many of us are on an incredible spiritual journey, and hope to share it with you.
There are no outsiders at Makom. Everyone is welcome to join us on our journey of growth. We are a spiritual community, continuing to renew ourselves after
37 years. Our clergy and teachers share the wisdom and traditions of our sages and prophets, in an exciting and contemporary way that is inviting and inclusive.
We invite you to join us for Tikkun Olam, to heal the world, as well as ourselves. Our tradition teaches us that there is one true G-d, known by many names
throughout history. Please join us at Makom Ohr Shalom to explore the wisdom and beauty of the Torah through joy, shared experiences, ancient and
contemporary traditions, healing of body and soul, lasting friendships, mitzvot, meditation, learning from our clergy and spiritual leaders and wonderful uplifting
One of my favorite beliefs is not “when you see it you will believe it”, but rather “when you believe it you will see it”. There are future generations that are
waiting to know the legacy left to us by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the founder of Jewish Renewal; he is probably the most incredible Rabbi that was
ever sent to teach us.
Special Thanks to:
Dr. Jack Lin for his many years of love and support.
All of the past and present Board Members that contributed their love, time and energy to Makom Ohr Shalom, we send a special “Thank You.”
Theresa Nivon for her many years of contributing to the beautiful music of Makom, and leading the choir with love.