Privacy Policy

Effective November 15, 2018

Privacy Policy Table of Contents:

  • Our Commitment To Privacy
  • The Information We Collect
  • Cookies and Tracking
  • Analytics
  • Social Media Interactions
  • How We Use Your Information
  • How Information May Be Shared
  • Our Commitment To Data Security
  • Our Commitment To Children’s Privacy
  • How To Access Or Correct Your Information
  • California Residents
  • Non-US Residents
  • Contact Us
Our Commitment to Privacy

At MAKOR: The Center for Spiritual Judaism (“MAKOR”), your privacy is important to us. We are providing this notice explaining our online information practices so that you can make choices about the way your information is collected and used.

We review our privacy practices from time to time, and our practices are subject to change at any time, in our sole discretion. We ask that you bookmark and periodically review this page to ensure continuing familiarity with the most current version of our Privacy Policy. All amended terms shall be automatically effective after they are posted on the Website. Your continued use of the Website and/or failure to opt-out of emails sent to you following the posting of changes to this Privacy Policy constitutes your acceptance of any and all changes.

Please be advised that third-party websites that have links on our Website may collect personally identifiable information about you. The information practices of those third-party websites linked to our Website are not covered by this privacy statement. We are in no way responsible for the privacy policies or treatment of information from third party websites.  We strongly encourage you to review the privacy policies of every website you visit to determine what information they collect and how such information is handled by that website.

By visiting the Website, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with the terms of this Privacy Policy, please do not use or access the Website.

The Information We Collect

We collect information from you to fulfill any transactions you undertake with us and to provide you with information about our products, services, and strategic partner events that are in keeping with our operation as a synagogue and community center.

Personal Information. “Personal Information” includes any information regarding you that may be used directly to identify you and your family. Personal Information that we collect may vary with each separate purpose for which you provide it, and it may fall under one or more of the following categories: contact details, religious information (including yahrzeits), membership details (including events attended), and financial information (including donations made and credit card information. We collect Personal Information that we receive from you as you communicate with us or participate through purchase. MAKOR has a CCTV system which records activity on our premises. The purpose of the CCTV is for security and to help with accidents and crime prevention. MAKOR’s CCTV archives may be accessed by MAKOR management and security teams, as well as law enforcement representatives.

Usage Data. We reserve the right to collect information based on your usage of this Website (“Usage Data”). Usage Data is essentially anonymous when collected, but could be used indirectly to identify a person. We use this for a number of purposes including review of Website performance to find areas for improvement and better user experiences.

Cookies and Tracking

To provide better service for our Website, we and our outside contractors and vendors may use Cookies and Web Beacons to collect Usage Data to store your preferences and information about what pages you visit and past activity at our Website.

Data collection devices, such as “cookies,” are used to store, and sometimes track, information about you. A cookie is a tiny piece of data that is sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies are also used to customize content based on your browser. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you want to disable cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows you to turn off cookies. Please remember, however, that cookies may be required to allow you to use certain features of our Website.

Flash Cookies – third party cookies that use an Adobe Flash Media Player local shared object (LSO) – may be used along with other third party cookies for purposes of crediting any purchase you may make on this Website to one of our joint venture marketing partners that may have referred you to us. Flash cookies are not the same as “browser cookies”. The Adobe Flash Media Player is software that enables users to view content on their computers. Flash cookies are also accompanied by a browser cookie. If you delete the browser cookie, the Flash cookie may automatically create (or re-spawn) a replacement for the browser cookie.

Web Beacons – sometimes called single-pixel gifs or clear gifs – are used to assist in delivering cookies, and they allow us to count users who have visited pages of our Website. We may include Web Beacons in promotional e-mail messages or other communications in order to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon.


We reserve the right to participate with third party analytics partners (such as Google Analytics) to monitor and analyze Web traffic and to keep track of user behavior on the Website. This also helps us: gather data on Website performance and visitor behavior; gain a better understanding of our customers and conversion rates; and assist with online advertising results.

Social Media Interactions

We may upload photographs of our events and members to our website and social media profiles.  These can be removed upon request. We invite you to socialize and share your participation with this Website and purchases. If you choose to use social media platforms including (but not limited to) Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, you will be allowing interaction with these platforms or other external platforms directly from this Website, and in the process you may be sharing certain profile elements, including your comments. This sharing is subject to each social media program’s privacy policies. We do not accept responsibility for the protection of any data publicly included on our website and on social media sites. If you participate in our Website blog by leaving comments, you may also share certain profile elements in addition to your comments. For additional ways your comments may be seen, modified, deleted, or used, see MAKOR’s Terms of Service.

How We Use Your Information

We may use your Personal Information for the performance of the services or transaction for which it was given, and in connection with other products, services, or events, and our private, internal reporting for this Website, and security assessments for this Website.  This can include:

  • Communicating with you regarding requests for downloads, products, services or upcoming events.
  • Providing the service or product and all its related functions.
  • Answering emails received, sending invitations to events, sharing news and offers.
  • Measuring engagement rates such as email opens.

We reserve the right to make full use of Usage Data. For example, we may use Usage Data to provide better service to Website visitors, customize the Website based on your preferences, compile and analyze statistics and trends about the use of this Website, and otherwise administer and improve this Website for your use.

How Information May Be Shared

Generally, we will not disclose your personally identifiable information unless we have your permission or under certain circumstances, such as those described below.

Strategic Partners: We may participate with other organizations, companies and/or individuals to co-promote our products, services, or events. We reserve the right to disclose your Personal Information to them for purposes of (i) compensation, transaction processing, fulfillment, and support, and (ii) for purposes of offering you other products, services, promotions, and contests. These strategic partners may also contact you regarding other products, services, or events.

Employees, Representatives, Associates and Consultants: To help us deliver services and information, we may provide your personally identifiable information to our employees, representatives, associates, and consultants, who have been instructed to, and have agreed to, honor the confidential nature of personally identifiable information.

Third Party Data & Data in the Aggregate: Aggregate data (data gathered across all user accounts) may be gathered in a non-personally identifiable form to build higher quality, more useful online services by performing statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of our visitors, and by measuring demographics and interests regarding specific areas and services of the Website. However, no personal information that could be used to identify you personally is disclosed in these situations.

External Service Providers. We reserve the right to provide access to your Personal Information and Usage Data to our trusted service providers that assist us with the operation and maintenance of this Website. For example, we may contract with third parties to process payments, host our servers, provide security, and provide production, fulfillment, optimization, analytics, and reporting services. Our service providers will be given access to your information only as is reasonably necessary to provide the services for which they are contracted.

Organizational Transition: In the event of a merger or transfer of assets to a not-for-profit organization whose mission aligns with MAKOR’s, we reserve the right to transfer any and all information we collect from visitors or that we otherwise collect concerning or in connection with the Website. In the event of this kind of transition, your personally identifiable information may be among the assets transferred.

Other/Legal Process: We may disclose account information where we have reason to believe that disclosing the information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be violating our Terms or may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) our rights or property, other Website users, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. We may disclose or access account information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it and for administrative and other purposes that we deem necessary to maintain, service, and improve our services. This includes:

  • In the event we believe the Website is being or has been used to commit unlawful acts;
  • Upon receipt of a properly authorized and authenticated governmental request for information;
  • In response to a subpoena or a court order;
  • To comply with relevant laws including the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, as may be amended from time to time;
  • In response to an investigation of fraud or other wrongdoing regarding a specific consumer;
  • In an effort to safeguard the person or property of our employee(s) or a third party.
Our Commitment to Data Security

Whenever we handle your personal information, we take steps to ensure that your information is treated securely and in accordance with our Terms of Service and this Privacy Policy.  We do not ever store your credit card information.

We currently use the following vendors and rely on their security policies and procedures as well:

We may update and amend this list at any time without notice.

Please note, however, that we cannot ensure that all of your private communications and other personal information will never be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Privacy Policy. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or method of data storage can be guaranteed 100% secure. Therefore, we cannot ensure or warrant the absolute security of any information you transmit to us or archive at this Website.

Our Commitment to Children’s Privacy

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. Children under the age of 18 are not authorized to use the Website and we ask that children do not submit any personal information to us.  We never collect or maintain information at our Website from those we know are under 13.

How You Can Access or Correct Your Information

You can access all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain by sending us a formal letter requesting this information that credibly shows the error. If the information you want is with a third-party vendor or contractor, we will forward and document your request. To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections. Please send your written requests to: MAKOR: The Center for Spiritual Judaism, 109 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016.

California Residents

Under California Civil Code § 1798.83, California residents have the right (upon request) to receive, once a year, information about third parties with whom we have shared information about you or your family for their marketing purposes during the previous calendar year, and a description of the categories of personal information shared. To make such a request, please send an email to the email address provided in our contact information below and include the phrase “California Privacy Request” in the subject line, the domain name of the Website you are inquiring about, along with your name, address and email address. We will respond to you within thirty days of receiving such a request.

Non-US Residents

To the best of our knowledge, any Personal Information which MAKOR (and not its third-party vendors) may collect on this Website will be stored and processed in servers located in the United States. However, please be advised that this arrangement may change at any time without notice to you. By using this Website, if you reside outside the United States, you consent to the transfer of Personal Information outside your country of residence to the United States.

By using the Website and providing us with data, you understand and agree that due to the international dimension of the Internet, we may use the data collected in the course of our relationship as set forth in this Privacy Policy or in other communications with you, including the transmission of information outside your resident jurisdiction. In addition, you acknowledge that your personally identifiable information and other data may be stored on servers located in the United States. By providing us with your information, you irrevocably consent to the transfer, storage, and use of such information accordance with this Privacy Policy and our Website Terms of Service.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our privacy policy or wish to review or revise the personally identifiable information that we have collected about you, you may send a written request to and place “Website Privacy Matters” in the subject line. We may take reasonable steps to confirm your identity prior to supplying any personally identifiable information to you in order to prevent identity theft.

This Privacy Policy is the sole authorized statement of our practices with respect to the online collection of personally identifiable information and the usage of such information. Any summaries of this Privacy Policy generated by third party software or otherwise shall have no legal effect, are in no way binding upon us, shall not be relied upon in substitute for this Privacy Policy, and neither supersede nor modify this Privacy Policy.

Please note that this Policy applies solely to our online information-gathering and dissemination practices in connection with the Website, and does not apply to any of our practices conducted offline.