Mitziut

Rating: 4.7 stars   53 reviews

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Location: 6636 N Washtenaw Chicago IL 60645 USA

Mission: At Mitziut we find how the text, liturgy and holidays teach us to live in the world today. Many of us having searched elsewhere, we foster community and Divine experience by singing, dancing, praying, drumming, working for social justice and eating together. We welcome all regardless of race, class, religion, sex, sexuality, gender and gender identity, age, ability or knowledge and experience of Judaism. Current offerings include Shabbos and holidays, a Jewish drum circle, classes and spiritual guidance. We also have started going to festivals, like Burning Man, and setting up Jewish camps and hope to do more. Other future plans include a community center with such elements as a kosher cafe, copy center, computers, book swap library, offices for local non-profits and other needs of the Jewish and local community.  A monthly spiritual recharge for social justice workers, non-profits workers and activists is in the works. We also envision a study, prayer and meditation program for those who want to engage thusly several hours a day. These folks would potentially help run the community center as part of their program.
Geographic areas served: Greater Chicago-land

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

Mitziut expresses Jewish core values and prayers in a relatable way. There is social activism opportunities, movement opportunities, prayer opportunities and shared meals. In a word,my experience with Mitziut is "meaningfull". (double 'l' intended)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Set up neighborhood branches in Indiana and Illinois.

Ways to make it better...

the location for events included a retreat in Indiana

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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10 people found this review helpful

Amazing. Starting from scratch from a first planning meeting in my Chicago living room, Mitziut's Leadership has in short order built a foundation as strong as some of the more established renewal synagogues where I now live in California. There's ample room and need to grow and create. But given its so recent beginning, Mitziut is a real tribute to the power of vision, intention, heart, wisdom and hard work in creating the core of a fresh new community that will infuse those in it's embrace with Jewish consciousness and meaning.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

joyous, deep services and other community activities

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the commitment to its vision by a small cadre of leaders, and their ability to forge community seemingly out of thin air

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

infuse an ever increasing number of people with jewish consciousness, meaning and purpose; grow the solid new community for which it has build a very strong foundation in short order; all of tis with an eye toward tikkun olam

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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12 people found this review helpful

Mitziut is a very special organization. After attending one service, I was hooked. I really appreciate the way the community welcomed me, my husband, and many others I introduced to Mitziut over the years. This community not only was beneficial in helping me connect more to my Jewish identity, but to the Jewish community in Chicago as a whole. The organization hosts many events, many of which provide service to struggling populations in Chicago. For me, Mitziut provided me with a place to connect spiritually with G-d through prayer, singing, and at times, dancing! I loved sharing many long nights at services and potluck meals with others. I loved participating in monthly Rosh Chodesh groups. I am saddened by the fact that I can no longer attend services as much as I did previously since I moved. I truly miss the community and especially the environment created by Rabbi Menachem Cohen.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it helped me to better form my Jewish identity and connect with G-d in a more meaningful way for me.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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12 people found this review helpful

Mitziut has provided a warm, supportive, inclusive community base for me and my family. It has allowed me to feel spiritually connected without ritual or belief mandates.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My social/community connections.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I love Mitziut. I've been to more than a handful of synagogues in Chicago, and none can match the sense of community or the spiritual depth and focus over at Mitziut. Shabbats are joyful, connected get togethers where congregants share their lives. The community is welcoming, supportive and, itself, an inspiration. Also, I just love how easy it is for our many varied ways of connecting Jewishly to coexist and thrive.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending Shabbat services and other events.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

N/A

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that prayer takes on this deeper substance. Nothing feels rote. Services feels meaningful, resonating and easygoing. And I love that we meet in a home setting or at the beach. There is something organic about the whole experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very open, caring, and inviting.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Pay its clergy (I don't actually know how this aspect of things works, but I can't believe that the clergy pay is enough at this point); have a staff; perhaps build a synagogue; do even more outreach and community building.

Ways to make it better...

N/A

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

It's grassroots nature. It's both the best thing it has going for it and the biggest challenge, I'd say. It's what brings the community together so much, but it also may limit the kind of funding available for administration, etc.

One thing I'd also say is that...

N/A

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Mitziut is an incredibly topical, necessary, of the moment movement to promote a real relationship with community and Judaism. Like many people with young children, I was looking for a place where I 'fit' and where I could pass on my love for my religion to my son and husband. Mitziut holds a monthly Sabbath celebration for families and children and it has given our family and child an authentic experience with his religion and has been a real community builder for us. I SO APPRECIATE MITZIUT IN MY LIFE!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage members to contribute more time/energy to their community

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being with soulful people who care about their religion and each other

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

really into having ongoing learning/artmaking/Jewish learning/community building going on.

Ways to make it better...

I become more committed and invested in the organization!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

life! peoples busy lives often preclude full involvement in their religious communities.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Mitziut provides a senses of community for spiritualy orianted otherwise non afiliated jews in chicago. I enjoy the community dinners and prayer and am hoping to start a tanach study group some time soon.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my social life

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ablity to be of service

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

lovely

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a permentant home and pay the rabbi

Ways to make it better...

more people steped up to help

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

member commetment

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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8 people found this review helpful

At Mitzuit I always found a place of warmth, accessibility (of the service) and great depth of knowledge. I have travelled the world and Mitziut is unique ......and I am grateful for it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always open, helpful and friendly

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

The rabbi and congregation were very welcoming. I appreciate their sincere and friendly attitude. The Shabbat services held on the beach are particularly inspiring.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Shabbat services.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the friendliness of the people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Took part in New Years' services and Friday night Shabbat services on multiple occasions. Have also participated in a meditation session.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yoga exercises during the day on Yom Kippur. Terrific.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

More "spirituality" form it than probably any other congregation I've been to.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

not buy happiness. Because we know no one can do that :-).

Ways to make it better...

More (Jewish) meditation sessions?

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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