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November 13, 2009

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November 13, 2009

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.

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

joyous, deep services and other community activities

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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

November 13, 2009

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November 13, 2009

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.

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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

November 3, 2009

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November 3, 2009

This is a community where people are committed to creating the community - and world - of their dreams. Other kinds of Jewish communities haven't worked for us, so we are creating our own - and it can be anything and everything we want it to be. Mitziut is visionary, creative, innovating, daring, and fiercely independent.

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

attending vibrant services, being invited to participate in organizing the community

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

I wouldn't - it is what it is! Mitziut grows and changes with the folks who are involved; it exists to support the beautiful spiritual journeys of its members and it is what its members make it. and that's a beautiful ting.

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

How committed people are to making it a community that works for them, by bringing whatever it is they have to offer.

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

Honest, hard-working, generous, creative, brave,

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

Plant seeds and cultivate small, community-based, highly participatory and egalitarian Jewish communities all over the world; support and nurture innovative Jewish thought and community-building in Chicago; support queer Chicago youth experiencin homeless

Ways to make it better...

there were more young people involved and if I felt comfortable bringing more of my identities and politics into the community.

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

the broader american jewish context, entrenched patriarchy, capitalism

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

this community has a special place in my heart and it knows how to throw a rocking dance party.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

A very open and friendly group whose primary aim is to renew the Jewish spiritual experience. We also volunteer time and resources to other organizations who serve the chicago community at large. It would be helpful for the group if they were to organize a committee to develop a formal fundraising drive. Many members don't really know whats expected of them, or what their fair share should be.

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

bringing about my own spiritual renewal.

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

It's ability to make one feel welcome and not judged.

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

Host the annual Jewish Renewal convention! AND, it could help more people go to Rabbinical school. AND they would be full time force for social change in Chicago!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 29, 2009

I love Rabbi Menachem and his Mitziut community. It's a very important part of my life and he's been a wonderful influence/

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

all areas of my life.

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

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

How accessable the Rabbi and his services are.

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

Like me super sweet open honest caring

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

help make Jewish prayer meditation and community available to a much wider audience that it has today

Ways to make it better...

I showed up more often

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

money

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

love the rabbi, love the other members love the Mitiut community

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

Mitziut is an extremely unique Jewish community. I found my way there after exploring other religions and finding my way back to Judaism. Mitziut has offered me a space for my own spiritual exploration, questioning the meaning of words like commandment and king. Bringing music, drumming, and dancing into prayer. Relating to the Gd within and beyond. Getting high through prayer. Finding personal and new meaning in an ancient tradition.

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

having a community of Jews to pray and sing with that I feel at home with.

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

down to earth and connected.

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

pay our rabbi and let more Jews know about this unique community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

mitziut is a wonderful jewish spiritual community dedicated to exploring the meaning and recovering the relavance of jewish traditional practices for contemporary times. mitziut is dedicated to being open and inclusiveness, welcoming all who come. mitziut also regularly participates in supporting local nonprofits through volunteer efforts.

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

different events and spiritual celebrations.

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

their curiosity and open-mindedness.

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

very supportive and helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

Mitziut is a "come as you are" organization. Everyone is accepted and the board members work overtime to make sure that programs are interesting and informative. I was a member of Mitziut for many years and found folks to be dedicated, honest and hardworking.

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

seeing the way peopole in the organization reach out to others and are so accepting.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

Welcoming group, helpful in spiritual growth, great sense of community. I enjoy the diverse events and have benefitted greatly from them.

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

helping me develop spiritually, improving sense of self

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 28, 2009

When you're trying to build a community from scratch...nothing is perfect, you won't always understand everyone and everything, and giving people the space to 'do their thing' may end up with something less focused than it should be. But what can you do? You're building something from nothing! You're depending on the time and money of volunteers who may not have a lot of either. With all those things in mind, Mitziut is exploring and expressing their Judaism in a way that I've been looking for for a long time. It's about the spirit of the words, and the spirit of the law, as opposed to a rote recitation of the words or the stringent application of the law. I can understand how Orthodox and haredi scholars would tell me that those letters of those laws are exactly what make Judaism Judaism. But from where I sit, attacking fellow Jews for using a parking lot or arguing for years about elevators on Shabbat is less about Judaism and more about power. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, the Reform movement (which I grew up in) has taken the essence of the creator, and a Jew's individual relationship with that creator, completely out of the equation. Miziut has not abandoned halacha or its principles. Nor has it created a community unto itself that refuses to acknowledge the modern world. Instead, Rabbi Menachem has taken the best of all worlds, all streams, where each individual can come, learn, daven, participate, explore, and share in the joy that their Judaism can bring them-at the level and intensity that feels right for them.

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

my own life...I have a comfort level at Mitziut services that I haven't felt before, and I've prayed with the most reform-minded-zero-english congregations all the way up to and including Chabad communities all over the world.

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

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

do some really good things for not just the local Jewish community, but the Chicago area as a whole.

Ways to make it better...

there were more people I could relate to on a personal level outside of Mitziut. what has made great Jewish communities in the past are the personal relationships that go beyond the shul.

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

money and time.

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

while I respect the lay-people that conduct services on weeks when the rabbi is unavailable, and while I know that there's always something I can learn from someone, it's just not my thing. I wish the community made enough to make the rabbi full-time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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