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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

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Holistic, and welcoming. Non judgmental. You can be yourself and you're welcome. I found that I learn't a lot about tollerance and genuine attempt to connect with others and God

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have attended several events and volunteered for a night ministry outing. The folks tend to be in their 40s or older, and very enthusiastic. Rabbi Menachem is quite interesting - he reaches out equally to the homeless, to Burning Man participants, and to the unaffiliated in Chicago.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The accessibility , joyfulness and soulfulness of my Mitziut experiences are a treasure to me. They are so respectful of all and go right to the soul. It is spontaneous and divine. The ecstasy and joyfulness enveloped all the participants and the Rabbi's humility and honest teaching and expression of the human condition was profound and accessible to all. The fabulous music, singing, drumming and dancing were remarkable. A Seeker's Dream! Any Jew, with or without experience could feel welcome here. How iportant is that?!? That was my Rosh Hashonah experience there. My first experience at Mitziut was at a Shabbat on the beach led by the Rosh Chodesh women of the group. It was also quite wonderful. In my view Mitziut is on to something our religion needs. They seem to give a lot of support to their member's individual pursuits as well; there is jut a basic respect, without hierarchy, for all. Nor do they neglect tzedakah. Any help they can get will be well placed.