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
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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...

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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...

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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...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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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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10 people found this review helpful

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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4 people found this review helpful

I’m an open minded Christian and I've been to a few services with the Mitziut. They are warm, caring and fun. The Rabbi is genuine person that you can talk to, he is very approachable. Everyone I met there made me feel welcome, unfortunately I live far away and can’t make it there as much as I would like too.

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

With funds the Rabbi could focus more of his time teaching which would be a boon for the people he serves now.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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4 people found this review helpful

This review is long overdue. Mitziut is a uniquely special organization. After exploring all the other jewish organizations in chicago, mitziut is the home i choose for clear reasons. It is the place where i can be my true self and find G-d inside myself and others. i feel not only comfortable but encouraged and supported to express my spirituality freely and creatively. Rabbi Menachem Cohen is a true rabbi in that he teaches us all to reach inside to find the answers we are looking for. Mitziut draws and retains special down to earth, friendly and loving people to its doors. the community is special because it is a true community. when a member was dying, we all rallied to do healing circles and go to her home to support her. we support in times of need and celebrate times of joy. when two people get married, the community rejoices together. it is a place where each person is valued and appreciated. the rabbi and his wife (and son) open their home to us for services and events and more importantly, open their hearts to us always.

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

the people i meet and the freedom to be my truest self.

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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4 people found this review helpful

I learned about accepting other people and different ways to communicate with the divine. The drum circle was very healing and cathartic.

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

Healing prayer circle.

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...

Meeting people.

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

Kind and generous.

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

Help many more people.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

In addition to following the standard prayers for a Shabbat service, Rabbi Menachem encourages meditation, personal reflection, and debate, which makes for a unique and personal Shabbat experience. This group is welcoming and friendly.

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

how welcoming and friendly everyone was!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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1 person found this review helpful

I was raised as a Conservative, observant Jew. Once I became divorced, I felt estranged from Jewish groups, feeling that the synagogues were not welcoming to an single woman. Furthermore, it is very costly to be a "member" of a synagogue, and I am on a strict limited budget. A friend told me about Mitziut, and I began attending their religious services. I was welcomed with open arms, and was delighted at the joy and music with which the people in this group observed their religious practice. I feel connected, and truly appreciate the rabbi, his wife, and the people who volunteer their time generously to keep this group open and welcoming.

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

The warmth and genuine character of the people involved

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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1 person found this review helpful

Lovely folks, the Rabbi is very kind to both my children and myself. Last year when I was going thru a rough period the Rabbi was quick to answer my calls and be helpful.

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

The ability to make all feel welcome.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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2 people found this review helpful

strong community, progressive ideas that are helping to bring Judaism into new paradigm and meet the needs of many denominations of Jews. Love that anyone can come and making money, sticking to one denomination, trying to build a new building, or desperately looking for members is not a priority. Meeting the needs of the people and giving them an important spiritual experience is what is important to the Rabbi and the community. Rabbi awesome. would like to see more participation in planning and implementing from the community.......

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

in I have learned to be closer to G-d and to understand what it really means to live Jewishly

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

learning about what the true sense of community is.

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

create a successful Jewish outreach program..through progressive ideas reaching people outside of the usual ways, and bring young people back to Judaism through outreach that would be more meaningful to them. hire admin assist.

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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