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Nonprofit Overview

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

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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)

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I never would have believed it if it didn't happen right before our very eyes. The Mitziut Art Show and Performances that took place in May, 2009 was absolutely incredible. I am a changed person as a result of this experience. I owe hakoras hatov (a debt of gratitude) to Mitziut, Wendy, Menachem and all who were involved in this most amazing endeavor.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Along with some friends, I attended an art fair hosted by Mitziut. The energy was warm and welcoming. I have the intention to participate in the community at some time, but life has just been too hectic, so far. I know I will get there.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have really appreciated Mitziut as a place I can go to just for HHD's and feel as welcome as if I had been regularly coming each week. The leadership is humble and respectful and the community, solid and sweet.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I do not attend Mitziut for all holidays and events because I share my loyalties with a few Jewish organizations. When I do attend Mitziut I am happy that everyone is welcoming and they are flexible with letting me do what feels right to me. If I want to attend one service and not the other that is fine. Also, what I also enjoy about their services and experiences is that they set things up to be experiential and also are willing to do and try new things, new songs, new ideas...

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Mitziut is really wonderful! I have been involved with Mitziut almost from its inception. Rabbi Menchem Cohen (assisted by many hard-working members) is able to bring Jewish ritual, Torah, etc... into this century and infuse all of it with a grand spiritual boost. We are shown how to take the teachings of Judaism, and make them personal, with an end purpose of making us better human beings. I have had a number of incredibly wonderful experiences, from participating in healing circles, to Mitziut's incredible art show! I am grateful to be part of such an incredible, progressive and caring community!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mitzuit is a great community. There are genuine, caring, and down to earth people here. The environment is relaxed, non-judgemental, and very welcoming. Rabbi Menachem Cohen is wonderful...he is truly one-of-a-kind. He approaches services with an educational and spiritual focus grounded in his studies. He is relaxed, open, and passionate about his work. He and Wendi are welcoming and deeply care about the community. This is a wonderful community, the first Jewish community I have ever felt really comfortable in. I wish there were more funds so Rabbi Menachem could be a full time Rabbi...which would benefit all of us the most.