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  

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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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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8 people found this review helpful

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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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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5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

my own life and others . . .

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

see above

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

the people!

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

wonderful, creative, committed

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

the sky is the limit

Ways to make it better...

the only communication wasn't just email

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

administrative/organizing/communication/strategy/fundraising

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?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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 warm and welcome energy.

Ways to make it better...

I had participated more.

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?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Get a really nice space that was its own and create social programs to support the local community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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...

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

Reb Menachem is great. He is friendly and inclusive. He is willing to go for things and try new things with the participants, not only stay in a box because they did it that way last year, etc.

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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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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!

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

Emotional, spiritual, physical and creative progress.

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

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

Creative events--art shows, music with services, etc.

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

hardworking and helpful

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

Do AMAZING things!!! For humanity and for individuals and Judaism.

Ways to make it better...

More people attended events (though small groups can be nice sometimes, too).

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

Lack of funds and lack of new members.

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?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

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

Feeling comfortable being myself for the first time ever in a Jewish community during Shabbat services or High Holidays (and I am Jewish!).

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

Hire Rabbi Menachem as the full-time Rabbi and hire an admin. asst. Also, Mitzuit has the potential to change the face of the Jewish community on a larger scale, to a more accepting, non-judgmental, progressive, evolved, conscious, and welcoming one.

Ways to make it better...

There was one meeting place in a neighborhood that feels safe at night.

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

Lack of funding. Rabbi Menachem would do the most good being a full time Rabbi here. Also, Mitziut needs a regular meeting place in an area with parking and close to public transit.

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

Rabbi Menachem is a gem. With some funding, he could make an immense difference in this community and in this world.

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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