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  

1 person found this review helpful

Wonderful community filled with people who want to make a difference in this world, through prayer, music, art and love...

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

Friendships with lovely people.

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

Change the face of Jewish relations in the community. Reach out to those of all faiths who are in need. Have a center of operations that is accessible. Invest in materials that would help educated and promote important causes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Mitziut has a very special non-denominational quality- everyone feels welcome despite previous or current experience. The members of the group are friendly and the leadership is creative.

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

exceptionally nice.

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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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I can easily say that my Yom Kippur with Mitziut was the most meaningful Yom Kippur I've had in years. It was passionate, relevant, and renewing. It was also a breath of fresh air after having gone to services at mainstream congregations where it felt like we were all just going through the motions.

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

open, kind, generous.

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: 3 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I attend Shabbat services on occasion. I'm part of the Rosh Hodesh group and we led services on the beach over the summer. I attended Rosh Hashana day services with the great musical talent of Layni Katz Meyers acting as chazzan.

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

going to services.

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

have paid staff to keep things running professionally and smoothly to take the burden off the Rabbi who does so much of keeping it all together when he should be concentrating on other things.

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

singing Jewish music.

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

very nice and dedicated.

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

hire a full-time chazzan who would sing and play the guitar regularly. They could have their own building as a regular meeting place. They could offer adult education courses and bring in expert Rabbis for Shabbatons.

Ways to make it better...

services were a bit shorter.

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

Lack of a diverse group of volunteers and the financial resources to have a regular space and programming.

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

Having a paid and full-time Jewish Renewal chazzan and musicians for every Shabbat service would be the best thing ever!

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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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I think of Mitziut as a warm Jewish home in Chicago for my daughter and I. Every time we have attended any of the activities: shabbat services, Seder, volunteer in the community, we have come out of the experience transformed. Shabbat at Rabbi Menachem's home is truly a blessing: singing, davening, eating together, all this brings Jewish tradition alive in a way that touches heart, body, and soul. I arrived not knowing anybody at all, and was made to feel welcome. I love the variety of people who are part of the community, from all ages, walks of life and levels of observance. I also appreciated the honest intellectual inquiry, and freedom to express yourself that is felt in the community. Sometimes, even when unable to go services, just by following Mitziut's newsletters and Rabbi Menachem's messages, I have had to pause and refocus the time I was living. I used some of the resources suggested, which helped me in my path in life. My constructive feedback would be to facilitate or encourage more communication among members, so that for those who can only attend events occasionally, there is somebody who they can turn to, so that they feel connected and up to date with how things are going.

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

the way I celebrate shabbat and I prepare for the holidays

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

compasionate, understanding, informed, intelligent, hopeful.

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

help many Jews "discover" Judaism, a tradition that makes all the sense to them, here and now.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I APPLAUDE RABBI MENACHAM AND WENDY FOR THE WORK THEY HAVE DONE FOR JEWISH COMMUNITY AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE. TALK ABOUT TIKUM OLAM. BEFORE ILLNESS STRUCK, I WAS VERY INVOLVED WITH MITZIUT AND WAS HAPPY TO HAVE FOUND A RABBI WHO WAS VERY CARING ABOUT THE WORLD AROUND HIM AND THOSE WHO HE COMES IN CONTACT WITH. AS SOMEONE WHO GREW UP IN THE SOUTH SUBURBS AND WENT TO REFORM SCHUL, RABBI MENACHEM AND MITZIUT MADE NO JUDGEMENTS ABOUT ONES RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND UPBRINGING AND WAS ACCEPTING THAT ALL JEWS ARE JEWS AND THE BASIS FOR BEING JEWISH IS JUSTICE, EDUCATION AND WORKING TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. THOUGH I HAVE BEEN SICK THE PAST THREE YEARS, ONCE I AM BETTER TO MAKE THE SCHLEP FROM DOWNTOWN TO MITZIUT I WILL GO AGAIN. MITZIUT AND RABBI MENACHEM ARE TWO GREAT INSTITUTIONS THE CHICAGO JEWISH COMMUNITY WOULD NOT BE AS RICH IF THEY DID NOT EXIST. MICHAEL BERKELEY

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

EARLY 2000'S SEEING THEIR WOKR WITH CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT, WORKING HOLIDAY DINNERS, SPIRITUAL CLASSES, LECTURES, TEACHINGS

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

THE INCLUSIVENESS OF BEING JEWISH. SOME SCHULS, EVEN THOUGHT A MEMBER, ARE NOT AS WELCOMING BY EXISTING MEMBERS WHICH IN ITSLEF LEADS ONE NOT TO ATTEND A SCHUL THEREBY ONE BECOMES A JEW NON AFFLIATED WHICH A SYNAGOGUE.

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

VERY PLEASANT, HUMOROUS, AND A JOY TO WORK WITH AND VERY INCLUSIVE.

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

IT WOULD DO MORE OUTREACH IN BOTH THE JEWISH COMMUNITY AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE AND BUILD ITS OWN PERMANENT STRUCTURE.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Mitziut keeps reaching out to me, and I feel welcome and accepted by the group. I am constantly moved by the level of social justice issues Mitziut participates in, as well as all the inner work~ from meditation, chanting, drumming and dancing. It's a great community. Although I don't go out much, I was sick last year, and have 2 small kiddies, I feel still in the loop, with opportunities to give. Like providing food for a night program Menachem works at called "The Night Ministry". It's really good people. Really good.

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

spiritual growth, non judgement.

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

Menacham is fabulous, smart, warm and welcoming.

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

Have it's own home.

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: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have been going to Mitziut since it began. It is such a wonderful place. I feel accepted for who I am and for however I might feel that day. After participating in a service or event I always feel a deep sense of joy and enlightenment. The High Holidays are such a treat--they make me want to do the work for the holiday and really think about who I am as a person, a woman, and as a Jew. Every year during the break there is yoga which fits with how I pray---from my entire body. Rabbi Menachem also finds interesting and different metaphores to help bring home the ideas of the Torah, Talmud, Halacha, and Misticism. This past Simchat Torah everyone was supported in dancing with the torah in their own way---I had not had this amazing experience till my 30's and at Mitzium my daughter, age 9, got to hold a Torah and create her own way of connecting with it. She was so happy and proud to be a Jew. I feel so blessed that there is a place like Mitziut in Chicago-- it brings Jews back into the whole of Judaism that may have never been interested in their history or their people--it helps every Jew find a way to connect. I highly recommend Mitziut and know that others would feel similarly if they attend. Sincerely, Tamar Levinson

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

Helping me learn to meditate and experience judaism in a more personal way.

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

none I can think of

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

Their open attitude and interesting way of helping others get involved socially and individually.

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

All open and friendly and interested.

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

bring so many more seekers in and help them reconnect with their souls.

Ways to make it better...

If Mitziut was closer to my house---I would like to go weekly!

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

Continuing to get the word out about what they offer to unaffiliated jews.

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

you should pick this organization!!!

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Mitziut fills a void. Jews otherwise unafiliated find a safe and interesting place to express their spirituality outside the constraints of the main avenues available in the general public. "Self" is important and the experience goes with you when you leave. It is a safe and welcoming group full of learning and expressing and feeling.

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

Drumming circles Healing sessions Classes Religious services - practices

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

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

Acceptance of all levels of Judaism. at drum circles - we invite those just walking by to join in. Inclusion of all people is a recurring theme

Ways to make it better...

more people! We need to get the word out as I am sure more would join if it were known about.

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

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

learning is a big part of Judaism. These folks help all levels to know what the services and holidays are about and to make the observances interesting and meaningful.

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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