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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 4

Mitziut provides a senses of community for spiritualy orianted otherwise non afiliated jews in chicago. I enjoy the community dinners and prayer and am hoping to start a tanach study group some time soon.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

Mitziut provides a spiritual community that welcomes everyone - to be themselves and to explore their own ideas and practices in living Jewishly. In this hectic day and age, Mitziut is the one place that I can go that I know I will feel relaxed, connected, and renewed (this really happens every time!). With the guidance of Rabbi Menachem, Mitziut embraces, questions, and challenges traditional and nontraditional avenues of Judaism. There's always expansive discussions to participate and ponder. My favorite is that I can walk in at any time and be welcomed and guaranteed warm smiles, hugs, learning, music, conversation and spirit. Menachem has volunteered his time as spiritual leader and back bone for Mitziut for 6 years. Members have volunteered in various leadership roles and handling responsibilities. Yet there is always the hanging feeling that there is more to be done. The community has great potential for classes and events -- once additional supports are in place.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Mitziut is the only place I know of in Chicago where Jewish learning, rituals and observance are facilitated in a manner that is engaging, deeply meaningful, easily accessible and not superficial. I especially appreciate the diversity of ages and religious backgrounds, from 20 somethings to aging baby boomers, singles, couples, gay and straight, mostly people seeking the wisdom of the ages as expressed in the contemporary language of the mind and social sciences and other spiritual traditions. I find Mitziut an opportunity to live an Integral form of Judaism.