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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

53 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)

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing. Starting from scratch from a first planning meeting in my Chicago living room, Mitziut's Leadership has in short order built a foundation as strong as some of the more established renewal synagogues where I now live in California. There's ample room and need to grow and create. But given its so recent beginning, Mitziut is a real tribute to the power of vision, intention, heart, wisdom and hard work in creating the core of a fresh new community that will infuse those in it's embrace with Jewish consciousness and meaning.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mitziut is a very special organization. After attending one service, I was hooked. I really appreciate the way the community welcomed me, my husband, and many others I introduced to Mitziut over the years. This community not only was beneficial in helping me connect more to my Jewish identity, but to the Jewish community in Chicago as a whole. The organization hosts many events, many of which provide service to struggling populations in Chicago. For me, Mitziut provided me with a place to connect spiritually with G-d through prayer, singing, and at times, dancing! I loved sharing many long nights at services and potluck meals with others. I loved participating in monthly Rosh Chodesh groups. I am saddened by the fact that I can no longer attend services as much as I did previously since I moved. I truly miss the community and especially the environment created by Rabbi Menachem Cohen.

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.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

Took part in New Years' services and Friday night Shabbat services on multiple occasions. Have also participated in a meditation session.

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've known Rabbi Menachem for about 4 years, and I'm constantly amazed by his creativity and his ability to integrate spirituality into everyday life. The Mitziut folks are a fun and diverse bunch, and they are breaking the mold and making thier faith practice relevant and fresh.

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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...

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is a community where people are committed to creating the community - and world - of their dreams. Other kinds of Jewish communities haven't worked for us, so we are creating our own - and it can be anything and everything we want it to be. Mitziut is visionary, creative, innovating, daring, and fiercely independent.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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.