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.
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.
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.
A very open and friendly group whose primary aim is to renew the Jewish spiritual experience. We also volunteer time and resources to other organizations who serve the chicago community at large. It would be helpful for the group if they were to organize a committee to develop a formal fundraising drive. Many members don't really know whats expected of them, or what their fair share should be.
I love Rabbi Menachem and his Mitziut community. It's a very important part of my life and he's been a wonderful influence/
Mitziut is an extremely unique Jewish community. I found my way there after exploring other religions and finding my way back to Judaism. Mitziut has offered me a space for my own spiritual exploration, questioning the meaning of words like commandment and king. Bringing music, drumming, and dancing into prayer. Relating to the Gd within and beyond. Getting high through prayer. Finding personal and new meaning in an ancient tradition.
mitziut is a wonderful jewish spiritual community dedicated to exploring the meaning and recovering the relavance of jewish traditional practices for contemporary times. mitziut is dedicated to being open and inclusiveness, welcoming all who come. mitziut also regularly participates in supporting local nonprofits through volunteer efforts.
Mitziut is a "come as you are" organization. Everyone is accepted and the board members work overtime to make sure that programs are interesting and informative. I was a member of Mitziut for many years and found folks to be dedicated, honest and hardworking.
Welcoming group, helpful in spiritual growth, great sense of community. I enjoy the diverse events and have benefitted greatly from them.
When you're trying to build a community from scratch...nothing is perfect, you won't always understand everyone and everything, and giving people the space to 'do their thing' may end up with something less focused than it should be. But what can you do? You're building something from nothing! You're depending on the time and money of volunteers who may not have a lot of either. With all those things in mind, Mitziut is exploring and expressing their Judaism in a way that I've been looking for for a long time. It's about the spirit of the words, and the spirit of the law, as opposed to a rote recitation of the words or the stringent application of the law. I can understand how Orthodox and haredi scholars would tell me that those letters of those laws are exactly what make Judaism Judaism. But from where I sit, attacking fellow Jews for using a parking lot or arguing for years about elevators on Shabbat is less about Judaism and more about power. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, the Reform movement (which I grew up in) has taken the essence of the creator, and a Jew's individual relationship with that creator, completely out of the equation. Miziut has not abandoned halacha or its principles. Nor has it created a community unto itself that refuses to acknowledge the modern world. Instead, Rabbi Menachem has taken the best of all worlds, all streams, where each individual can come, learn, daven, participate, explore, and share in the joy that their Judaism can bring them-at the level and intensity that feels right for them.
Holistic, and welcoming. Non judgmental. You can be yourself and you're welcome. I found that I learn't a lot about tollerance and genuine attempt to connect with others and God
I have attended several events and volunteered for a night ministry outing. The folks tend to be in their 40s or older, and very enthusiastic. Rabbi Menachem is quite interesting - he reaches out equally to the homeless, to Burning Man participants, and to the unaffiliated in Chicago.
The accessibility , joyfulness and soulfulness of my Mitziut experiences are a treasure to me. They are so respectful of all and go right to the soul. It is spontaneous and divine. The ecstasy and joyfulness enveloped all the participants and the Rabbi's humility and honest teaching and expression of the human condition was profound and accessible to all. The fabulous music, singing, drumming and dancing were remarkable. A Seeker's Dream! Any Jew, with or without experience could feel welcome here. How iportant is that?!? That was my Rosh Hashonah experience there. My first experience at Mitziut was at a Shabbat on the beach led by the Rosh Chodesh women of the group. It was also quite wonderful. In my view Mitziut is on to something our religion needs. They seem to give a lot of support to their member's individual pursuits as well; there is jut a basic respect, without hierarchy, for all. Nor do they neglect tzedakah. Any help they can get will be well placed.