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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

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In addition to following the standard prayers for a Shabbat service, Rabbi Menachem encourages meditation, personal reflection, and debate, which makes for a unique and personal Shabbat experience. This group is welcoming and friendly.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was raised as a Conservative, observant Jew. Once I became divorced, I felt estranged from Jewish groups, feeling that the synagogues were not welcoming to an single woman. Furthermore, it is very costly to be a "member" of a synagogue, and I am on a strict limited budget. A friend told me about Mitziut, and I began attending their religious services. I was welcomed with open arms, and was delighted at the joy and music with which the people in this group observed their religious practice. I feel connected, and truly appreciate the rabbi, his wife, and the people who volunteer their time generously to keep this group open and welcoming.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lovely folks, the Rabbi is very kind to both my children and myself. Last year when I was going thru a rough period the Rabbi was quick to answer my calls and be helpful.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

strong community, progressive ideas that are helping to bring Judaism into new paradigm and meet the needs of many denominations of Jews. Love that anyone can come and making money, sticking to one denomination, trying to build a new building, or desperately looking for members is not a priority. Meeting the needs of the people and giving them an important spiritual experience is what is important to the Rabbi and the community. Rabbi awesome. would like to see more participation in planning and implementing from the community.......

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I looked for a long time, felt like I was waiting here forever, for a spiritual community where I felt I belonged. What makes Mitziut great are the people. Be prepared to meet interesting people with diverse experiences and spiritual traditions. They are welcoming, non-judgmental, and laid back. I feel very comfortable exploring my Jewish identity here. The Shabbat and High Holiday services are off the hook. It doesn't matter what kind of day or week that I've had, Mitziut is the place to come to rejuvenate for the upcoming week.

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Client Served

Rating: 3

Spiritual and good, should outreach more for people, should have weekly services. should present better and more specific discussions on the Parasha of the week. Should attract more families and children.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think Reb Menachem and Mitziut open up and facilitate a connection to and with Judaism that is missing for many people I know. I was born in the FSU, and having no access/connection with Judaism as a child has left me with a lot of catching up to do. However, for most of my friends the journey is even more difficult because many of them were raised with empty rituals (whether reform, conservative, or orthodox) being force fed to them. Mitziut opens up Judaism in a very refreshing way. Whatever the community does, it does it with heart, love, and intentionality. This is very refreshing. It has also been very formative in my personal journey. I spent many Shabbos evenings and afternoons in long conversations with the Rabbi, his wife, and other community members, discussing, arguing, laughing, sorting out, enjoying, and developing my connection with G-d and our tradition. In many ways I felt in some way apprenticed by Reb Menachem and was able to learn about and co-lead rituals many times throughout the last few years. I am not sure this would've been possible in any other community, as I did not have any 'professional' training in this area. However, it was profoundly meaningful and I am currently continuing my studies at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. I can confidently say I would not have the appreciation of our tradition,. nor be as confident in the transformative possibility of it as I am today without Mitziut.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Outstanding group; extremely welcoming and non-judgmental. I felt like I belonged the moment I attended. The members of this group are people who I see as friends, as well as good samaritans & a positive influence for the community. Thanks Mitziut!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mitziut has helped me get back to Judiasm. I feel very comfortable there and for the first time in a long time (since i was a kid) - part of a real jewish community. Mitziut is open to all, it is fun, it is serious, it is very spiritual, very open and inviting, has great programming, and really is a joy for all who have discovered it.