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)
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.
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!!!
The rabbi and congregation were very welcoming. I appreciate their sincere and friendly attitude. The Shabbat services held on the beach are particularly inspiring.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Mitziut is really wonderful! I have been involved with Mitziut almost from its inception. Rabbi Menchem Cohen (assisted by many hard-working members) is able to bring Jewish ritual, Torah, etc... into this century and infuse all of it with a grand spiritual boost. We are shown how to take the teachings of Judaism, and make them personal, with an end purpose of making us better human beings. I have had a number of incredibly wonderful experiences, from participating in healing circles, to Mitziut's incredible art show! I am grateful to be part of such an incredible, progressive and caring community!
Mitzuit is a great community. There are genuine, caring, and down to earth people here. The environment is relaxed, non-judgemental, and very welcoming. Rabbi Menachem Cohen is wonderful...he is truly one-of-a-kind. He approaches services with an educational and spiritual focus grounded in his studies. He is relaxed, open, and passionate about his work. He and Wendi are welcoming and deeply care about the community. This is a wonderful community, the first Jewish community I have ever felt really comfortable in. I wish there were more funds so Rabbi Menachem could be a full time Rabbi...which would benefit all of us the most.
Wonderful community filled with people who want to make a difference in this world, through prayer, music, art and love...
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.
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.
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 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 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
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.
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
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.