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.
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.
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.