Celebrate! Activate! Liberate!

April 10, 2014 No comments yet

Passover is coming sooner than any of us are ready for. Here are some helpful hints on preparing your kitchen, spirit and getting seder on your calendar…

• Our most recent e-mail (4/9/14) with events and classes

• How and why people clean before Passover. 



Feed Your Spirit, Feed Your Body

January 7, 2014 No comments yet

If you are staying for dinner and drinks on Shabbes, which you TOTALLY should because

a) it’s the best food and drinks in Chicago on Friday night 

b) it’s the nicest, friendliest most fabulous group o Jews this side of the Mississippi

c) after you daven up a storm at services, you’ll be hungry…

click here to pick up your very own YumCard! You can buy for one shabbat, 3, 6 or for once a month for the year. Buy in bulk, get discount! Anyway, pick up your YumCard here and we’ll see you on Friday night.

We Got Slingshot!

October 25, 2013 No comments yet

Top 50 Button Green JPEG VersionWe’re humbled and honored to be included in this year’s Slingshot Guide.

Read our words about it here, see the online version of the Guide here, and more about Slingshot here.

More on the honor:

The Slingshot Guide has become the go-to resource for Jewish innovation in America, culling information on hundreds of organizations nationally and then putting together an annual guide that helps all of us get a real sense of the exciting stuff happening on the ground in the Jewish world.

Mishkan is the only organization in Chicago listed this year, and we sit alongside 49 other incredible organizations across North America doing the holy work of bringing Judaism into the 21st century, helping shape the next Jewish future with vision and inspiration. We were held to a set of rigorous evaluation standards measuring
 innovation, impact, leadership and organizational effectiveness, and were chosen from among hundreds of Jewish organizations by a panel of 83 judges around the country.

Apparently, inspired, down-to-earth Judaism is something to write home about.

If you’re inspired by this bump of confidence and would like to make a donation in honor of Mishkan’s inclusion in Slingshot, please click here! (Or if this is a great reminder to fulfil your Yom Kippur pledge, hey, we won’t stop you).

But mostly, we hope you’ll dance in your seat a little right now in celebration of this great news, and just keep coming back, keep learning, growing, and finding new inspiration in Judaism in Chicago with us in 5774. Never doubt that a small band of committed, inspired people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.  THANK YOU for helping us do it in Chicago!

Sending you blessings, love and much heartfelt gratitude,

Rabbi Lizzi and Jaré

PS. If you want to give us props in virtual space, use @mishkanchicago & #mishkanchicago along with #slingshot1314.

Got Good Karma? Volunteer @ High Holidays!

August 20, 2013 No comments yet

Check out the most recent e-mail from mid-August here, which illustrates what you can do to get ready for the holidays, not least of which is signing up to volunteer! We need everything from set-up and take-down helpers to greeters and utility batters. Sign up here!

Elul Crunchtime

August 15, 2013 No comments yet

We’re in the final countdown toward the spiritual new year, people. If you haven’t already gotten your MishKards, get ‘em here!

In the meantime, here’s a little light reading, courtesy of Oy!Chicago, about Rabbi Lizzi and Mishkan’s success over the 2013 year. Read on!

In our last e-mail we gave 3 Essential Tips For 3 Weeks Til the High Holidays. Read the e-mail here.


June gloom? Pu-leeease.

May 26, 2013 No comments yet

Yyou won’t be able to keep straight all the good stuff happening at Mishkan in June.

Prayer, conversion, Israel, daily spiritual practice, Shabbat services… Click below for a taste.

What’s the buzz in June? Classes, services, celebrations galore…

May Madness

May 14, 2013 No comments yet

Tuesday, 5/14/13: Get your ticket for Sha • Voo • Ote here now!

Read more about it here.

7:30 pm – midnight @ The Den – 1333 W. Milwaukee


Sunday, 5/19/13: Jewish MegaTrends

Read more about it here. 

7:15 pm @ Beth Emet Synagogue – 1224 Dempster, Evanston


Friday, May 31st: Services

5th Fridays @ AES

6:45 pm - 3751 N. Broadway

Middle-of-Pesah Goodness

March 29, 2013 No comments yet

1. Read up on what’s going on at Mishkan here (it’s our most recent e-blast).

2. Our first seder rocked! See a pic or two here.

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Freedom Rocks

March 12, 2013 No comments yet

Get in on Mishkan’s first-ever Passover Seder:

Desert Banquet 5773

(read: the hot sandy place, not a truffle buffet, people. Although flourless chocolate cake is not out of the question).

Spiritual direction and seder leadership provided by our very own Rabbi Lizzi. Delicious and amazing kosher l’Pesah food prepared by the incomparable Mary Otts. RSVP before March 21st at midnight by paying up here ($45) and jotting a quick e-mail to Jaré to let her know who’s coming (jare@mishkanchicago.org).

The Winter of our Disco Tent

January 30, 2013 No comments yet

After the Boogie, and some rousing Friday nights throughout January, February’s pretty low-key, continuing our Sex in the Talmud class with Moishe House on Wednesday nights, and some rocking Friday nights coming up. Here’s the deal:

• Mishkan Hits Hyde Park, Feb 8, 6:30 pm

1407 E. 60th St, Chicago

Followed by dinner and drinks, as usual. Suggested donation for dinner, $12, click here.


• 4th Fridays @ AES, Feb 22, 6:30 pm

3751 N. Broadway, Chicago

Followed by a pot-luck. Bring healthy vegetarian food if you can, bring brownies if you must.

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