We believe in empowering young adults to help weave the fabric of a dynamic spiritual community that speaks the language of the next generation.
Our leadership fellowship is designed to give extraordinary young adults considering rabbinical school the opportunity to flex their muscles as a prayer leader, teacher, and community shaper. In doing so, they create more opportunities for learning at Mishkan and most importantly, model the ongoing process of evolution, growth and learning that it means to be Yisra’el/God-wrestlers. Our fellows do everything that our rabbi does, and receive mentorship and guidance along the way to lead services, teach classes, organize volunteers, meet people in coffee shops to talk about their spiritual journeys.
2014-2015 LEADERSHIP FELLOW
Grace is a Chicagoland native and Chicago lover. She earned her bachelor’s in Religious Studies/Political Science from The University of Chicago in 2014. While a student, Grace interned at the Institute for the Next Jewish Future’s jUChicago during its foundational years, where she created and led a Jewish yoga community. She has taught Hebrew and Jewish studies at KAM Isaiah Israel, The Jewish Enrichment Center, and the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, and directed the Hyde Park Jewish Youth Group. She is an alumna of SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva’s year program and Yeshivat Hadar in New York. She brings her voice and love of music to the Mishkan Davening Team, and integrates her love of Talmud and her passion for justice in her work at Mishkan.
2013 - 2014 LEADERSHIP FELLOW
Abi was born in Philadelphia but soon became an enthusiastic Chicagoan. After graduating cum laude from Pomona College in 2011, she was a fellow in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. During and after her AVODAH year, Abi worked at a non-profit organization that provides employment training and supportive services for people experiencing homelessness and poverty, particularly those who were formerly incarcerated. She was also a Leadership Fellow at Mishkan Chicago, a dynamic new spiritual community that works to engage people on the fringes of Judaism. Most recently, Abi traveled throughout Eastern Europe to learn more about her family heritage and, upon returning to the US, spent three months studying with SVARA: The Traditionally Radical Yeshiva. She is thrilled to be starting rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary (in New York City) and looks forward to watching the Cubs win the World Series this fall.
“Becoming a Mishkan Leadership Fellow in 2012 led me to the path I am on today – as a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. After joining the Mishkan community in 2011, I was impressed by Mishkan’s ability to provide transformative spiritual experiences unlike anything I had seen in other Jewish spaces.
In the two years that I held that role, I learned a tremendous amount about myself, my goals, and my personal potential as a Jewish educator and as a human being. I’m grateful for my time as a Mishkan Leadership Fellow and recommend it to anyone who wants to explore Jewish community, leadership, and the everyday challenges that come with creating a new kind of Judaism in Chicago.”Abi Weber
2011 - 2014 LEADERSHIP FELLOW
Steven Philp is a third-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Steven received his Master of Studies from the University of Oxford in 2016. His thesis focused on the intersection of trauma and memory in elegies written after the Holocaust. Steven also earned a Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work from the University of Chicago. Steven helped lead services at the first gathering of Mishkan, filling various roles over his three years as our unofficial, then official, leadership fellow. Steven continues to contribute to the community through his work as a graphic designer.
2012-2014 LEADERSHIP FELLOW
Currently, Miriam is a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and starting in the fall of 2016, she will be a Student Rabbi for Kolot Chayeinu in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to rabbinical school Miriam was a Program Director for AVODAH: the Jewish Service Corps, a Jewish Community Organizer with the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, the inaugural Talmud Fellow at SVARA, a “Traditionally Radical Queer Yeshiva”, and a Co-founder of Jewish Solidarity and Action for Schools. From 2014-2015, Miriam studied at Hebrew College and was a CIRCLE Fellow with the Center for Interreligious & Communal Leadership Education. In each of these roles Miriam worked to infuse vibrant spirituality and ritual into community-based social justice work. In 2011, Miriam won the 20/20 Award for her work with JCUA, educating Jewish youth about racial and economic injustice in Chicago. She seeks to empower Jews of every age to innovate and engage Jewish tradition with confidence, passion and joy.