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We believe that Judaism is a vehicle to bring more light, more justice, more healing, more love, and more joy into the world. And that’s what it’s all about.

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We create radically inclusive Jewish spaces to bring your whole self, and be part of something larger than yourself. Whoever you are, wherever you are, Mishkan is here to walk with you on your journey.

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Contact Chai is a podcast from Mishkan Chicago, hosted by Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann. In each episode, Rabbi Lizzi is joined by a guest to explore down-to-earth spiritual practice.

Introducing Our New Podcast: The Morning Scroll

The Morning Scroll is a podcast from Mishkan Chicago, hosted by Rabbi Deena Cowans. Tune in for some bite-sized parsha study every week!

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Join us for Shabbat Services

Lean into the weekend with a grounding ritual.

We have in person and live-streamed services throughout the month. Make a plan to join us!

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Are you ready to jam out in your jammies? This Saturday, your family is invited to Havdalah Pajanimal Party in the Mishkan Office from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Kids in Grades K-2 (and their grownups!) are encouraged to wear PJs and/or animal costumes to this night of games, crafts, and pizza.⁠

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On November 30th, Rabbi Lizzi spoke at Columbia College about social justice in the design of the City of Chicago alongside some very cool fellow panelists. This is a great city, but there is so much more we can do to make it a safe, equitable, healthy place for everyone! ...

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R'Micah Shapiro is back! In preparation for Shabbat, Mishkan's Musician-in-Residence is leading a Thursday Night Music Jam. Join us in the Mishkan Office on Thursday from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. BYO instrument if you have one, but no instrument or experience is required!⁠

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This Wednesday night, Maggie's Place is holding another virtual, drop-in session of our Loved Ones of Trans People Support Group. If there is a Trans or Non-binary person in your life, and you want to know how to be supportive but you need support yourself, this is the space for you! Join us December 7th from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.⁠

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Tomorrow! Join us for Saturday Morning Shabbat at JCYS (2112 W Lawrence Ave) from 9:30 am - noon. We'll daven together, take in an inspirational drash, enjoy scrumptious nosh, and celebrate the BMitzvah of Sydney Miller.⁠

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This Friday night, we have TWO new Mishkan Small Groups meeting up. Join the Interfaith Couples Small Group for a Shabbat Potluck, or the Disability and Chronic Illness Small Group for a Virtual Shabbat Dinner. Both events are this Friday, December 2nd, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

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This Giving Tuesday, we invite you to support the incredible charitable work of the EZRA Multi-Service Center.

EZRA works to prevent homelessness, relieve hunger, reduce isolation, and ease other barriers to self-sufficiency for Jews and Non-Jews alike. In addition, EZRA offers social activities and holiday celebrations to ensure that Jews who live in poverty remain actively connected to their heritage.

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This Sunday at 9am, Rabbi Lizzi will be featured as a special guest on the "Church On The Block" radio show. Tune into Sirius XM channel 154 to hear R'Lizzi in conversation with Pastor Phil Jackson, DJ Ruckus, and our friend Pastah J! ...

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Rabbi Lizzi is going to gobble up the competition in this year’s Turkey Trot! On Thanksgiving Day, walkers, runners, and joggers from across Chicagoland will compete to raise funds for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The race will be held tomorrow along Diversey Harbor in Lincoln Park, with waves starting around 9:00 am at Cannon Rd. and Fullerton Pkway. Join our flock “Ada and Alice’s Turkeys” (named for R’Lizzi’s grandma) in cheering R’Lizzi on while we Turkey Tailgate for a good cause!⁠

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Tonight! We're on for Virtual Shabbat at 6:30 pm. Along with your regularly scheduled music and inspiration, Rabbi Steven will recognize this weekend's Transgender Day of Remembrance.⁠

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Coffee and Torah study go together like bagels and schmear. Join R'Steven for Nosh & Drash this Saturday at 10 am. Please note that we are meeting at the Mishkan Office, not JCYS.⁠

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At last Friday's service, Mishkan Builder Jacob Portman delivered a moving drash about his time in the Israel Defense Forces. His experiences led him to question the simple "us vs. them" story he had been told about Israel and Palestine, and now he joins other veterans with Breaking the Silence in sharing firsthand accounts of the occupation.⁠

You can listen to Jacob's message on the latest Contact Chai podcast, or read it on the Mishkan Blog — link in bio.
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Our hearts go out to the Jewish community of Waukegan and to our community members with loved ones buried at the Am Echod Jewish Cemetery, who woke up yesterday to a senseless antisemitic attack.⁠

We are here for you if you need support.⁠
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Mishkan’s Family Camp is a special opportunity to power down and celebrate Shabbat with fellow Mishkan families. We will be at OSRUI this weekend, November 18-20, for an all-inclusive camp led by the Mishkan rabbis. Register by this Wednesday, November 16th, to make sure your family can join the fun!⁠

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Tonight! We're at Second Unitarian (and YouTube!) from 6:30 - 8:30 pm for an extra special Friday Night Shabbat. In addition to your regularly scheduled davening, community, and inspiration, we will also be joined by Jacob Portman — Mishkanite, chef, and former IDF soldier. After services, you are invited unpack it all with us in conversation with members of Breaking the Silence.⁠

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Do you have a Trans or Non-binary loved one? Do you wish you knew more about how to help? Do you need some support yourself? Maggie's Place invites you to a virtual session of our Loved Ones of Trans People Support Group on Monday, November 11th, at 7pm.⁠

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It's not too late to register for Mishkan's Family Camp! Sign up by next Wednesday, November 16th, to make sure your family can take part in this special opportunity to power down led by the Mishkan rabbis on November 18-20.⁠

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Go vote! Do a mitzvah for democracy. ...

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Today's the day! Do you have a plan to vote? It's not too late to register.⁠

Follow the link in bio for information on same-day voter registration and how to get to the polls.
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Tomorrow! Meet us for Saturday Morning Shabbat from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm at JCYS. We will celebrate the B-Mitzvah of Sam Bass-Ehler B Mitzvah and the aufruf of Natalie Dino and Jacob Portman, and there will be Rise & Shine for the little ones.⁠

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We're going to camp! Mishkan’s Family Camp at OSRUI is a weekend retreat (November 18-20) led by Mishkan rabbis. Room and board, all meals, activities, and even babysitting are provided – all you have to do is show up!⁠

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Are you a Miskanite who is multi-racial and/or a Person of Color? Do you hold Mizrahi, Sephardic, Latinx, or Asian heritage? On Monday, November 7th, join us for an online participatory workshop that will explore our identities and heritage through reflection, stories and conversation. The workshop will be hosted by Jonathan Mendoza, the award-winning poet who amazed us at our Sukkot Shabbat service.⁠

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Mishkan Davening Team rocked the Covenant Foundation Awards dinner! Thanks to Hannah Bloom Hirschberg for snagging this video. ...

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Tonight! We're at Second Unitarian from 6:30 - 8:30 pm for Friday Night Shabbat. Musician-in-Residence R'Micah Shapiro is joining us, so you know this service is going to be full of absolute bangers. Don't miss out!⁠

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Tomorrow morning, we're putting on costumes and warming up our voices for Halloween Shabbat Singalong with R’ Micah! Join us Saturday, October 29th from 10:30-11:30 am in the Mishkan Office for a sweet, spooky, song-filled Shabbos.⁠

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POV: You are having the time of your life singing along with Rabbi Micah Shapiro at Thursday Night Music Jam. Join us tomorrow from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Mishkan Office to learn Shabbos tunes old and new!⁠

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What happens in this week's Torah portion? Rabbi Deena has the scoop. ...

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Tomorrow, we're at JCYS for Saturday Morning Shabbat. This is a learners' service, so we'll be paying extra attention to the "how and why" behind everything we do. If you've been looking for a chance to get involved, this is it!⁠

The service starts at 9:30 am with Rise & Shine for the little ones at 10:45 am. ⁠Due to technical problems, we are unable to share a livestream for this service.

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Will you join the dance? Tonight at 6pm, we're celebrating Simchat Torah with our friends at JRC.⁠ Please note that due to weather the location has been changed to JRC in Evanston!

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Tonight! Join us for Friday Night Shabbat at Second Unitarian at 6:30pm. We will celebrate Sukkot and Hispanic Heritage Month with special guest Jonathan Mendoza, a celebrated poet, political organizer, and musician. Then, stay for our Harvest Feast Shabbat Dinner.⁠

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Are you excited to shake, shake, shake the lulav and etrog this weekend? This Saturday at 10 am, join us in Winnemac Park for Shake It Off: Sukkah Family Fun where you can make your own edible sukkah.⁠

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Feel the joy! Simchat Torah is on Monday, and we're celebrating with our friends at Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation by dancing together at JRC in Evanston at 6pm. Come early at 5pm to picnic with us — pizza will be provided for families.⁠

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Come to R'Steven's sukkah for LGBTQ+ Interfaith Sukkah Hang this Sunday from 2-4pm! Mishkan, Keshet, and 18Doors invite all LGBTQ+ folks, interfaith couples and our friends to experience the holiday of Sukkot together in Lakeview. There will be snacks, conversation, celebration of our Queer Jewish ancestors, and opportunities to connect as a couple and community.⁠

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Shake It Off! Are you shaking the lulav and etrog with us at Sukkah Family Fun this Saturday? We're shake, shake, shaking and also making edible sukkahs at Winnemac Park this Saturday from 10 am - noon.⁠

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Do you like sweet fall treats? Of course you do, so come out to Pumpkin Spice Sukkot Picnic off the 606. This Sunday, we are gathering at Churchill Park from 5 - 7 pm to reconnect after the High Holidays. Bring your own picnic dinner!⁠

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Another Get Higher is behind us, but you can relive the magic on our High Holidays 5783 YouTube playlist! Link in bio. ...

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May you be sealed in the Book of Life. It's not too late to join us virtually or come for the second half of the day of our Yom Kippur service.⁠

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G'mar tov! Tonight, the Mishkan returns to The Athenaeum for Kol Nidre. Registration starts at 6:15 pm and the service begins at 6:45 pm. ...

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Shortly before their mikvah, Exploring Judaism graduate Grace shared this:⁠

“Mishkan has been a very accepting place to explore queer identity. I've always felt affirmed here, and like I'm finally free to ask questions.”⁠

When you donate to Mishkan's High Holidays campaign, you help us create radically inclusive Jewish spaces where people from all backgrounds are nurtured on their own unique journeys of growth. Will you give tzedakah to support our community?⁠

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G’mar chatimah tovah! May you be sealed for good! It’s the greeting one says on Yom Kippur. Of course l’shannah tovah is always a standard classic (meaning, have a good new year), but g’mar chatimah tovah is specifically about being not just inscribed for a good new year, but sealed for it, which is a Yom Kippur thing. It’s like on Rosh HaShannah the envelope with the fate of your year gets loaded up, and on Yom Kippur God seals the envelope. So may you be not just inscribed but sealed for life and health this year. G’mar chatimah tovah! ...

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We're casting off sins and picking up the beach for Tashlich! What are you tossing away in the new year? What are you cleaning up? ...

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