Inspired, Down-To-Earth Judaism

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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This is Our Mishkan

Take a look at how Mishkan has grown over the last ten years. We did this with your help, with your Buildership, with your support. Let’s keep building our modern-day Mishkan together, and get excited for what tomorrow may hold.

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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!

Weekly Shabbat livestream

Connect in community every Friday night and every other Saturday morning.

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Each Weekday Morning at 8 am

Tune in for prayer, meditation, and the spiritual check-in we all need!

Upcoming Events

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!

View Our Upcoming Shabbat Services

We'll be together in-person this Saturday at Emanuel for morning Shabbat. Join us at 9:30 am! Bring your kiddos for Mah Tovu: Stories, Songs and Celebrating Shabbat for 5-8 year olds. Or come at 10:30 am for Rise + Shine: songs and fun for 0-4 year olds.⁠

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Thank you for joining us on Friday for Shabbat at Northcenter Town Square. 🥰 Be sure to tune in THIS Friday for our Friday Night Virtual Services live-streamed through Facebook. ⁠

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Congratulations to Mark Achler who was named one of Crain's Notable Nonprofit Board Leaders — and congrats to us at Mishkan for benefitting from Mark's leadership! ⁠

Read more about Mark at the link in bio and drop some love in the comments! ⁠

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See you at 6:15 pm at North Center Town Square! ⁠

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Schleppy is exhausted and ready for Shabbat - how about you? Join us tonight for music from our Davening Team, liturgy, and reflection from our rabbis in person at North Center Town Square!⁠

Register at link in bio!⁠

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Looking at this picture makes us real excited for tomorrow's in person Shabbat at North Center Town Square. Be sure to register today! ⁠

Link in bio <3⁠

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A mid-week throwback of your smiling rabbis. 🥰⁠

Join Morning Minyan Monday through Friday to chat with R'Deena, R'Steven and R'Lizzi throughout the week. Monday through Wednesday are led by R’Steven. Thursdays are led by R’Lizzi. And Fridays are led by R'Deena!⁠

Register in bio!

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[image description: From left to right — Rabbi Lizzi with a tallis and guitar, Rabbi Steven holding a green machzor, Rabbi Deena and Abby singing. All four are dressed in white with microphones in front of them and a curtain behind them lit up with blue and purple lights. It is night.]

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We're taking the night off to catch our breath before starting up Shabbat services next week on October 8th (register at the link in bio!).⁠

Until then, enjoy this video from Simchat Torah (just some additional proof that we know how to celebrate 😄). ⁠

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What a month! Thank you all so much for joining us for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. It was a true joy to spend the month with you - reflecting on the last year and welcoming the next.⁠

Fall is here and we're ready for what this next season will bring!

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Shoutout to our Family Programs crew who made the High Holidays so special for our young ones. Drop some love in the comments. <3 ⁠

#tbt ⁠

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🥰 Forever grateful for being vaccinated and together in person again!⁠

Take a look at our calendar for in-person and virtual events coming up this fall!

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Tonight! Join us for Simchat Torah in the Park, an evening party featuring klezmer music by JRC's Heavy Shtetl and dancing through Welles Park, followed by an ice cream truck. ASL interpretation will be available. Co-sponsored by JRC (Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston), this event is going to be an epic finale to this season of transformation. Be sure to register today for this in-person event for all ages! And if you're looking for something designed specially for families, come 45 minutes early for our Family Simchat Torah Pizza Party! ...

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Join us tomorrow night for Simchat Torah at Welles park!⁠

The last of the torrent of fall holidays, this is the crown, the top, the end, the last gasp, the finale – klezmer music by JRC's Heavy Shtetl, dancing through Welles Park, celebrating Torah followed by an ice cream truck. Co-sponsored by JRC, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston.⁠

Register at the link in bio!⁠

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Thank you for joining us for Sukkot! We ALL had a good time engaging our senses and connecting with nature. ⁠


Join us for Simchat Torah tomorrow to close out the High Holidays! Register at the link!

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Steven Chaitman and Mollie Flink with a lulav and etrog earlier this week for our first Sukkot program. ⁠

TONIGHT, we come together again for a community picnic in Winnemac Park! Stop by our sukkah, meet some new friends, and enjoy the start of fall together. The (BYO)picnic begins at 6 pm followed by blessings (kiddish and motzi) at 6:40 pm.⁠

Register at link in our bio!⁠

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Join us tomorrow for a community picnic in Winnemac Park! Stop by our sukkah, meet some new friends, and enjoy the start of fall together. The (BYO)picnic begins at 6 pm followed by blessings (kiddish and motzi) at 6:40 pm.⁠

Register at the link in our bio!⁠

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Join our joyful Rabbi team for Sukkot Unplugged, an intimate and stripped-down version of festival services for Erev Sukkot. Whether you’re tuning in from your living room or your very own sukkah, celebrate the beginning of fall and the abundance we find in community. Tonight at 6:30 pm Central! Tune in on Facebook Live (link in our bio!)⁠

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Live music, tonight! Join us for Kol Nidre through our livestream at 6:45 pm. Register right now and you'll receive an access link in your confirmation email!⁠

Link in bio!

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Our Rabbis

Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann
Rabbi Deena Cowans
Rabbi Steven Philp

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