2018 Pomegranate Prize Awarded to Ilana Gleicher-Bloom

Massive mazel tov to Ilana Gleicher-Bloom, Founding Vision Director of Mensch Academy at Mishkan Chicago, on winning the 2018 Covenant Foundation Pomegranate Prize! The Pomegranate Prize, inaugurated in 2011, is designed to honor rising leaders who have been in the field of Jewish education for up to ten years. Ilana shares: My dream is to create a world […]

Spiritual Autobiography: Rachel Bryan

By: Rachel Bryan This past year my husband and I made a conscious effort to become more active in our community. To me, that meant more time spent at Mishkan, regularly attending services and becoming a member of the Love Team. I was in for quite a surprise when my husband, Matthew, said that to […]

Spiritual Autobiography: Jennifer Kouba

By: Jennifer Kouba During the spring and summer of 2015 I experienced many transitions, personal challenges, and new opportunities. During this time I found myself seeking a spiritual space to help me find meaning in the more difficult and heartbreaking moments, ground me during the transitions, and guide me during the time of change. I […]

We Are One!

TAKING ACTION FOR A DREAM ACT IN DC By: Charlie Schuchat I visit Washington, DC quite often – I grew up there and much of my family lives there. But the trip I took on Jan 16, 2018 was different from any of my previous visits. Last week, I went DC to be part of an […]

Ellie Spitz honored for outstanding work in Chicago Jewish non-profit community

Ellie Spitz honored for outstanding work in Chicago Jewish non-profit community CHICAGO – Ellie Spitz, 28, of Chicago, is a recipient of the 2017 Samuel A. Goldsmith Award, presented at the Sept. 18 Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s 117th Annual Meeting held at the Hyatt Regency, Chicago. The award is presented to young professionals who have shown […]


By: Rachel Ellison On the day of Mishkan’s Revelation and Revolution pre-Shavu’ote learn-athon, I was in one-month-countdown-to-wedding-day-mode. The to-do list scrolling through my brain was full as it would be any day but more so. On that evening my nerves were humming as I was about to lead my very first workshop on art and […]

Making Meaning

By: David Gottlieb When this photo was taken, I was well on my way to becoming a huge Mishkan groupie (a status I proudly maintain to this day). I had come back during a scheduled month out of town especially to lead a meditation session and take part in the other offerings at Mishkan’s Shavu’ote […]

New Beginnings

By: Jen Kouba My very first Passover Seder was at Mishkan. I remember that I was feeling really, really tired and overwhelmed that day when I arrived. At the time, I was balancing a hefty workload for a project I was managing in addition to my full time job. As I walked into the space, […]

Coming Home

By: Rebecca Silverman I have been in Chicago for a decade, but when I look back on my first few years here, I was essentially a “wandering Jew” in search of a spiritual community. I had tried many of the local synagogues of various denominations, but never really felt at home. Fast-forward to 2017, and […]