Commemorating Juneteenth

Commemorating Juneteenth

This Saturday marks Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating June 19, 1865, the day the enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned that slavery had been abolished, a full two years after the Emancipation Proclamation and six months before the passage of the 13th Amendment. Indeed, while Juneteenth is largely a day of celebration, embedded in its history […]

Announcing Mishkan Chicago and Edot Partnership

Mishkan Chicago is proud to announce our partnership with Edot HaMidwest: The Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity Collaborative. Mishkan is the inaugural member of the newly formed Edot Synagogue Partnership, a Program that focuses on training and coaching synagogues to strengthen Jewish diversity and Jewish racial justice. Edot Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity Collaborative is a set […]

An Exciting Update on Mishkan’s COVID Response Giving Circle

An Exciting Update on Mishkan’s COVID Response Giving Circle

This spring, Mishkan welcomed a $25,000 COVID-19 Response Grant which allowed us to distribute funds to those in and beyond our community. In an effort to diversify our impact, we offered support to individuals, hospitals, healthcare workers, and vulnerable communities around Chicago — which you can read about here! But, you may remember that we also received […]

By the Numbers

By: Rabbi Jessica Lott This week we begin to read the book of Bamidbar, the 4th book of the Torah, which, in English, is called Numbers. This is because the first instruction God gives is for Moses and Aaron to conduct a census. The Israelites have come to the point in their wanderings in the […]

An Opportunity to Fund Covid-19 Relief Efforts

An Opportunity to Fund Covid-19 Relief Efforts

Mishkan welcomed a wonderful gift this last month. We received a $25,000 COVID-19 Response Grant and an additional $5,000 Anonymous Grant, which allowed us to distribute funds to those in and beyond our community during this trying time. When we thought about what would make a meaningful distribution, we realized that to have the biggest […]

Getting Creative: The Kosher for Passover Edition

Getting Creative: The Kosher for Passover Edition

What’s the difference between a board of matzo and the box it comes in? Nothing. -Old Jewish Proverb In this year of our people, 5780, COVID-19 concerns are dominating Passover preparation in Jewish households across the world. We are all dealing with this new reality and the changes it will bring to the holiday. Many […]

Sam’s BMitzvah: Small Changes Against Injustice

  Recently, I have been studying the story of the 10 plagues. Right now in the Torah the Israelites are being enslaved by the Egyptians, and they have been enslaved by them for about 400 years. In a moment, we’re going to read from the very beginning of the Torah portion about how the Israelites […]