Police Brutality: An Issue of Religious and Moral Concern

“Now is the time for people of conscience to come together to transform our justice system into one that is actually just. That means reimagining community safety, working to demilitarize and divest from police departments, and to dedicating significant resources to social services, restorative justice initiatives and alternatives to incarceration. This time of upheaval demands […]

Welcoming Back Rabbi Steven Philp

It is with much excitement that we share the good news that our rabbinic team is growing! We are thrilled to share that Rabbi Steven Philp will be joining Rabbi Deena Cowans and myself to help us expand our ability to teach, preach and reach as many people as possible with inspired, down-to-earth Judaism. In […]

A Prayer for Inauguration Day

A Prayer for Inauguration Day

For the past four years, I’ve taken great comfort in the many reminders in Jewish liturgy that we don’t worship any human king or person – we answer to G!d, the Royalty above royalty, Melekh Malkhei ha’Melakhim, the king of kings, the Sabbath Queen, the Source of Life. It helped me keep perspective, and reminded me […]

Fueling Change

Fueling Change

I’m finding that many of my email exchanges are ending with sign-off’s like, “I hope you’re still breathing.”  “Sending you breath.” Sending you breath. These words are well intentioned, of course– I’ve written them myself. And there’s something that twists in me when I see these words. ”Keep breathing.” Something we’re all too conscious of right […]

Announcing Rabbi Deena Cowans

We are thrilled to announce that Rabbi Deena Cowans has accepted the Associate Rabbi position at Mishkan. Rabbi Deena, a Chicago native, wowed Mishkan community members and staff with her warmth, intelligence, and ability to build meaningful relationships with individuals and in groups. As the Family Programs Director at Congregation Ansche Chesed in NYC and […]

The next chapter for Rabbi Lauren and Rabbi Jeff

The next chapter for Rabbi Lauren and Rabbi Jeff

With a lot of love, we will say farewell to both Rabbi Lauren Henderson and Rabbi Jeff Stombaugh in mid-June. Rabbi Lauren recently accepted the position of Senior Rabbi at Or Hadash in Atlanta. Rabbi Jeff’s two-year Jewish Emergent Network Fellowship is coming to an end, and he has recently accepted the role of Rabbi/Executive Director at […]