Mishkan Blog

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...

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Create a Sanctuary of Love and Justice

#Charlottesville "The pandora's box of racism and white supremacy has been reopened... It is time for all of us to resist and to persist. God, help us find the strength as we stand together today not just to offer words of condemnation and consolation, but to do the...

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Pain, Suffering, and Sunshine

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just Yom Kippur on which Jews avoid food and drink for a day of seriousness and self-reflection– turns out there are five fast days throughout the year and today is one of them:  the 17th of Tammuz. The 17th of Tammuz, a fast day...

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Strategic Planning Process Reveal

We have some some exciting news we want to share with the community: we are entering into a strategic planning process! You might be asking yourselves, "Well, what exactly does that mean?" Great question! It means that our board and staff are going to take some time...

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Sweat, Tears & New Beginnings

This year more than most, the dialectical tension at the heart of the Passover story feels real. The greens represent freshness and innocence, yet the salt water represents tears. The matzah represents freedom, and it reminds us, in every bite, that we know...

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