Leadership Fellowship

We believe in empowering young adults to help weave the fabric of a dynamic spiritual community that speaks the language of the next generation.

Our leadership fellowship is designed to give extraordinary young adults the opportunity to flex their muscles as a prayer leader, teacher, and community shaper. In doing so, they create more opportunities for learning at Mishkan and most importantly, model the ongoing process of evolution, growth and learning that it means to be Yisra’el/God-wrestlers. Our fellows receive mentorship and guidance along the way to lead services, teach classes, organize volunteers, meet people in coffee shops to talk about their spiritual journeys.

Be a Leader

To explore other leadership opportunities at Mishkan, contact our Director of Engagement & Wellness, Ellie.

 

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“Becoming a Mishkan Leadership Fellow in 2012 led me to the path I am on today – as a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. After joining the Mishkan community in 2011, I was impressed by Mishkan’s ability to provide transformative spiritual experiences unlike anything I had seen in other Jewish spaces.

In the two years that I held that role, I learned a tremendous amount about myself, my goals, and my personal potential as a Jewish educator and as a human being. I’m grateful for my time as a Mishkan Leadership Fellow and recommend it to anyone who wants to explore Jewish community, leadership, and the everyday challenges that come with creating a new kind of Judaism in Chicago.”

Abi Weber

2014-2015 Leadership Fellow

Rachel Goldberg

Rachel Goldberg

5778 / 2017-2018 LEADERSHIP FELLOW

Rachel is an Evanston native and longtime member of the Mishkan community. She and her wife, Mouse Savaiano, were married by Rabbi Lizzi in 2015 and she became a member of the Davening Team in 2016. Rachel works professionally as a leader within the Global Reiki Community, teaching on topics centered around universal spirituality and mysticism, and coordinating programs in-person and online. She also founded a company called Access Your Body Wisdom, where she mentors and coaches professional women, and produces women’s wellness retreats. This year at Mishkan, Rachel will be serving the community by contributing insight and teachings during Torah and prayer services, as well as facilitating an intergenerational Rosh Chodesh group. With a diverse Jewish background, she is excited to continue developing her liturgical knowledge, have accountability as she deepens her life-long study of Torah, and especially to share her gift of teaching with the community in a formal capacity.

Rachel Brustein

Rachel Brustein

5778 / 2017-2018 LEADERSHIP FELLOW

Rachel is thrilled to be returning to the motherland and home of defending World Series Champions after five years of living on the East Coast. She earned a B.A. in sociology from Goucher College in 2016, where she wrote her senior capstone on feminist interpretations of the mikvah. After college, she lived in Washington, DC for a year as an Avodah Corp member, working in faith-based environmental justice at Interfaith Power & Light. While in DC, she also taught 6th grade religious school at Temple Micah and discovered a deep love for communal living. Prior to Avodah, Rachel spent two summers working at Eden Village Camp. She is excited to engage with the Mishkan community and have conversations about feminism, theology, prayer, and more.

Ezra Furman

Ezra Furman

5778 / 2017-2018 LEADERSHIP FELLOW

Ezra is a Chicago native with a passion for music and the Jewish people. Over the past ten years (and counting), as songwriter and leader of the rock’n’roll band Ezra Furman & the Boy-Friends, Ezra has released six albums of original music and performed internationally. As a Jewish leader, he’s eager to find a new dimension of his voice as one of 2017’s Leadership Fellows, and to bring his passion for Jewish thought and spirituality into Mishkan’s supportive communal setting. He likes cake.
Grace Gleason

Grace Gleason

2014-2015 LEADERSHIP FELLOW

Grace is a Chicagoland native and Chicago lover. She earned her bachelor’s in Religious Studies/Political Science from The University of Chicago in 2014. While a student, Grace interned at the Institute for the Next Jewish Future’s jUChicago during its foundational years, where she created and led a Jewish yoga community. She has taught Hebrew and Jewish studies at KAM Isaiah Israel, The Jewish Enrichment Center, and the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, and directed the Hyde Park Jewish Youth Group. She is an alumna of SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva’s year program and Yeshivat Hadar in New York. She brings her voice and love of music to the Mishkan Davening Team, and integrates her love of Talmud and her passion for justice in her work at Mishkan.

Abi Weber

Abi Weber

2013 - 2014 LEADERSHIP FELLOW

Abi was born in Philadelphia but soon became an enthusiastic Chicagoan. After graduating cum laude from Pomona College in 2011, she was a fellow in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. During and after her AVODAH year, Abi worked at a non-profit organization that provides employment training and supportive services for people experiencing homelessness and poverty, particularly those who were formerly incarcerated. She was also a Leadership Fellow at Mishkan Chicago, a dynamic new spiritual community that works to engage people on the fringes of Judaism. Most recently, Abi traveled throughout Eastern Europe to learn more about her family heritage and, upon returning to the US, spent three months studying with SVARA: The Traditionally Radical Yeshiva. She is thrilled to be starting rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary (in New York City) and looks forward to watching the Cubs win the World Series this fall.

Steven Philip

Steven Philip

2011 - 2014 LEADERSHIP FELLOW

Steven Philp is a third-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Steven received his Master of Studies from the University of Oxford in 2016. His thesis focused on the intersection of trauma and memory in elegies written after the Holocaust. Steven also earned a Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work from the University of Chicago. Steven helped lead services at the first gathering of Mishkan, filling various roles over his three years as our unofficial, then official, leadership fellow. Steven continues to contribute to the community through his work as a graphic designer.

Miriam Grossman

Miriam Grossman

2012-2014 LEADERSHIP FELLOW

Currently, Miriam is a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and starting in the fall of 2016, she will be a Student Rabbi for Kolot Chayeinu in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to rabbinical school Miriam was a Program Director for AVODAH: the Jewish Service Corps, a Jewish Community Organizer with the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, the inaugural Talmud Fellow at SVARA, a “Traditionally Radical Queer Yeshiva”, and a Co-founder of Jewish Solidarity and Action for Schools. From 2014-2015, Miriam studied at Hebrew College and was a CIRCLE Fellow with the Center for Interreligious & Communal Leadership Education. In each of these roles Miriam worked to infuse vibrant spirituality and ritual into community-based social justice work. In 2011, Miriam won the 20/20 Award for her work with JCUA, educating Jewish youth about racial and economic injustice in Chicago. She seeks to empower Jews of every age to innovate and engage Jewish tradition with confidence, passion and joy.

“At Mishkan I found my voice and my power as a Jewish leader. Now that I am in rabbinical school, I often reflect on how many things I can do with confidence, how many skills are at my figure tips, because I learned to do them first in a loving community that let me experiment and taught me to trust myself.”

Miriam Grossman

2012-2014 Leadership Fellow