Death Over Dinner

Join us to talk about death over dinner at a Mishkanite’s home near you.

What has now become a national movement, Death Over Dinner aims to inspire ordinary people to talk about the thing we so often try to avoid – end of life – through a Jewish lens. End of life decisions, death rituals, and what happens after we die is probably the most important conversation Americans aren’t having. Held in locations all over the city: from Oak Park to Wilmette, from West Town to Lincoln Square, and everything in between.

Monday, January 28
River North at Lisa Portnoy’s (ages 40s+)
Andersonville at Benna and Tamara’s (ages 20s/30s)

Tuesday, January 29
West Town at Hillary Gimpel and Dan Wolff’s
Wilmette at Danny and Wendy Schuman

Wednesday, January 30
Lincoln Square at Karen and Andy Jacobs
Lakeview at Michael Oxman and Doug Winkelstein’s

Thursday, January 31
Oak Park at Cara Spitzer’s
Old Town at Kathy and Peter Bresler

Friday, February 1
Gold Coast at Viki and Tom Rivkin

Sunday, February 3
West Town at Lance Friedman and Sari Gluckin’s

January 28 – February 3
6:30 – 8:30 pm

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How to Not be Awkward at Shiva

Tuesday February 5
7 – 8:45 pm; happy hour begins at 6:30 pm
Join Rabbi Lizzi to learn more about the intricacies of shiva. With a focus on practicalities and how-to’s, we’ll dive into how to show up to a shiva of someone you don’t know, how to converse with other attendees if you didn’t know the deceased, what to do with your body and limbs, why do we do shiva, and more. We’re extending a special invitation to Death Over Dinner attendees to join us for happy-hour at 6:30 pm to mingle and connect before the event.

Because it Matters: Advance Directives

Monday, February 11
6:30 – 8 pm; happy hour at 6 pm
Mishkan and Journey Care are teaming up to explore advance care planning as a Jewish process. We’ll explore advance care planning for future healthcare crises and end-of-life decisions. With the help of Journey Care’s trained facilitators, individuals explore their own values and goals when it comes to making decisions about the kind of medical and spiritual care you would want in the event of a medical crisis. Dinner is included and free. This is a follow-up to the Death Over Dinner series, but all are welcome to attend. We’re extending a special invitation to Death Over Dinner attendees to join us for happy-hour at 6:00 pm to mingle and connect before the event.