Holidays

Mishkan celebrates all major Jewish holidays (and some minor ones). Through original holiday experiences hosted in spaces across the city, we create space for individuality, vulnerability, movement, dance, song, discussion, silence, feasting and fasting, oh, and fun. We infuse tradition with inspiration, piety with just a tad of irreverence. We take the good stuff and pass it on.

Click each holiday’s picture to scroll through some great memories from holidays in 5777:

Hannukah

This year, for the festival of lights, we gathered with friends from diverse communities to hear true stories of hope and defiance during this dark season. We enjoyed holiday themed food (did someone say latkes, eggnog, tamales and bar drinks??), menorah-lighting, and an interfaith story slam, all co-hosted with  Gilead ChurchSVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva, Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, and Reboot.

Purim: Party Hard, Stay Woke

“They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat,” is a child’s description of what our holidays are about. On a deeper level, our holidays take philosophy, history, spirituality, and good old fashion Jewish neurosis about the precariousness of life, and elevate them to a level of religious significance. Purim is the holiday par excellence that allows our light and our shadow side, our good and our crazy and our scary, to be revealed. One night only. Last year we rocked Second Unitarian Church in Lakeview. This year, we’re taking over Dovetail Brewery.

Passover: Seder in the Woods

What if telling the story of redemption from slavery to liberation actually meant getting out? Getting out of the city, out of your usual seder experience, out of your daily habits and landscape… and into the woods, to experience liberation in your body, for enough time to really let it sink in. Join Mishkan for our first ever Passover retreat! Get more info and register.

Revelation & Revolution: Shavu’ote

Torah isn’t a scroll, it’s a lifestyle. Receiving Torah didn’t happen once at Sinai. It happens every time we stretch ourselves, learn new things, expand beyond what thought possible for ourselves– morally, philosophically, religiously, spiritually. Our Shavu’ote celebration at Catalyst Ranch in May 2016 brought together everything from mixology to relationship counseling to exploring ancient Israelite food sources to guest indy rocker Ezra Furman.

Get Higher: Rosh Hashanah

Our tradition asserts that tikkun atzmi (self repair) is actually the basic recipe for tikkun olam (healing of the world), and we spend the 10 holy days of repentance from Rosh Hashannah to Yom Kippur creating real-time, face-to-face community of reflection, prayer, and collective transformational power. We immerse ourselves in it for the sake of taking it back out into the world – to uplift, to agitate, to inspire, to challenge, to grow, and to heal.

Get Higher: Yom Kippur

Our tradition asserts that tikkun atzmi (self repair) is actually the basic recipe for tikkun olam (healing of the world), and we spend the 10 holy days of repentance from Rosh Hashannah to Yom Kippur creating real-time, face-to-face community of reflection, prayer, and collective transformational power. We immerse ourselves in it for the sake of taking it back out into the world – to uplift, to agitate, to inspire, to challenge, to grow, and to heal.

Holy Pandemonium! Simhat Torah

The last of the torrent of fall holidays, this is the crown, the top, the end, the last gasp, the finale– and is all about celebration. Singing, dancing, hearing what Torah folks in the community will throw down amidst circles of dancing. Celebrating Torah, in all its forms followed by ice cream at Windy City Sweets.