Lifecycles

We’re in the business of creating spirituality and inspiration for all people at all times… but for many of us, we become particularly spiritually awake and connected during transformational moments in life: the birth or coming of age of a child, marriage, divorce, death, and other remarkable “lifecycle” moments.

Some non-traditional moments to honor could include hanging a mezzuzah on a new home, or mourning a miscarriage– things that you can do in the privacy of your home yet supported by a wider community.  At Mishkan we want to help you honor those moments in creative ways that connect you to tradition, community, and help elevate your unique story.

We are thrilled to build community with people from vastly diverse backgrounds in a non-judgmental, affirming space. Full access to the range of lifecycle ceremonies are part of benefits of Buildership at Mishkan, which is available to all people. We also strongly recommend coming to check out a Shabbat service at Mishkan to get to know the community better.

We look forward to meeting you!

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To explore honoring your lifecycle moment(s) with Mishkan Chicago, please get in touch with Natalie, our rabbinic assistant, to set up an informational appointment to meet with one of our rabbis.  

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“I really believe Rabbi Lizzi “saved our lives.” Both for me and my brothers who were unfocused and cast adrift upon Mom’s death. She polished the messiness of those first few days and brought out the shine that was our Mom’s life. We will forever be grateful.”

Weddings

You’re engaged, mazal tov! Our rabbis are excited to get to know your story and take you on the journey of planning a wedding and marriage.

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Baby Namings + Bris’s

Bring your baby into the Covenant in style! We have a list of mohelim we work with for bris ceremonies (8 days after the birth of a boy), and we love naming new babies at services on Friday nights and Shabbat mornings. As soon as you know this may be something you want,

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B’nai Mitzvah

We strongly believe that the bar or bat mitzvah experience should be collaborative and personally meaningful for each kid and family.

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“Rabbi Lizzi is truly a special person, so warm and sincere. She made the whole ceremony feel so inclusive. This experience made so much more sense to me than any other religious wedding I’ve known. Truly.”

Mother of Phoebe A.