Your Spiritual Pledge

You came, you saw, you High Holiday’d with Mishkan. Now what? Great question!

We’re here to help you fulfill your spiritual intentions for 5780. Below are further details on how you can show up – for yourself and for community. Let’s keep this spiritual high going all year long.

Develop a Shabbat practice

+ Join us for a Mishkan Shabbat on 10/25 @ Anshe Emet, 6:30pm, followed by The Schmooze (apps & drinks); 11/2 @ Second Unitarian, 9:30am, followed by light Kiddush lunch; 11/8 @ Second Unitarian, 6:30pm, followed by dinner; 11/22 @ Anshe Emet, 6:30pm, followed by The Schmooze (apps & drinks).

Family Shabbat & Holidays

+ Kid-friendly Shabbat mornings include (free!) childcare while parents pray/learn, followed by Rise & Shine family service filled with prayer/dance and interactive Torah storytime. Upcoming dates are Saturday 11/2 @ Second Unitarian, 9:30am; and Saturday 11/23 @ Mishkan HQ, 9:30am.

+ Shine Bright! Family Hanukkah Party on 12/22, 10am – noon @ Location TBD. Stay tuned.

+ Family-friendly volunteering on 10/24 @ Lincoln Park Cultural Center (LPCC), 6-8:30pm. Help cook and serve dinner to LPCC community. Registration required.

+ New programs for older kiddos coming soon!

Self-Care + Wellness + Meditation

Maggie’s Place is a center at Mishkan Chicago dedicated to building community through a holistic approach to wellness – social, spiritual, mental and emotional – through Jewish learning, leadership opportunities, social community, and access to social services and resources.

+ Join us for our monthly Rosh Chodesh (new moon) circle for those who identify as female, once monthly on Sundays @ Mishkan HQ, 5:30 – 8 pm.

+ Join us for our weekly Sangha meditation minyan on Wednesdays @ Mishkan HQ, 7 – 8 pm

+ Join us for Maggie’s Place Drop-In nights monthly @ Mishkan HQ.

+ Join us for a workshop on dreams (the zzzz kind) on 12/5 @ Mishkan HQ, 7 – 8:30 pm.

+ Join us for Maggie’s Place’s annual fundraiser – Food for the Soul – at the top of the Willis Tower! 11/7 @ Willis Tower, 5:30 – 9 pm. Get tickets here!

Volunteering to help Mishkan

Mishkan Avodah is the holy work of welcoming and supporting folks at Mishkan. We need people to sign up for the following community-supporting shifts:

    • Shabbat Greeting: The welcoming faces that people see as they enter and exit services. Sign up for any 30 minute shift.
    • Support Squad: Provides meaningful support to community members in need over the course of a year. Tasks are: make (or order) meals for folks with new babies, returning from the hospital, or during shiva; showing up to shiva to support community members; dog walking and ride giving for folks at the hospital. Sign up here.

We are working on a program with Resetting the Table which we will publicize in the next few months. We’ll reach back out to you, if you selected this option, once we have more information!

Learning & Adult BMitzvah

+ Starting 11/12,  join us for Adult BMitzvah classes on Tuesday nights @ Mishkan HQ.  Culminates in a cohort BMitzvah celebration on Shabbat morning 6/6/20. Registration required.

+ One Prayer Deep Dive learning on 11/23 @ Mishkan HQ, 9:30am.

Becoming a Jew-by-Choice

+ Conversion Cohort with R’Jeff and R’Ally starts December 9th meeting Mondays @ Mishkan HQ, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Registration required.

Activism & Community-Organizing

+ Learn more about our community partnerships

+ If you live in Evanston, Andersonville, Hyde Park, or Ravenswood, join us for neighborhood-based mini communities focused on relationship building and local justice issues. Begins November 3.

+ Volunteer on 10/24 @ Lincoln Park Cultural Center (LPCC), 6 – 8:30pm. Help cook and serve dinner to LPCC community. Registration required.

Mensch Academy for Kids

Learn more about Mishkan’s inspired, down-to-earth-Judaism for kids. Hint: It’s not your average Sunday school. Registration is closed with 80 kids for this academic year, but put it on your radar for next year!

Meet-Ups & Discussions

Coming soon!