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 5781. 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 upcoming Mishkan Shabbat. Friday nights we stream from Facebook and on Saturday mornings, join us for a community-led Shabbat morning full of learning, prayer, and connection. Check out our calendar for our upcoming services.
Family Shabbat & Holidays
Craft Your Own Shabbat | Register
October 17th, Nov. 7th, Nov. 21st, Dec. 5th, Dec 19th | 9:45 – 10:45 am
What makes Shabbat special to you? Explore Shabbat and what it means to you by crafting your own ritual items.
Rise + Shine | Zoom
Saturdays | 9:45 – 10:30 am
Rise and Shine is back every first and third Saturday of the month! Join us Shabbat morning for a sing along for families with children 5 and under. We will sing and pray, explore the fall holidays, and kick off the new year together in community.
Parent Pandemic Playgroup | Register
Thursdays, Oct. 15 – Nov. 19 | 3:30 – 4:15 pm CST
*NEW* Join this 6-week online playgroup series for you and your baby (12 months and under) where we will build community with other parents over music, learn about stages and milestones, and discuss parenting in a pandemic. The series will cost $54 per family ($36 for Builder families) and will be limited to 12 families, so register today!
Meditation + Mindfulness
Meditation Circle | More Info
Wednesdays | 7 pm | ZOOM
Our Meditation Circle, a Maggie’s Place Program, will gather virtually to process what’s coming up in our practice — challenges, new insights & questions.
And if you’re looking to take a break, tune into our self-guided meditation inspired by Sukkot for a fifteen-minute breather you surely deserve!
Volunteering to help Mishkan
Mishkan Avodah is the holy work of welcoming and supporting folks at Mishkan. Join our Support Squad and provide 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.
Conversations and learning on Israel and Palestine
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!
Topical book groups
Our next round of anti-racist learning will kick-off later this fall. We will be in touch!
Exploring Judaism: Path to Conversion
Exploring Judaism: Path to Conversion | More Info
Begins October 13 | 6:30 pm CST
This class is an opportunity to explore how you want to live as a Jew for people who did not grow up practicing or identifying with Judaism – whether you’re studying to convert or looking to bring Judaism into your multi-faith home. We’ll study some foundational Jewish texts (Torah, Talmud, Jewish philosophy, and more), experience the rhythms of the Jewish calendar and holidays, and we’ll reflect on what it means to live Jewishly in the 21st century.
Activism & Community-Organizing
Despair is Not a Strategy: Mishkan Get Out the Vote! | Zoom
Thurs, Oct. 8 | 7 pm CST
Have you been meaning to write postcards or make calls this election? Come join other Mishkanites to get out the vote in October. Help Sincerely, Chicago (postcards reminding folks to order absentee ballots) and Common Cause Wisconsin (protecting mail-in voting) or use the time to help a candidate you support! We will meet each Thursday in October in lead up to the election and on election day itself.
Mensch Academy for Kids
Learn more about Mishkan’s inspired, down-to-earth-Judaism for kids. Hint: It’s not your average Sunday school.
Meet-Ups & Discussions
Coming soon! We’ll reach out soon with more information on programming for your group.