Membership, Mishkan-style.

A Builder is someone who says, “I believe in the work this community is doing. I want to see it grow and flourish, and become a mainstay on the Chicago Jewish spiritual landscape.”

ועשו לי מקדש ושכנתי בתוכם

“Make a Mishkan for me, and I will dwell within you.” Exodus/Shemot 25:8 

Individual Buildership

• Giving Hearts •
Na’div Lev

כֹּל נְדִיב לִבּוֹ יְבִיאֶהָ אֵת תְּרוּמַת יְהוָֹה  – Let every person with a giving heart bring their gift (Exodus 31:5)

Costs less than your gym membership, packs more spiritual punch. Great for part-time members, lower-income singles, people who want to Mishkan at a basic level.

$36 monthly / $420 yearly


• Illuminators •

בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ אֶת־הַנֵּרֹת – Come on baby, light my fire (Numbers 8:2)

At this level you are helping make the day-to-day operating at Mishkan happen, keeping our literal lights on as we keep the flame of your spirit stoked.

$54 monthly / $630 yearly


• Wise Hearts •
Hohmat Lev

וְאַתָּה תְּדַבֵּר אֶל־כָּל־חַכְמֵי־לֵב – And now, speak to all those with wise hearts ( Exodus 28:3)

Less than the cost of your daily Starbucks fix, more spiritual awakening. Giving at this level covers the actual cost of individual participation in Mishkan programming.

$72 monthly / $840 yearly


Couples & Family Buildership

• Couples •

וְעָשִׂיתָ שְׁנַיִם כְּרֻבִים זָהָב – And make two angels of gold… (Exodus 20:18)

The Torah teaches that real truth and relationship emerges from between the faces of two golden angels on the ark. Join Mishkan as a couple- either as a couple of friends, a hevruta, or romantic couple.

$120 monthly / $1400 yearly


• Families •

We are family. Get on board now as we create space for kids and families, preserving the intellectual depth, musical inspiration and personal feel of our adult programs.

$160 monthly / $1800 yearly


Benefits of Buildership

Discounts & First Alerts: Builders receive first priority & free High Holiday tickets & discounts on Mishkan classes, holiday experiences & programs.

Lifecycle Services: Builders get access to our Rabbis’ services for your most meaningful life cycle events (wedding officiation, naming ceremonies, funeral officiation, creative life-cycle moments, b’nai mitzvah).

Builder-Only Events: Builders get access to special Builder only events and parties.

Special Communications: From Yahrzeit reminders to birthday cards and advance notice emails about events, you’ll be in the loop!

Builder Families: Builder families and kids get priority access to registration for Mensch Academy, inspired, down-to-earth Jewish learning for kids!

The warm, fuzzy feeling of knowing that you’re not being a freeloader!

Buildership as Sponsorship

Giving at this level enables Mishkan to provide not just for your experience but to do the important outreach work of engaging young adults and others with more limited financial means— in this way you are increasing the numbers of people Mishkan is able to reach through all of our programs and staff time. If you are able, please consider sponsoring (which includes Family level Buildership) at one of the following levels:

• Luminary •

Giving at this level enables Mishkan to rent out our Shabbat venues for one month.

$2500 yearly


• Macher •

Giving at this level meaningfully contributes to our adult learning programs, providing excellent teachers and classes that speak to the interests and questions of the next generation.

$3600 yearly


• Visionary •

Giving at this level enables Mishkan to cover the venue cost for one holiday program in an area of the city that is Jewishly underserved.

$5000 yearly


Some notes about Buildership:
  • Everyone is welcome at Mishkan regardless of ability to contribute financially.
  • Education is awesome. There is a Student/Starving Artist/Avodahnik option. Get in touch with Rachel to find out more.
  • If you can and want to give above $1800 in a calendar year, Sponsorship sounds like it might be right for you! Learn more.