Who We Are

Mishkan is a spiritual community in Chicago reclaiming Judaism’s inspiration and transformative essence. Not bound by a particular location, we create radically inclusive spaces for Jewish spiritual practice and community, engaging, educating, and empowering people across the spectrum of identity, background, age, and belief.

The Torah describes the Mishkan as a tent that the ancient Israelites carried with them through the desert, creating holy space whenever and wherever they stopped to gather in it. They brought God’s presence into its midst, where ever the people would set it up and bring the best of themselves – their hearts, their talents and their treasures. Likewise, we are brought together by our belief that through music, prayer, study and tikkun (repairing the world), we transform ourselves and the world.

Welcome to Mishkan. We’re glad you’re here.

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#tbt to Tashich! ⁠

We're gathering pet and baby pics to share throughout the winter because we don't know about you... but we're gonna need some cuteness on the timeline!⁠

DM us if ya got a pic to share 🙂 ⁠
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New episode out! ⁠

Tune in for bite-sized parsha with Rabbi Deena and get spiritually-prepped for this weekend! ⁠

Already love the show? Be sure to FOLLOW us on Spotify. Want to be extra helpful? Leave a rating and a review on Apple Podcasts (that helps other folks find us)!⁠

Link to listen in bio 🎧⁠
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It's #GivingTuesday! ⁠

We're so proud to be a community that believes in giving, in sharing, in spreading wealth and resources. We're sure many of you have already decided what fantastic organizations you want to support today and in the coming weeks, but here are some recommendations from our staff to you! ⁠

Check out their profiles for more info!⁠
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Meet Miles. Miles likes good sound. He appreciates the power of a quality microphone and the delivery of an experienced performer. He enjoys Shabbat, singing, (Spiderman), and showing perfect 'hand on mic' form.⁠

That's why he loves Shabbat Replay, a series on our podcast that gives you the opportunity to experience a Mishkan sermon on your own time. This week, we hear the live recording of Rabbi Lizzi's drash from Friday, November 27th, all about American Indian and Indigenous displacement and our responsibility to take part in teshuvah. ⁠


Listen at the link in bio! ⁠



#kiddo #mic #podcast #jewish #learning #jewishlearning #indigenous #rights #socialjustice #teshuvah #tikkun #tikkunolam #jewishvalues #goodvalues #spirituality #interfaith #reparations #repentence #landacknowlegment #inspiration #podcasting #motivation #podcasts #podcaster #itunes #weekly #tuesday #learn #listen
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Hanukkah looks different this year, and that's why our Family Programs Team put together an original, intentional, fun and experiential Hanukkah Kit for you and your family! ⁠

We're bringing you a unique box of goodies that will elevate your Hanukkah At-Home. You'll get the classics — Gelt, Dreidels, and Candles. But you'll also get eight different prompts for reflection and action. Each night’s activity is handcrafted by our Family Programs team of educators and will help bring more light to your Hanukkah nights. ⁠

This box is designed for all ages and can be ordered through the link in our bio by Wednesday at midnight!⁠

Order today for $18! 🕎 🕯️⁠

#hanukkah #familytime #family #candles #candle #light #shabbat #chanukkah #chanukah ⁠
#happyhanukkah #menorah #jewish #holidays #festivaloflights #holiday #happychanukah #latkes #dreidel #holidayseason #jewishlife #love #judaica #happyholidays #activity #hannukah #hanukah #gifts #chocolate #fun #crafts
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⁠Ash and R'Deena showing off Mishkan swag and reminding you to listen to the most recent episode of The Morning Scroll! ⁠

Link in bio to listen ☀️⁠


#podcast #jewish #conversation #rabbisofinstagram #jewishemergentnetwork #shabbat #spotify #wednesday #tuesday #judaism #spirituality#goodshabbos #shabbat #applepodcasts #alexa #scroll #middleeast #talmud #torah #winter #accessible #glow #israel #hygge #cozy #chicago⁠ #play #together #applepodcasts⁠
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We closed our office this week to offer a break to our team. ⁠

Thank you for your patience as we respond to any messages, comments, emails, or love letters. 🥰⁠

Please enjoy this cat in our stead.⁠

#catsofinstagram #swag #jewish #jewishcats #beanie #winter #cold #snow #november #hat #kitty #judaism #closedoffice #forgiveus #togetherinspirit
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We're taking our annual Hanukkah storytelling event virtual! ⁠

Register today for A Very Messy Hanukkah with Mishkan — a night of live storytelling, live illustration, and a lot of laughs. ⁠

December 12th, bring your own menorah to join in on the candle-lighting and let's celebrate Hanukkah in a whole new light.⁠

#hanukkah #light #candles #holidays #winter #cold #warm #together #community #wine #tea #coffee #storytelling #livelit #performance #drama #jewish #judaism #jew #spiritual #interfaith #christian #christmas #santa #menorah #holly #rabbisofinstagram #chanukkah #chanukah⁠
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"When we at Mishkan come across unusual and meaningful opportunities to learn and talk about Israel, we find that our community wants to take part.⁠

It’s for this reason that I'm inviting you to join me, and Mishkan, for a special opportunity to meet influential Palestinian civil society leaders in conversation with eight Jewish thought-leaders from now until January."⁠

Read R' Lizzi's full blog post at the link in bio and learn more about the series!⁠

This Sunday's Talk: Being Proximate: From a Palestinian Village in the Heart of Gush Etzion (YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT!)⁠

#rabbisofinstagram #community #courage #encounter #speakerseries #israel #palestine #peace #middleeast #humanrights #palestinianrights #jewish #interfaith #judaism #faith #talk #discussion
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Today is Trans Day of Remembrance. A day to honor the memory of transgender people whose lives have been lost in acts of anti-transgender violence, because of anti-transgender policy, and in response to transphobia. ⁠

Today we mourn the loss of people who only helped make the world a more beautiful place. And we at Mishkan commit to continuing to build a community that is trans-inclusive and trans-celebratory! We are here for you. We see you. We honor and celebrate you. ⁠

May the memory of those lost be for a blessing today and all days. 💙💗💜🖤⁠

Link in bio to our friends at @keshet providing context, history, and resources through a Jewish lens.⁠

#transdayofremembrance⁠
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Full article at link in bio. ⁠

You'll be seeing our recordings show up in Shabbat services soon! Join us tomorrow night for a taste of what our Davening Team can offer (even while socially-distanced and masked)!⁠

#shabbat #shabbatmusic #music #jewish #jewishmusic #davening #team #judaism #spiritual #songs #praise #faith #jew #interfaith #choir #jta #news #inthenews
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#tbt ⁠

This beautiful piece from @maimonides_nutz blew our mind in September at the start of the new year. As we head towards winter, Hanukkah season, and the (other) new year, we're reminded of this quote from Rosh Hashanah liturgy. ⁠

"Today, a new world is being conceived."⁠

#collab #artists #artistsofinstagram #rabbisofinstagram #torah #parade #gouache #illustration #hebrew #liturgy #jewish #jews #judaism #progressive #together #hanukkah #community #new #world #today #thursday⁠



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You know what to do. 😉⁠⠀
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⁠Link in bio if that works better for ya 🎧⁠⠀
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#podcast #jewish #conversation #rabbisofinstagram #jewishemergentnetwork #shabbat #spotify #friday #tuesday #judaism #spirituality#goodshabbos #shabbat #applepodcasts #alexa #scroll #middleeast #talmud #torah #winter #accessible #glow #israel #hygge #cozy #chicago⁠ #play #together #applepodcasts⁠⠀
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✨ Just a helpful tip from us to you ✨⁠


#music #jewish #conversation #rabbisofinstagram #jewishemergentnetwork #shabbat #spotify #friday #tuesday #judaism #spirituality#goodshabbos #shabbat #jewishmusic #alexa #scroll #middleeast #talmud #torah #winter #accessible #glow #israel #hygge #cozy #chicago⁠ #play #together #holidaymusic #prayer⁠
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Tune in for Rabbi Lizzi's twenty-minute reflection on last week's parsha, the passing of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, and a talmudic approach to conversations about Israel and Palestine.⁠

We're making sure that no matter where you were Friday night, you can enjoy a piece of Shabbat today. ⁠

Link for more in bio 🎧☀️⁠

#podcast #jewish #conversation #rabbisofinstagram #jewishemergentnetwork #shabbat #hanukkah #friday #judaism #spirituality#goodshabbos #shabbat #applepodcasts #rabbijonathansacks #palestine #middleeast #talmud #torah #winter #accessible #glow #israel #hygge #cozy #chicago⁠
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Calling all out-of-state Mishkanites! Join us for a virtual hang this Friday!⁠

Builders Josh and Maura from Austin, Texas will host a happy hour and pre-shabbat schmooze, as a chance to connect together before tuning into Mishkan’s Shabbat Livestream. ⁠

BYODinner or drink depending on your time zone, and get to know how others found this community and have been engaging virtually from coast to coast.⁠

Link to register in bio ⁠

#outofstate #builders #mishkanites #together #coasttocoast #coast #chicago #everywhere #together #byodinner #byob #social #distance #drinks #happyhour #shabbat #shabbatshalom #friday #hang #shabbos #hang #zoom #chat #party #cozy #candle #jewish #judaism⁠
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Quote from the first episode of our Hanukkah podcast, Lies + Lessons. ⁠

Check out the link in bio to listen to Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie speak to meaning of the Hanukkah lights and the redemptive possibility of being yourself. ⁠

#podcast #jewish #conversation #rabbisofinstagram #jewishemergentnetwork #shabbat #hanukkah #tgif #friday #judaism #spirituality#goodshabbos #shabbat #applepodcasts #mythology #liturgy #symbolism #lights #candles #dreidel #holidays #winter #accessible #glow #hygge #cozy #nyc #chicago #israeli #israel⁠
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This just in: Wearing a Mishkan mask as you hold your newborns is the *real* high of motherhood. 😉⁠

But for real, check out these new little babes! Jennie and Quinn came into the world last week and are currently crushing it. HUGE congrats to Daniel and Rhonda Abrams (our Director of Development and Engagement).⁠

We miss you Rhonda, but as long as you keep the pics coming, we won't make a fuss.⁠

#babies #twins #twinning #jewish #judaism #mishkan #mask #maskup #newparents #community #congratulations #tgif #shabbat #shabbatshalom #jew #chicago #parent #pride #jbaby ⁠
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“Mishkan has given me a space to reconnect with my religion and created the hybrid spiritual-intellectual community that I’ve always dreamt about but never thought could exist.”

Scott H.

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The Torah describes a giving process to build the Mishkan based on peoples’ openness of heart. By giving, you create the future.