Radically Inclusive Jewish Community

Mishkan is a spiritual Jewish community in Chicago reclaiming Judaism’s inspiration and transformative essence. Not bound by a particular location like a traditional synagogue, we create radically inclusive spaces for Jewish spiritual practice and community. We’re on a mission to engage, educate, and empower 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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Meet the wonder-team that powers Mishkan.

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We propose a toast! Join us in toasting marshmallows (and wine!) at a grownups-only Hanukkah celebration. It's an indoor/outdoor party at Guild Row in Avondale with a fire for s'more assembly as well as @firecakes donuts + @5411empanadas food trucks.⁠

Link to register in bio! ⁠

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This Friday, join us at Wilson Abbey for Shabbat! ⁠

There will be music from our Davening Team, liturgy, and reflection from our rabbis. We promise this Friday wind down will leave you feeling nourished and inspired. ⁠

This service is in-person and live-streamed so you can join us however you please! ⁠

Link to register in bio! ⁠

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The sun is setting earlier and earlier (thanks daylight savings) but we’re looking forward to setting our sights on YOU tonight! We’ll be at Wilson Abbey tonight at 6:30 pm.

This in-person service requires proof of vaccination. Follow the link in bio to register!

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Mishkan family time <3 ...

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This Friday at Wilson Abbey join us for music from our Davening Team, liturgy, and reflection from our rabbis. Music, prayer and special guests will differ week to week, but you can always count on a Friday wind down that leaves you feeling nourished and inspired. This service is in-person and live-streamed. ASL interpretation will be provided.⁠

Note: This venue requires proof of vaccination of all attendees including children. ⁠

Register at the link in bio!⁠

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*Next Monday, November 15th, 7 pm CST*⁠

Join our friends at JCFS for a virtual workshop where we will read passages from two of our beloved books about grief and loss, with optional opportunities to write and share responses from thoughtful writing questions. ⁠

Everyone is welcome, whether you have experienced grief recently or a while ago. Link to more information at the link in bio!⁠

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Mishkan pup for the win <3 ...

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Join us this weekend for Saturday Shabbat Services. All ages are welcome to join us! ⁠

9:30 am: ⁠
Sat Morning @ Emanuel for adults and older kids ⁠
Mah Tovu: How Good! for kids 5-8 year olds⁠

10:30 am: ⁠
Rise & Shine Family Service for 0-4 year olds⁠

Click the link in bio to register!⁠

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Join Team Mishkan as a Development and Engagement Associate!⁠

This position provides administrative & programmatic support towards development and community engagement for our growing spiritual community. This role has a key internal function in providing administrative support to development and engagement activities at Mishkan, including working in our database, assisting with mailings and ensuring our small groups and volunteer opportunities are in alignment with our mission.⁠

Learn more about the position and how to apply at the link in our bio. And be sure to spread the word! We want to reach potential candidates in and far beyond our community. ⁠

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Another Simchat Torah throwback pic <3 ...

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Mishkan is partnering with synagogues across Chicago for this special event featuring Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean of HUC-JIR, Jerusalem and Elan Ezrachi, PhD., University of Haifa, Professor. The panel will discuss how Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and alternative Orthodox Jews are cooperating, creating new projects and challenging the Rabbinic Establishment. The same program will be offered on two different days. Join us tomorrow or Wednesday at the time that works best for you!⁠

Register at the link in our bio!

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A Mishkan puppy to help you relax this Sunday. ...

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Join us tonight at Wilson Abbey for music from our D-Team, liturgy, and reflection from our rabbis. Music, prayer and special guests will differ week to week, but you can always count on this Friday wind down to leave you feeling nourished and inspired. This service is in-person. ASL interpretation will be available. ⁠

The Wilson Abbey is a venue that requires proof of vaccination of all attendees, which means that children are not able to attend in-person. We recognize that at this time, vaccination is not available for children under 12. ⁠

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Simchat Torah 🥰 ...

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Good morning from a Mishkan pup. ...

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We'll be together in-person this Saturday at Emanuel for morning Shabbat. Join us at 9:30 am! Bring your kiddos for Mah Tovu: Stories, Songs and Celebrating Shabbat for 5-8 year olds. Or come at 10:30 am for Rise + Shine: songs and fun for 0-4 year olds.⁠

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Thank you for joining us on Friday for Shabbat at Northcenter Town Square. 🥰 Be sure to tune in THIS Friday for our Friday Night Virtual Services live-streamed through Facebook. ⁠

[image description: It's night and the sky is a deep blue. There are about one hundred people in folding chairs facing an outdoor stage with twinkle lights criss-crossed above them.]

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Congratulations to Mark Achler who was named one of Crain's Notable Nonprofit Board Leaders — and congrats to us at Mishkan for benefitting from Mark's leadership! ⁠

Read more about Mark at the link in bio and drop some love in the comments! ⁠

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See you at 6:15 pm at North Center Town Square! ⁠

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Schleppy is exhausted and ready for Shabbat - how about you? Join us tonight for music from our Davening Team, liturgy, and reflection from our rabbis in person at North Center Town Square!⁠

Register at link in bio!⁠

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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.