Have questions about Mishkan, who we are and what we do? We’ve got answers!
What is Mishkan?
What denomination is Mishkan?
Mishkan is a non-denominational (or post-denominational) independent community. Our Rabbi and founder, Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, was ordained within the Conservative movement, so much of our liturgy is reflective of that background, while embodying a playful and flexible spirit that many associate with more liberal forms of Judaism and a spirituality that takes its ecstatic and meditative ethos from Chasidism. We use the independent siddur, Eit Ratzon.
Why doesn’t Mishkan have a building?
How does membership work at Mishkan?
Inspired by the Torah’s description of the Mishkan (portable sanctuary), which was created with the creativity and donations of each member of the community according to their unique ability and skill, we offer Buildership in lieu of a traditional membership model. Buildership allows people to make annual or regular monthly contributions to Mishkan on a sliding scale. The name we have chosen reflects the fact that those who are committed to supporting Mishkan through regular financial contributions play a critical role in building this community by providing a significant amount of the general operating funds we rely on to do our day-to-day work– everything from the salaries of our amazing staff to the cost of putting on Shabbat, holidays, classes, hosting workshops, speakers, the rising cost of our office and workshop space in Ravenswood.
Why do I have to be a member of the community for a Mishkan Rabbi to do my wedding?
A membership in an organization helps subsidize the cost of things the organization does for which it charges less than cost (which is basically everything Mishkan does as a Jewish engagement organization). Builders literally make it possible for the community to exist and for our Rabbis to be available to perform lifecycle services. If the cost of Buildership is a hardship for you, please be in touch with our Managing Director Rachel Cort who is happy to work with you to find a mutually workable arrangement.
What is the dress code for services and holidays?
Whatever makes you feel good. Seriously. We just want you to be comfortably you. For visual reference, check out some images from our Holiday experiences this year.