Our WHY

Fueled by Jewish tradition, Mishkan Chicago leads people toward more purposeful, more connected, and more inspired lives. When we do that, we change the world. 

We create Jewish spaces to bring your whole self, and be part of something larger than yourself.

Our non-negotiables

We are radically inclusive. We welcome everyone and bend over backwards to be accessible on multiple levels, creating space that is both safe and brave. We assume positive intent and learn from moments of friction. 
We encourage self expression. Judaism is not a spectator sport, it’s a spiritual practice– we need to co-create (literally practice!) our Jewish experience for it to change our lives.
We heal the world. Whether self-improvement or social justice, we know that everything we do has ripple effects that have the potential to transform our world. 
We engage people.  We take active steps to help everyone feel that they belong– if on the outside to come in, if on the inside, to form deeper connections. 
We educate people. We build Jewish tradition and learning into everything we do. 
We empower people to lead.  We give people the space, tools and encouragement to make Mishkan’s mission their own and grow our impact. 

Our Strategic priorities

The Mishkan Experience. Everything we do has that certain something– a combination of seriousness and playfulness, piety and irreverence, information and inspiration.
Community of Mutuality. We are building a community in which people feel connected to and accountable to one another.
Developing & Empowering Leadership. Great lay leadership and sustainable organizational growth are mutually reinforcing. We develop great leaders.
Financial Sustainability. We plan to be here for the long haul and we do what it takes to make that financially possible.
Operational Excellence. Mishkan is an awesome place to work at and to work with. 

Support inspired, down-to-earth STRATEGIC Judaism in Chicago

The Torah describes a giving process to build the Mishkan based on peoples’ openness of heart. In 2018 and 2019 Project Accelerate is giving Mishkan a 1:2 match for gifts directed towards the operationalization of the strategic plan. For every dollar you give, Project Accelerate will give 50 cents. Become part of the Mishkan story.