Rabbi Steven Philp

Associate Rabbi


“When Lizzi called me ten years ago to ask me if I wanted to help her create a new, dynamic spiritual community, I could not have anticipated the ways Mishkan would transform the landscape of contemporary Judaism. I am excited to return to Chicago, to continue our work of building a bolder, more inclusive Jewish future.”




Rabbi Steven Philp was delighted to return to Mishkan as one of our rabbis in 2021.

Steven was ordained in 2019 by the Jewish Theological Seminary; he was a recipient of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Steven also received his M.St. in Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford in 2016, his M.Div. and M.S.W. from the University of Chicago in 2014, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California in 2010, where he received a B.F.A. in Studio Art and a B.A. with Honors in English (Creative Writing) and International Relations.

While a student at JTS, Steven served as a rabbinical intern for the University of Maryland Hillel and Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the LGBTQ synagogue of New York City. After ordination, he worked at Park Avenue Synagogue as their Rabbinic Fellow. He has written for publications like Hey Alma, The Forward, eJP, and Jewschool, contributed to the books Chaver Up and Choosing a Jewish Life, and was featured in Tablet Magazine.

Steven currently serves on the board of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs and is a fellow with the Chicago Commons Project. He was formerly a Rukin Rabbinic Fellow with 18Doors.

Steven grew up in California and Hawaii, as a Roman Catholic with a strong Methodist heritage. He became passionate about interfaith work while in college, a path that eventually led him to become part of the Jewish community. Steven lives in Boystown with his cat, Miso.