Windy City Minyan aims to offer independent, egalitarian, and energetic Jewish religious experiences for young adults in Chicago.
What's an independent minyan? Traditional Jewish synagogues and prayer communities have some form of a rabbi, a cantor, a permanent space, and an official denomination. As an independent minyan, we have none of those. Without a rabbi or cantor, our participants are the ones to lead services and give divrei torah (sermons). Without a permanent space, we can move around to various parts of the Chicago area (mostly in the Lakeview neighborhood). Without a denomination, we are free to design a service that fits our participants' needs. As an independent minyan, we are empowered to create a unique community of our own. Windy City Minyan is one of dozens of independent minyanim around the United States.
No denomination, huh? Nope, not officially. Many of our participants grew up at Camp Ramah and in USY, but many also come from other backgrounds. Most of our participants use Siddur Sim Shalom. We are fully egalitarian (men and women are equal in the service) and we have no mechitza (divider). Our services are always filled with lots of singing and ruach (spirit).
When do you meet? We meet on the third Friday of each month at 7 p.m. Click here for dates. We tend to meet in the Lakeview neighborhood. We move around to various apartments, apartment building party rooms, patios, art galleries, and other spaces.
Where should we park? As we most often meet in the Lakeview area, parking is usually a challenge. We recommend walking or taking public transportation.
Did you say something about food? We always have an oneg (reception) after services filled with desserts and appetizers. Space-permitting, we may eventually hold potluck dinners. Please bring a dairy or parve dessert or appetizer to share with the group.