Mishkan draws its inspiration from the mobile sanctuary that journeyed with our ancestors on their way to the Promised Land, serving as their source of inspiration and bringing the sacred into their midst. We understand community as binding individuals through shared values, which is why we strive to bring people together through meaningful Jewish experiences. We make use of public spaces to study, debate, discuss and pray, to connect with each other and to engage in tikun olam. In so doing we transform ordinary space into sacred space. Mishkan invites Jews seeking a Judaism that is vibrant, compelling and relevant to their everyday lives and eager to take their next step on their Jewish Journey. Mishkan provides the framework for these exciting journeys to take place.
- Outward Looking
- Intellectually Stimulating
- Emotionally Fulfilling
- Spiritually Uplifting
We both grew up in the Chabad – Lubavitch movement where from a very early age we aspired to serve the Jewish people. An important element of our education was that every Jew is infinitely precious and that distinctions based on religious observance or affiliation are misleading and unhelpful.
As students we traveled widely to outlying Jewish communities to teach Torah and strengthen Jewish identity. We began our life together directing educational programmes for Chabad in Teaneck New Jersey. We then moved to the UK where we successfully led two United Synagogue congregations over the course of fifteen years.
We live by Hillel’s dictum ‘where there is no one [willing or able to do a task] strive to be the one [to do it.]’ We aspire to be ‘Servant Leaders’ empowering others so that they can develop their fullest potential. And we are deeply committed to a Judaism that inspires constant journeying and self -discovery. These values have guided our work together for the past two decades and they drive and guide us on our new mission; to build and lead Mishkan with your participation.
Rabbi Naftali & Dina Brawer