Lizzi Heydemann catalyzed the founding of Mishkan Chicago in September of 2011. She graduated with Honors from Stanford University, and was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles in 2010. Her first job out of school was as the first Revson Rabbinic Fellow at IKAR in Los Angeles. Mishkan contains the DNA of IKAR in Los Angeles, B’nai Jeshurun in New York, and the ecstatic, musical and meditative Jewish tradition that emerged out of South America to give rise to that approach here in the States. Selected for the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Award in 2013 for promising early-career educators, Lizzi was a 2013 ROI Fellow, and was in the 2012 cohort of CLAL’s Rabbis Without Borders fellowship. Lizzi was on Jewrotica’s Sexiest Rabbis of 2013 list, was named one of Chicago’s 36 Under 36 by OyChicago, and one of the Top 20 Real Rabbis by myjewishlearning.org, both in 2012.