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Mishkan Shalom Social Action

Mishkan Shalom

is an activist, spiritual, community of Jews committed to Avodah (Prayer), Torah (Study) and G'milut Hasadim/Tikkun Olam (Acts of Caring/Repair of the World).


Sanctuary at Congregation Mishkan Shalom


In our community there are many different ways of understanding God as we explore Jewish spiritual living. Our synagogue is a safe place to share our faith and doubt, a place where we can ask questions and learn from one another as we seek to balance tradition and innovation.

Rabbi Kevin Hale working on a Torah


Our study of Torah, Jewish history and culture, as well as universal teachings, enables us to pursue a just world. We learn that our obligation is not only to act, but to realize how much is in our power to change.

Rabbi Shawn Zevit with Pedro and others

G’milut Hasadim/
Tikkun Olam

Acts of Caring/
Repair of the World

We commit to compassionate support for each other and to being a voice for Tikkun Olam.

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Welcome to Mishkan Shalom

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We are a dynamic, diverse, progressive and inclusive Jewish community with an outstanding Congregational School, an array of adult education opportunities, a dynamic teen program, our Celebrations! program for children with special needs, A Way In: Center for Jewish Mindfulness, a community of Tikkun Olam activists and more. All who share our Statement of Principles are warmly welcomed to join us. For more information, please contact our rabbis and office staff.

Below are highlights of upcoming services and programs. For our complete schedule, please see the calendar. For the latest from our rabbis, staff and members, check out Kol Shalom, our monthly newsletter.

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Virtual Shabbat Service with Rabbi Phyllis Berman

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Sat, 03/28/2020 - 10:00am

The services will be meditative chanting services, focusing on the theme of that week's Torah reading and the season/holiday/current events, etc., including one brief reading from the parasha (Torah portion) in Hebrew and English. All are welcome to join us.  Please come on time. Here is the Zoom link.

Hebrew School Online through Zoom.

Sun, 03/29/2020 - 9:30am

Virtual Sewing-Knitting-Craft-Makers Circle

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Sun, 03/29/2020 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Grab your knitting/embroidery/chainsaw - whatever you use to express your creativity and join us as we sit together and make things. We'll show each other our projects and oooooh and ahhhhhh and push each other on. Here is the Zoom Link

Torah for These Challenging Times with Rabbi Yael

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Mon, 03/30/2020 - 11:00am - 11:45am
Join in a zoom call to explore teachings from the weekly Torah portion that can hold and guide us. Rabbi Yael will share a teaching and offer practices to take with us into the week. We will close with a short sit together.

Here is the Zoom Link.

Rabbinic Support with Rabbi Phyllis Berman

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Mon, 03/30/2020 - 7:00pm

Rabbi Phyllis Berman will provide an environment where we can connect and support one another. Here is the Zoom link.

Spiritual Direction Drop-In Session with Meredith Barber

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Tue, 03/31/2020 - 8:00am

Come and connect with yourself, each other, and the Divine. Please note you cannot join this group after 8:05 a.m.


TUESDAY TALKS: Gabby discusses her book- The Little Gate-Crasher

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Tue, 03/31/2020 - 7:00pm

Join us for our inaugural Tuesday Talk, where Mishkaners bring their wisdom, hobby, humor or curiousity to share with others. Email Gari to suggest a topic. Tonight, Mishkan educator Gabby Kaplan-Mayer brings us an interactive talk about her extraordinary Great-Uncle Mace Bugen who inspired her book, The Little Gate-Crasher. Here is the Zoom link.

Of Interest

Programming + Services in These Times

At this point, all of Mishkan Shalom's offerings are all virtual. To the left on the page is a scrolling calendar. You can click on most of the events to receive the Zoom link for that event. To see all the events on the calendar, you can click here.

In addition to services, we are offering many ways to feel supported in these very tough times. We also have started a craft/knitting circle for those who want a different kind of comfort and our Tuesday Talks, led by Mishkan members promises to be fun and enlightening. You will find these on the calendar

At this point in time, we are throwing our doors open wide to people who are not affiliated with any synagogue or those who want to drop in from time to time. You may find yourself comforted by our rabbis and our community. Be well + stay well. 

Night of ONE Virtual Dinner!

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Our Night of ONE Virtual Dinner was a success! It was wonderful to visit with so many people in so many different places, each eating delicious food.

As we wrap up the event, we are giving folks one more opportunity to make a donation and thank you in advance for your generousity. Click here to make your contribution.


While Rabbi Shawn's Away...

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We hope that Rabbi Shawn is enjoying his sabbatical and look forward to hearing about it when he returns in May. He will be back for a short amount of time in January. While he is away, we want to take this moment to give you some important contacts within the Mishkan organization: 

Visit Our YouTube Channel!

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Enjoy video snippets of Rivka Jarosh's big night. #ThatsMyRabbi Shawn Zevit plays in the band for Rev. Dr. William Barber's touring Revival! What a lively night of righteous testimony and heartfelt call for justice! Enjoy this and more: Click here.

Mishkan In the News

Jewish Exponent: Rabbi Shawn discussed the tradition of building a sukkah


Philadelphia Inquirer: Theatre of Witness' new program highlighted on Shabbat Shuvah


Philadelphia Inquirer: We welcome new tenants: Private high school for Philly kids in foster care


Rabbis & Rabble-Rousers: Mishkaners Working to Repair the World

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Rabbi Shawn and POWER clergy at Mayor Nutter's press conference in support of the Al Aqsa Mosque

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Rabbi Shawn's Blog

A Sabbatical Message from Rabbi Shawn, November 2019

In Leviticus 25:2-4 we learn: “When you enter the land that I assign to you, the land shall observe a Sabbath of the Lord. Six years you may sow your field and six years you may prune your vineyard and gather in the yield. But in the seventh year the land shall have a Sabbath of complete rest, a Sabbath of the Lord.”

Dear Hevre,

What a wonderful month we have just celebrated together ushering in the Jewish New Year, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. In the blink of any eye- with much gratitude to our leadership, rabbinic and office staff and all of you, I have the blessing and privilege of a six-month Sabbatical beginning November 4, 2019, through May 11, 2020. 

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