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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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Showing of the Film "Praying with Lior"

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Wed, 02/20/2019 - 6:30pm

In honor of February as national disabilities awareness month, please join your fellow Mishkan family for a communal viewing of the award-winning documentary Praying With Lior. The viewing will be followed by a Q&A with the subject of the documentary, Lior Liebling, his father Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, and his stepmother Lynne Iser. 

Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn

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Fri, 02/22/2019 - 7:30pm

Join Rabbi Shawn for a musical and meaningful way to end the week.

Torah Study: Ki Tissa

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Sat, 02/23/2019 - 9:00am

Join us for a communal led Torah study in the chapel.

Tot Shabbat Music Circle with Gabby Kaplan Mayer

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Sat, 02/23/2019 - 10:00am

What fun! Celebrate Shabbat with Gabby! 

Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn

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Sat, 02/23/2019 - 10:00am

Led by Rabbi Shawn Zevit, our dynamic, engaging services mix and alternate a grounding in Jewish liturgical tradition with music, meditation, chant, study and more. 

LGBTQ Havadalah at the Home of Alexis's and Ilene's Home

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Sat, 02/23/2019 - 6:00pm

Adult Ed - Navigating the Siddur with Elsie Stern -- Make Up Class

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Sun, 02/24/2019 - 10:00am

Of Interest

Another Great Weekend:Night of Many Dinners/Day of Many Brunches!

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A great time was had by all at our special fundraiser hosted by more than a few of our members. Thank you to all our hosts and all the attendees. 

Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month Continues

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Our celebration of JDAIM continues to shine light on the holiness in everyone. Please join us for a special viewing of "Praying with Lior" on Wednesday evening, February 20th. You can read more here about this special evening. 

What a Great Weekend We Had

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We enjoyed Rabbi Emeritus Brian Walt on Friday and Saturday evenings; our Shabbat School, Mishkan member presenters and choir on Saturday morning, plus a special nature walk in the afternoon -- all topped off with a packed Tu B'shvat seder on Sunday night. Indeed, it was a robust Mishkan Shalom weekend.

Time to Sign up for Brit HaMishkan

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It's time to sign up for Brit Mishkan! What better way to celebrate a simcha, or remember a loved one, than in the warm, caring company of your Mishkan family? For this Brit HaMishkan, all member households are asked to select a date from our calendar of Shabbat services and host a Kiddush or potluck. Please choose a date and read all the details by clicking here.

Phila Inquirer Coverage of Our Human Rights Shabbat

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Read the article in the Decemeber 2nd issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer: At this year’s Human Rights Shabbat, a recommitment to faith prompted by shootings by Mensah M. Dean.

Study, Reflect, Create: Lifelong Learning Winter/Spring Registration is Open!

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New topics & teachers join our roster of classic courses & cherished leaders: Click here for full details on classes & registration.

A Teaching for These Times from Rabbi Yael

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In this season the Torah brings on the Israelites journey out of Egypt, across the red sea  to the wilderness Sinai.  Here they stand together at the mountain and experience the call of the 10 utterances—the 10 commandments.

  1. I am, I was, I will be.  I am the unfolding of all that is. I am constant transformation calling you forward to be.

Visit Our YouTube Channel!

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Enjoy the video snippets from Rivka Jarosh's retirement party. Then watch #ThatsMyRabbi Shawn Zevit plays in the band for Rev. Dr. William Barber's touring Revival! What a night of lively music, righteous testimony and heartfelt call for justice. Enjoy this and more by clicking 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

"More than Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews." Ahad Ha'am (Asher Ginsberg, poet, philosopher, 1856-1927)

This winter affords us an extra Jewish month; every two or three years a Jewish calendar leap year adds the two months of Adar (I and II) to keep the Jewish lunar year cycle in tandem with the solar calendar. During this time, the absence of a Jewish calendrical event or holiday allows us to reflect on the unfolding year. We may even pull back and look at what is essential to our daily routines, especially when Winter challenges our mobility and on-line schedules. More than ever, the weekly touchstone of Shabbat has become an oasis in our 24/7 culture and non-stop inundation of disconcerting tweets and political postings. These winter months invite us to feel gratitude for basic shelter, warmth and connection and to reflect on where we are with our self-care, spiritual practice, relationships and intellectual growth.

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