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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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Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn

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Fri, 04/28/2017 - 7:30pm

Let go of the week; welcome the Sabbath.

Dwell in the peace of Shabbat.

Torah Study - Tazria Lev with Julie Benioff

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Sat, 04/29/2017 - 9:00am

Come join us for a compelling conversation about this week's Torah portion in the library.

Shabbat Service and Baby Namings Katz/Love and Mann with Rabbi Shawn

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 10:00am

Adult Ed - Walk the Talk with Steve Jones

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Sat, 04/29/2017 - 12:30pm

 Walk the Talk is a series of guided outdoor experiences in which participants learn about “reading” the natural landscape as a text. Participants walk for about an hour and a half in the nearby Wissahickon forest, learn about ecological relationships among forest creatures, make blessings, and study short Jewish texts.

Heartbeat Concert Fundraiser!

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Sat, 04/29/2017 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Celebrate the power of music to create social change at the annual Sounds of Peace and Justice concert featuring:

Enjoy an amazing musical evening with young, talented Palestinian and Jewish Israeli musicians featuring Manal Malshi, Aaron Schneyer & Dana Herz with Ami Yares sitting in.

14th Annual Philadelphia Interfaith Peace Walk and Reconciliation

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Sun, 04/30/2017 - 2:00pm

A walking dialogue among Jews, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Taoists, Secularists, Baha'i, Wiccans, and others.  The walk begins at Masjidullah, 7401 Limekiln Pike. A pre-walk gathering is scheduled to begin at Al Aqsa Islamic Society, 1501 Germantown Avenue.

Adult Ed - Leadership for Living taught by Rabbi Shawn Zevit and Dr. Barry Dornfeld

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Wed, 05/03/2017 - 6:30pm

Leaders aren’t just born; they’re created through reflection, learning and practice. This course will explore ideas and values on leadership from Jewish and other faith traditions. It aspires to help participants develop leadership skills, take up new roles in faith-based and other institutions and build stronger communities in all aspects of their lives.

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Heartbeat Ensemble @ Mishkan!

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SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 29TH! @ 7:00 pm

This year's Sounds of Peace and Justice concert features the Israeli and Palestinian music ensemble, HEARTBEAT with Manal Malshi, Aaron Shneyer and Dana Herz with Ami Yares sitting in. After we make havdallah, we will celebrate the power of music to create social change, followed by dessert and conversation with the musicians.

Click here to buy tickets!

Click here to volunteerClick here to see a video!

Yad L'Yad Volunteer Recognition Ceremony May 12th - 5:45 pm

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I offer blessings with my life; to the holy I lift my hands. -- Psalm63:5
Each year we honor three members whose volunteer efforts for Mishkan Shalom deserve recognition by the community. This year, we are so pleased to recognize long-time, long-serving members Irv Ackelsberg, Sharon Parker and Nancy Post.

District Attorney Forum at Mishkan

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May 4, Thursday, 7-9 PM

You won’t want to miss the Philadelphia DA Forum that POWER’s Live Free Team is hosting at Mishkan Shalom.  The next DA has an important role to play in many of the criminal justice and racial issues that are impacting neighborhoods throughout the city – such as mass incarceration, the inequities of the cash bail system, stop and frisk, handling of drug and addiction cases.  The candidates have been invited to share their positions in a race that has attracted much attention. Please join us for this robust discussion so you can be informed on the important issues in this crucial election.

And here are two POWER trainings coming up in the next week:

Dine at the Trolley Car--Support Our School!

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You are invited to a Helping Hands Week Fundraiser for Mishkan Shalom at Trolley Car Diner & Trolley Car Cafe! From May 8th - May 14th, 20% of your purchase will support Mishkan Shalom's School!

Holocaust Memorial Plaque

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We are currently creating a plaque with names of individuals and families who perished in the Shoah to be located in the niche near the top of the main staircase, where it will be part of our “Hall of Remembrance.”

Click here to download the form if you wish to participate. May their memories always be for a blessing.

Visit Our YouTube Channel!

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#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

Thoughts for April/Nissan 2017/5777

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As we enter fully into this month of Nisan and beyond we will have opportunities to dialogue, organize, learn and pray, celebrate and wrestle with what the ideas of oppression and liberation in our personal lives, in our nation- increasingly challenged in this regard and in the larger world.

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