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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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A soulful-world music Kabbalat Shabbat with Guest Ami Yares

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Fri, 10/28/2016 - 7:30pm

Ami Yares joins Rabbi Shawn in creating a dynamic Kabbalat Shabbat service this week. Ami, who joined us at Mishkan Shalom’s Sounds of Peace and Justice concert last Spring, is a New Jersey-born, Jaffa-living, world traveling folk musician with a knack for making music that moves you physically, spiritually, & politically.

Torah Study - Bereysheet with Rabbi Shawn

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Sat, 10/29/2016 - 9:00am

Come study the opening book of the Torah, Bereysheet with Rabbi Shawn

Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn

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Sat, 10/29/2016 - 10:00am

Join us for a meaningful and musical Shabbat service with Rabbi Shawn.  How lucky we are that we can join together every week!

Adult Ed- Soul Collage

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Sun, 10/30/2016 - 1:00pm

SoulCollage® is an intuitive, imaginative, creative and fun process. If you can use scissors and a glue stick, you can do it!  Teens and adults, previous SoulCollagers® and newcomers are welcome. No art experience necessary!

Rosh Chodesh

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Tue, 11/01/2016 - 7:00pm

Come join us! We are on the verge of a presidential election and a new era. The netivah for the month of Heshvan is the Mikonenet, the Mourning Woman, who embodies the complementary powers of destruction and healing, bringing comfort for the mourners and the gift of facing cataclysmic change.

POWER GOTV - Phone Bank at Mishkan

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 6:00pm

POWER has an ambitious plan to reach 15,000 voters to urge them to vote.  The Mishkan team still has some phone banks and canvass events for you.  Join other Mishkan and POWER folks as election day is fast approaching.  You can sign up for this event by replying to Margaret Lenzi (, and more information will be sent to you.

Community Potluck, including Tot Group

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Fri, 11/04/2016 - 5:45pm

These gatherings bring young families together to celebrate Shabbat! There will always be singing and fun activities that are part of Shabbat joy.

Of Interest

There is SO much going on in our school!

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From our congregational school principal, Rivka Jarosh:

We have so much going on that I felt that I wanted to communicate some of this with you this week. Please keep the following dates as special activities:

This Sunday, October 30. Last notice for the Mishkanathon Wear outside clothes. Bring gardening tools if you have them. We meet at the school. Plan to stay. Bring your family contribution toward the fundraiser in a nice clearly marked envelope. If you can drive other students to our outside spot please let Anna Forrester know at

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: Mishkan welcomes new tenants: private high school focuses on Philly kids in   foster care

Lifelong Learning: Registration Open!

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We're excited to offer an excellent roster of classes and gatherings for the fall season. Find full details on our Lifelong Learning offerings, and registration information, by clicking here.

Visit Our YouTube Channel!

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New photo exhibit‬ opening: "From the Old Jim Crow to the New;" video of One Book Mishkan's civil rights panel; members' stories and more: Enjoy by clicking here.

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

Heshvan: A Breathing Space

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Traditionally, this month’s name, Heshvan, was sometimes preceded by the word mar, or bitter, making its name known to all as mar Heshvan.  The month is deemed bitter because of the absence of celebrations, holidays and reflections.  Before our ancestors began celebrating Hanukkah or Purim, there was no guarantee that once the Festival of Sukkot ended in the fall, that they would see each other in Jerusalem six months later for Pesach/Passover. Today, we live in a different world, so in many ways, I see Heshvan as a breathing space-a month to let all that has transpired integrate into our very beings.

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