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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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Torah In Challenging Times with Guest Teacher Kohenet Batya Diamond

Mon, 08/02/2021 - 11:00am

Torah Study

Sat, 08/07/2021 - 9:00am - 9:45am

Shabbat Service, Led By Phyllis Berman and Kol Zimra Philly

Sat, 08/07/2021 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

A Reconstructionist Day of Learning on Reparations

Sun, 08/08/2021 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
Join Reconstructionists from around the world on Sunday, August 8, 2021, for a movement-wide day of learning on the topic of reparations, as we lean into the work to “join and lead Jewish efforts to dismantle systemic racism.” The  Read more »

Spiritual Direction with Meredith Barber

Mon, 08/09/2021 - 8:00am

Torah In Challenging Times with Rabbi Yael

Mon, 08/09/2021 - 11:00am

Restorative Meditation with Abby Ruder

Tue, 08/10/2021 - 4:00pm

Of Interest

It's Time to Register For Religious School

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Attention Mishkan Members   Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer and Holli Goldenberg are excited to welcome students back for  what they say will be "our best year ever!".  Please register now to receive your early bird discount!


Join Mishkan Shalom

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Mishkan Shalom is blessed to draw from a broad geographic area with a synagogue building with multiple tenants in Manayunk-Roxborough area in NW Philadelphia, as well as a thriving community of online participants around the world. We invite you to contact Rosalind Spigel, Membership Board Representative, with any questions and/or to arrange for a tour of the synagogue and to meet with Rabbi Shawn Zevit. We want to make sure you have every opportunity to get to know us, and for us to get to know you, as you consider membership in Mishkan Shalom.

An affiliate of Reconstructing Judaism, you’ll find a spiritual home with profound and dynamic services celebrating Shabbat, holidays and life cycle events; Jewish social and cultural gatherings; a vibrant calendar of programs, speakers and special events; and a welcoming community of members of every age and stage.

Yamim Nora'im - Days of Awe 5782

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~ Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit and Rabbi Yael Levy ~
Mishkan Shalom Yamim Nora'im 5782

SHMITA YEAR 5782- Returning to the Home of Our Soul 

The ancient liturgy, calls of the Shofar and our shared wisdom, will guide us into the New Year and help us meet well the challenges and blessings of the unknown, rooted in what we can count on- each other.

Live & Learn with Rabbi Shawn and Guests

 In this Live and Learn series, Rabbi Shawn Zevit enters conversations with a number of Mishkan members. It enables us to learn Jewish perspectives on a variety of topics, and know the personal journeys of members of our community. The conversations explore their work in the world as it relates to our core Statement of Principles, with a particular focus on themes of racial and climate justice. For those of you who were not able to join us, we are sharing selections from the 2020-2021 episode

Click here for additional Life Long Learning Adult Education Programs

Fabulous News: Mishkan@ 30 Campaign Update

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We did it! We have gone beyond $900,000 in pledges! (With a goal of $950,000 can you imagine if we get to $1 million?) THANK YOU to all our donors. We are still scheduling conversations and ask each of you to help us get to $950,000. Click here to learn how your contribution has benefited our community or to make a payment.

Member Offerings for Contemplation

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As the month of Elul began, so did a new Mishkan initiative, The Elul Project. Members were invited to be active participants in communal Elul prep for the High Holy Days. We met in the early morning twice a week to hear the shofar and enjoyed sweet opportunities to learn from one another.

Suggestions for Reading from the Library Committee

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Looking to explore issues of current interest? Delve a bit more deeply into certain topics? Just dabble in a few short stories? Lose yourself in a novel or memoir? Here's an array of suggestions for what to read next!

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

Hashiveynu: Conscious Return

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Hashiveynu: Conscious Return

Lo-nayda mah-na’avod et-Yah ad-bo’aynu shama

We will not know how we will best serve YHVH until we get there. (Exodus 10:26)


We do not know what form our service will take, what the world will be like or what will be called from us. The world is in flux and our lives are also changing moment to moment. We just do not know.

Not-knowing can be terrifying and yet it also holds the infinite potential of our power and creativity. We can only prepare for this mystery by becoming fully present, by accessing the fullness of Being in this moment, and knowing that when we are called, we will respond with that fullness. On this journey to freedom, we must dare to live in a place of uncertainty that is held inside the confidence that just showing up in our fullness and in our uniqueness is enough.

We will not know what is needed until we get there. Each moment is a new “there.” -- Rabbi Shefa Gold. After a grueling and galvanizing year, we have arrived at the mezuzah, the liminal space, the doorway to regathering and slowly reclaiming in-person connection. It is a time of hope, confidence, and excitement, also fraught with more complexity, anxiety, and required volunteer and staff time and energy than even before. We continue to find our stride through on-line means (many of which will continue through the summer and into next year), informal in-person gatherings and hoped for official regathering events over time.

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