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Mishkan at the Phila MLK DARE March

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 you will find a few of our upcoming events. Please see our calendar for the full range of activities and services or download a copy of Kol Shalom, our monthly newsletter.

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Oscar Romero Commemoration (At LaSalle University)

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Sun, 03/29/2015 - 3:00pm

PRESENTE!  We hope you can join us for an important program marking the 35th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero, and supporting his ongoing legacy with presentations, testimonies, videos & art.

Honoring the Legacy of Monseñor Oscar Romero 35 Years after his Martyrdom: Continuing Solidarity with the People of El Salvador. The program will support the ongoing work of the Romero Interfaith Center (of which Mishkan is a constituent congregation) for

Theater of Witness Presentation by Teya Sepinuck

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Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:00pm

Join Teya Sepinuck, founder and artistic director of Theatre of Witness for an inspiring multi-media program of films, readings and stories from her work creating original testimonial theater with those whose voices haven't been heard in society.

Adult Ed - Crime and Punishment in America

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Wed, 04/01/2015 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

April 1, 15, 29 and May 6

with Phyllis B. Taylor, R.N., Correctional Chaplain in the Philadelphia Prison System. Phyllis brings decades of experience as a prison chaplain and an activist on behalf of crime victims, incarcerated persons, prison wardens, and returning citizens.

First Day of Passover Service with Rabbis Yael and Shawn

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Sat, 04/04/2015 - 10:00am

First Day of Passover Shabbat Morning Service, preceeded by a special, Mussar-based Torah Study at 9:00 a.m.

Musical and meditational service, including Hallel, with Rabbi Shawn Zevit and Rabbi Yael Levy.

Through the Gates: A Writing Circle for the Weeks of Omer

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Sun, 04/05/2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Sundays, April 5 - May 17

A structured process for spontaneous writing in community as a way of opening to the energies of the seven sephirot, the divine attributes profoundly available to us during the days of the Omer, the seven weeks between Pesach and Shavuot

Musical Kabbalat Shabbat: Seventh Night of Passover: Crossing the Sea

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Fri, 04/10/2015 - 7:30pm

Let go of the week, welcome the Sabbath and bid farewell to the Passover holiday with soulful, musical services led by Rabbi Shawn. Join us in celebrating the gift of community; dwell in the peace of Shabbat.

Tot Shabbat with Rivka

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Sat, 04/11/2015 - 9:00am

Calling all little ones (baby - 5) & their grown-ups for music, movement, challah & more.

Are you raising a Jewish child? Looking to connect your family to a diverse and progressive Jewish community? We welcome children under 5, with their parents and siblings, to join our twice-monthly celebration of singing, dancing, puppets, plays, "kiddush" with juice and challah...and FUN!

Of Interest

Make it a Night! Make it a Tallis! with Rabbi Rayzel Raphael April 21, 5-8 p.m.

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Express your artistic vision, the colors of your soul or your favorite images in a one-of-a-kind 14”x72” silk tallis that you will design and paint. This one-evening intensive workshop (pizza dinner included) needs 10 participants, so be sure to register & pay by April 8!

Celebrating Rabbi Yael: Counting Our Blessings

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Please join special guests Rabbi Brian Walt and Rabbi Sheila Weinberg as we joyously celebrate Rabbi Yael’s twenty years with Mishkan Shalom on May 2nd with a festive dinner, program and dancing!
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Passover: Prepare for the Holiday & Celebrate Our Festival of Freedom

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Mishkan Shalom offers an overflowing plate of gatherings, services and resources to help you prepare for and celebrate the Passover holiday.

Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older

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On April 13th, we invite Mishkan member, Rabbi Dayle Friedman to discuss her new book, Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older. The book is the fruit of three decades of work mining Jewish spirituality to bring richness and resiliency to the journey of aging.

A Way In Mindfulness Retreat

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Welcome Shavuot in the high desert of New Mexico at a Jewish Mindfulness retreat led by Rabbi Yael Levy from May 21 to 26, 2015.

Honoring the Future Climate Change Exhibit Extended Thru April

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An art exhibition, open to the public, exploring the complex subject of climate change and the path to prepared, resilient and "climate smART" communities.

POWER: Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower & Rebuild

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100 Day Fast for Family Values: Mishkan Shalom's Fast Day: April 3, 2015
To draw attention to the urgent need for a Full, Fair, Funding Formula for our schools

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Rabbi Shawn's Blog

From Purim to Pesach & All the Places Along the Way

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Happy Adar everyone! As you read this Purim is upon us and has its joyful and holy invitation to the sacred. 

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