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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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Covid-19 Covenant For A Safe and Healthy Return:
Shabbat services will remain online throughout the Fall. Attendance in person at Mishkan will be limited so please check the calendar in advance for specifics.

To participate in an on-site Mishkan Shalom or off-site sponsored event I/we agree to the following
in order to ensure both health and inclusivity:

1. If I am over 12 years old and not vaccinated, I will enjoy services from home.
2. I will wear face masks, properly covering my mouth and nose, whether indoors or
outdoors, at all Mishkan Shalom gatherings.
3. I take responsibility to make sure that all of my family members and any guests comply
with keeping our masks on during all Mishkan gatherings.
4. When participating in Mishkan Shalom gatherings I will follow COVID safety guidelines
including maintaining a three-foot distance from people who are not part of my
5. I and my family will not attend any in-person gathering if any of us have potential
COVID symptoms.
6. Children under 12 may attend family services with their parents, staying with their family
group or pod, and keeping masks on. Infants and children under 12 may not join the main service
in the sanctuary.
7. I will participate in contact tracing and inform Mishkan Shalom and any known fellow
attendees if I or any of my household members are diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14
days following any Mishkan Shalom gathering we attended.
8. I will not show up unannounced at the building and will pre-clear any visits and setting up in-person meetings in advance with the office Manager, Maria (

Spiritual Direction with Meredith Barber

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 8:00am

Torah In These Times with Rabbi Yael

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 11:00am

Candle Lighting with Holli Goldenberg and Zayin class

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 6:15pm - 6:30pm

Planned Giving Meeting with Gari Weilbacher via Zoom

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

For more info, contact Gari:

Restorative Meditation with Abby Ruder

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 4:00pm

Candle Lighting with jkPhilly. To register:

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 5:30pm

Mishkan Choir Rehearsal

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 7:15pm - 9:00pm

Of Interest

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.

Hanukkah Resources from Our Rabbis

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However you spell it, you can be sure we are eager to celebrate the Festival of Lights this year! Our community will be lighting candles together almost every night and all our regular programming will reflect the themes of the season. I

As you prepare for the holiday, here are 5 important things to know about making latkes!

Rabbi Shawn's Hanukah Teachings

Two resources from Rabbi Yael

Additional Songs & Texts for Hanukkah

Building Policies

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COVID Times Covenant Policies on Building Use and Gathering 11-23-2021

Access to the building or grounds around the building will only be by pre-clearance with the Mishkan Shalom office or by pre-registration where required. Any use of the building or grounds for Mishkan activities, whether by a Mishkan group, tenant or renter, needs to be scheduled in advance with Maria. (Please call the office 215-506-0228, ex 1000 or e-mail in advance for authorization).

Anyone entering the building will wear a mask, along with being vaccinated. Unvaccinated people should participate in Mishkan gatherings via Zoom.

Appointments are required to meet with any staff member, including either of our rabbis.

The Covenant Of Safe Return below applies to all use of Mishkan facilities and to all Mishkan gatherings:


Mishkan groups and committees should continue to make use of Zoom and/or outdoor meetings when possible. Use of the building must be arranged in advance with Maria. Anyone hosting a Mishkan gathering at their home needs to specify in event information whether the event is indoors or out, whether mask-wearing will be required, whether unvaccinated people may attend, and how safety for all will be maintained.

If I/we are entering the Mishkan Shalom building having pre-registered for a program or obtained clearance from the office, I/we agree to the following in order to ensure well-being and respect for all members and rental partners:

If I am over 5 years old or older and not vaccinated, I will enjoy services and other gatherings from home. 

I will wear face masks, properly covering my mouth and nose, whether indoors or outdoors, at all Mishkan Shalom gatherings.

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

Mishkan Leadership Plans for 5782 and Beyond

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Mishkan’s Board of Directors and Rabbi Shawn gathered at Historic Rittenhouse Town for a retreat in late July. They discussed priorities for 5782 and the years ahead. Rabbi Shawn set the tone for the retreat with an explanation of the significance of the High Holidays as ushering in a Shmitah year. Rabbi explains that this is ".... a year to step back, let go, rebalance, and reconsider, both in our congregational life and in our personal lives."

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

A Year of Release, Resilience and Rebalancing

Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit

"For us as people of faith and justice, and as expressions of this precious planet's life force, there may be no more important issue to engage in and face than the issue of global sustainability and climate change in our lifetime. We join all our partners in Philadelphia, across the country and the globe, to take an active and unceasing stand for a spiritually, economically, socially, politically and ecologically sustainable world for all life." 

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