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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 Way In Mindfulness at Mishkan with Rabbi Yael Followed by Lunch

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Sat, 02/13/2016 - 10:00am

Join us for a Mindfulness Shabbat morning service led by Rabbi Yael Levy. Afterward, all are invited to lunch provided by A Way In. 

Mindfulness Sit with Rabbi Yael

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Thu, 02/18/2016 - 8:00am

We invite you to join the community of semi-regular participants in our Thursday morning Meditation Sits. Beginning promptly at 8 a.m. in the third floor chapel at Mishkan Shalom, Rabbi Yael provides a kavanah (intention) inspired by the week's parasha (Torah portion) or the cycle of Jewish time. We sit in silence

Lifelong Learning: Finding the Voice Within: Where Creativity and Spirituality Meet

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Fri, 02/19/2016 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Led by Meredith Barber and Julie Lipson

Life today can be overwhelming; we often feel disconnected from ourselves and from community. Finding moments to tune in to ourselves and each other can be a challenge.

This Spiritual Direction group takes a musical approach. Participants will share what is on their hearts, then be a part of group music-making. We will express, listen and gain insight

Tot Shabbat Family Friendly Dinner and Singing with Rivka

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Fri, 02/19/2016 - 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Let's greet Shabbat and start learning about Purim. We will make masks and groggers and sing with Rabbi Shawn and his guitar. Bring kids in pajamas and then they can go off to bed from this program. It's a nice way to meet other families with similar aged children. We will provide a light, child oriented supper with food that will allow for several food sensitivities. Please RSVP for this date by contacting Rivka --


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Sat, 02/20/2016 - 10:00am

Celebrations! is a family education program for children with special needs, their parents & siblings. This innovative program creates opportunities for families to experience Shabbat and holidays together and for children with disabilities to have Jewish educational experiences designed for their learning needs.

Yahrzeit Memorial Tiles' Dedication

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Sat, 02/20/2016 - 1:00pm

Following the Uherske Hradiste Remembrance Shabbat service on Saturday, February 20, 2016, we will meet at 1:00 pm at the main stairwell for a dedication of new Yahrzeit Memorial tiles, including one for the lost souls of the Uherske Hradiste community, whose names we will read during the service. 

Mass Incarceration Working Group Program

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Sun, 02/21/2016 - 3:00pm

Her Feet Don't Fit In His Shoes: Special Issues of Female Inmates and Returning Citizens

We welcome Dr. Renaya Furtick Wheelan and Petrena A. Young, co-founders and directors of I'm FREE (Females Re-entering Empowering Each Other) for a presentation and conversation centering on women inmates and the challenges of re-entering after incarceration.

I'm Free is a non-profit serving incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women from the greater Philadelphia area.

Of Interest

Visit Our YouTube Channel!

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Here is footage from the opening of the fantastic and moving exhibit at ‪‎MishkanShalom‬: "FROM THE OLD JIM CROW TO THE NEW. Enjoy by clicking here.

Lifelong Learning for Winter & Spring: Registration Now Open!

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Wonderful new courses, such as Leadership for Living and Havdalah Cafe, join returning favorites Beginning Hebrew, Pause & Reflect, SoulCollage, Walk the Talk and more.

Click here for full details & register today!

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 and the larger Phila Muslim community. Rabbi Shawn writes...

Mishkan In the News

 Jewish Exponent: Freedom Summer’s Power Still Captivates, Inspires in New Exhibition at Mishkan  Shalom


 Jewish Exponent: Local Luminaries Attend White House Chanukah Events


 Jewish Exponent: At Human Rights Shabbat, Their Aim Is T’ruah


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Rabbi Shawn's Blog

More than Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews

"More than Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews."
Ahad Ha'am (Asher Ginsberg, poet, philosopher, 1856-1927)

These months invite us to feel gratitude for shelter, warmth and connection. We may even pull back and look at what is essential to our daily routines, especially when winter challenges our mobility or regular, driven schedules.

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