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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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PLEASE NOTE: We are having difficulty with our phones at this time.  If you need assistance, please contact Maria Paranzino, our office manager at  Thank you!

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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Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn

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Fri, 05/06/2016 - 7:30pm

Let go of the week; welcome the Sabbath.

Gather in community. Dwell in the peace of Shabbat.

Spiritual Direction Monthly Open Circle

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Sat, 05/07/2016 - 9:00am

HASHPA'AH: Jewish Spiritual Direction, is a process for exploring our connection with what we experience as sacred. Join us for monthly Spiritual Direction Circles, offered on select Shabbatot, led by Andrea Madden, Meredith Barber and Rabbi Shawn Zevit, all trained Spiritual Directors.

Torah Study

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Sat, 05/07/2016 - 9:00am

Please join us on the third floor, in the Library, as we engage with the text and share our knowledge and questions with each other.

Rosh Chodesh

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Mon, 05/09/2016 - 7:00pm

Iyar, 5776

Meyaledet: The Midwife

Meyaledet means "she who brings to birth." The midwife is the one who aids in the birthing process. 

Post-Traumatic Super Delightful Performance at Kol Tzedek

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 7:00pm

The performance is a wickedly funny and piercingly insightful one-woman show about a community trying to heal after a sexual assault. 

Healing Circle with Rabbi Phyllis Berman & Andrea Madden

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Tue, 05/10/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Join us for a monthly healing circle at Mishkan Shalom -- a call for Refuah Sheleima, complete healing -- led by Rabbi Phyllis Berman and Andrea Madden. With chant, contemplation, silence and sharing, we come together for a peaceful respite to hear and be heard in our own, or our loved ones', struggles with pain of body, of heart, of mind or of spirit.

We'll meet the second Tuesday evening of each month, 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. in Rabbi Shawn's office on the first floor. Join us to create together a community of support and healing Tuesday evenings May 10 and June 14.

Village Shabbat at the home of: Ilene Burak/Alexis Lieberman; Talia Hoke; Marc and Peggy Jacobs; Andrea Konow/Janet Garretson; Seth and Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

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Fri, 05/13/2016 - 6:00pm

Of Interest

Sounds of Peace & Justice: Triumphant Multicultural Musical Event Returns Saturday, May 14: Don't Miss It!

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Our mulitfaith musical community reunites for another amazing evening of celebratory songs and inspiring stories of peace and justice. Experience the oneness of shared faiths, peace-makers and justice-shapers with music to make your heart soar! See full details on performers, auction highlights, tickets & more...

Music Clips!

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As we approach our exciting concert on May 14th, here is a preview of our artists, starting with SheWho, Philadelphia's feminist acapella group. Enjoy this clip from their concert at The Tin Angel, "When Faith Comes Out." Click here for a sample!

Weekend in the Woods June 3 - 5 Registration Open!!

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Don't miss Mishkan's amazing Weekend in the Woods! Members, friends and prospective members all welcome! Click here for full details and REGISTER TODAY!

Lifelong Learning: April, May & June!

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Leadership for Living, Havdalah Cafe and other new offerings join returning holiday & Shabbat favorites, SoulCollage, Beginning Mah Jongg and more! Get full details & register today!

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

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

Moving Out of Mitzrayim: Each of Us and All of Us

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As we enter fully into this month of Nisan, we will have opportunities to celebrate and wrestle with the ideas of oppression and liberation in the larger world, while not diverting energy from our own backyard --

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