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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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Hebrew School and Sukkot Party

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Wed, 09/26/2018 - 6:15pm

Community Potluck Dinner including Tots + New/Prospective Members!

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Fri, 09/28/2018 - 5:45pm

We will share delicious vegetarian/dairy/nut-free food and visit with one another. Rabbi Joysa will lead a Tot Shabbat play and singing circle. Non-members welcome; please bring your friends!

Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn

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Fri, 09/28/2018 - 7:30pm

Join us in the chapel as we welcome Shabbat with music and companionship.

Torah Study

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 9:00am

A Way In Mindfulness Service with Rabbi Yael, Followed By Lunch

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 10:00am

Mincha Bat Mitzvah - June Kaplan Mayer with Rabbi Shawn

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 4:00pm

Hebrew School

Sun, 09/30/2018 - 9:30am

Of Interest

Program Update: Azteret/Simchat Torah!

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Dance with the Torah (& the Ken Ulansey band)!
Atzeret/Simchat Torah @ Dorshei Derekh with RRC, Reconstructing Judaism Congregation, Mishkan Shalom and Am Haskalah

Join Us for the High Holy Days - No ticket required!

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We welcome all who wish to share the many blessings of the Yamim Nora'im, the Days of Awe, to join us for services, potluck meals and other gatherings from Selichot through Simchat Torah.We are proud to continue our tradition of opening our doors wide during this sacred season of prayer and reflection; we do not require tickets. High Holy Days at Mishkan Shalom are unique, participatory, inspiring, spirited and spiritual for adults and children alike. Services are held at the Haverford School and Mishkan Shalom. Read more to see the schedule, including Yizkor and the schedule of Children's Services

Renew Your Ties To Our Beloved Community: Renew Your Membership in Mishkan Shalom!

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Find full details, online & downloadable registration forms & payment options for Membership Renewal & New Member Registration and Congregational School Registration. (Teen Program, Pathways to Confirmation, Celebrations! and Mitzvah Mensches registrations coming soon!)

Time to Sign up for Brit HaMishkan

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It's time to sign up for Brit Mishkan! What better way to celebrate a simcha, or remember a loved one, than in the warm, caring company of your Mishkan family? For this Brit HaMishkan, all member households are asked to select a date from our calendar of Shabbat services and host a Kiddush or potluck. Please choose a date and read all the details by clicking here.

Visit Our YouTube Channel!

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Enjoy the video snippets from Rivka Jarosh's retirement party. Then watch #ThatsMyRabbi Shawn Zevit plays in the band for Rev. Dr. William Barber's touring Revival! What a night of lively music, righteous testimony and heartfelt call for justice. Enjoy this and more by clicking 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

Our 30th/“Lamed” Anniversary Still Learning, Striving, Caring

Shalom and welcome to the Jewish rhythms of a new year. This year, 5779 in the Jewish calendar, marks the 30th anniversary of our first High Holy Days as a Reconstructionist community. From generation to generation, we ReGenerate our commitment to our Statement of Principles, our relationships and our evolving reason for being a community.

Using the ancient tool of Gematria, where each Hebrew letter is also a number, "30" is represented by the Hebrew letter "Lamed" and is our guidepost for the year. The shape of the Lamed, the tallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet, can be seen as a winding path in three sections. 

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