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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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Awakening to the Day with Rabbi Shawn

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 8:00am

Hebrew School

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 5:45pm

Morning Meditation with Rabbi Yael

Thu, 05/13/2021 - 8:00am

Food For Thought via Zoom with Gabby

Thu, 05/13/2021 - 7:00pm

Tot Shabbat with Gabby Kaplan-Mayer

Fri, 05/14/2021 - 5:00pm

School Families Shabbat with Gabby Kaplan Mayer

Fri, 05/14/2021 - 5:30pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn

Fri, 05/14/2021 - 7:00pm

Of Interest

Shavuot: Celebrate our Feast of Weeks

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On Sunday evening, 5/17/2021, celebrate the Festival of Shavuot Mishkan Shalom in collaboration with Pnai Or, Philadelphia, and with friends and guest teachers will be sharing offerings throughout the night as we open to what the Torah of our times has to reveal to us. We will include connection and preparation time from 7:30-8:00pm, Evening Service from 8:00-8:30pm, then a variety of learning sessions, meditation, discussion and song concluding with a midnight chanting of the Prophet Ezekiel's message. More details to come!


Max Erdakos-Roizman April 24, 2021   Max was eager to talk about creation.     His original Torah portion, which coincided with his October 2020 bar mitzvah, included the first verses from Bereshit. Read more »

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

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Our Exodus Continues

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By Rabbi Shawn Zevit

Reprinted from the Jewish Exponent

The end of Pesach often gets overlooked or becomes a countdown to the “finishing the matzah collections on the shelf.”  However, there are meaningful spiritual practices that can help bring the values and experiences of the seder into the week and weeks that follow. The seventh night of Passover in some Jewish mystical and Chasidic circles, using the math of the ancient rabbis, became a time to re-enact the Crossing the Sea. This led to an early Chasidic custom of holding a “mirror seder” on the last day of Pesach. There was an early Chasidic custom of the rebbe giving over Pesach wisdom, of gathering around the table or in a circle and everyone rotating one chair to share their Passover wisdom from the “rebbe’s chair.”

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.

The project will continue under a new name but as we curate these changes, take a moment to enjoy what came our way during the month of Elul. 

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

From Survival to Thriving

“In cities of sacred diversity...we organize ourselves and our shared resources...we sustain the poor...and visit the sick...and bury the dead...and comfort the bereaved...for these are ways of peace and wholeness.”

(Jerusalem Talmud, Tractate Gittin)

Shalom dear friends! As I sit to write this article, I am keenly aware it arrives as the first year of global pandemic life comes full circle in the Jewish calendar. A year since Rabbi Yael, Spiritual Life and the extended Purim team assembled a satirical and joyful evening to help us cope with the surreal megillah that was our social and political landscape, and to find connection, strength, and uplift face to face amid the tumult.

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