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Mishkan at the Phila MLK DARE March

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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Weekend in the Woods (a.k.a. "The Retreat")

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Fri, 05/29/2015 - 6:00pm - Sun, 05/31/2015 - 4:00pm

Our annual retreat weekend at Camp JRF in the Poconos is an amazing get-away for Mishkaners -- and Mishkan-curious -- of all ages and stages. We celebrate Shabbat in the open air, enjoy a wide range of activities,

Down From the Mountain: A Way In Mindfulness Service with Rabbi Yael

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Sat, 05/30/2015 - 10:00am

Rabbi Yael Levy shares this kavannah (intention) for the day:

"Down from the Mountain and the Holy One whispers: I will place my name upon you and you will feel my blessing. Together we direct our hearts toward exploring — tending fires of devotion and connection. Giving and receiving blessings. Living with awareness of the Infinite One. May the light of the One shine upon all and bring us peace. (B’midbar 6:26/27)"

"Pins For Potties" Bowl With the Builders!

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Sun, 05/31/2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Help our Interfaith Community Building Group Raise Funds for Latrine-Building Trip to El Salvador

Come to High Spot Lanes in Roxborough for bowling, prizes and refreshments! Have fun and help us raise funds for 25 latrines which cost $300 each. The Interfaith Community Building Group is now in its 18th year of using hammers and nails to build community, here and abroad.

Palestinian Peace Activist Ali Abu Awwad Returns with Zionist settler Rabbi Hannan Schlesinger

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Thu, 06/04/2015 - 5:00pm

"We Refuse to be Enemies:" We welcome these co-founders and coordinators of the Roots/Judur/Shorshim initiative, from Israel and the West Bank. They'll discuss their extraordinary friendship and partnership to promote nonviolence, activism, education and dialogue among Palestinians and Israelis on land owned by the Awwad family in the heart of Gush Etzion, beside the Palestinian town of Beit Ummar.

Community Potluck Dinner

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Fri, 06/05/2015 - 5:45pm

Join our Yad L'Yad Volunteer Recognition Award honorees and fellow Mishkaners at this Community Potluck Dinner -- friends, family and prospective members are all welcome!

Plan to stay for the Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn, including the always-lovely Yad L'Yad ceremony

Kabbalat Shabbat & Yad l'Yad Ceremony with Rabbi Shawn

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Fri, 06/05/2015 - 7:30pm

Margaret Berger Bradley, Seth Kreimer & Ariel Weiss, Honorees

Let go of the week and welcome the Sabbath. This evening we honor three Mishkan members for their exceptional volunteer efforts for our community over many years. Learn more about our honorees

Spiritual Direction Circle

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Sat, 06/06/2015 - 9:00am - 9:55am

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.

Of Interest

Coffee Talk About Our Great School Trolly Car Diner Tues., 6/9, 7-8:30 p.m.

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Join Rabbi Shawn Zevit, Principal Rivka Jarosh and educator Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer for an informal conversation about Mishkan and our fantastic school, with activities to engage kids while adults get to talk! We'd love to meet Mishkan members as well as people interested in learning more about our community.

POWER Leads Social Justice Struggle; HuffPost Blog Features Rabbi Shawn

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Mishkan member David Love, pictured, writes in May 18th's Huffington Post blog, BlackVoices, about POWER's work addressing local issues of racial violence. Mishkan Shalom is featured and Rabbi Shawn Zevit is quoted extensively: "As people of faith, we must exercise our power to help lead this transformation...." Mishkan is described as "a multiracial, progressive

Pause and Refresh Your Soul: At Home with Rabbis Shawn & Simcha

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Shabbat Afternoon June 13; 4:30 p.m.: An Exploration of Shabbat-Unplugging in the Shmita Year Join us for our final Beit Shabbat of 5775. We continue to explore and celebrate what our tradition offers as the sweetest part of Shabbat.

SoulCollage® with a Jewish Spin: Here Comes Summer! June 14, 1-4:00 p.m.

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Artist Susan Richards leads SoulCollage®, an imaginative and creative process: Participants create their own deck of SoulCollage® cards with images they choose from provided supplies. Approaching Rosh Hodesh Tammuz and

Rabbis & Rabble-Rousers: Mishkaners Working to Repair the World

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Our Statement of Principles exhorts us to " to transform our world so that it reflects the divine values of justice and compassion." Read about some of our recent efforts and accomplishments.

Mishkan Makes News! Read All About It!

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Rabbi Shawn's Blog

Shavuot: Month of Revelation and Release

May 2015/5775

As I look forward to “gathering around the foot of the mountain” again in collaboration with a fellow Reconstructionist and Northwest Philadelphia congregations at Germantown Jewish Center on Shavuot, I want to open to the Process and the Power that compels us to do justly and love compassionately in ways that have deepened and intensified this year.

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