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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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Wed, 03/20/2019 - 6:30pm

Come celebrate with us!

Life Long Learning - End Of Life Planning with Kate Judge and Pat Quigley

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 6:30pm

Kabbalat Shabbat w/Rabbi Rayzel Raphael/Rabbi Shawn Zevit & Rabbi Tirzah Firestone

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Fri, 03/22/2019 - 7:30pm

Let go of the week; welcome the Sabbath. Join us for a special, musical, Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Shawn Zevit & special guests Rabbi Tirzah Firestone and Rabbi Rayzel Raphael, including many of her original prayer melodies. Learn more about Rabbi Rayzel and her music at: 

Torah Study

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 9:00am

Tot Shabbat Music Circle

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 10:00am

Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 10:00am

Book Discussion:Amos Oz's JUDAS

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Sat, 03/23/2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Following services, we will gather in the library to discuss Amos Oz's book, JUDAS. Several of us decided to read this together following the weekend with Rabbi Brian Walt's. It is a good entry point for discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian situation. Join us!


Of Interest

School Open House! April 14th

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You are invited to experience our warm, diverse, energetic and inclusive congregational school. Come for the entire time, or pop by from 9:30 - 11:45. Bagels, coffee, a welcoming assembly and classroom visits await. You will enjoy a dynamic community of kids and teachers, parents and Rabbis. Contact Gari Weilbacher for more information.

Grateful For Gabby! Celebrating 20 Years at Mishkan Shalom on May 4th

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Save the date for our spring fundraiser celebrating our own Gabby Kaplan-Mayer on Saturday evening, May 4th!

Village Shabbat March 15!

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Village Shabbat consists of a designated Friday night where several Mishkan member households in different areas of the greater Philadelphia region host a potluck style Shabbat dinner for Mishkan members and guests. • Meals are Potluck, Vegetarian/Dairy • Sign in at Sign Up Genius for each person attending.

Another Great Weekend:Night of Many Dinners/Day of Many Brunches!

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A great time was had by all at our special fundraiser hosted by more than a few of our members. Thank you to all our hosts and all the attendees. 

What a Great Weekend We Had

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We enjoyed Rabbi Emeritus Brian Walt on Friday and Saturday evenings; our Shabbat School, Mishkan member presenters and choir on Saturday morning, plus a special nature walk in the afternoon -- all topped off with a packed Tu B'shvat seder on Sunday night. Indeed, it was a robust Mishkan Shalom weekend.

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.

Phila Inquirer Coverage of Our Human Rights Shabbat

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Read the article in the Decemeber 2nd issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer: At this year’s Human Rights Shabbat, a recommitment to faith prompted by shootings by Mensah M. Dean.

Study, Reflect, Create: Lifelong Learning Winter/Spring Registration is Open!

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New topics & teachers join our roster of classic courses & cherished leaders: Click here for full details on classes & registration.

A Teaching for These Times from Rabbi Yael

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In this season the Torah brings on the Israelites journey out of Egypt, across the red sea  to the wilderness Sinai.  Here they stand together at the mountain and experience the call of the 10 utterances—the 10 commandments.

  1. I am, I was, I will be.  I am the unfolding of all that is. I am constant transformation calling you forward to be.

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

On Purim – Being an Upstander

These days I am experiencing Purim as a daily show--larger than life characters operating on impulse and often masking shadowy motives. Still, in the midst of it all, a call to find strength through engaging in the hidden and revealed, in the masked and the exposed, the Jewish Purim arrives!

Purim means “to cast lots.” We read the well-crafted drama of the Purim story from the Hebrew Bible, Megillat (The Scroll of) Esther; celebrate with a festive meal/seudat Purim; give tzedakah directly to those in need- mattanot l’evyonim - not through third parties - and give mishloach manot- deliver festive goodies to friends.We are encouraged to connect deeply with the Purim story, dress up in masks and costumes, hiding as it were, just like Esther did until her Uncle Mordechai challenges and supports her to reveal her true Jewish identity.

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