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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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Last Wednesday of Hebrew School

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Wed, 05/22/2019 - 6:15pm

Board Meeting

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 6:30pm

Lifelong Learning: Ethical Wills For Today: Create a Keepsake With Your Values and Life Lessons

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Thu, 05/23/2019 - 6:30pm

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”  Kierkegaard

In this era of digital overload, over-consumption, FOMO and alienation, take time to consider your core values, reckon with lessons learned from the twists and turns of your own life, distill and share what matters most with loved ones.

Join this workshop to create a “Forever Book,” with your personal, essential messages and your favorite images.

Weekend in the Woods

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Fri, 05/24/2019 - 5:00pm - Sun, 05/26/2019 - 12:00pm

Mishkan Shalom's amazing Weekend in the Woods welcomes members, prospective members, family and friends to join us Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, in the beautiful Pocono Mountains at Camp Havaya (formerly Camp JRF).

Torah Study with Rabbi Arthur Waskow

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Sat, 05/25/2019 - 9:00am

Meet in the chapel for the opportunity to study Torah with Reb Arthur

Shabbat Service Led by Rabbi Phyllis Berman

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Sat, 05/25/2019 - 10:00am

Join Rabbi Phyllis in the chapel for a meaningful Shabbat service. 

Mitzvah Mensches

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 6:00pm

Of Interest

Standing together at Sinai: An All Night Journey of Exploration and Discovery

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Standing together at Sinai: An All Night Journey of Exploration and Discovery on Saturday evening from 7:00 pm - 8:00 am Sunday. We will gather together to open our selves to exploration and revelation through song, prayer, meditation, movement and opportunities to be with the earth. • Come for all of the evening or part of the evening. • If you are able, please bring light vegetarian food or drink to share as we journey through the night together. • We will begin and end our celebration outside---wear comfortable clothes and layers for warmth •

Village Shabbat May 31!

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Join a Mishkan member household for a Village Shabbat experience on Friday night, May 31! Several Mishkan families in different areas of the greater Philadelphia region will host a vegetarian/dairy potluck style Shabbat dinner for fellow members. Dinners usually begin around 6:30 PM. Sign up here.

Weekend in the Woods: Memorial Day Weekend! May 24-26 Register Now!

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Don't miss Mishkan's amazing Weekend in the Woods! Members, prospective members, family & friends all welcome! Secure your housing choice: Click here for full details & Registration. Can't come for the whole weekend? See partial weekend options! Ready to pay? Go directly to payment page. See you in the Poconos!

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

A Month of Moments

In this month of Iyar, there are many days that stand out for their historic resonance - days that have been added to the Jewish calendar by events that transpired in the last century and even in some of our lifetimes.

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