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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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Celebrations! Shabbat Dinner In The Sukkah

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Fri, 10/18/2019 - 6:00pm
Everyone welcome! Join with friends from 'Whole Community Inclusion' for sensory-friendly crafts, Sukkot stories & a delicious catered Shabbat dinner in the sukkah. An ASL interpreter will be present. Great for all families.   Please register HERE!

Village Shabbat

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Fri, 10/18/2019 - 7:00pm
Meals will be taking place in the host's Sukkah; guests are requested to bring a dairy/parve/vegetarian dish for this potluck style dinner that brings the holiness and camaraderie of Shabbat AND Sukkot into a lovely home environment.   Please don't hesitate to reach out to Rachel Baltuch Dombroski, with any and all questions or concerns.

Torah Study with Rabbi Shawn about Sukkot

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Sat, 10/19/2019 - 9:00am

Join us in the Sukkah for a compelling conversation with Rabbi Shawn.

Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn

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Sat, 10/19/2019 - 10:00am

Join Rabbi Shawn for a musical Shabbat morning.

Library Open House

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Sat, 10/19/2019 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

After Shabbat services, you are invited to spend some time in our library and talk to some of the library committee members.

Simchat Torah at Dorshei Derek

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Sun, 10/20/2019 - 7:00pm
Service at Germantown Jewish Center with our friends at Dorshei Derekh minyan.

Office Closed

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Mon, 10/21/2019 (All day)

Of Interest

Mishkanathon! Oct 27th

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Every year all the Congregational School students at Mishkan Shalom raise funds for the school while doing good work on behalf of the environment. Working with the synagogue’s site stewards, grades Gan-Aleph-Bet and Dalet will plant flowers, trees and shrubs on the Mishkan grounds while the older students in Hey, Vav and Zayin go to the Wissahickon. To volunteer, contact Bob Prischak and click here to make a donation or sponsor a student!

Celebrate the New Year Us

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We invite you to celebrate the New Year with us at services held at Mishkan Shalom and at the Haverford School. As always, our doors are open wide, tickets are not required but donations are welcome. Click here for more information about the High Holy Days at Mishkan Shalom. You might want to read Rabbi Shawn's Rosh Hashanah sermon and Mishkan member, Rabbi Mordechai Liebling's sermon listed at the bottom of the page.  

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.

New to Mishkan? Thinking about joining? Here's a great place to start: Mishkan grounds us in divine presence and shared purpose writes Board President Ellen Tichenor. Read Ellen's letter, learn more about our community, find quick links and contact information. We look forward to welcoming you to Mishkan Shalom.

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 New Year Begins: Reflection, Return, and Ingathering

For everything there is a season
And a time for all things in the world

– Kohelet/Ecclesiastes 3:1,

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by Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit 

It is such a blessing to share the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe) again with all of you, and with joy and commitment, to gather-in for the many celebrations of Sukkot. We welcome the wonderful diversity of new and prospective members joining     and exploring their spiritual and identity journeys with us.

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