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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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"Boom: North America's Explosive Oil-By-Rail Problem"

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Sun, 04/26/2015 - 10:00am

Film Screening at Germantown Jewish Center

In Celebration of Earth Day, we invite you to a morning of information and conversation on the energy future of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Speakers include Rob Altenburg, J.D., Director of the PennFuture Energy Center and Ken Lande, Ph.D., Professor of Physics

Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation

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Sun, 04/26/2015 - 2:00pm

Beginning at Al Aqsa Center, 1501 Germantown Avenue, 19122

This year marks Philadelphia's 12th annual "walking dialogue towards peace and justice" among individuals of many faiths: Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Wiccans, Baha'i and others, as well as secular participants. Transport for non-walkers is available. As we share prayers, teachings, singing and fellowship, we affirm each other’s spiritual values.

Spiritual Direction Circle

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Sat, 05/02/2015 - 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.

A Way In Mindfulness Service with Rabbi Yael: Divine Majesty Mindfulness Shabbat

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Sat, 05/02/2015 - 10:00am

It is the 28th day of Counting the Omer and the spiritual quality for the day is Divine Majesty within all that endures. Rabbi Yael shares this kavannah (intention) for the day:

"You shall be holy, the Torah calls, because the Unfolding of All Life is holy. You shall be holy because everything you do and everything you are matters. Our intention this Shabbat morning is to gather with reverence, joy and awe and together give thanks for the gifts of life. May our insights, prayers and songs abound."

Celebrating Rabbi Yael: Counting Our Blessings: Dinner, 5:30 p.m; Program & Dance Party, 7:30 p.m.

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Sat, 05/02/2015 - 5:30pm

The big day is finally here! Please join special guests Rabbi Brian Walt and Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg as we joyously celebrate Rabbi Yael’s twenty years at Mishkan Shalom with a festive dinner, program and dancing with Ken Ulansey's Ensemble!

Click here to see the invitation and to purchase tickets online.

New Jim Crow Study/Action Group: A Deeper Look at Race

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Sun, 05/03/2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Dr. Ali Michael, educator, author & Mishkan member, facilitates: What does it mean to be white in a multiracial world? How might being White shape one's behavior in ways they are unaware of? How can White people be allies in addressing racism, both within themselves and in the world? This will be an informal and safe environment to grapple with this challenging issue.

Gimel Class Community Potluck Dinner

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Fri, 05/08/2015 - 5:45pm

Join our Gimel class and their families at this Community Potluck Dinner -- all are welcome!

Bring vegegarian dishes to share (no meat or shellfish, please).

Of Interest

Celebrating Rabbi Yael: Counting Our Blessings: Saturday, May 2

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Please join special guests Rabbi Brian Walt and Rabbi Sheila Weinberg as we joyously celebrate Rabbi Yael’s twenty years with Mishkan Shalom with a festive dinner, program and dancing!
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"Water Me!" Cry Mishkan's Gorgeous Trees, Shrubs, Flowers, Grasses...

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Sign-up for one hour to keep our site green and growing this summer!

Now is the time to plan for summer watering! We need a volunteer each week, willing to haul hoses for an hour or so, May through August. The greater the number of volunteers, the fewer times

Forgive Us, We Just Need to Kvell...

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Mishkan members Deena Loeb and Peter Handler have received major honors for their work relating to the environment, locally and globally. We wish them each not only a hearty "Mazal Tov" but, also, "Hazak, hazak v'nithazayk," may they go from strenth to strength!

Rabbis & Rabble-Rousers: Mishkaners in Print, Online & On the Air

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Rabbi Shawn Zevit and member rabbis Arthur Waskow and Nancy Fuchs Kreimer called out for liberation from narrow straits during the recent Passover Week. Rabbi Arthur was interviewed by NPR, re-visiting his seminal Freedom Seder; Rabbi Nancy adds her voice to the outcry against anti-Islamic ads now on SEPTA buses in the Huffington Post. Read the Philadelphia Inquirer's story on the MLK D.A.R.E. Coalition March;

Arts Night Delights: An Evening of Performances Celebrating One Book Mishkan’s 10th Year

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Saturday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.

A very special evening of music, poetry readings, theatrical performances and more built on themes from our One Book. Reception to follow.

Members of Mishkan Shalom will perform and we’re delighted to welcome, once again, Makhelat Micha’el: The Mishkan Community Choir,

Weekend in the Woods May 29, 30, 31 Registration Form Here!

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Come for all or part of our great retreat weekend!

Rabbi Shawn, long-time retreatniks and relative newcomers all look forward to welcoming you to Camp JRF, in the lush and lovely Pocono Mountains. Read what fellow Mishkaners have to say (including “The retreat is one of the highlights of my year!") and find full details

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Rabbi Shawn's Blog

Passover and More

April/Nisan-Iyar 2015, 5775

I was at the last evening of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association convention in Toronto when the news of the outcome of the Israeli election filtered in.

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