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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

Avodah/Prayer

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

Torah/Study

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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Torah Study with Lennie Perlman

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Sat, 12/15/2018 - 9:00am

Meet us in the library as we discuss this week's Torah portion.

A Way In Mindfulness Service with Rabbi Yael, Followed By Lunch

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Sat, 12/15/2018 - 10:00am

Rabbi Yael leads this Shabbat Morning Mindfulness service of meditation and song, followed by lunch provided by A Way In.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn

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Fri, 12/21/2018 - 7:30pm

Enjoy a musical Kabbalat Shabbat service as we end the week and beging anew.

Torah Study with Rabbi Shawn

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Sat, 12/22/2018 - 9:00am

Meet in the library for a discussion about this week's Torah portion.

A Way In Mindfulness Service with Rabbi Yael, Followed By Lunch

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Sat, 12/22/2018 - 10:00am

Rabbi Yael leads this Shabbat Morning Mindfulness service of meditation and song, followed by lunch provided by A Way In.

Rabbi Joysa's Tot Shabbat Music Circle

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Sat, 12/22/2018 - 10:00am

Join us as we celebrate Shabbat with music and creative play, led by Rabbi Joysa!

No Hebrew School - Winter Break

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Sun, 12/23/2018 - 9:30am

Of Interest

MLK Weekend with Rabbi Emeritus, Brian Walt

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Join us for a reunion with our founding rabbi, Rabbi Brian Walt. Spending time with Rabbi Brian will give us the opportunity to look back at our foundational roots, feel pride in where we are today and then gaze forward at what's ahead for this beloved congregation.

Our joyous Shabbat traditions will be a filled with good energy and good conversation while also honoring the work of R. Avraham Joshua Heschel and Rev Martin Luther King, Jr. The weekend begins with a potluck meal together, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat. We continue with Havdalah on Saturday evening. You may even want to participate in Mishkan's new videotaping project, courtesy of member, Barry Dornfeld.

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.

A Teaching for These Times from Rabbi Yael

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Lifting up the Lights: A Rededication to the Sacred
As we direct our hearts, lights shine in darkness,
Lights of graciousness, compassion and justice.
Psalm 112:4

Dear Friends,

As we prepare to enter the festival of Chanukah this year, it feels especially important to kindle lights that will illuminate strength, courage and the inspiration to keep rising up for justice and love.

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. (Teen Program, Pathways to Confirmation, Celebrations! and Mitzvah Mensches registrations coming soon!)
 

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.

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

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Philadelphia Inquirer: Theatre of Witness' new program highlighted on Shabbat Shuvah

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Philadelphia Inquirer: We welcome new tenants: Private high school for Philly kids in foster care

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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

Mordechai Kaplan and the Second Century of Reconstructing Judaism

Mordechai Kaplan and the Second Century of Reconstructing Judaism
 Commemorating the Convention for Reconstructing Judaism, Philadelphia, Nov 15-18, 2018

Prior to serving as lead rabbi for Mishkan Shalom, I participated in numerous conversations about the mission and goals of our now called Reconstructing Judaism. In my  years of traveling throughout Canada and the United States I heard many interpretations of Reconstructionist theology, philosophy and practice from self-described "classical Kaplanians"  to "neo-Hasidic" Reconstructionists

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